A catalog of Jack Balas's drawings and paintings from the beaches and Starbucks of Waikiki, Honolulu. Covering ten years' worth of work based on annual trips from 2003 to 2012, the paintings start back home in the artist's studio after the trips, but the drawings (the majority of images here) were all done in Honolulu either out at the beach or working at a Starbucks table, as the artist carried around with him various sketchpads and a handful of pens. Mahalo!
As a painter and photographer, Jack Balas is interested in recontextualizing images of men in a variety of emotional, political and stylistic scenarios -- contexts in which they function as everyman, but are more vulnerable than their surface perfection might suggest. His work is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum of Art, New York; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, among others.
JACKBOOK 2: GUY'D BOOK (LITTLE GUY'D) Published October 07, 2015
CLAY PLAY & THE CRAYON HIDEOUT Published April 03, 2013
Wes Hempel Paintings: Injury and Desire Published January 31, 2012
JACKBOOK 4: MUSE / MUSEUM Published August 10, 2011
JACKBOOK 1: S T U D D U S T Published December 01, 2010