Artisan StudioWorks is a collaborative group of talented artists joining together to present their creative work to the public through expanded gallery representation, participating in music, art & craft festivals, and presenting their art here at ASW.
A hallmark feature of the group is the desire of each artist to find ways to collaborate with each other, thereby, discovering new creative applications for their collective artistic expression.
The group of artists that have contributed are:
1) Famous Guitar painter Michael Payton.
2) Western Artist Al Shelton (home decor and fine art print series).
3) Jerry Clovis (Creative Genius)
4) Abstract Expressionist painter Len Aaron (original art and home decor print series).
5) Graphic artist & painter Brian Gregory Atkin (graphite and colored pencil).
6) Greg Atkin (photographer, guitarist, composer and inventor of the "Crossover Pick" for guitar).
Artist Michael Payton is in love with famous guitars. Well, all guitars for that matter.
Michael has developed his painting skill while driven by his passion for the guitar, rock & roll music and some of the most famous guitarists of all time. His incredible paintings might be considered contemporary pop art, however, the realism and painstaking detail Michael achieves in each work is remarkable.
"It is like viewing each guitar being born while it is surrounded by the ethereal beauty of the universal Big Bang."
You can find Michael's work at the Hard Rock Hotel in Sioux City where Michael completed a special commission for the Hard Rock organization. In addition, you can purchase Michael Payton's original famous guitar paintings at Regis Galerie at the Venetian Hotel Canal Shoppes in Las Vegas.
Note that there will be a growing selection of Michael Payton fine art prints available here at Artisan StudioWorks and other fine art dealers world wide.
Albert Lee Shelton
(June 27th, 1920 - March 22, 2016)
Western artist Al Shelton passed away quietly on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - early morning - with family by his side. Al was born near Greeley, Colorado in 1920.
Albert Lee Shelton (95 years old) was arguably the "most versatile western artist" of the last century. Al always did his best work for clients and would not release an art piece unless it met his high standards. His customers included the famous Hollywood crowd and major music stars as well. Al was known as the "Cowboy Artist to the Stars".
Al excelled in leather craft & leather art, sculpting, painting in watercolor & oil, cowboy poetry & prose and guitar performance.
Al Shelton's stories of his days as a cowboy in Colorado and his humble beginnings as a leather craft master were legendary. Most known for his leather work, Al loved to share his skill and expertise, however, not every secret was given away. In addition, Al Shelton wrote for the leather craft magazines with articles appearing regularly for over 20 years.
Today, Al's works of art are part of private collections, major museums (Tandy Leather Museum, The Autry National Center, Cowboy Hall of Fame and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame) and prominent gallery collections.
Jerry Clovis is a native of the OC in California. In 2004, this artist left his aerospace management career to pursue his new artistic visions. Since Jerry created his first painting in June of 2004, his art has been purchased by Cities, galleries, 5 star resorts, designers and numerous collectors from coast to coast.
ARTIST STATEMENT - THIS ART WAS CREATED TO BE INSPIRATIONAL, EMOTIONAL, AND THOUGHT EVOKING.
In June of 2004, I literally woke at 3:00 am with an idea of a style. I had not painted yet, but I already knew what my art would look like. I purchased paints and brushes the next day. Ever since that day I have been painting as fast as I can. I am already exploring several different
directions and the list of ideas keeps growing. In much of my work, I like to create a rich surface, using heavy paint and brush strokes that are long and uninterrupted. I also like to evoke thought and conversation through morphing, visual metaphors, multifunctionalism, hidden images,
and optical illusions. Everything comes from inside my head. For me, everything is an expression and realism is not the point. Beauty and
inspiration are the intended result.
I'm also experimenting with something that I call "Multifunctionalism". I invented the term because so far, I cant find any examples of it, or any other names for it. Multifunctionalism is where a two dimensional form is so abstract in representation, that the form may play multiple roles (or have multiple functions) at the same time. Sometimes a single item/form can actually have four functions/rolls or more. Examples of
Multifunctionalism can be found in the Music Pieces, Animal Pieces and some other pieces also.