Who the F*ck is Justin Sonny Eagles

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On Saturday, August 6th, 2016, from 9:30pm to 11:30pm, Justin Sonny Eagles will premiere his newest oil painting collection Behind the Clownface at the Bakery Arts Warehouse, 2132 Market Street, in Denver, Colorado.  Titled Who the F*ck is Justin Sonny Eagles, the event is described as an art party, not an opening or an exhibit.

The paintings engage the audience with the struggle and absurdity of life as an artist; not just his financial struggles but also tackling the balance between the creative process and everyday life.  The collection aims to follow artists (painters, filmmakers, writers, actors, musicians) as they submerge themselves in their work, often breaking lucidity and straining relationships with loved ones.  Eagles adopted an idea similar to method acting in order to bring authenticity to these new paintings.

“If brushwork gives a painting it’s character, and brushwork is a reflection of the artist himself and their state of being, then my theory is that the artist needs to be in the same emotional state as the story of the painting.” For extended periods Eagles slept two-three hours a night and ate minimally in order to open the doors to a dream-like state…and then began painting. One could say in order to tell the visual story desired in Behind the Clownface the artist took every step to crack his own sanity.

Guests of the premiere party are welcomed with an almond martini, some of Eagles’ infamous homemade cookies, and selected tapas,—all made from quality ingredients.  Prints of Eagles’ paintings will be available, but the evening will mark the first since Eagles has officially stopped the sale of his original artworks.  “Art is an extension of the artist, not a product.  I do not want my paintings to be bought just to hang in a private collection only for the eyes of a select few.  I hope for everyone to have an opportunity to see my work in person.”

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~ by jsesautte on July 26, 2016.

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