Thursday, April 1, 2010

Famous When Dead

Styles puts as much effort into the promotion of an opening as he does into the actual artwork for the show. For the infamous Valentine Day Show a week of small radio spots were taken out on WRAT 95.9 fm. Styles wrote and financed the ad spots.

For the Famous When Dead show in October of 2004 an 8 page show program was developed. The program covered the artist and his new work, as well as 5 ads for business that contributed support to the opening.

The show name came first. The title implies the cliché` artist's fate of fame and fortune coming only after his tragic demise. But it also had a Film Noir ring to it. Premise being: buy an unknown's artwork, kill him, resell it at a profit. (Probably best NOT to give collectors any ideas)

Due to certain obsessive personality traits Styles got hooked on the film Pulp Fiction. " I would turn it on just about every morning while I was getting ready for work for background noise" So when it came time for Styles to do the flyers for the show, it evolved into a lampoon. "At times last summer things seemed to parody PF..." Like what? " like none of your business"

The only thing that fell through with the show was the 74 green Nova scheduled to be in the gallery never showed up. "It's a shame, we were going to serve the wine and cheese out of the trunk" A few old Neil Diamond tapes made up for the loss of the car. When asked if there were any other parodies in the future "not really, FWD just evolved, the next one will probably be totally off the wall, no 'Reservoir Dogs Playing Poker"

The newspaper ad in Tri-City News actually produced more response than the radio spot. "I don't want to have any more shows in Belmar, this is a town where only bars and night clubs draw a crowd."

"Besides I think it's time to start moving north." Styles said ambitiously

Stop Van Gogh

Coors Light Graphic

Howard the Fish

WPDQ Graphic

Dysfunction Junction

Dysfunction Junction

36 "X30" enamel paint on discarded traffic sign, background is reflective


The Whopper

Computer Bored

Romantic Depression and Cage Match Relationships

Belmar, NJ – Feb 2004
Slide show of artwork from the show in 2004, audio from a local radio spot writen and funded by Styles.

Web Site Logo


Exit 14

20"X24" enamel paint on alluminum


Gray Mask

Organ Grinder

Organ Grinder

16"X48" Enamel Paint on Discarded Plastic Sign

Painted Lady

Jersey Plates

The Queen Demands Head

ballet star

Fighting Armidillo

Brady Bunch Etcho-Sketch

Brady Bunch Etcho-Sketch 2003

reverse painted discarded window frame

The Trailer Trash Art Show

This was my first art studio in New Jersey was a 1970 14' travel trailer. Gutted it proved to be an ideal space. It moved with me several times.

This is why my second art show had the name of "TRAILER TRASH ART SHOW"

Red Wine and the Doors

Sergent Cracker

Sgt. Cracker

16"X25" Enamel Paint on Discovered Wood

Hoover Girl

Pastel Nudes

Vincent Van Godzilla

28"X32" Enamel Paint on Aluminum


Saint Gray

Why Mom took away my Etcho-Sketch

Blah Blah Blah

Boardwalk Psychosis and anger mismanagment

Divine Madness Gallery • Asbury Park Nj. Oct. 4-11, 02 •

This was Styles' first one-man show. Asbury Park NJ was the perfect city. Styles had worked in Asbury Park in the 1980's at a beauty product supplier on Main St. He watched the city try but fail at a recovery in the 80's. It was the capital of underachievment. Ten years later a second attempt for both underachievers showed promise.

Crystal Atkins of Divine Madness Gallery offered the Soho-looking gallery to Styles in October of 2002. For a number of years A.P. had taken on a Greenwich Village feel. Several small art galleries had taken root. The crowds that gathered in the evenings consisted of the cliche` mixture of artists, musicians, writers and the Gen X version of the Beatnik.

Entittled Boardwalk Psychosis and anger mismanagment. "I like long titles... kind of a Monty Python ring to it." Despite a heavy mailing Styles sold only one small piece of work. That covered half of the DJ cost. A week later he started the plans for his next opening.

Dirtwater Dogs

10" X 6" Plexi scrap



signs from the street

Land Shark

Land Shark 2004
8"X70" painted wood sign
enamel paint on a salvaged carved wood sign.

Damn Tape Measure

Totally Topless

totally topless

11" X 34.5"
2 Reverse painted windows
$480 (pair)


Northwest Food Groups

Northwest Food Groups

24"X24" reverse painted discarded window frame

Pizza Fish

Nude male on surfboard

Nude male on surfboard 1.0


salvaged surfboard

Nude male on surfboard 2.0


Both for only $575.00

Tillie Pollock

Tilly Pollock 2005
30" X 29" discarded window


Venus Envy

Venus Envy

11" X 34.5"
Reverse painted window

Pollock should've called a Taxi

Monster Cookie

Monster Cookie

approx. 33" diameter
painted metal wall sculpture

All materials used in the piece were salvaged.

June Cleaver was a Babe

June Cleaver was a babe,

24"X36" Enamel paint on aluminum

Buffett Bob

Mr. Boil


S&M coat RACK

coat RACK

Functional coat rack