Thursday, June 12, 2014

Greetings Lurkers-

How's the heat treating you? Don't answer that, I don't know if I care to talk about the weather right now.

Oakland was a blast, thanks to all those who came by ONLY. If you didn't come by, don't try sneaking off with any accolades. Big ups to Katie, Cortney and Julie for being such good sports. Also, superstar painter Nic Rodriguez came by to paint live like a real person. It was pretty cool.

That was then, this is now. Check out this show coming up:

Flower Pepper Gallery & Walt Hall present
A Summer Type Show (actual title may vary)
Date: Saturday June 28
Time: 6?
Address: 121 E. Union Street, Pasadena Calif., 91103

Featuring: artists! Walt and Jeff and me and other cooler people.

Check out my Square shop, it's got fun stuff you can buy while sitting on a bag of frozen peas in your unmentionables. It's easy (the shopping, not the sitting part, though that is easy too)!

My mom has a new cat in her life. Watch the video below and get 15% off anything in the Square Store that makes you happy! Excite!

See you at the show, lurkers!

ps: instagram!

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Greetings, Lurkers-

Happy Mother's day to those who happened to have given birth to something out there. I spent Mom's day with my mom in the garage, nicknamed "The Vault" because it holds everything I have ever collected. Sports cards, Japanese robots, GI Joes, comic books from the 80s and 90s, it's all there. At least it was cool while we were in there sorting through boxes of stuff that I can hock for art supplies and gas money. If you like any of the aforementioned nerd manna, feel free to email me inquiries here.
I am hitting some old stomping grounds this year. Come on by and say hi/pick up a piece of art/slap my face for breaking your heart:

June 6th: The Fiasco! Gallery Travelling Circus
17 Jewels Salon, 4801 Telegraph Road, Oakland, CA.
Opening reception, June 6th,  6-9pm.
Featuring: Jeff Claassen
Running until: June 30

June 28th: Summer Group Show
@ Flower Pepper Gallery, 121 E Union Street, Pasadena, CA
Opening reception June 28, 6-9pm.
Featuring: Jeff Claassen, Walt Hall
Running until: tbd
this lil' 8x8 entitled "Eskimo Summer" will be on display at Flower Pepper gallery in Pasadena

September 5th: Group Show
@ Rise Above Printing, 4770 Telegraph, Oakland, CA
Opening reception September 5th, 6-9pm.
Featuring: Jeff Claassen, Nic Rodriguez, Ty Hjortland
Running until: tbd

October 4: 138 Skulls Group Show
@ Casita Del Pueblo, 13100 Philadelphia Street, Whittier, CA
Opening reception October 4, 6-9pm
Featuring: Jillian Wilfeld, Lisa Bukowski, Eric Valdez, Isaac Yorke, Miguelito Calavera, Oscar Navarro & Bret Brown

I've updated my Square Store, you can view/buy pieces from my latest series The Lonely Iceberg there. Also, I have some other allegedly cool stuff on there to buy as well. Pay my bills!

Thanks for clicking, see you around.

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

May/June Events in Oakland!


So nice to see you. Here's what's happening lately. Lots of upcoming events involving me and my pals. 17 Jewels Salon in Oakland has decided to be nice to me. Not only are they showing Jeff and I in their space in June, but in May they gave a show to my good pal Nic Rodriguez. Here is the skinny on that dude:

Tracy, California artist Nic Rodriguez has only been painting canvas for 5 years, but has always had an innate ability to craft amazing compositions in dozens upon dozens of sketchbooks. A proud graduate of continuation school, he taught art to his fellow students. Despite "settling down" as father and husband, Nic's quirky sense of visual humor and social commentary remains unchanged. With roots in graffiti art, he explores the underbelly of everyday life through his dynamic figurative linework and bold color choices.

Here are some examples of his work:

All Bay Area friends would have a great time hanging out at 17 Jewels Salon at 4801 Telegraph on Friday May 2 from 5-9 pm. Snacks provided by Laced Cakes Bakery, even! 
Scheduled to appear: yours truly! I'll be helping my pal Nic make sure his paintings aren't crooked and he doesn't say the F word in front of families. Come by and say howdy and have a cupcake!
I will also be delivering some artwork to some awesome Bay Area people who stopped by Fiasco! Gallery. With help from some nerdy woodshop/engineer friends, this piece is now powered by a plug and not batteries!

Now if I could only find the contact info for the guy who bought it...

Thursday, April 17, 2014

A Call To Art Enthusiasts

Hey Lurkers- Here's a rant Jeff and I wrote for the folks tuned into the Fiasco! Gallery page. Your continued support is appreciated and still needed as another amazing gallery, Vale Fine Art, closes its doors in a couple of days. This is unexpected and bittersweet news. I feel like I am really hitting my stride as a curator, the Vale show was one of the best things I've done, especially coming off the Savages show at Studios on the Park. Hard to consider myself a successful curator when sales are so inconsistent. Curator reads to me like "dude who hangs rad artwork that totally flies off the wall for $$$", and right now I'm just "dude who hangs rad artwork". 
An article about the group show written by Erin Messer can be seen here. Thanks for digesting the word soup below.

So, you’ve come to the shows. All of them. You’ve danced, you’ve nibbled snacks, you loved the work on the walls. You’ve complimented the artists, you’ve even brought friends and family to the show to see what’s going on in what we can now call an “art community”. You’ve told us that we have put on a great show. A lot of work went into creating the event, so we are grateful. Without you, events aren’t fun or memorable.
Here is the heavy part, though-- while you being there is important, what’s more important is that you show your support with your money. It almost sounds shallow and might be insulting, but your compliments don’t pay the rent, and don’t pay for more work to get done. If everyone walked into their favorite restaurant from now on and only told them they made the best meal, they would close. Galleries in this county don’t show the work that we want to see because we don’t financially support it enough. If buying a painting you are obsessed with sets you apart from that new pair of shoes or going on a couple dates or even if it means you don’t get to buy food from the fancy grocery store this month, then so be it. Now is the time to make a difference.
Hopefully some of you reading this get it, and have supported. Cities like Portland and Oakland sell incredible, affordable and accessible art in salons, yogurt shops and cafes. Only a handful of artists in this county can say they have sold in such places. People who have coordinated these shows gave valiant efforts to work things out with artists, musicians, caterers and business owners. Lena Rushing, Anna Weltner, Laykin Hamilton, Brigham Baker, Leslie Clark Grey, Nick Wilkinson, Neal and Jeff  have been putting on shows in this area for more than five years now. Most of you reading this have taken part in some way--you’re an artist, your girlfriend/boyfriend/friend paints, your brain loves color and your mouth likes beer and cake.
We are glad you showed your support, the people who own the gallery are impressed that we can pack in a place. They aren’t impressed when you leave without buying something. Invest in the future of a vibrant art scene by talking with your wallet. Artists work hard and most I’ve asked would rather show their work on the wall of a nice gallery (where people come to see art exclusively) and not a retail place that sells something else to pay their bills. If you want to support the artist you know, buy something from the gallery they are showing at. No one is saying you shouldn’t buy direct from your artist friends, but when an artist gets a decent show at a good gallery, do more than come by for a hug and a handshake.
This Saturday in Paso Robles at Vale Fine Art, pieces by Walt Hall are available for $125 and up. Walt Hall is an amazing artist. We think so. Juxtapoz thinks so. Look him up.  I know that if you don’t have a job, spending $125 is impossible to think about when you have rent hanging over your head, but to those of you who have the means, what gives? In the most black and white of terms, this is how venues that show contemporary or cutting edge work die out. The lack of financial support makes gallery owners cut and run to bigger cities.
No violins will be playing when Vale closes their doors after this Saturday, April 19th to open somewhere more lucrative. We’re not asking for a handout. You give money, you get a painting, not a vague sense that you helped, somehow, probably. Everybody wins.  If you need to feel good about your money, support not only a local business but a person who creates. Do so while looking at an awesome new piece to hang in your bedroom/in your office/over your toilet that you bought from a gallery setting.
We here at Fiasco! welcome an open dialogue about this subject. Here are some topics we would like your opinion on:
Do you appreciate/support these shows or are you coming as obligation to a friend/family member?
Do you have a desire to own/collect original art/limited editions?

Have you seen art you loved/wanted, but did not buy it? What stopped you from buying it?

Thursday, March 13, 2014


 Look at all the fanfare the Savages show has sprouted!

 Erin Messer of The New Times write up can be read here.

 Stock Magazine online took some time out from being cool and did a spread here.

 Joshua Brinckerhoff of Culprit Media Group spontaneously showed up and put together a little film you can see here.

 Hayley Thomas Cain of the Paso Robles Press wrote a cool piece you can read here.

As fellow artist friend Ty Hjortland said "we are king shits of turd island".

If you want to make me feel good, you can spend 10 minutes filling out a couple of questions on the SLO New Times Best Of poll, and vote for me on entry #63 "best visual artist" even if I am really more "dude who doodles weird stuff and throws art shows".  Link to poll HERE.
Jeffy C has won this baby a couple years in a row, and it would be awesome if I had an award to put on my refrigerator as well.

So a crazy mix-up with my pals at Sally Loos has put my show a little later than I thought. April 15 will debut a whole new series of mine called "The Lonely Iceberg". Ask for it by name!

Also: Square Store. Instagram: @nealbretonart

Friday, February 21, 2014


I'm busy. I've got a show going up on March 15th @ Sally Loo's Wholesome Coffee Brothel based on the Lonely Iceberg.

I'm down to the last two paintings in the Skulk (fox) series. That's pretty cool. I'm hoping that people enjoyed them, as I have no plans to paint new ones, unless...

Monday, January 20, 2014

The Lonely Post


You know what's cute and lonely?
This guy.
Strange weather we are having nowadays. California had no winter, which sucks no matter what you cold weather people might say. For those of you who might be cold and lonely, I have this for you:
The Lonely Iceberg.