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Russell SinglerDirectorDaventer Fine Art
Paul KarslakeFellow of the Royal Society of Arts
Self-confessed ‘modern surrealist’, award-winning artist and brother-in-law of Ronnie Wood, Paul Karslake can never be said to conform to the preconception of an artist struggling for inspiration and full of self-doubt, but instead brims with inspiration and enthusiasm. His studio is a realm of colourful works of art from many disciplines, which are indicative of the scope of talent, this one-man exudes. In 1990 Paul had the honour of being elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
From modern surrealism to photo-realism, Paul prides himself on being able to work in any style and any medium. Environmental issues, iconic heroes and human suffering are subjects which often feature in his art. Still life, animals and portraits are frequently interpreted with his own humour.
Inspired by famous personalities whose imagery, persona or music has survived, often against the odds, his collection captures the first modern fashion icon of Audrey Hepburn, the dark fascination of the Kray Twins, the enigmatic stare of David’s Eye and the eternal survivor Keith Richards.
Paul’s original painting of Keith Richards commissioned by Keith’s wife in 1998, was seen by Johnny Depp at Keith’s home and quoted as the inspiration behind his Pirates of the Caribbean’s character, Captain Jack Sparrow.
1966 Won his first County Art Prize. 1976 Joined his father to work on design models for the Thames Flood Barrier.
Paul met Dali in Europe. Within days of arriving in the States he was working on interior of clubs, and, as his talent was identified, for Los Angeles Art Studios, CBS Television and Disney with whom, years later, he was to work on the film “The Black Caul-dron” and the EuroDisney project.
Paul developed a cult following for his decorative designs and paintings on scooters, particularly Lambrettas.
Paul formed The Art House to control his Fine Art, teaching and Commercial art interests. 1990’s
Paul was commissioned by Wiggins Group Plc., to produce a 650 foot long artwork hoarding to surround their site at South Quay in London Dock-lands and for which he was awarded
The Evening Standard Environmental Award. Elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
Exhibition at Derek Johns Ltd., St. James’s, London
Commissions for the Michelin starred Gordon Ramsay whose restaurant Petrus in St. James’s is lined with large Paul Karslake Still Lifes.
Commissions for The Turf Club and NABIM, both situated in London
Exhibition at the Rupert Clevely owned The Bear in Clerkenwell
Two paintings nominated for hanging at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Johnny Depp sees Paul’s paintings of Keith Richards dressed as a pirate, bases his character in the Pirates of the Caribbean on that painting.
Paul was invited to sign with The Bridgeman Art Library in London for copyright and reproduction rights. His most recent work has meant a change
of direction and has seen him produc-ing contemporary abstract paintings for hotels, clubs and restaurants around the country.
he was awarded “Most Exciting Work” at the Essex Open Art Exhibition.
exhibiting at The Medici Galleries, Grafton Street, London W1
2005 one man sell out show at the Hollywood Arms, Fulham attended by various celebrities
2005 Paul was granted the honour of hav-ing an Arts Centre at The Cornelius Vermuyden School and Arts Collage named ‘The Karslake Centre’. 2006 - 2009 Focuses on new works, commissions around the world and joins Daventer Fine Art. 2009
Exhibits at Top Marques Monaco
Steve KaufmanFormer Assistant to Andy Warhol
Former assistant to renowned Pop Artist Andy Warhol, Steve Kaufman...aka SAK...is considered one of the most important and talked-about Pop artists or our time. He had his first one-man show at the age of 8, received a scholarship to The Parson’s School of Design at age 14, and by age 16, participated in his first group show at the Whitney Museum in New York. Kaufman’s first one-man show was at a bank in the Bronx. The paintings were donated to the Jewish Holocaust Museum of Art in Brooklyn. In 1972, Kaufman was chosen along with nine other students from NYC to participate in a cultural exchange between Japan and the U.S., and was soon awarded a scholarship at Parson’s School of Design for fine art and design.
Kaufman later enrolled in the School of Visual Arts in New York and soon met Andy Warhol. Kaufman became Warhol’s assistant at The Factory - Warhol’s famed fine art publishing studio - Warhol was to have a profound influence over the artist’s later work. The impact of celebrity on contemporary culture intrigues Kaufman, thus famed faces of art, music and film are often the subject of his artwork. Kaufman seeks to discover society’s common denominators in his artwork - the elements and individuals who generate an immediate response from the viewer. Kaufman is an artistic journalist commenting on history, both past and present. His dynamic style often combines images of the world’s icons with visual tapestries woven out of landmarks or other related references to their celebrity.
April 1957 - born 1965 - First art show aged 8
1968 - Sponsored by a Jewish temple in the Bronx, creates Holocaust paintings, later donated the paintings to the Jewish holocaust museum in Brooklyn.
1978-81 - Enrolls in the School of Visual Arts. Meets Andy Warhol, becomes his assistant at the Factory. Designs theme parties at Studio 54, Mud Club, Underground, Magique. Sells his art to Calvin Klein and Steve Rubell. Meets Keith Haring at School of Visual Arts (SVA) show. Participates in group show at Club 57 with Haring.
1982 - Creates graphics for NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Graduates from School of Visual Arts (SVA) with a BFA.
1986-88 - Forms SAK Studio.
1989-1990 - Hires New York City homeless. Paints portraits of three homeless people for Transportation Display, Inc.; portraits are shown in 46 cities on bus billboards, helping to raise $4.72 million to benefit the homeless. Completes unfinished portraits for Andy Warhol clients.
1993-94 - Art Studio moves to Los Angeles, California. Starts a new style called “Comic Book Pop Art”. Uses original paintings of super heroes - as
the icons. Hires more than 100 of Los Angeles’ ex-gang kids from prison to assist him in the studio.
1995 - Creates portraits of Muhammad Ali and John Travolta, who autographed their editions. First artist to form a bridge between Marvel Comics (Spider-Man) and DC Comics (Superman). Works with Stan Lee, who autographed the edition.
1996 - Contacted by the Sinatra Family about painting Mr. Sinatra’s portrait. Campbell’s Soup asks Steve to paint a limited edition to mark Campbell’s Soup’s 100th Year Anniversary. Paints Ali’s face on 500 boxing gloves, proving that art doesn’t have to be on canvas. Creates Ali portrait for the 1996 Olympics. Ali signs the edition for the first time with both his Muslim name, Muhammad Ali, and his birth name, Cassius Clay.
1997-98 - Tina Sinatra features portrait of Frank Sinatra on Larry King’s CNN show. Holds art shows in Japan and Amsterdam. By now, has hired 546 ex-gang kids and homeless. Supports more than 176 charities. 1999-2000 - Has a cardiac episode and a motorcycle accident. 2001 - 2002 - His new “Museum Art” paintings are his “September 11th Memorial”, a tribute to the heroes of the World Trade Center attack,
and Caesars 35 Year History”, a commemorative for Caesars’ history, both hung in Caesars Palace, Las Vegas. The “Caesars 35 Year History”, is a 3D, 500-foot x 25-foot, painted canvas on the wall. April 2003 - has a stroke, with cholesterol of 576. Told he flat line died. 2007 - Steve to create paintings wall of fame at MGM & the Hoya vs Mayweather fight. Nov 2007 - Five Europe art gallery shows, London, Dublin Ireland, Basel and Zurich Switzerland, Germany. 2008 - Caesar Palace casino asked Steve to paint portraits of Cher, Bette Midler and Elton John, a sold out Japan show, Las Vegas July 4 show where Steve unveil his Stained glass art. Jan 2009 - Art exhibit at Sundance. 100 kids help paint the floor of the art gallery with a pop art theme, and 400 kids received 8x8 paintings as free gifts, which was all filmed for a independent film for Sundance 2010. Feb 2009 - 2nd Major Stroke