Artis: Ramon Shiva (1893 – 1963)


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Ramon Shiva was active/lived in New Mexico, Illinois / Spain.

Ramon Shiva is known for industrial, urban view painting.With a much traveled youth, including to Spain, Greece, Turkey and Panama, Ramon Shiva arrived in Chicago by 1913, when he saw the New York Armory Show Exhibition at the Chicago Art Institute. He later credited this exhibition as redirecting him from commercial art to easel painting of modernist, abstract styles that incorporated richly colored geometric shapes.

He also determined that he needed to be able to support himself financially to afford his love of painting. He began working in a lithography shop where, because of ink being scarce doing World War I, he used his training as a chemist to develop colors that could be used for printing Liberty Bond posters. His “success in developing the brilliant and long-lasting inks necessary for this project spurred experimentation that led to the development of Shiva Artist Oil Colors.” (150) During the 1940s through the 1950s, “Shiva became the leading oil paint manufacture in the United States, and also led the world in bringing back casein, . . .” (wetpaint)

Because of their high quality, these colors were so much in demand that he set up a factory on Goethe Street in Chicago and worked there for many years. He lived with his family in an apartment on the second floor of the building, and worked with his , Jack Richeson, who had been his ‘errand boy’, on the paint marketing and chemical processess, which included the additive of Casein. Working with them to evaluate the paint were illustrators Haddon Sunblom, James Sessions and Vaughn Milbourne. The downside for Shiva was that this business demanded much of his time and energy, which detracted from his painting that focused on an increasingly industrialized Chicago—changes that he was part of affecting. Eventually Jack Richeson became owner of the company, named Jack Richeson and Company.

Susan Weininger, “Ramon Shiva”, Chicago Modern, Pursuit of the New…/White_Sale_04/Shiva_

Artist: Paul Chatem Born ( 1974 – ) America

Titled: “Burger Beware,”
Signed & dated 2006 verso
Medium: acrylic on wood panel
History: label Verso (The Shooting Gallery, San Francisco CA)
Measures:23.25″h x 24.25″w
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Paul Chatem

Paul Chatem was born in Washington State and is currently living and working in the Los Angeles area. After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Illustration from the Kansas City Art Institute, Paul has worked as a commercial illustrator and artistic director in the entertainment industry. Drawing from creative influences as diverse as Dock Boggs, Tom Waits, William S. Burroughs, John Fante, as well as artists such as Jim Woodring and Al Columbia, Paul’s works are notable in their emphasis on narrative structure and story telling ability.

His art works have been shown at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles, Blue Bottle Gallery in Seattle, WA, and The Unknown Gallery in Salt Lake City, Utah. “It Tastes Like Whiskey” at Black Maria will be his first solo show.

Black Maria Gallery is located at 3137 Glendale Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90039. Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 12PM-6PM and by appointment.

Artist: William Swanson Born (1970- ) (America

Titled: Abstract Gt, Signed and dated 2000 verso
Medium: oil on canvas
Measures: 29″h x 33″w inches
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William Swanson 29 x 33 : dated 2000…/eleanor-harwood-gallery-minnesota-stre…/

William Swanson was born in Chicago, Illinois in 1970. He has a BFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design. Swanson has had solo exhibitions at DCKT Contemporary, New York, Marx & Zavattero, San Francisco, and Walter Maciel Gallery, Los Angeles. His work has also been shown at The Neuberger Museum, Cohan Leslie and Browne and Jen Bekman Gallery in New York, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco. His work resides in many collections, including The West Collection and The Progressive Art Collection.


Artist: Greg Mahoney Born ( 1955- ) American

Titled: Flying Sauces
Medium: Painted wood & Metal Sculpture
Gregory Mahoney : 16h x 73w x 1.5d
Measures; 73″ x 16″ x 2″
Signed and dated 1986 verso
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Greg Mahoney grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from the University of Southern California, with a BFA degree in 1980. Represented by the Angles Gallery he has also had one-man exhibitions at the Fuller/Gross Gallery in San Francisco and the Lang and O’Hara Gallery in New York (now closed). His first European solo show opened in December of 1991 at the Galerie Karsten Greve in Paris.
Mahoney works in a spacious well-equiped studio in an industrial zone of East L.A. His art has grown from his lifelong immersion in nature and the wide open spaces of the American West. Untrained in science, skeptical of information presented as fact, Mahoney is a careful observer who travels to geologically fascinating sites, gathers materials, and then attempts to simulate the power of natural forces.
His is a slow art. He takes his time arriving at what he wants to do. The art, in turn, evolves while nature takes its course. Instead of beginning with a blank canvas, he typically fabricates a panel from found steel or casts a slab of cement or salt. These panels are later subjected to the elements and often combined with other materials to make abstractions or panels taht contain images of the earth. The colors and patterns in Pluvial Abstractions, for example, were made by rainwater washing over steel bars and depositing rust on cemetnt. Steel sections in Mahoney’s recent work are left outside to rust or are dampened down in his studio. “I control the situation, but the rest is open to chance,” he says.
Whether inherently or overtly, Mahoney’s work addresses the passage of time. His early pieces were relatively spare, often focusing on horizon lines. Recently he has incorporated a fossil-like image of a fish skeleton and a globe, depicted in successive rotations or cut apart and spread out flat. Sea Land which presents those two words in blcok letters on a rusty panel made from part of an old water tank is a re-creation of rubber mud-guard.
Many artists who make art about nature have a political agenda, but Mahoney talks about spiritual content and follows his own muse. He says the only artist who has influenced his work is Robert Smithson, who inspired him to approach the world on his own terms. “I’m not pushing my politics on anyone,” Mahoney says. “I want to provoke contemplation of nature and trigger thoughts that extend outside of my work.”
Art News November 1991.