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Neal Crosbie

Born in 1951 - United States

BIOGRAPHY

Neal Crosbie was born in San Francisco in 1951. He is a painter, a cartoonist, a poet and a musician who “has a black belt in tea and a masters degree in outer space” (cf Crosbie) and introduces humour in the gravitas of the painting as well as the spontaneity of drawings.

In 1960-62 Neal Crosbie studied painting at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, in 1967-70 he studied with John Kaneko in Sacramento, especially pen and ink, in 1970 he studied painting with Ralph Goings in Sacramento, and in 1970-71 he studied with Gary Pruner at American River College.

His icon, coyote-man, drawn from his Shoshone background turns up everywhere in his works. He walks around in landscapes where sometimes the only visible sign is the wind in a pine tree. He thinks aloud, talks, declaims, makes fun at himself,or at the whole universe! He is somewhat wise, somewhat Buddhist, sometimes kranky always a poet.

Unique among his contemporaries, Neal Crosbie acts on canvas, paper or walls as a stand up comedian. His work is an invitation to profundity in a burst of exuberant colors and energies.

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EXHIBITIONS

SELECTED SHOWS

1983
One-man show of paintings and drawings and art performance at 'impresario Gallery', Santa Barbara

1988
One-man show of paintings and chairs at 'Galerie 'remberti's', Bremen, Germany

1988
Part of group show through 'Bremer Foerderpreis Fuer Bildende Kunst', Bremen, Germany

1990/91/92
One-man show and group shows at 'Gordon Gallery', Los Angeles

1991
Representation through 'San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Artists Gallery', San Francisco

1994
Participation in 'Art Miami 94'

1994/96/98/99
Part of two-man shows at Naga Studio, Venice, Los Angeles

1998
One-man show at 'Design Arc' Gallery, Santa Barbara

1999
Part of yearly group show 'The Buddha Abides' at 'De La Guerra Gallery', now 'Caruso Woods Fine Art', Santa Barbara

1999-2002
Representation on the internet through 'Guild.com'

1999
Part of two-man show at 'Michael Himowitz Gallery', Sacramento

2000
One-man show at 'the sandbox', Venice, Los Angeles:
28 Paintings created on site with songs

2000
Part of 'Art O'Rama' show at 'Mad River Post' in Santa Monica, L.A.

2000 ongoing
Part of two-man show at 'Limn Gallery', San Francisco and representation

2001
One-man show of paintings and drawings 'Firebelly and other Coyote Thankas at 'Art Resources' Gallery, Santa Barbara

2001
Series of Murals at 'Art Resources' Gallery, Santa Barbara

2002
Progressive exhibition of "Coyote Man Thankas' at 'Blue Agave Gallery', Santa Barbara

2003
Various Performances with "Zen Horse Repair', Santa Barbara

2005
Part of Silent Auction 'Save Benefit' (Tsunami Relief), Hollywood Athletic Club, Los Angeles


2006/07
Participation in the annual Santa Barbara Poetry Festival: 'Ten Poets Reading Poetry of Celebration' at the 'Contemporary Arts Forum', Santa Barbara

2006
Drawings from the newly released book "Everything Be Ok" at 'Art Resources Gallery', Santa Barbara - sponsored by Off-Axis 2006 CAF

2007
Part of Show Healing: A Cultural Exploration at The Craft and Folk Art Museum. Los Angeles

2007
Show at Galerie Charlotte Norberg in Paris, France, Curator: M-C Janos

2008
Grant recipient from William T. Colville Foundation for exhibition of Drawings, Paintings and Songs

2008
Neal Crosbie at Winston/Nogai Gallery. 13th Street, Santa Monica. CA.
Hello Starry Sky. Drawings and Paintings.

2009
Lymn Galleries: San Francisco, Los Angeles and Seattle Galleries. Exhibition of Paintings
Represented in the "Salon du dessin" , "Drawing Now", Galerie Charlotte Norberg, Paris France

2009-2012
Berman's Gallery, Los Angeles CA

2012-2013
Galerie Janos, Paris, France


AWARDS

1985
1st place in the silent cartoon category of 'The Sun Francisco Bay Guardian', San Francisco

1986
2nd place in the silent cartoon category of 'The San Francisco Bay Guardian', San Francisco

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