This is a marvelous piece that is really visually exciting and hard to get from this photograph. Some detail shots (pun intended) have been included below. Click on them to enlarge. Oh and by the way, word on the street is that Dave will soon have his own website of his intoxicating work.
"I started working with tin 18 years ago. During a trip to New Mexico I saw various examples of punched-tin art from the 1840’s to the present day. There were wonderful hand-stamped tin artworks housing lights or saints. During that same trip I discovered a tin artist named Jeri Moe, who used up-cycled tin containers in her work.
When I got home, to California, I decided to combine what I had seen…using both the New Mexican punched tin, “Nicho” form and the up cycled tin art for inspiration. I decided that I wanted to combine both the sacred and profane, the holy and earthly, influences.
What came out was the triptych: “What Every Boy Wants”. Please note that the title includes the word “boy”. It references the simplest juvenile desires. As a boy I was interested in 3 things in a mate:
I wanted my mate to be good…virtuous…..out came “Babes Above”
“…………………………” bad…..sexy……..out came “Dames In Flames”
“………………………….”caring…. helpful…. to take care of me……out came “Maid To Order”
As an adult, it is not lost on me that there is A LOT more to having a descent mate/companion."
I had the good fortune of spending some time with Tin Artist Extraordinaire, Dave Yoas, this past weekend and was able to learn a little about his process. Some of Dave's pieces can take as long a two years to create and it shows in all the detail he puts into his work. Dave spends time seeking out just the right tin elements for his works and has quite the knack for finding them. When I was looking at his work this time I became painfully aware how much even good photographs don't do them justice. Go see his work in person and you will be delighted and amazed by his talent.
Dave Yoas will be showing his incredible tin artwork at La Pena next month, January 24th 7 to 9PM. For more information click here.
If you are a fan of Dave"s work, like I am, then you know there isn't one photograph that can capture all there is to see in one of his astonishing creations. With a few detail shots hopefully you'll get an idea of all that goes into this piece, but really you must see it in person. Soon you will have a rare opportunity to see this reclusive artist's tin work at the Richmond Art Center, in Richmond, California. Dave is a spotlight artist in this show and will be giving an artist talk as well. Click here for the details. Book your flight now, this show is not to be missed.
The Bay Area is in for a rare treat at the Richmond Art Center in Richmond ,CA. Reclusive Dave Yoas will be exhibiting 6 of his incredible tin artworks during their members show and his work is being spot lighted along with Edyth Bresnahan and Jan Martin. You may have seen photos here but they do not compare to seeing Dave's work up close and personal. Each piece has so many fine details that the camera just can't capture. For information on the up coming show click here. (Incidentally the Richmond Art Center showcased my line drawings in 1972)
These 3 posts are of a recent tin artwork by Dave Yoas, one of my favorite all time tin workers.
This piece is entitled Bearly Dreaming. These are photos Dave took to show the completed artwork in details. You can click on an image to enlarge it so you don't miss anything, there is so much to see.
Fishes, butterflies, a bird and bees. So much attention has been paid to the details, like the red poppy headband to the burning teddy bears.
Imagine just collecting the perfect tins to make this work, that alone is a feat. Not to even mention figuring out the composition and construction. (Here's a photo of Dave and Harriete Estel Berman)
There is way more going on here than can be taken in with one photograph. Luckily there are multiple images to peruse. This tin artwork was created for Dave's good friend who lives in Holland. To see this image in a larger format just click on it. Can you find all six frogs?How many inscets can you find? Notice the detail stamped into the tin. Look at the glass eyes that were added to the tin toy frog coming out of the can. See the texture that was added to the metal that makes up the grassy area. Measures 13wide 16''x 13'' x8''.
This is such a brilliant tin work! To see even more images scroll down to next post.