CrazyRedBeard, nee Jon Blake has created his 2nd ever Phish print. Known for his live painting at shows of all shapes and sizes, Jon is doing a run of 99 posters for SuperBall IX. At the bottom says Watkins Glen twisted up in the design. There is a magic lamp which corresponds with the announcement video, a number of Egyptian hieroglyphs scattered throughout (think the Eye of Horus). Blake also wanted to incorporate a number of spiritual icons: the cross, the Om symbol, a very hidden but present hamsa, there’s a snake charmer’s cobra, seven chakras and their corresponding colors, a Mayan glass skull, alien fluid consciousness, native Indian feathers in a swirling dream crescent of awareness, mummies, the Grim Reaper and much more. The 2 final golden orbs collude with the 7 chakras to equal 9 total balls.
Handbill prints are 5 x 11 : $20 includes shipping; Large prints are 10 x 22 : $60 with shipping
Pins are $35 including shipping
Both prints and pins will be available ON LOT at Alphraretta, Charlotte, Raleigh and Portsmouth
Hi guys…we here at CRB Productions have been profoundly impacted by the recent events in Japan. We like to believe that we think globally and act locally, giving where we can and working in fields where we believe we can be of use. But in this case, we wanted to create something that could offer some small token of our humanity and love to those that have been affected by the heart wrenching happenings in the east.
With this in mind, we give you the CRB Hug Japan relief effort pin.
The red circle represents the emblematic dot of color in the Japanese flag…we’re only making 100 for now and all proceeds after recouping costs will go to aid relief efforts in Japan. If there is a certain organization you’d like your donation to go to, please let me know. I was thinking of splitting it between Doctors Without Borders, the Red Cross and Global Giving.
Pins are going to production now: I am asking $15 per pin and $5 for shipping. If you get more than one pin, you only pay the $5 shipping once.
Just so you know, there is no white border around the character hugging the red dot. Just the little fella and the flag logo.
Originally, I had painted three separate paintings to commemorate Phish’s triumphant return to Hampton. For the second night, I chose to work out a large train to tie in with the opening song, one of my favorites and thematic of what I thought the whole weekend was about for myself and a lot of others: Back on the Train. The painting looked like this
When Phish announced the holiday run, Central Part of Town Pins and I immediately thought the train would work and have multiple meanings for this particular occasion. Penn Station runs, of course, beneath MSG and the grill of the train, when viewed upside down, actually kind of look like MSG. This was unintentional…purely serendipitous.
We changed the original number of the train (3079) to “1111” to coincide with the first ever Phish show on a new year’s day. We intended for a little symbolism…the idea of the past and future occurring simultaneously…how time is indeed not linear. It kind of blew our minds when the Meatstick thing happened on NYE. I mean….really. Shocks my brain. The other thing that blew my mind was that, at Big Cypress, I’d had some mescalin and hallucinated that the Trey and Mike were walking into the shadows and then emerging in different time period clothing. For example, they were first sporting their own clothes, then they’d step into the darkness and emerge wearing what seemed to be Colonial wear or some other type of uniform. Then they’d step into the shadows again and come out with something else on. It was one of the most vivid “hallucinations” I’ve ever had. I remember thinking they were flipping through time, whether in reality or on some other level (pneumatic?). Needless to say, it did indeed shock my brain…I can’t overuse that phrase enough.
The next day, retelling that to a friend, someone stopped and said, “Dude…I had that EXACT SAME HALLUCINATION.”
So anyway…Back on the Train...always reminded me of Back to the Future and well….we all know about that. So I hope that makes sense….our intention was to point to the presence of the now, the then and the future. And when I saw those costumed dancers on stage, I knew, again, that the world is one mysterious place and that Phish are pretty much shamans or at least our collective intentions of positivity and progression in some way. It might sound crazy, but there it is.
The third eye headlight gives a nod to the Grateful Dead.
Jonathan Blake, aka CrazyRedBeard has created limited edition run of 27 prints to commemorate the Trey Anastasio Band show in Charlottesville this past tour. Measuring 11 x 15 with a border for framing, this piece was completed with archival inks and paper and is signed by the artist. Jon mentions that the piece represents the band name in symbolic acronym: (T)ree(A)pple(B)ee. The apple, if you notice, contains an upside down OM symbol.
These prints cost $28 each, including shipping and handling. You can send payment through Paypal to email@example.com
First 5 buys will receive a free set of Hampton posters (1 print and 3 posters for the price of 1!).
Jonathon Blake, also known by his stage name CrazyRedBeard, is an independent artist that currently resides in Charlottesville, Virginia. Largely self taught, Blake primarily creates paintings in live music settings to many different types of bands up and down the east coast and beyond. Inspired by watching the New Orleans live painter, Frenchy while attending Particle’s late night set at Bonnaroo 2, Blake went home with a vision of attempting this style of creation in his own unique fashion.
Since his first live painting with the DJ Williams Projekt in Richmond, VA, Blake has worked with many and varying artist including Particle, the Everyone Orchestra featuring Jon Fishman, U-Melt, The Heavy Pets, The Juggling Suns, EOTO, Perpetual Groove, Lotus, Tea Leaf Green, Buzz Universe, Orchard Lounge, Biodiesel, The Breakfast, The Ryan Montbleau Band, Natural Breakdown, The McLovins, Basshound and many, many others.
Painting Live with Particle 4/21/07
Jon’s prints as seen in the gallery below are all available for sale. You can check them out also on his site – crazyredbeard.com
All other prints seen here and on his site are matted and framed prints, measure 10 x 13 and are safely wrapped and packaged in boxes. All of thePhish related posters are 14 x 20. Framed and matted prints are $60 + shipping/handling. All posters are printed on 4/0 100# glossy text paper. Posters are all mailed in postal tubes.
Jon is running a special on his remaining Hampton reunion prints. They are $15 each or $40 for all three. Additionally, he is also running a special on the Hampton 3/6/09 setlist poster for $15.
The Hampton triptychs are limited edition, signed and numbered (306 for night 1, 307 for night 2 and 308 for night 3). The Hampton setlist poster is signed by the artist.
If you are interested in the larger giclees or multiple prints, we suggest that you contact Jon directly at firstname.lastname@example.org With the holidays upon us, deals are to be had and made, so do not hesitate to contact Jon.
Check out the art Jon Blake has for sale as prints, posters or the original piece of art itself!
Driven by the immediacy of the live music environment, Blake attempts to channel the energy, emotion and feeling of the moment, highlighting an interconnectivity of seemingly unrelated or unrelatable objects. Described by fans as “Dali and a graffiti artist in a blender” and “Picasso on acid,” Blake creates largely abstract, yet formative works that are often highly psychedelic in nature.
Having exhibited in NYC, New York, Virginia, Pennsylvania and at festivals all across the country, Blake feels blessed and thankful for the adventure, friends and music that the life as a live artist has provided. He hopes to share his art with as many people as possible and for many years to come.