Collector Profile: Gregg and Yvette Spatz

Gregg and Yvette Spatz
Gregg and Yvette Spatz

Interview with collectors Gregg and Yvette Spatz

My wife and I recently had the pleasure of visting the Long Beach area home of long-time collectors Gregg and Yvette Spatz. Their home is a shrine to the work they love and a true inspiration to visit. They collect from many sub-genres of the art world with the main focus of their collection on illustration based works, especially those that have been covers of comics and/or featured in the annual Spectrum books which highlight the best and brightest from the world of fantasy driven art.

Rear view of living room
Rear view of living room
Phil Hale and others
Phil Hale and others
Living room end wall view
Living room end wall view

How long have you had an interest in art?
I have been interested in art ever since I can remember. I took art classes back in Junior high and high school, but sports ended up winning out in the end. I would buy the Boris Vallejo Fantasy calendar every year to hang in my room, because I was interested in body building and Fantasy art and those calendars were the perfect mix of both worlds. I have been lucky enough to own two of his paintings now. The dawn of the computer and the internet is what got my interest going forward with my art collecting to what it is today.

Todd Schorr
Todd Schorr
Dining Room view (with look into living room)
Dining Room view (with look into living room)
Chris Mars
Chris Mars

Does anyone else in your family collect or create art?
No one in my immediate family collects or creates art, but my wife Yvette shares the passion with me. We actually went to art galleries and museums while we were dating and carried the passion into our collecting after we got married. I am so lucky to have a wife that is willing to put up with me spending so much money and time into art. It takes a really special person and you also know that, having Shawn share the art with you too.

Jeremy Geddes
Jeremy Geddes
Den view 2
Den view 2

With artists like Mark Ryden, Todd Schorr, Camille Rose Garcia, Shepard Fairey and The Clayton Brothers all having major retrospective museum shows in the past year or two, the future is definitely wide open for this lil’ bubble of the art world. Where do you see this genre of art (new contemporary, urban contemporary, pop surrealism, outsider, lowbrow, etc) going over the next 5-10 years?
Andrew, I see todays art movement continuing to reach even higher levels. This art movement has shown even with a downed economy it can still move upward and outward. It seems like all the major artists have continued to sell out their shows. There has also been a big jump with illustration and Comic Book artists moving over to the gallery scene. It is their way to do some of the work that they can’t do for publishers. This also helps keep the art movement moving forward and not getting stagnate. I do worry though, about too many galleries opening and causing some of the work out there to get watered down. There are tons of yet to be discovered artists out there, but some are being thrust into the gallery scene when they shouldn’t be.

View of the office
View of the office
Nicoletta Ceccoli
Nicoletta Ceccoli
Brom
Brom

With this genre of art gaining in popularity, price points and awareness, there’s a fear amongst some collectors that what we have held dear and close for so long, may well soon be torn wide open and new collectors and gallery players will start hunting about for ‘the next big thing’. Any feedback to that notion?
Galleries have always looked for the next big thing, but the trend has been getting worse with the advent of the internet. It is just easier today to hunt down talent over the computer without even leaving the gallery or your home. This just increases the competition level between galleries.

Jon Wayshak
Jon Wayshak
View of side wall in living room
View of side wall in living room

First piece purchased and when/why?
The first piece Yvette and I bought together was a Cibachrome print of “Mermaid Dreams” by Wyland and Jim Warren. It was just a beautiful painting and there was no way for us to afford the original. It now hangs on a wall in my parents house. We also have not bought any prints since.

The first major painting we bought was “Allure of Damnation” by Brom. It is just the perfect chick painting! Brom is also one of the best Fantasy artists in the world and we were very lucky he still had this painting available. It has been used for calendars, books and tee shirts.

Lisa Snellings Clark
Lisa Snellings Clark

Do you have any sculpture in your collection?
We do have two great sculptures by local artist Lisa Snellings Clark. her work can be scene in some volumes of the Spectrum series art books. We also own a piece by Ver Mar, a huge green Ogre by Kim Graham and numerous “Day of the Dead” pieces and masks. We also used to collect Mexican folk art.

Simon Bisley
Simon Bisley
Dan Quintana
Dan Quintana

Favorite piece you currently own?
I really can’t say that I have a favorite piece, but can tell who some of my favorite artists are from the collection. This may sound like a cop out, but is not. Each guy has his own unique style and can’t be compared to each other. Brom, Phil Hale, John Jude Palencar, Chris Mars, Todd Schorr, Donato,Jon Foster, Justin Sweet, Boris Vallejo, Julie Bell, Dan Dos Santos, Dave McKean, Alex Gross, Ian Miller and Rick Berry. I hate leaving anybody out, but just can’t name them all.

Phil Hale
Phil Hale
Phil Hale
Phil Hale

What was your biggest score of 2009 collecting wise? Best score to date?
The best scores of 2009 are not even in the house yet. I have a Batman commission coming in July from Phil Hale and an Alex Gross painting arriving whenever I can pay it off (actually it’s arrived since and it’s amazing / pic below – editor). I have been waiting years for Phil’s piece and if you have every seen any of his previous Batman pieces you would know why. He is just a genius of an artist!

Master bedroom view
Master bedroom view

Who is at the top of your want list?
Mark Ryden! His work is the best of illustration mixed with fine art.

Alan Pollack - portrait of the couple decapitated
Alan Pollack – portrait of the couple decapitated

If you could add any piece of artwork to your collection, from any time period, which work would that be?
“The Creatix” by Mark Ryden. I was able to see this painting a couple of times and it was the best one for just too many reasons to name.

View of main wall in their den
View of main wall in their den
Dave Cooper
Dave Cooper

I know you are a huge fan of comic book and graphic novel derived work and are a huge follower of the Spectrum series. There is such a wealth of amazing talent in the illustration field, just aching to be discovered and shown in proper gallery spaces. Name one artist that might be off the radar of most, but that has consistently blown your mind and you feel is worth a shout out.
I just can’t name one. I just keep discovering new illustration guys all the time. Some of these guys are new and some may have been around for a while, but keep a lower profile. Wade Furlong (a comic book guy that has his own very unique style. Also was just accepted to be in this years Spectrum), Jon Wayshak (been doing comic book work lately, but not afraid to push the envelope with his style or visions), Chris Rahn (does some very nice gaming art using oils or digital), Michael Ryan (very nice spooky oils). Just get a copy of the last few issues of Spectrum and see how many great artists there are out there. It will blow you away! I need to give a huge shout out to Arnie and Cathy Fenner for doing such a brilliant job of publishing that series! It has been very instrumental for our collection.

Mia
Mia
Alex Gross
Alex Gross

View more pics of the works in their collection via the below link:
http://www.munchkinpress.com/cpg149/thumbnails.php?album=7

Dave McKean
Dave McKean
David Stoupakis
David Stoupakis

The next collector profile will be published shortly. Stay tuned, we’ve some great interviews in the works.

Cannibal Flower 9 Year Anniversary this Sat!!!

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You know you wanna be there! Join us for this truly historic evening.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 29TH
CANNIBAL FLOWER 9 YEAR ANNIVERSARY SHOW

With featured Artist Kelly Berg
http://kellyberggallery.com  

Live Performance Ephemme Suspension Performance (ESP)
http://www.myspace.com/ephemme

Live Music Team Scrub
http://www.myspace.com/teamscrub  

Fashion Show Ceramic Corsets by Nicole Moan
http://www.nicolemoan.com

Live Painting from:
Mear One, Michael Pukac, John Park and Prince Parise

Live Body Painting from Bryan Crump
http://www.bryancrump.com

Huge Group Show Featuring:
Mark Mothersbaugh, Robert Miltenberg, Chris Peters, Chet Zar, Mear One, Alex Garcia, Ekundayo, Paul Chatem, Dabs and Myla, Nate Seubert, Craig “Skibs” Barker, Tiki Jay One, Liz Brizzi, Joe Bravo, Brian Robertson, Michael Pukac, L. Croskey, Erick Rodriguez, Delphia, Anton Godard, Donna Louise Seron, Katherine Siy, Nicole Bruckman, Macsorro, Salah, John P. Wales, Shay Davis, Paul Torres, Patrick Hammerlein, Kyle Harper, Shahid Brown, Michele Waterman, Emiliana Henriquez, Matt Rae, Terri Berman, Douglas Alvarez, Carlos Ulloa, Richard Arthur, Kelly Thompson, Stephen Canthal, Taslimur, Rebecca Peloquin, Dion Macellari, Brendan Tierney, Rory Gilmore, John Hicks, Snow Mack, Emily Scott, David Foto, Mickey M. Edtinger, Sergio D. Robleto, N.S. David, Yuki Miyazaki, Atiba Azikiwe Andrews, Jose Carabes, Cambria, Glenn Arthur, Cate Rangel, Ubaldo Miranda Villa, Greg Yoshitaki, Elizabeth Caffey, Marla Carter, Donna Letterese, Sarah Ramirez, Michelle Cohen and more…

Resident DJ’s Mr. NumberOnederful and X-Point along with guest DJ’s DJ Jas Shepherd of KPFK’s Forward Motion along with Patrick Icon of C.A.V.E Gallery ad DJ Bus Rider

Saturday, August 29, 2009 9:00pm to 1:00am
New Location: 2079 E. 15th St Los Angeles, CA 90021
Just off of Alameda, near the 10 Freeway
Cross street is Santa Clara
Admission is $8 $6 entrance with a costume
http://www.cannibalflower.com

See you at Aqua this December in Miami…

Aqua Art Miami

We’re happy to announce we’ll be returning to Miami this December during Art Basel to take part in Aqua Art Miami. Look for Thinkspace at booth #25 showing new works from Allison Sommers, Brett Amory, Brian Viveros, Ekundayo, Imminent Disaster, Joao Ruas, Nathan DeYoung, Sarah Joncas, Scott Radke, Seth Armstrong, Tony Philippou and Yosuke Ueno.

Aqua Art Miami – Wynwood
Booth #25
42 NE 25th Street (at North Miami Ave)
Miami, FL
Dec. 3rd – Dec. 6th (details to follow)

Aqua Wynwood takes place in the heart of Miami’s gallery district within a few blocks of the Rubell Collection and many other satellite fairs taking place during Art Basel week.

For full details: http://www.aquaartfair.com/

Juxtapoz 15th Anniversary Auction hits LA on Nov. 14th…

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Juxtapoz has been busy preparing for thier upcoming 15th Anniversary Art Auction. “The Big Payback” is a benefit presented by Upper Playground in collaboration with Power House Project of Detroit. The art auction will help raise funds to purchase and renovate foreclosed and abandoned homes in the Detroit area.

More on Powerhouse Project:
http://www.powerhouseproject.com
http://www.powerhouseproject.com/blog

The auction features original artwork from well over 100 national and internationally renowned contemporary artists including: Swoon, CR Stecyk III, Shepard Fairey, Robert Williams, Todd Schorr, Estevan Oriol, Mister Cartoon, Doze Green, Todd “Reas” James, Thomas Campbell, Tim Biskup, KR, Big Daddy Roth, WK Interact, Clayton Brothers, Andrew Schoultz, James Jean, Ron English, David Choe, Mike Giant, Paul Insect, Jeremy Fish, Alex Pardee, Saber, David Ellis, Boogie, D*Face, Cody Hudson, Herbert Baglione, Craola, and more along with add’l curatorial assistance from Shooting Gallery, Copro Gallery, New Image Art, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, Fifty24SF Gallery, White Walls Gallery and ourselves.

We’re honored to have been asked to take part and have asked the following Thinkspace regulars to donate works for this special charitable event:
Allison Sommers, Joshua Mays, L. Croskey, Ekundayo, Nathan DeYoung, Tony Philippou, Craig “Skibs” Barker, Sarah Joncas, Cherri Wood, Tran Nguyen, Brett Amory, Dan-ah Kim, Catherine Brooks, Kelly Vivanco, David MacDowell and Erik Siador

From November 9-19, 2009, the public will be able to bid on the artwork online. Additionally, in celebration of the auction and Juxtapoz’s 15th anniversary, Upper Playground in collaboration with SA Studios will host an exclusive event in Los Angeles on November 14th, 2009 at The Factory Place Arts Complex to view the featured artwork on display and meet with the contributing artists. More info to follow soon on this.

In order to shed further light on every artist who has generously contributed original artwork, Juxtapoz.com will feature each artist alongside his or her donated artwork that will be available for bidding in November. They kicked things off today with SWOON, watch for regular updtes to follow as we head into the event this November. Can’t wait!

Keep tabs on the pieces for the auction coming together and bid online here.

Bicycle Film Fest’s “Joyride” show opens in LA this Thurs…

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Sorry for the lag in posting, we had the big Sunset Junction Street Fair to contend with this past weekend and just needed a few days off from all the BS that comes with working inside the artworld… back at it now with news of a big event hitting LA this weekend.

Thurs, August 27th 6-10PM
BFF Storefront Gallery
4316 Melrose Ave (near Heliotrope) in Los Angeles

“Joyride Art Show” in conjunction with the Bicycle Film Festival – group show presented in collaboration with New Image Art and Anonymous Gallery featuring works from Kenny Scharf, Martha Cooper, Kelsey Brookes, Cheryl Dunn, Maya Hayuk, Scott Campbell, Erik Foss, Mike Giant, Mear One, Chris Stain, Geoff McFetridge, AIKO, Ellis Gallagher, Leo Fitzpatrick, Rich Jacobs, I LOVE DUST, James Jean, Aakash Nihalani, and many, many more.

 As always, look for the full recap of all coming up this weekend to be poster her later this week.

Look for an after-party from 10PM-3AM to be announced on BFF website (www.bicyclefilmfestival.com) – the Bicycle Film Festival is a celebration of bicycles through film, art and music.