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What does it take to be a professional artist? Park West Gallery’s Morris Shapiro wants to know, so he’s interviewing some of today’s most popular visual artists. “Behind the Artist” shares candid conversations in which artists tell real stories about their upbringings, their careers, and the creative inspiration behind their work. Art lovers and collectors alike will love this authentic look at what it takes to create and thrive in the contemporary art world.

What does it take to be a professional artist? Park West Gallery’s Morris Shapiro wants to know, so he’s interviewing some of today’s most popular visual artists. “Behind the Artist” shares candid conversations in which artists tell real stories about their upbringings, their careers, and the creative inspiration behind their work. Art lovers and collectors alike will love this authentic look at what it takes to create and thrive in the contemporary art world.
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What does it take to be a professional artist? Park West Gallery’s Morris Shapiro wants to know, so he’s interviewing some of today’s most popular visual artists. “Behind the Artist” shares candid conversations in which artists tell real stories about their upbringings, their careers, and the creative inspiration behind their work. Art lovers and collectors alike will love this authentic look at what it takes to create and thrive in the contemporary art world.

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English

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248-354-2343


Episodes

Eric Dowdle: The "Puzzle King" With an Unshakable Commitment to his Work

9/17/2019
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For over 20 years, artist Eric Dowdle has been exploring and creating–capturing rural landscapes, cityscapes, local people, food and customs from everywhere he travels, and much more. From being crowned "Puzzle King" to developing his hit TV art show, there is not much Eric Dowdle hasn't done! We're thrilled to have him as our guest on this week's episode of the "Behind the Artist" podcast. Dowdle dives into discussing his unshakable commitment to his work and gives us some unique insights...

Duration:01:01:20

Scott Jacobs and His Astonishing Journey—Part 2

9/3/2019
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Enjoy part 2 of 2 of this split episode on the “Behind the Artist” podcast with artist Scott Jacobs. In this episode, Jacobs candidly discusses his near fatal motorcycle accident in 2016 and the difficult road to recovery, his current views about his life and art, and how he came to become one of the most successful fine artist of our time.

Duration:00:39:09

Scott Jacobs and His Astonishing Journey—Part 1

8/20/2019
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Enjoy part 1 of 2 of this split episode on the "Behind the Artist" podcast with artist Scott Jacobs. In this episode, we take a look into his astonishing life as he shares some remarkable personal experiences, talks to Park West Gallery Director Morris Shapiro about his unparalleled success over the last 40 years, and discusses how he was the first artist licensed by Harley Davidson!

Duration:01:06:21

Guy Harvey: Turning the Ocean into Artwork

8/6/2019
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Guy Harvey is a unique marine wildlife artist, scientist, and conservationist who shares his passion for ocean life through his authentic artwork and merchandise. In this episode of the "Behind the Artist" podcast, we take a dive with Guy Harvey into his vibrant childhood, love of the sea and marine life, and how he continues to blend his passions–art, science and conservation.

Duration:00:35:38

Matt Beyrer: How a Shark Turned Him Into an Art World Superstar

7/23/2019
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Artist Matt Beyrer is known for transforming simple planks of wood into amazing creations that ripple with color, detail, and emotion. This unique technique has helped propel him to international success. Let’s dive into the fascinating life of Matt Beyrer on this episode of the “Behind the Artist” podcast as we discuss how he got started painting, his main influences and inspirations, and how he took a bite out of the art world.

Duration:00:36:23

Michael Cheval and His "Absurd" Artwork

7/9/2019
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A contemporary artist known for his “Absurdist” paintings, drawings, and portraits, Michael Cheval joins us as this week’s guest on the “Behind the Artist” podcast. Cheval sat down with Morris Shapiro to discuss his youth in the former Soviet Union, his father’s pressure upon him to excel as a painter, his first museum show at the young age of 24, and much more. Enjoy this candid conversation!

Duration:00:58:32

Romero Britto and His Extraordinary Creative Process

6/25/2019
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Pop artist Romero Britto is one of the biggest names in art today. He’s held over 300 exhibitions, has over 60 public art installations worldwide, and has his work licensed by everyone from Disney to Absolut. His creations have been used for the Super Bowl, Olympics, the World Cup, and other massive global events. We’re incredibly excited to have Britto as a guest on the “Behind the Artist” podcast. In this episode, Park West Gallery Director Morris Shapiro caught up with Britto to discuss...

Duration:00:48:16

Allison Lefcort: The Princess of Pop

6/11/2019
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Artist Allison Lefcort has been called "The Princess of Pop." Her acclaimed Pop Art has drawn comparisons to the works of Andy Warhol and won her commissions ranging from Disney to international royalty. In this episode of the "Behind the Artist" podcast, Lefcort talks with Morris Shapiro about her fascinating journey in the art world and a whole lot more!

Duration:00:40:47

Tim Yanke: Determination to Succeed

5/28/2019
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Born and raised in Detroit, Tim Yanke’s work ethic was instilled at an early age. In this episode of the “Behind the Artist” podcast, Park West Gallery Director Morris Shapiro sits down with Yanke to discuss his growth as an artist, his discovery of abstract expressionism, his love for the American West, and the origins of some of his iconic imagery.

Duration:01:02:45

Artist Roundtable: Duaiv, Guyton, Jacobs, Yanke

5/16/2019
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What’s better than hearing one artist talk about their craft? What about FOUR artists? Morris Shapiro recently hosted an entertaining roundtable discussion with four acclaimed artists—Duaiv, Patrick Guyton, Scott Jacobs, and Tim Yanke. Together, the group discusses what it means to be a working artist, how they distinguish between form and content, and answer the age-old question, “How can you tell when a work is finished?” Enjoy this candid discussion about what it means to be a...

Duration:01:09:23

Patrick Guyton Draws Inspiration from Animation

8/6/2018
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Patrick Guyton is a professionally trained artist, but his unique blend of gold leafing techniques and figure painting hails from his experience outside the classroom. In this episode, Park West Gallery Director Morris Shapiro sits down with Guyton to discuss his time working for animation legend Chuck Jones as well as his brief stint as a furniture truck driver, proving the road to becoming a professional artist is often a strange one.

Duration:01:24:09

Michael Godard Paints from Rags to Riches

7/20/2018
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Before he was the "Rock Star of the Art World," internationally collected artist Michael Godard spent time drawing caricatures in a theme park. In this episode of "Behind The Artist," Godard sits down with Morris Shapiro to discuss this difficult upbringing, what it was like to sell his first paintings, and how he became one of Las Vegas' most famous artists.

Duration:01:36:52