Deer Ol’ Dad Knows the Path, 14″ Hexagon Wood Panel, Mischtechnink Oil Painting, 2020 by Brian C. Zickafoose
It’s a West Virginia Cryptid Family Jam! Psychedelic artist, Brian Zickafoose returns to Ace Adventure Resort for another round of music, art and festival fun. This year’s poster art features several famous mythical monsters from his home state of West Virginia, Sasquatch, Bat Boy, the Flatwoods Monster and Mothman. This year’s poster marks, Zickafoose’s fourth year illustrating the official artwork for the festival and appearance as a feature live painter and Pigment Sanctuary art gallery staple. Zickafoose sat for an interview with the festival promoters to talk about the art and the magic that goes into the creation of the illustration. Mountain Music Festival is happening June 4-6 at Ace Adventure Resort on the New River Gorge, West Virginia. Read the full interview here.
Don’t get caught in the cold, our new blankets have got your back and they are toasty!
Snuggle up with these durable, heirloom, woven throws, featuring art by Brian C. Zickafoose.
Ancient River in Autumn blankets are back in stock by popular demand.
I am also proud to roll out our newest blankets starring the bear and the owl, as pictured above.
Thanks to the miracle of modern technology, commercial weaving looms are able to recreate my artwork in blanket form with stunning clarity and detail.
Due to slight variations in the production process, each blanket is unique.
These are the large size throw, measuring 68″ x 50″ Inches.
100% Pre-Shrunk Cotton.
Made in the USA in small batches.
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What Does “Made in America” Really Mean?!
Here is what “Made in America” means to me.
It is not always the easiest path or the most profitable but I go to great lengths to source my products from vendors on American soil.
It’s important to me that each product that I offer is created sustainably by people who love their craft and who are compensated properly for their time and energy.
From the farmers growing the cotton, to the weavers, to the picture framers, to the printers I use to image my paintings and reproduce my prints.
No sweatshop labor here. All love. All American.
When you purchase products from my shop, I can confidently say thank you from literally hundreds of American families whose livelihoods your business supports.
Spider Eclip-Tych by Brian C. Zickafoose
22 x 14 Inches Egg Tempera and Oil on Panel
Available as a limited edition set of canvas diptych prints on 3/4″ stretchers.
Edition of 13. Signed and Hand Numbered by the Artist.
About the Art
I was inspired to paint these two pieces during the Great American Eclipse that happened in August of 2017.
On my way to an eclipse viewing party, I was bit on the hand by a spider. OUCH!
Later as we were witnessing celestial bodies in motion, I removed my glasses for a moment and saw a jewel net blossoming outward from the sun, similar to a spider web.
The shear power of that experience combined with the potent spider medicine in my blood moved me to weave that sense of awe into a painting.
Native Americans have traditionally regarded the spider as an allegorical symbol for the creative process. I have also adopted the spider as an animal totem of my own creativity.
How incredible a creature to create and maintain such an elaborate web for its sustenance.
Ciao Amici (or hello friends, as we say in the US!)
Sliding back in the studio after an adventurous summer on the road.
I must confess that I am a habitual workshop attendee. I love diving into the process of learning new skills. More than that, I love the people that I meet.
I hopped the pond for three weeks to study at the Visions in the Mischtechnik Seminar hosted by the Vienna Academy of Visionary Art. It was by far, one of the best workshops I’ve attended in terms of the richness of the experience and the quality of learning.
We stayed at Torri Superiore in Ventimiglia, Italy, just off the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, near the border of France. The ancient stone facade of Torri Superiore was nestled comfortably in the foothills of the Alps. Those mountains were a genuine focal point of beauty and a potent source of magic for the retreat.
The artists hailed from around the world and a common thread of rebirth and self-healing wove everyone’s art together.
The medieval village of Torri was entirely secluded from modern day activity – the closest store was a 20 minute bus ride into town. The inner worlds were more accessible without distraction and visions came like a flood.
There we were, entrenched in our paintings like the old masters, feasting on delicious organic food and wine like kings, occasionally breaking for a dip in the crisp Alpine grotto over the hill. It was both glorious and productive. By the end of the workshop, I finished three paintings that were showcased at the closing party and art show (my first exhibit in Europe!)
We formed a unique bond with the people who reside at Torri. At one point, the entire village was dancing to acoustic folk music together in a large circle like a scene out of a Disney classic. It was a truly authentic Italian experience that I won’t soon forget. And now I’m addicted to pesto.
I was stoked to report there’s a new Renaissance happening in Italy and Torri was the beating heART!
Just Eat Me Already (Self-Portrait)
24 x 24 Inch – Oil and Egg Tempera on Canvas on 2 Inch Gallery Stretchers.
Paper Prints for Sale
Image Size: 14 x 14 in.
Paper Size: 17 x 17 in.
Limited Edition of 25. Each print is proofed, numbered & signed by Brian C. Zickafoose.
Price will increase as the edition reaches its end.
This archival limited edition print was printed on 100% cotton stock with permanent ink.
About the Art
This painting was started at the 2017 Visionary Art Painting Intensive under the direction and tutelage of Alex and Allyson Grey at the Chapel of Sacred Mirrors in Wappingers Falls, New York.
The concept behind this was conceived by Brian Zickafoose as an allegory for the challenges of the creative path. When the artist stay in the creative bubble, the path is true, while danger and peril often loom in the shadows nearby.