We just couldn’t wait till March to see Aaron Nagel’s newest paintings, so we headed over to Oakland this week for a sneak peek. His two bedroom apartment serves as a painting studio, photography studio, and even design headquarters for Aaron’s web company. Every inch of wall space is covered with paintings. Although Aaron claims he’s ready to get them into the gallery, we know he miss the company of these stunning ladies. By exploring Aaron’s home we learned of his 10 year stint with punk bands, his grandfather’s WWII hero status, and his version of man’s best friend: a floppy kitty named Ty. Take a look and be sure to stop by the opening reception of Marks: New Works by Aaron Nagel at The Shooting Gallery on March 6th, 2010 from 7-11pm.
Aaron and Ty
Reference photographs shot by Aaron
His grandfather’s WWII medals
15 year old Aaron and his punk band, Link 80 (he’s the blond one in the middle)
His most recent piece, still in progress
Centerpiece of Aaron’s triptych
The cat that thinks he’s a dog
Aaron’s full sleeve by San Francisco tattoist, Grime
Original block prints by Masami Teraoka
A big thanks to Mr. Nagel for showing us around his studio. Check out his blog for process shots and writings, and come by on March 6th to meet the artist himself! More pics on flickr.