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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Kre8 and His Uncompromising Dedication to His Life, Work and Goals
Growing up as a military child who lived all over the world, Kevin Vigil, known as Kre8, found it difficult to blend in.
His life experiences have formed the foundation for the artist he is today, and collectors from all over the world are drawn to his dramatic, interesting paintings. In this episode of the "Behind the Artist" podcast, Kre8 discusses how he's forged his own path in life and in art, the idea behind his name, many of his trials and tribulations on the road to success, and much more!
Leslie Lew and Her Intriguing Success Story
Growing up as the daughter of the renowned advertising executive art director Les Hopkins, artist Leslie Lew became steeped in the American ad culture in the 1960s.
We are thrilled to have Lew as our featured artist this week on the "Behind the Artist" podcast! She discusses her childhood and how her experiences helped form the base of what she does today, takes us through her years at the Chicago Art Institute and rise to success in New York, talks about her pivotal relationship with artist Andy Warhol, and more!
Csaba Markus: Making Magic—Part 2
Enjoy part 2 of this split episode on the “Behind the Artist” podcast with artist Csaba Markus. In this episode, Markus and Park West Gallery Director Morris Shapiro continue their conversation discussing Markus' escape to America, where he lived in his car in California while trying to earn money to bring his family to join him. They then get into discussing his artwork, why he sometimes destroys his paintings, and why he didn't sign his name on his paintings for 15 years!
Csaba Markus: Making Magic—Part 1
Enjoy part 1 of 2 of this split episode on the “Behind the Artist” podcast with artist Csaba Markus. Markus has a larger-than-life personality, and shares with us in this episode his unique story as to why he is who he is. In this discussion with Morris Shapiro, we hear the details of Markus' childhood growing up in Communist Hungary and he reveals the details of his tenacious struggle to escape to America.
Dominic Pangborn: Paving His Own Path—Part 2
Enjoy part 2 of this split episode on the “Behind the Artist” podcast with artist Dominic Pangborn. In this episode, Pangborn and Park West Gallery Director Morris Shapiro continue their conversation discussing Pangborn's schooling and how his unique tie designs became an overnight success. They then get into talking about his creative process, and Pangborn shares his interesting story about his return to spirituality after a lifetime of religious skepticism.
Dominic Pangborn: Paving His Own Path—Part 1
Enjoy part 1 of 2 of this split episode on the “Behind the Artist” podcast with artist Dominic Pangborn. In this episode, Pangborn describes his life growing up in South Korea and his solitary trip to the United States at just 10 years old, where he was adopted into the Pangborn family and became one of 12 children! He then dives into his path that led him to the famed Chicago Art Academy, and what he did to really "wow" his boss at work.
If you love Park West
If you have been to any Park West events, you will love this podcast! It was so great to really hear about these artists stories and how they grew to stardom. I can’t wait to get my hands on a piece of their work.