Take a look at this number: 6,500. That's how many paintings Chris Haberman, the Portland-based artist whose work graces our cover this week, has sold in the past eight years. How many people do you know who have done 6,500 of anything in the last eight years? I don't think I've even brushed my teeth that many times.
Haberman is bringing his work to Bend in the form of his art show that bears the hilariously Bend-centric title, "Ponderosa Pines, Lost Licorice Balloons and The Plight of the Pregnant Man." The show opens at Tew Boots Gallery, located above the Bond Street Market, in time for the May 7 edition of the First Friday art walk and features Haberman's innovative and brightly colored pop-culture-inspired mashups that are often created on found objects. By using recycled materials, Haberman is able to sell his pieces at affordable prices, thus placing his art into the hands of those who might not otherwise collect art. The show at Tew Boots addresses some Bend-related issues like, obviously, the pregnant man, but also a quip about strip-club loving Matthew Fox and his take on our reputation for "beautiful" scenery.
Portlanders have taken notice of Haberman's work, which is why he was recently featured on OPB's Oregon Art Beat, and Mayor Sam Adams called him "one of my favorite artists in Portland." His work continues to appear all over Portland's art scene, as well as in bars and restaurants.
Haberman, who transitioned to the world of art after a stint in the insurance industry, is a Renaissance man of sorts, having been published as a poet and journalist and also taking lead vocal duties in his band, Hello Cleveland. Obviously, this guy isn't sitting on his ass - how in the hell else would he not just paint, but sell 2.2 paintings each day for the past eight years. Suddenly, you feel lazy, don't you?
Show begins Friday, May 7 at Tew Boots Gallery, 920 NW Bond St. (Second level).