Shoulda Been a Plumber – Art Show, October, 2004 – Austin, Texas


Shoulda Been a Plumber Art Show
Blue Genie Art
Austin, Texas
October 2003

Blue Genie Art
916 Springdale
East Austin

An exhibition of fresh paintings by some Austin painters who would be making an honest living by now.  The ‘Shoulda Been a Plumber’s show was organized and put together by Chris Chappell and Michael Schliefke.  The idea for a show of fundamentally strong painters began during the fall of 2002 at the ARTHive, when Chris and Michael expressed a desire to show with a bunch of painters they respected and wanted to show with.

After months of long hours in studio, phone calls and studio visits around town, a lineup of painters emerged, including the veritable Austin institutions of Philip Trussell, Nathan Jensen and Ethan Azarian.

There was a conscious decision made to stay away from conceptual art and remain focused on those that produce art.  The show was a launching point, as another painting exhibition is being planned for March/April, and there are definite plans to bring this show on the road to other Texas cities including San Antonio and Houston.

“Shoulda Been a Plumber” opens at Blue Genie Art on Friday, October 3.  It is a fundamentally strong and visually stunning show of a tight knit group of painters working in Austin, including Ethan Azarian, Chris Chappell, Nathan Jensen, James Perrin, Michael Schliefke and Philip Trussell.  The show brings together a bunch of painters who paint, and aren’t necessarily ready to fall in line and sheepishly follow the latest contemporary trends in the art world.  The individual work varies from artist to artist, but the work possesses certain aims that transcend the individual styles.   The exploration of paint and imagery displays each artists’ dedication to his craft.

This event is part of Austin’s Visual Arts Month, and is kicking off Blue Genie’s fall/winter schedule of events, which includes a Halloween party complete with a Night Gallery and fashion show, along with their Third Annual Blue Genie Christmas Bazaar, which will be extended to ten days this year.