“End of An Era, Start of the Now” Art Show

What the hell goes on in Palm Springs in the middle of wintertime? Well, on December 4th, 2015, the Hard Rock Hotel in Palm Springs, California, was exploding with spectacular creativity from some of the most celebrated artists in skateboarding history. “The End of An Era, Start of The Now” kicked off the El Gato Classic weekend and was curated by the supremely talented skate/surf/musician/artist/jack of all trades, Steve Olson.

In a way that only Olson could pull together, the show featured a veritable Who’s Who of skate, surf and art icons including: Jeff Ho, Craig Stecyk III, David Hackett, Steve Alba, Ivan Hosoi, Steve Olson, Neil Blender, Steve Caballero, Eric Dressen, Lance Mountain, Christian Hosoi and Jason Jessee. It was a grand presentation with many of the artists on hand, giving the gathering of art aficionados, skateboarders and fans a firsthand accounting of the stories behind their art.

Steve Olson debuted a wall of new works including gems like “Board Brains #1” stapled and bound with faux snakeskin and “Skate to Death” wrapped in black ripped layered pleather. Ivan Hosoi presented a unique and masterful three-dimensional, paint on cardboard masterpiece, while Eric Dressen’s art was reminiscent of an epic flash drawing with strong, bold lines. In an ironic twist, Jason Jessee’s anarchist-themed art and metal sculpture shared a corner with Christian Hosoi’s abstract spiritual tribute. Neil Blender’s witty art is always a favorite, and his polar bear rendition was one of the first pieces to find a new home in the evening’s festivities. Steve Caballero showed vibrant colors and O.G. skate mottos while Hackett literally rode his skateboard across canvases to create his art. Lance Mountain brought on the classics, while Stecyk made his statement with a full round of ammo. Jeff Ho had a wall of honor featuring hand-painted skateboards and a custom Zephyr surfboard along with canvas renderings of his surf/skate graffiti style work. Some of the best new art on the walls was from Screaming Lord Salba as he debuted his new pool skating themed shadow box art complete with stencils, spray paint, pool tiles, patches, pool dust, plaster, push and pull techniques and pool girls paying tribute to vintage pool sign graphics backed with the passion Salba has for searching and destroying pools to skate. The show was as diverse as skateboarding itself and showcased the best and brightest from the skateboarding tribe.

Below are some photos from the show. Enjoy!

Photos by Dan Levy

Salba and Pops Hosoi Salba and Pops Hosoi

Dave Duncan, Kristen Rew, and Jeff Ho Dave Duncan, Kristen Rew and Jeff Ho

Christian Hosoi Christian Hosoi

Bucky Olson, Hunter Olson, Brother and Uncle Steve Olson Bucky Olson, Hunter Olson, brother and uncle, Steve Olson

Paul Schmitt and Dennis Martinez Paul Schmitt and Dennis Martinez

Pops Hosoi and his Art Pops Hosoi with his masterpiece

David Hackett rolls hard with his art David Hackett rolls hard with his art

Layne Oaks, Christian Hosoi, John Lucero, Dennis Ogden, Eddie Elguera, Eric Dressen, Pops Hosoi Layne Oaks, Christian Hosoi, John Lucero, Dennis Ogden, Eddie Elguera, Eric Dressen, Pops Hosoi

Doug "Pineapple" Saladino and Steve Olson Doug “Pineapple” Saladino and Steve Olson

Steve Olson, Dave Duncan, Eric Dressen, and Paul Schmitt Steve Olson, Dave Duncan, Eric Dressen, and Paul Schmitt

Jeff Ho, Terri Craft, Kristen Rew, and Sheri Bonilla-Hanes Jeff Ho, Terri Craft, Kristen Rew and Sheri Bonilla-Hanes

Chuck Hultz and Jim Goodrich Chuck Hultz and Jim Goodrich

Roland "Cholo" Sanchez and Jarren Duke Roland “Cholo” Sanchez and Jarren Duke

 

STEVE OLSON

To say Olson’s in control, well, that’s outta

control right there, but when he puts his

mind to whatever it is, for example ART:

You know it’s going to be in a Style all his

own. From Painting to Ripping

to Sculpting. Olson wants you to know

one thing, It’s ON….that’s for sure….

"Skate to Death" by Steve Olson “Skate to Death” by Steve Olson

Board Brains #1 by Steve Olson Board Brains #1 by Steve Olson

Board Brains #2 by Steve Olson Board Brains #2 by Steve Olson

olsons-bucky-bulky Olson clan

 

JEFF HO

Original Zephyr Owner. Futurist:

Works in all Mediums

From Paints to Resin… and then some.

If you don’t know, you will…

No other than Ho himself is an Artist in

every sense of the word.

Jeff Ho Zephyr Hand Painted Gold Skateboard Jeff Ho Zephyr Hand Painted Gold Skateboard

Jeff Ho Zephyr Hand Painted Rocky Point Canvas Jeff Ho Zephyr Hand Painted Rocky Point Canvas

Jeff Ho Zephyr Hand Painted Locals Only Canvas Jeff Ho Zephyr Hand Painted Locals Only Canvas

Jeff Ho Zephyr Hand Painted Royal Purple Skateboard Jeff Ho Zephyr Hand Painted Royal Purple Skateboard

jeffho-art-elgatoclassic

Jeff Ho & his surf/skate art

 

JASON JESSEE

Burn out, Blow it up… Boom

The soul of the past, or one that lasts…

Jason Jessee is in this show

for one reason…

he’s crazy like all the others involved…

And his work is just as Crazed…

Talent goes a long way…

KA-BLAM…

Jason Jessee Art Wal

Jason Jessee wall of anarchy

"Pray For Me" by Jason Jessee “Pray For Me” by Jason Jessee

"Metal Man" by Jason Jessee “Metal Man” by Jason Jessee

"Jesus Died So We Could Ride" by Jason Jessee “Jesus Died So We Could Ride” by Jason Jessee

 

ERIC DRESSEN

From small things, Big things come

Skating forever, Drawing forever

E.D. is and always will Be…

Creating with a skateboard

or as an Artist,

Dressen does it his way…

BIG, BABY BIG…

DIG..

Eric Dressen and his art You gotta love Eric D and his art!

 

C.R. STECYK III

Artist, photographer, writer, madman…

There is only one C.R.

Creator of way too many things to mention,

but here’s a couple:

Dogtown — Bones Brigade…

"Ammo" by C.R. Stecyk III Classic C.R. Stecyk III ammo

 

CHRISTIAN HOSOI

Then there was Hosoi.

A style all his own, and Attitude.

From Skating to Art, he stood apart

From Christ Airs to minimal line drawings

of the same… That is, and always will

be Christian’s game, to the top and beyond.

Christian Hosoi and his art Christian Hosoi and his art tribute

 

IVAN HOSOI

Pops Hosoi

The Artist of Artists…

From Hawaii and back.

Ivan’s approach to Art is

just as he does in Life.

A Fine Artist in his own.

For decades, a one of a kind,

and a Fine one at that…

Ivan Hosoi and his art Pops Hosoi and his art tribute to his son Christian

Ivan Hosoi Art Ivan Hosoi Art

 

LANCE MOUNTAIN

From the top of the Mountain,

looking down, it’s a long way.

Capable of doing whatever one wants,

that describes Lance… in this instance…

The Art of Skateboarding,

or the Art of Art…

You’ll understand soon enough

if you don’t already…

"Brad Bowman" painting by Lance Mountain “Brad Bowman” painting by Lance Mountain

 

DAVID HACKETT

From the depths of Malibu, you have the

one and only David Hackett…

One of the Original Skate Artists from

back in the day. From Graphic to Fine Art,

Hackett will and does throw down…

and that’s all you need to know…

hackett-skate-art Hackett skate art

 

NEIL BLENDER

When it happened, who knew what

we’d get.

What we got was Neil Blender…

that’s Luck…

From Skateboarding to Art,

he changed what it was.

Made it his own, and gave it back

for what it was to become.

Neil Blender art Neil Blender art

Neil Blender art Neil Blender art

Neil Blender art Neil Blender art

 

STEVE ALBA

Steve Alba, any one that draws lines like

this dude does…on his skateboard,

well, then it’s a natural transition into the

world of Art… Salba is one of the pioneers

of something that changed our worlds, and

continues to proceed in finding his line in

Fine Art.

Salba and his art Salba debuts his epic new pool box art

 

STEVE CABALLERO

A natural talent, determined,

self taught, and ready.

From destroying it on a skateboard,

to realizing his voice

as an Artist, Cab will do it until it is best.

When it’s all

said and done, the proof is in the visual.


“END OF AN ERA, START OF THE NOW”

An art show featuring artwork created by some of the legendary skaters from the ‘70s and ‘80s. One night, Dec. 4th, 2015, 7- 10 pm, at the Hard Rock Hotel in Palm Springs, California in conjunction with El Gato Classic. Featured Artists: Jeff Ho, Craig Stecyk III, David Hackett, Steve Alba, Ivan Hosoi, Steve Olson, Neil Blender, Steve Caballero, Eric Dressen, Lance Mountain, Christian Hosoi and Jason Jessee. This was a night of entertainment, and fun, as well as a chance to be able to purchase original art pieces, and prints from your favorite artists/skaters. 

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