Janis, Dave, & The Devil
Nate McClain (American, 1973 - 1997)
Janis, Dave, & The Devil, 1997
30 x 96 inches
Courtesy of Dave and Amy
Janis, Dave, and The Devil is an original large scale 2.5-feet by 8-feet painting featuring Nate's dog Janis, his friend Dave, and the Devil with hip cats in the background. This was shown in a group Art Exhibit at the International Arts Complex building in St. Louis, MO. Nate was 23 years old when he created this artwork while living at the Washington Avenue Art Lofts in downtown St. Louis, Missouri.
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9/10/2016 10:11:43 pm
This piece was made for an upcoming show Nate and they boys down the hall had set up. It started with Nate and I going over ways to make up the rent he owed (starving artist). He owed a bit. We decided he would due a painting for me (Janis, Dave, & the Devil) and we would call it good. When I saw the finished product, I was overly excited to say the least. Nate hung the piece in the show. An old friend of ours, Scott Portell, saw the piece and offered to buy the painting (for a fraction of the debt). I was pissed. Nate, oblivious to the situation. Scott, had no idea. 6 years later, Scott calls me and says, "It freaks out my family when they stay with us" and gives Amy and I the painting for our wedding gift. Crazy, ain't it?! p.s. thanks scott. we love ya.
9/10/2016 10:12:46 pm
The plot gets deeper on the Devil painting. Scott and Kris come out to visit me and we go up North for a conference Kris was involved in. Scott and I talk about the piece and I find out that Scott had been funding Nate's art supplies since he got out of college. So, in retrospect, this painting was Scott's prior to being mine. Scott had to purchase it to keep it, and then gave it to me. I am very proud to have it and to know the truth behind it.
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