Robert Palacios - ‘Small guns’, 2013 acrylic on panel 9x12.5 (showcased at ‘Slice of Life’ solo exhibition, Chimmaya Gallery 2013)
About a month ago Anita had sent me an email which consisted of a showcard for Robert Palacios’, 'Slice of Life' exhibition at Chimmaya Gallery. The showcard contained the painting above entitled, "Small guns" as one of the images promoting Mr. Palacios exhibition which took place in Los Angeles, California from November 10th - December 4th, 2013. Anita had asked if I could recognize who the portrait appeared to be, which I could not at the time. She thought it resembled our friend Chicano artist Jose Lozano. I was aware Jose Lozano and Robert Palacios were friends, but I was still unsure it was a Lozano inspired portrait. A couple weeks after Anita’s first email I received a second from her with a post attached confirming in Jose Lozano's Facebook timeline the "Small guns" was indeed a portrait of him, along with the gist of the conversation that had inspired Robert's creation.
Fast forward to when we visit Robert Palacios ‘Slice of Life' exhibition during Thanksgiving break and find the artist in attendance.
Read here: CHICANO ART MOVEMENT visits: Robert Palacios ‘Slice of Life’ at ChimMaya Gallery 2013.
That is when we had the opportunity to view the Jose Lozano inspired piece and reaffirm the story that sparked Robert's imagination first-hand at Chimmaya Gllery in late November 2013.
After listening to Robert's account and taking delight on how the "Small guns" piece came to fruition I asked Mr. Palacios for permission to share his artwork and its story.
Artwork and story courtesy of artist Robert Palacios. Thank you Robert!
via Robert Palacios:
"My inspiration for ‘Small guns’ was inspired by a conversation I had with Jose Lozano about 6 months ago prior to the show I had at ChimMaya Gallery ’ Slice of Life’ we had a deep discussion based on being chosen to do a commissioned art piece and how to charge the client additional fees for changes in the sketch phase or during the painting process, Jose explained
to me he had a hard time charging a client additional cost, I explained to him ,when there is a request for a change it takes more of your time and more of your time is vaulable to you, so you must bring out the big guns and Jose’s response to me was ” will i’ll stick to my small guns”…. and soon as heard those words a vision poped in my head and ‘Small guns’ was born.”
More info on Robert Palacios and his art visit: www.robertpalacios.com