Pardee's Pick: Studio Visit With Lucien Shapiro

October 11, 2012


Fresh off of his "Relics of the New World" exhibition and just in time for October's festivities, Bay Area mask maker and sculptor Lucien Shapiro continues to expand his unique universe this Friday October 5th at LeQuiVive Gallery in Oakland, CA as part of a 3-person exhibit called "A Show of Heads" with fellow artists John Casey and Brian Robertson.


Photographer Todd Kamps and I caught up with Lucien at his studio while he was creating all new masks for this show recently and wanted to share a few preview shots to show the scope, scale, and meticulousness of these masks that I can only describe as simultaneously awesome and "homelessly creepy". Lucien's work is amazing, but to get the full experience of seeing the painstaking amount of detail and all of the blood, glue, bottle caps, GI Joe figures, and other found objects, getting the chance to experience them in person is an opportunity not to pass up.


To give you a good idea of how powerful his work is in person, here's a little video from his last show that is... well... also homelessly creepy!

"A Show of Heads"

Exhibition Length: October 5th-26th

LeQuiVive Gallery

1525 Webster St. Oakland, CA 94612


Showcasing New Works of Artists:

John Casey

Lucien Shapiro


Brian Robertson

A Show of Heads, Providing Set and Scenery of Artistic Vision; Figurative Sculpture, Drawings, Installations, Sculpture, Mural and Traditional Artworks.