Grub is from Lee Vining, California, on the eastern edge of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and paints in Hawthorne, Nevada, on the western edge of the Great Basin. He considers the imagination a very real, concrete, place. His paintings are his attempts to articulate his experience with the world.
Education: BAs in Painting and Art History from Humboldt State University, Arcata, California (2006).
PAINTINGS STILL FOR SALE ARE MARKED AS "unsold". PRINTS OF MOST WORK ARE NOW AVAILABLE.
I also now have a 38 page, 5"x7" book available of 10 years worth of paintings.
October 2004 Fickle Hill Gallery, Arcata, CA
April 2005 Honors Painting Exhibition, Reese Bullen Gallery, HSU, Arcata, CA
April 2005 Fickle Hill Gallery, Arcata, CA
October 2005 Ikkastan Gallery, Arcata, CA with the Ian Fays, Megan Atherton, Jake Stanhouse, Vicky Molina
March 2006 Ramone's Coffee Shop, Eureka, CA with the Ian Fays
April 2006 Old Creamery Gallery, Arcata, CA
May 2006 E2 Invitational, E2 Gallery, Eureka, CA
July 2006 Lee Vining Motel Lobby, Lee Vining, CA
September 2006 Karchner Lounge, HSU, Arcata, CA with Megan Mitchell
December 2006 E2 Card Show, E2 Gallery, Eureka, CA
December 2006 The Great "Art" Auction, Fickle Hill Gallery, Arcata, CA
April 2009, Lee Vining Community Center, Lee Vining, CA
March 2011, "New Work and Older Stuff" at the Black Bear Trading Company, Lee Vining, CA
May 2012, "The MONDNACHT: a Bitter Indictment of the Moon and its Lunar Atrocities" at the Black Bear Trading Company, Lee Vining, CA
April/May 2013, "Recent Works: Winter 2013" at the Ansel Adams Gallery at the Historic Mono Inn, Lee Vining, CA.
July 2013, "Recent Work, Winter 2013" at the Cricket Engine Gallery, Oakland, CA.
October 2013, "Works From Local Collections" at the Ansel Adams Gallery at the Historic Mono Inn, Lee Vining, CA.
June 2014, Group Show at the Cricket Engine Gallery, Oakland, CA.
July 2014, "New Work From 2014" at the Ansel Adams Gallery at the Historic Mono Inn, Lee Vining, CA.
July 2014, "Of Ice and Fire: Two Visions of the Mono Basin" joint show with Logan Parsons at the Ansel Adams Gallery at the Historic Mono Inn, Lee Vining, CA.
November 2014, "New Work From 2014" at the Cricket Engine Gallery, Oakland, CA.
July 2015, "New Work From 2015" at the Historic Mono Inn, Lee Vining, CA.
July-August 2015, "New Work" with Skyler Kenny at Community Skis ski shop, Mammoth Lakes, CA.
August 2015, at Tim Carmody Arts Contemporary Art Gallery in Fort Bragg, CA.
October-November 2015, Part of the "Chocolate Walk" at Mountain Rambler Brewery in Bishop, CA.
November 2015, at the Cricket Engine Gallery in Oakland, CA.
December 2015, Group Exhibition "Fire and Ice" at the Mono Council for the Arts Gallery in Mammoth Lakes, CA
April 2016, Group Exhibition at the Thank You House, Mammoth Lake, CA.
April 2016, Group Exhibition at the Mono Council For the Arts Gallery, Mammoth Lakes, CA
Detail From "Napping Venus" (2015)
-Steven J. Tucker, Ornithologist and Collector, commenting specifically on Grub's piece "Family" from 2013.
" Grub Fay is having a show of his huge and unusual paintings tomorrow... I suggest you check them out, they're far more interesting than the usual sunsets and seagulls fare we get around these parts. He says the images come to him in terrible, feverish visions and the process of exorcising them from his psyche onto canvas is unpleasant- which is how I measure a true artist: one prone to fits and spells. He's also the least pretentious person I have ever met- imagine that Patrick Swayze had a gruff and grizzled, beer guzzling little brother who was a bit of a recluse."
-Sara Liner, Art Writer, speaking about Grub's upcoming show at Tim Carmody Arts in Fort Bragg, CA in 2015.
"I think they're less frightening in smaller prints, and a digital rendition takes much of the coarseness out of them, something which I feel adds to the fear. Honestly, they do look more acceptable when viewed on a screen than in full, 10 foot life-size. They can become almost pleasing splashes of color, instead of looming caricatures."
-Elliott T. Brooks, California Registered Professional Forester and Art Critic, commenting on the difference between Grub's work in person and on his website.
"The 2011 version (of Grub's art show) was my introduction to the life-altering Lee Vining social scene, as well as the only art exhibition I've been to where the artist was throwing open cans of beer at his own pieces."
-Garrett Davis, Art Reviewer, on his experience at Grub's exhibition at the Black Bear Trading Company, Lee Vining, in March 2011.
Michael, fellow high-elevation madman, made this movie and the music. It makes me thirsty. Thanks, Mike.
Megan Atherton: MeganAtherton.com
Shawn Biessel: SBiessel.com
Logan Parsons: ParsonsIllustration.com
Biggest influences: Guston, Bosch, Grosz, Beckmann, Bill Watterson, Kirchner, Kokoschka, Kiefer, Helnwein, Rouault. Burroughs, Bukowski, Faulkner, Steinbeck, Dostoevsky, Kierkegaard.