I was recently asked what American Bar Series paintings I have available for purchase. I am posting the finished paintings in my studio.
All paintings are framed and ready to hang. All paintings are of bars that I have frequented. Prices include shipping within the 48 contiguous United States.
Jake’s o’ Mine was an outlaw biker bar a block from my house. It closed several years ago. In the heyday, Jake’s had a tattoo artist on site. Oil wrestling, live bands, Hell’s Angels, what more could you ask for in you corner bar?
Jake’s o’ Mine is now Lucky Strikes, that is if the owner can survive the mandatory shutdown due to VCOVID-19. The arbitrary and capricious closures of many bars in Arizona has sealed the fate of some of them.
Cowboy Bill’s in Key West is, like most bars in Key West, a tourist trap. However, it is a fun tourist trap. Ride the mechanical bull. Tricycle races (one trike is completely unrideable) and great music.
Coming back to Arizona, the Dog Run is a locals bar in Apache Junction. Pool tables, karaoke, great sandwiches, and colorful locals. My first time at the Dog Run a guy in a wheelchair was cleaning up at the pool tables.
Like many bars in Arizona, The Dog Run is in a strip mall. Moving here from the east, it was difficult to comfy up to strip mall bars.
I am used to bars that are located in their own buildings. Apache Junction currently has two drinking establishments that meet that criteria. One is closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. The other I have yet to paint.
The painting I did of the other, Superstition Skies, is not for sale. It features my deceased nephew, the only painting I did with him in it.
The Whiskey Row Tavern in Prescott, AZ is a local’s bar in a tourist area. Cash only, and pay per drink.
The bartender is the best, she refilled my beer before I was able to take the last sip. She didn’t ask, she just knew.
Whiskey Row is older than Arizona has been a state. Doc Holliday and Wyatt Earp both wandered the streets of Pescott.
The Palace is the oldest saloon in America. Today it is a tourist trap, and you will not be able to get served promptly. It actually has the second worst service of any bar I have ever been to. Which is why Whiskey Row Tavern is featured in one of my paintings.
And now for a road trip. The Old Absinthe House features the bar they had prior to prohibition. The copper top bar was dismantled and hidden during this bleak period of American history.
The bar played a prominent role during the War of 1812. The bartender featured in the painting is Dawn. She came to New Orleans from Chicago at age 18 and stayed.
I have plenty more paintings and art available. I am working on a show in December in Mesa, AZ.