“HAPPY HOUR”
New Mural Installed at The Highpockety Ox in Boonville
Launch - Tuesday, June 27th beginning at 5:00 p.m

After several years working out of the public eye, renowned British muralist Stan Peskett has resurfaced in the coastal mountains of Northern California. A first public project in his new locale, Peskett has recently completed installation of a mural at The Highpockety Ox, a newly established saloon and public house in Boonville, California. “I can’t get over the fact that I have a mural in my restaurant painted by the same guy who did Studio 54 in New York,” says Ox owner Jason Schrider, “It’s great working with Stan.” Celebration of the installation will take place on Tuesday, June 27th beginning at 5:00 p.m. at The Highpockety Ox, 14081 Hwy. 128 in Boonville.

Following a somewhat reclusive period, during which he continued to work on installations in private homes, Peskett has gradually involved himself in his rural community of Anderson Valley, in Mendocino County. Working out of his hilltop studio, he has just completed the first of two murals for The Ox. The work, entitled “Happy Hour”, is mounted on the pub’s sloping ceiling and depicts a motley and endearing assortment of local “types” against a backdrop of the valley’s bucolic landscape. True to form, Peskett has rendered the local characters with wit and whimsy.

This latest project is a natural step for the artist, as he adapts himself and his work to his new environs. “In the seventies, while living in New York,” says Peskett, “I had the opportunity to team up with the young graffiti artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, mentoring him and promoting his work. He was part of what I saw as a powerfully indigenous urban art form. Here in Mendocino County, I feel I’ve tapped into another indigenous art form, this one manifesting itself in the very culture of the community. People’s artistic vision is expressed in the way they live their lives. So many have come here to reinvent themselves, and are influenced by the soft natural beauty of the area. This environment, as it helps to shape peoples lives, has contributed to the creation of a unique, California Rustic sub-culture. In this mural, I’ve used caricature to interject humor into my impressions of the lifestyles I’ve found here.”

Although new to Mendocino County, Stan Peskett’s work is familiar to many around the world. A veteran of the sixties psychedelic sub-culture in London, the artist earned notoriety as a transformer of interior environments through projects like his “Alice In Wonderland” murals, created for Julie Christie’s home. Later, in New York, Peskett’s highly visible installation at Grand Central Station, “Chorus At Dawn,” received wide recognition, along with his discovery of young graffiti artists like Basquiat. Now, in California, Peskett draws inspiration from the hills around his rural residence and the people he encounters there. In addition to a second mural for The Highpockety Ox, the artist is currently working on a show to be opened at Scharffenberger Cellars in August. More information about the artist can be found here on this website!.


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