• CHANTAL MENARD Big Cartel Store is LIVE!

    Hello Friends! It is with great delight that we officially announced the launch of my big cartel store on Instagram yesterday! I greatly appreciate the patience and support from family and friends who have kept me motivated in this process. Anyway, check it out. Drop me an email and let me know what you think if you should feel so inclined:) Hope you all are celebrating the amazing autumnal changes we are having.

    Besos y Huesos,

    xo-Chantal

    VISIT chantalmenard.bigcartel.com

     

  • LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL “CRIME ON CANVAS” 2017

    Wanted to share the details on this year’s “Crime on Canvas” show in Las Vegas, NV in conjunction with Life is Beautiful. 

    There will be an artists reception on Saturday, 9/23 where you’ll be able to meet your favorite artists.I was able to participate in last year’s “Crime on Canvas” and I’m thrilled to be included in this year’s line up. I will be showing my new piece, “The Passenger” for the first time. If you plan on being in Vegas this weekend for Life is Beautiful, I highly recommend going. Last year’s was so fun. SO many great performers, artwork, special guests. It’s truly a sight to behold. 

  • FAD Archives

    This is an archive of articles I had written for FAD MAGAZINE, a UK based online publication which is a curation of  “the world’s most interesting art and culture.” The objective was to feed the piqued curiosity of European art enthusiasts with the current state and happenings of art in Los Angeles.

    Henry and Glenn Forever, “Henry and Glenn Gang Bang.” March, 2011

    HENRY AND GLENN FOREVER, FOREVER HENRY AND GLENN Interview Chantal M enard

    Joshua Petker, “Celluloid Constellations.” June, 2011

    Joshua Petker’s “Celluloid Constellations” at Corey Helford Gallery

    Timeline Gallery Art Show, August 6, 2011

    TIMELINE at TIMELINE GALLERY Art Opening Saturday August 6th 2011

    Jessicka Addams, “Little Grey Secrets.” August, 2011

    Interview:Revealing Jessicka Addams and her “Little Grey Secrets.”

    Korin Faught, “Voices on the Lake.” September, 2011

    Korin Faught Interview by Chantal Menard

    Sylvia Ji, “Gilded Roses.” December, 2011

    “SYLVIA JI: GILDED ROSES” By Chantal Menard

     

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  • Tattoo Machine Breadbox Series

    I thought I would post the statement I had written for Koplin Del Rio Gallery on the Tattoo Machine Breadbox series that I have been working on over the years.  I had shown several of the Bread boxes in a group show. The gallery thought it would be fitting to write a statement on my process and inspiration behind the Tattoo Machine Breadbox series.

    I will be listing these pieces very soon in my online store. I hope you will enjoy the story behind them, as it has been a process that has brought me great joy.

    Enjoy,

    Chantal

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    The Tattoo Machine Breadbox Series

    I began building memento boxes some time ago. Perhaps it was my mother’s influence on me as a child, when she would construct these elaborate shadow boxes with childhood keepsakes and lovingly place them throughout the house. The shadow boxes were like one’s own personal history or time capsule. They were a way to cherish the trinkets and reminders we held so dear.

    Fast forward to my adult years, my first real job was as a body piercer in a tattoo shop in Pasadena, CA. When I was in high school, I became so fascinated by tattoos and piercings that it was the majority of what I thought about. I was consumed by the idea of transforming one’s body into a personal gallery. During my years as a piercer, I was able to connect with people in a very unique way.  Piercing opened up spiritual portals, creative floodgates and allowed me to dive deep into my own psyche.  Also during this time, I had the opportunity to befriend some great tattoo artists that I consider dear friends to this day.

    I had two friends in particular whom I credit for inspiring the Tattoo Breadbox Series: Dan Dringenberg and Karl Marc.  I knew Dan and Karl independently of each other. Both were tattoo artists and tattoo machine builders. Dan Dringenberg was the sort of person who was born to tattoo and build tattoo machines.  His love for the tattoo industry was like a heartbeat.  When Dan spoke, you felt as though you had been living your life asleep and he was there to wake you up from your slumber. His dedication and drive inspired you to work harder and earn your place in whatever industry you were working in.  Dringenberg had seen my assemblages and collages over the years and was always excited to see what I was conjuring up.  It was Dan who had put the bug in my ear to build tattoo machine cases.

    “Jolly Roger” made from an antique medical cabinet. The first of the Tattoo Machine case. As seen in the book “Hand Made” by Karl Marc.

    Karl Marc was someone I worked with at the shop, and he too, was constantly creating. Karl would tattoo and paint all day, and build machines when he wasn’t tattooing. I would sometimes go over to his workshop and he would show me the latest machine he was building. One day, he decided to put together a book of tattoo artists and the tattoo machines they made. I was so excited by his project that I couldn’t resist building a case that could hold tattoo machines in a very precious way, almost like a tabernacle. Karl loved the cabinet and decided to give me a place in his book, “Hand Made” as well as show it in the exhibit that coincided with the book’s release. When Karl decided to do a second book, he asked me to help him with putting together the roster, as well as finding a bigger gallery in Los Angeles to show the new line up of “Hand Made” artists. That was when I did a second cabinet, but this time from an old breadbox.

    “Davy Jones,” the second piece in the Tattoo Machine breadbox series. Featured in “Hand Made, Volume II” by Karl Marc.

    I chose the breadbox for a few reasons: The breadbox is a common household item that could easily store multiple machines. Oftentimes, breadboxes have glass in the doors, so you can easily see the contents inside. Lastly, and most importantly, the tattoo machine is vital to the tattoo artists’ craft. The machine is the means to earning their living, aka their dough, their “bread.” The amount of care and craftsmanship that goes into building a solid tattoo machine is a work of art in itself. Being that so much love is put into building a great machine, it only seemed logical to hold them in a beautiful place that paid tribute to the importance of these sacred instruments.

    Tattoos are associated with sailors, pirates and mermaids in seaport towns. Thus, seafaring and oceanic elements are reoccurring themes in the breadbox series. The name “Davy Jones” refers to the spirit that inhabits the depths of the ocean floors. There is a real monkey skull affixed to the ship, which is a reference to the late Davy Jones, singer of The Monkees. There are bunny rabbits on top, which allude to the novel “Watership Down.”  The inside of the box lights up, and contains a tattooed shark specimen that adds to the mythology associated with the piece, as well as guards the contents of the box.

    “Black Pearl,” was inspired by the infamous pirate’s ship in the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series.  Pearl’s appendages are flanked with seashells, baubles and bones. Her insides also light up, and contain the specimen of a pig fetus in formaldehyde, which is a nod to the proverb of “casting pearls before swine.” “Jolly Roger,” “Davy Jones,” and “Black Pearl” are personified assemblages that pay homage to ocean lore and myth.

    “Black Pearl” Tattoo Machine case triptych.

    I am still in love with tattoos. I’m still fascinated by tattoo machines. I still spend time in tattoo parlors and machine shops. And I still have an unshakeable respect for the people in the tattoo industry that are wholeheartedly committed to making beautiful tattoos… These cases are dedicated to you.

    -Chantal Menard, 2012

  • “Piece by Piece” Show

    We’ve all heard the adage “It’s better to be late, than never at all,” and I know it has been several months after the fact, but I have been wanting to share more on the “Piece by Piece” show which took place back in April. I thought it would be fun to show my individual process, along with the vision of the show itself, which was curated by dear friend, Tim Shelton.

    On April 8th, 2017, Still Life Tattoo hosted an incredible benefit for Autism. The Name of the Show was called “Piece by Piece.” All of the artists involved were given a blank puzzle pieces and asked to create an original piece of artwork on this puzzle piece-shaped canvas. The concept for “Piece by Piece” was a dream of artist and curator,  Tim Shelton for a long time. He had been wanting to create a show where the separate puzzle pieces would somehow come together. The results were amazing. Each piece was beautiful on its own, but when all the pieces were placed together into one cohesive piece, the result was awe-inspiring.

     

    I was finally able to create a piece I had envisioned for quite sometime, utilizing large pieces of bone found on the beaches of Alaska, along with some old pieces of ephemera from Hawaii, guitar neck, piano keys, sheet music that I had been collecting for years.

     

    I named my piece “Sea Sick,” which was named after one of my favorite Morrissey songs, “Sea Sick, Yet Still Docked.” I had been inspired by a number of events that had been going on in my own personal life. My father had just been diagnosed with Stage IV cancer, and my world had flipped upside down. I had utilized found pieces from Alaska and Hawaii, which were the last two states added to the union. I  wired pieces of an old guitar and piano keys using old coils from tattoo machines. I sealed the piece off with resin as to give it a “visceral/found in water” type of look.

    “Sea Sick” by Chantal Menard, 2017

     

    Most of the artwork sold, and proceeds were donated to Talk About Curing Autism, TACA. It was an honor to be able to participate in something that had so much meaning to so many people.

    Pictured Here are the artists Individual Puzzle Pieces

     

    “Each piece was beautiful in its own right, but when all placed together, the effect was awe-inspiring.”

    Now “Sea Sick” is in the perfect home of an art collector. He now resides on a boat somewhere off the coast of California.

    Here is a link on the Time Lapse of the “Piece by Piece” show. As you can see, one person can do something beautiful, but many people coming together for a great cause can can be brilliant.

  • CONJOINED 7 Opens JANUARY 21, 2017

    Dear Friends,

    It’s January, and I’m always so excited for this time of year. January marks the start of the new year, with new beginnings and new possibilities ahead. It’s my birthday month, and also, its also time for another round of CONJOINED, the biggest 3D/Sculptural/Mixed Media show around. I have been participating in Conjoined since their very first show in January 2011, and I am proud to say I am back for more. This exhibit has been carefully curated by Chet Zar and will be held at Copro Gallery in Bergamot Station, Santa Monica.  The turn out is always great, and the lineup  gets better and better every year. I will be including one of my assemblages in the show.Needless to say, I look forward to Lucky 7! See you there. xo-Chantal

    WHAT: CONJOINED LUCKY 7

    WHEN: SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 2017

    TIME: 8PM-11:30PM

    WHERE: COPRO GALLERY, BERGAMOT STATION

    2525 MICHIGAN AVENUE, T5. Santa Monica, CA 90404

    CONJOINED 7 OPENS SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 2017

    CONJOINED 7 OPENS SATURDAY, JANUARY 21, 2017

  • “CRIME ON CANVAS” INVADES LOS ANGELES. NOV 12, 2016

    Hello Friends,

    In case you missed it and were not able to attend the Crime on Canvas show which was held at the Life Is Beautiful festival in Las Vegas, NV last September, do not despair you will have a chance to see the show in Los Angeles.

    WHAT: Crime on Canvas, a group show. CoCurated by Jessicka Addams

    WHERE: SHAG STORE, Los Angeles. 8443 Melrose Ave, West Hollywood, CA 90069

    WHEN: Saturday, November 12, 2016 7-10pm

    My piece “Little Big Horn” will be available at the opening through the Shag Store. Many of the artists will be in attendance. It’s free and open to all. Look forward to seeing you there. xo-Chantal

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    View available works online here:

    http://mmodern.bigcartel.com/product/little-big-horn-original-sculpture-by-chantal-menard

  • CRIME ON CANVAS/LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL, SEPTEMBER 23-26 LAS VEGAS NEVADA

    I’m honored and pleased to be participating in this year’s “Crime on Canvas” show. This show is held in conjunction with the Life is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas, NV. The line up of artists is stellar, and I am truly honored. I created a life size mixed media assemblage, called “Little Big Horn.”. \This piece will be on display for the first time ever and available through MModern Gallery. The show will be held at the former WESTERN HOTEL 899 Fremont Street. Las Vegas, NV 89101. For further info and inquiries contact the Shag Store in West Hollywood. 323.424.3005 Or Jay Nailor  via email mmodern@gmail.com See details and press info below.

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    "Little Big Horn" was created specifically for the Crime on Canvas event. for inquireies please contact Jay Nailor at mmodern@gmail.com

    “Little Big Horn” was created specifically for the Crime on Canvas event. for inquiries please contact Jay Nailor at mmodern@gmail.com

     

    Life is Beautiful/Crime on Canvas Press Release

    For 2016, Life is Beautiful is adding something amazing to the ART portion of the festival this year and you’re one of the first to hear about it!

    Life is Beautiful is proud to present “Crime on Canvas”, a group art exhibition featuring an all-star cast of fine artists from the Pop-Surrealism/Lowbrow art genre. This art movement has taken the contemporary art world by storm over the past decade or so and continues to gain momentum with its amazing visual imagery, craftsmanship, humor and plethora of non-traditional fine artists.  Experience a vast array of provocative artworks that covers a wide variety of influences that are sure to delight and stimulate your senses.

    This exhibition, being curated by the husband and wife team of Jay Nailor and MiShell Modern (from M Modern Gallery and CUR8L8) hosts over 80 of these top artists and includes original paintings, rare prints, sculptures and other creative mediums. As a huge bonus, the majority of these fine artists will be attending the festival to meet and greet you in person (they might even be sober enough to explain their works to you).

    Please read on to further immerse yourself in what you can expect to see, broken down into subject categories within the genre, and keep in mind that many of the artists cross over into more than one of the categories described below:

    Expertly Illustrated:

    These are top illustrators and animators (you’ll probably recognize their works from ads, posters, album covers, Disneyland as well as magazine and book illustrations) featuring Camille Rose Garcia, Shag (aka Josh Agle), Mab Graves, Brandi Milne, Jasmine Becket-Griffith, Kukula, Nouar, Tim Biskup, Glenn Barr, Eric Joyner, Bob Dob, Amanda Visell, Keith Weesner, Joe Vaux, Gretchen Lewis, Bwana Spoons, Selena Wong, Adam Labuen and Isabel Samaras.

    The Dark Side of Beautiful:

    Features haunting artworks from some of the masters in the dark arts, visual effects and tattoo world supplied by Travis Louie, Ray Caesar, David Stoupakis, Naoto Hattori, Chet Zar, Lori Nelson, Redd Walitzki, Nicomi Nix Turner, Erica Flannes, Heidi Taillefer, Matt Dangler, Damien Echols, Lorri Davis and Menton3.

    Sculptural Tendencies:

    We’re guessing you’ve never seen sculptures quite like this and challenge you to take a look for yourself with amazingly crafted works by Scott Hove, Colin Christian, Laurie Hassold, Jessica Joslin, Mike Leavitt, Chantal Menard, Jaclyn Presant, Michelle Valigura, Bosko Hrnjak and Adam Wallacavage.

     

    Painters of Seemingly Wild Women:

    Provocative scenes are expertly painted and themed around the fairer sex and not always suitable for children. You’ll want to peruse these gorgeous works that portray both the immense strength and subtle vulnerability of beautiful (in their own way) women. All cleverly painted by artists John Brophy, Brian M Viveros, Dan Quintana, Jennybird Alcantara, Jasmine Worth, Deirdre Sullivan-Beeman, Christine Wu, Troy Brooks, Annie Owens, Jeremiah Ketner, Zoey Stevens and then add in portraiture pleasures from Mike Stilkey and Andrew Hem.

    Animalistic Instincts:

    These aren’t your parent’s typical animal scenes and portraits!  Get ready to feast your eyes on these amazing depictions of animals in settings you’ve never dreamed of (or you’d maybe be in this exhibition).  These exquisite works have to be viewed up close and personal since it’s difficult to describe their sheer creative elegance.  We want you to hunt down these ferocious pieces of art by Josh Keyes, Martin Wittfooth, Camilla D’Errico, Scott Musgrove, Luke Chueh, Brad Woodfin, Joe Ledbetter and Anthony Ausgang. Their precision, composition and subject matter will amaze you.

    The Quadruple G’s (Graffiti Gone Gallery Guys):

    You’ve probably seen their billboards, painted walls, wheat pastes, stickers and tags (maybe even at Life is Beautiful): However, did you know that the artists listed here all made the transition to showcasing their works in prestigious fine art galleries and museums the world over?  Here’s your chance to see incredible fine art pieces from Andrew Schoultz, Shepard Fairey, Greg (Craola) Simkins, Ron English, Jeff Gillette, Buff Monster, Dave Kinsey, Trav, ThankYouX, Alex (easeone) Pesante and the Panik Collective. And yes, most of them still do Graffiti when free time allows.

    Hometown Heroes:

    We’re betting you thought we’d forgotten some of your homegrown favorites! Some may have left your town due to increased demand for their artworks, but they represent Vegas worldwide with aplomb! So come out and support these art luminaries that do Vegas proud and view art creations by Amy Sol, Casey Weldon, Gillean Clark, Juan Muniz, Giovanni Morales and Jerry Misko.

     

    The Music Connection:

    Hey, we recognize that music and art go hand in hand; so we thought we’d throw in some super talented fine artists with some major ties to the music scene.  To have some fun with this category, we suggest placing these artist names in the search engine of your choosing and better get to know Brandon Boyd, Chris Mars, Frances Bean Cobain, Lindsey Way, Amanda Erlinger, Ryan Alosio and Jessicka Addams (Jessicka is also our co-curator/partner in crime).

    What about the Kids?:

    Art should surround us all, regardless of age, so we decided that we’d do a mini gallery solo exhibition (within “Crime on Canvas”) of 9 year old Elisabeth Anisimow’s paintings that should inspire the inner child in all of us (and especially your own children if attending).  Elisabeth is featured in the Nickelodeon series “All in With Cam Newton” as an aspiring talent who’s looking to, one day, make her living as a fine artist (we think she’s easily on her way). Artist Josh Agle (aka Shag) is her art mentor for this segment and the episode was filmed at the Shag store in West Hollywood, California.

    Pop Up, Pop What?:

    Look for side-by-side pop-up galleries to provide a glimpse into what the Shag stores (West Hollywood & Palm Springs, CA) offer from fine artist Josh Agle (aka Shag) and that M Modern Gallery exhibits from other fine artists!

    Come see us. Please, please, please!:

    We’re all extremely excited for you to visit us during our Western Hotel takeover with “Crime on Canvas” and guaranty not to disappoint.  So, drop by to say hello and you might even walk away with an amazing piece of fine art to add to your collection or to start one with.  All these incredible pieces will be available for sale, so you may want to make “Crime on Canvas” your first stop at the festival or risk missing out.

     

  • GHOSTS AND WITCHES SHOW. FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 23, 2016.

    Hello friends. Very exciting news to kick off the Fall Season. On Friday, September 23, I will be participating in the “Ghosts and Witches” group show at the Mystic Museum in Burbank CA. This is a group show dedicated to the Supernatural and Macabre. See details below. I will have two pieces available,”R.I.P.” a memento mori box as well as “Wet Nurse,” aka “Seven Sins” which I’ve never shown before. For purchasing and inquiries, Please contact the Mystic Museum 818.433.7530.

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    “RIP” a memento mori box. For inquiries, contact the Mystic Museum.

     

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    “Wet Nurse,” aka “Seven Sins” will be shown for the first time. For inquiries, contact the Mystic Museum. 818.433.7530

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    “Wet Nurse” detail available through The Mystic Museum.

  • CONJOINED 6 OPENS SATURDAY, JANUARY 16, 2016

    Hello Friends! So excited to announce that I have been asked to participate in this year’s Conjoined show, curated by Chet Zar. This is the largest show dedicated to sculpture and 3D works in Los Angeles, and each year seems to gain more popularity. I will be showing my piece, “Blue Riband,” which is a homage to the Queen Mary. I look forward to seeing you there. See flyer for Info:Conjoined6 Flyer

    ChantalMenard_BlueRiband“Blue Riband” by Chantal Menard, will be available through Copro Gallery. For inquiries, contact CoproGallery@live.com