The Cleveland Independent - Arts and Film Review

Cleveland Independent Article. Quoted entirely below.

Taking inspiration from rock icons like Jimi Hendrix, Siouxsie, Prince, Iggy Pop, The White Stripes, The Clash and Blondie, rock pop artist Michael Heasley gives us a body of work worthy to grace the walls of the swankest galleries from here to SOHO. “Rock Shots,” currently installed at Vance Music Studios (16420 Madison Avenue,) showcases some of the most popular and influential rock icons of the 20th and 21st Centuries. Heasley completed this show in four months—incredible when considering the size and detail of each of the pieces and that he is a single father raising two small children, works a full time job, and (sorry, ladies,) is the devoted boyfriend of a former Burning River Roller Girl. Heasley takes inspiration from famed pop artists like Hendrix, who is the subject of one of his pieces. “Everyone has a favorite rock artist that they can identify with,” says Heasley. The artist’s highly collectible work depicts--with vivid and dazzling explosions of color and light--his desire to project pure optimism as an alternative to the gritty realism of celebrity. Heasley’s pop art bursts forth with intense energy, demonstrating street art sensibilities and imbuing his work with a distinctive pop art aesthetic.

What is pop art? Comic books, magazines and other modern mediums are the inspiration for pop art artists to create altered and transformed images of instantly recognizable faces. An obsession with celebrity and the changing influence of fame, the images are often warped versions of a very familiar face or version of the artist themselves put through a filtered lens. Heasley’s work is a textbook example of this definition. A graduate of the Cleveland State with a Fine Arts Degree you have to wonder how much of Heasley’s talent can be attributed to his schooling or just unbridled raw talent and imagination.

Over the last two years since Heasley’s first show at bela dubby, he has both shown and participated in numerous Lakewood events quickly becoming a staple in the Lakewood Community. Shows at the Music Armory at the Beck Center, bela dubby and participating in every one of the Lakewood ArtWalks on Madison Avenue for the last two years are included in his repertoire. This Summer he was one of the selected artists to paint two of the recycling bins as part of the Art of Recycling Project- a collective effort between the City of Lakewood, Queen of Green, Mary Evans of GreenSmartGifts, and artist and business advocate group Lakewood is Art. Though not a Lakewood resident by address, he has shown astounding community spirit giving of his time and talent by donating works of art for fundraisers, like Sip into the Holidays benefiting Senior Citizens, and face painting at the Lakewood Art Festival.

One of the most extraordinary partnerships that have emerged through Heasley’s involvement with the Lakewood Art Scene is his partnership with entrepreneur/musician, Chris Vance of Vance Music Studios(VMS). The two were matched by several people fighting for credit… kind of a Thelonious Monk meets Jackson Pollock sort of thing by all accounts. A meeting that just had to happen everyone agrees . As a result, VMS has probably the most provocative storefront displays around and a great friendship was born. As Heasley puts it” it’s the natural connection of Art and Music”.

Meet the Artist at the next Lakewood ArtWalk on Saturday, September 12th between 12pm-2pm at Vance Music Studios. For more information about the Lakewood ArtWalk go to www.artwoodohio.org. To contact Michael Heasley directly for booking a show or purchasing a Rock Shot for your very own you can reach him by email M.Damon.Heasley@gmail.com

The Lakewood Observer - Rock Shots at Bela Dubby

Lakewood Observer Article. Quoted entirely below.

'Pop Art Show' at bela dubby Rocks Out! With works of Jimi, Siouxsie, Prince, Iggy, White Stripes, The Clash, Ziggy, Bjork, Blondie and T-Rex, Rock Pop Artist Michael Heasley gives us a show worthy of SOHO. 'Rock Shots', showing this month at bela showcases some of the most popular and influential Rock Icons of the 20th and 21st century. Heasley completed this show in four months time - incredible when considering the size and detail of each piece and that he is a single father raising two small children. Heasley takes inspiration from famed Pop Artists like Jimi Hendrix, who is the subject of one of his pieces. "Everyone has a favorite rock artist they can identify with" says artist Heasley. The highly collectable artist's work delicately balances the energy of celebrity with an intense color palette in vast pop art canvases that dominate the walls of bela dubby. The vivid and dazzling explosions of color and light inherent in these works reflect his desire to project pure optimism - as an alternative to the gritty realism of celebrity. Heasley's pop art bursts forth with intense energy and color, demonstrating street art sensibilities, imbuing his work with a distinctive pop art aesthetic.

What is Pop Art? Comic books, magazines and other modern mediums are the inspiration for Pop Art Artists to create altered and transformed images of instantly recognizable faces. An obsession with celebrity and the changing influence of fame, the images are often warped versions of a very familiar face or versions of the artist themselves put through a filtered lens. Make an effort, and you will see a unique show from an up-and-coming local artist. Heasley currently does not have a website, but if you're interested in his next show or to buy a piece of art, call him at 216.688-0305. This Show runs from through the end of the month. So, come by, grab a cup of coffee (bela dubby's lattes and mochas are the bomb), relax and enjoy'Rock Shots'