About John Tebeau
You want the “about John Tebeau” bit, eh? All right, I’ll give you “about…!”
I grew up in Michigan and started getting into art in second grade. Third grade is when I began to develop what you might call a “voice” (visual humor, puns, goofy characters and the like), and in fourth grade I started adding heart. That’s when I started doing caricatures of classmates who annoyed me. Fifth grade was comic books—both reading them (Archie, Richie Rich) and making my own—and sixth grade meant dedicated reproduction of my favorite artists: Don Martin of Mad and Dan DeCarlo, who drew Archie. Al Hirschfeld, too.
After (reluctantly) leaving my hometown, I attended and graduated from the mighty University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, with a degree in…? You got it. Econ!
After my first job in Chicago I started designing, printing and selling my own line of t-shirts. I also helped put out an alt-comix monthly publication, and got deeply into “alternative” comix — artists like Daniel Clowes, Peter Bagge and Robert Crumb.I sold my t-shirt screens and hopped a ride out to the West Coast.
Landed in Palo Alto, CA and crashed with a friend. Worked in coffee, moved to San Francisco, and started painting. After three years in California I moved back to Michigan and got a job at a radio station in Ann Arbor.
In Michigan I had my first actual “art shows” in Ann Arbor and Detroit. Then selling prints and originals online, via Etsy. I took drawing classes, too, concentrating on landmark buildings around town. I did a lot of poster and packaging design in Ann Arbor too, then Wifey got a job in New York, and boom. Here we are.
I’m still painting and drawing plenty and silkscreening again—posters now, not t-shirts. Also concentrating on more “place-based” pieces, as well as sales and commissions. Interested? Let me know.
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My Latest Thing: Silkscreening Posters
JOHN TEBEAU EXHIBITIONS AND SHOWS (*SOLO SHOWS)
JE T’AIME NOLA, New Orleans
*BUFFA’S, New Orleans
ANNUAL BROOKLYN BRIDGE ART SHOW, Urban Folk Art Gallery, Brooklyn
THREE FISH STUDIOS, San Francisco
“GREAT GOOD PLACES OF NEW ORLEANS,” Preservation Hall, New Orleans
*”[MORE] GREAT GOOD PLACES OF NEW YORK,” The Long Island, Brooklyn
* DOUGLAS ELLIMAN, Brooklyn
*“GREAT GOOD PLACES” Fort Defiance, Brooklyn NY
ANN ARBOR ART CENTER, Ann Arbor MI
*”YOU WANT IT — YOU GOT IT,” Adjacent to Life, New York NY
*”NEW ORLEANS IN BROOKLYN,” Two Boots, Brooklyn NY
CREST ART FAIR, Brooklyn, NY
THE NEW DIZZY’S,* Brooklyn, NY
“INANIMATE OBJECTS,” The Hudson Guild, New York
“FOR/FOUR,” Lolita, New York, NY
JEAN BRAGG GALLERY, New Orleans, LA
*CONTAMINATE NYC at Root Hill Café, Brooklyn. NY
INSIGHT MAGAZINE ART SHOW, Brooklyn, NY
*ELECTRIC CHEETAH, Grand Rapids, MI
ART JAM, The Hudson Guild, New York, New York
“LINEAGE” Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn, NY
*“FINE CARTOON ART,” Walker Public Library, Muskegon. MI
“NAILED!” Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Brooklyn, NY
JAN LARSEN GALLERY, New York, NY
“THE POINT SHOW,” Brooklyn, NY
“NEW & USED PAINTINGS,” Sweet Lorraine Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
“THE X INITIATIVE,” New York, NY
JAN LARSEN GALLERY, New York, NY
“THE RED SHOW,” Sweet Lorraine Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
ARTPRIZE, Grand Rapids, MI
*DIZZY’S, Brooklyn, NY
“THE SHOW-OFF SHOW”, Sweet Lorraine Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
BWAC STUDIO TOUR, Brooklyn, NY
*VERLAINE, New York, NY
“JAZZ AND ART,” The Hudson Guild, New York, NY
*”MALARKEY OF THE HIGHEST ORDER,” Lolita, New York, NY
*ART BAR, New York, NY
BROOKLYN 111, Brooklyn, NY
*ARBOR BREWING COMPANY, Ann Arbor, MI
COMPOSITION, Brooklyn, NY
SHADOW ART FAIR, Ypsilanti, MI
THE DIRTY SHOW, Detroit, MI
“TWO COOL, ONE FLASHY,” Tabor Hill Gallery, Ann Arbor, MI
*”COME FOR THE COFFEE. STAY FOR THE TEBEAU,” Café Ambrosia, Ann Arbor, MI
*”A CHILD’S GARDEN OF TEBEAU,” Padded Cell, Royal Oak, MI
*”TEBEAU: A RETROSPECTIVE,” Arbor Brewing Co., Ann Arbor, MI