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23
Mar

Uniform at Treason Gallery

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2017 started about as good as I could have ever hoped. I had my first solo exhibition, ‘Uniform’ at Treason Gallery in Seattle for the month of January.  All 17 limited edition prints from the series were on display.  3 at 43.5”x58” (edition of 3 + 2AP), and 14 prints at 24”x32” (edition of 5 + 2AP). And I have to say, seeing them in print, larger than life is pretty incredible.

The opening reception was an experience I will never forget. So many friends, family, and new faces. It was like a dream. I also added a surprise at the opening by creating a live sculpture.

If you are interested in purchasing a print, you can contact alex@treasongallery.com, or find our more on the Treason website.

All of the images can also be seen here on my site on the Uniform page.

Also check out this incredible review of ‘Uniform’ by Michael Upchurch in the Seattle Times.

One million thank you’s to Treason Gallery, and also to my friends at Top Pot, and Seattle PBR for sponsoring the opening.

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23
Nov

The Keatley Store

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I am pleased to announce the grand opening of the Keatley Store, where you can buy prints of some of my favorite images, a Keatley shirt, as well as some other fun limited edition items.  Just in time for Christmas I might add.  After moving in and decorating our new studio this past year, I realized just how fun and meaningful it is to own and display artwork.  I have so many images I would like to share with others in the form of prints, and the store provides an easy way to do that, at really reasonable prices.  I will be adding new images and switching things up from time to time, so check back often.  There are still spots available for the Un-Workshop as well if you are interested.

Keatley shirts are an exciting item for me because of the back story.  Not many people know the full story, but I first made Keatley shirts about 10 years ago.  My friend, Joe King, is the designer who made the Keatley logo, as well as convinced me to change the way I was branding myself.  When I first started my business, I was doing business as John Keatley Photography.  I hired Joe to come up with a logo for me, and in addition the many options he came up with, he created the keatley logo which felt more like a major brand than a freelance photographer.  Just for fun, I made 10 Keatley shirts, and gave them to my friends and roommates.  As people saw the shirts, I began getting additional requests, so I made a few more.  This continued to happen, and demand grew pretty quickly.  I eventually made a small online store to sell them and help free me up from meeting up with people and collecting cash.  As the shirts got out into the wild, a friend at MTV passed a few out to some bands, and they began making appearences at concerts and in photos.  I also had a lot of enthusiastic friends in Young Life and college helping me spread the word, and before long, I had sold a couple of thousand shirts.  My good friend Bryan Pape sat me down at one point, and talked with me about getting serious about shirts and maybe making a business out of it.  The truth of it was, it was fun to see the shirts on random people all over the world, but it was getting to be a lot of work for me to be shipping and everything that goes with it.  I was also trying to grow a photography business at the same time which was what I was really passionate about.  Keatley shirts helped a little as I did get some jobs from people seeing them, but I was spending a lot more time selling them than I had ever anticipated.  After a couple of years, things died down a bit as I chose to focus on photography.  Who knows what could have happened if I put more time into it, but I can’t say I have any regrets about sticking with photography  :).  The funny thing about the whole Keatley shirt craze was that most people who bought a Keatley shirt, had no idea what Keatley was.  They just liked how it looked.  Some of my friends made up a different story every time someone asked them what Keatley was.  I’ll never forget the time I was walking through the Bellagio in Las Vegas, and I saw someone who I didn’t know wearing a Keatley shirt.  Crazy!

I don’t expect to sell thousands of shirts this time around, but I still think it’s an awesome design and a fun shirt.  Instead of printing on 100% cotton this time around, we are using tri-blend material which is even more comfortable, and holds up better than cotton.  It also has a slightly heather look to it, which gives it a vintage feel.  Pick one up for yourself in the store and see what all the buzz is about.  Thanks for reading the story.  It’s fun for me to share since I haven’t really shared that story with too many people.

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