Eightangrybears

EAB Portraits and Art

180 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Eightangrybears

EAB Portraits and Art

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Brian Henry

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Brian Henry

Announcement    Welcome to Eightangrybears on ETSY! Find me on instagram (@eightangrybears), facebook (www.facebook.com/8angrybears) and my website (www.eightangrybears.xyz)

Many people ask me what "eightangrybears" means. There is a backstory, but what it really means is Pop Culture Cult Overload.

I love movie and TV characters that not only last the test of time, but don't follow the typical cult icon path. I tend not to pick stuff like Jimi Hendrix, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Bob Morley and the like because I like to pick characters from off beat stuff, B movies (and further down...) and non-typical heroes/anti-heroes. It's easy to sell ice cream on a hot day, but I like flaming hot bowls of chili and thus, I try not to fit any typical molds.

Everything you see on my site can be remade. Not in a stencil/pump it out quickly type of way but if you see a print that I don't have an original of or want an original in a different size, I can surely paint it again and attempt to do it even better than the first time. Life and art are about progressing and seeing your work get better and more loved is a fantastic thing!

I call my work "subrealism" because it's not surrealism and it's not realism. I like to use colors and tones like red, black, orange and yellow because I think it really tends to bring out both the best and worst in my subjects. In one hand, a person can appear very soft and beautiful in those colors, while on the other hand, they can be screaming and covered in blood in the same tones. It's an awesome palette that I have thoroughly enjoyed using throughout the years.

My very first painting was done in college in 2003ish but I didn't really do much painting until 2006/2007 and those were really just gifts for people when I was poor and couldn't afford to buy people things. Then I finished my structural engineering degree and went to work in that field, essentially leaving art behind for the pursuit of, well...money. Sad to say. I did a few pieces and went to some art markets where I was working as an engineer in New Orleans but it took a major, traumatic life event to really push me to pursue what I actually loved to do.

In 2013, I was involved in a motor vehicle collision and spent a month in the hospital and rehab facilities. After all the broken bones healed (there were more than 20), I was left with a paralyzed left arm and chronic pain. Art was the only thing that could take my mind off it...if I could still do it. Thankfully I am right handed and didn't need to relearn to write/draw/paint but I did need to learn to do things one handed for the most part. But what the whole process taught me is that if you can do what you love and it can also help you forget about what ails you. you should do everything possible to try and do it for your living. If you can do that, you'll never really work a day in your life.

I love to paint, I love to talk about my artwork and gift stuff to great people when it really means something to them. Having an emotional impact on people is a fantastic thing to observe. It really sets in stone that you shouldn't work to pad your bank account, but you should work to pad your life account and reach out and touch people in a way that really means something great to them.

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Last updated on May 11, 2019

Welcome to Eightangrybears on ETSY! Find me on instagram (@eightangrybears), facebook (www.facebook.com/8angrybears) and my website (www.eightangrybears.xyz)

Many people ask me what "eightangrybears" means. There is a backstory, but what it really means is Pop Culture Cult Overload.

I love movie and TV characters that not only last the test of time, but don't follow the typical cult icon path. I tend not to pick stuff like Jimi Hendrix, Elvis, Marilyn Monroe, Bob Morley and the like because I like to pick characters from off beat stuff, B movies (and further down...) and non-typical heroes/anti-heroes. It's easy to sell ice cream on a hot day, but I like flaming hot bowls of chili and thus, I try not to fit any typical molds.

Everything you see on my site can be remade. Not in a stencil/pump it out quickly type of way but if you see a print that I don't have an original of or want an original in a different size, I can surely paint it again and attempt to do it even better than the first time. Life and art are about progressing and seeing your work get better and more loved is a fantastic thing!

I call my work "subrealism" because it's not surrealism and it's not realism. I like to use colors and tones like red, black, orange and yellow because I think it really tends to bring out both the best and worst in my subjects. In one hand, a person can appear very soft and beautiful in those colors, while on the other hand, they can be screaming and covered in blood in the same tones. It's an awesome palette that I have thoroughly enjoyed using throughout the years.

My very first painting was done in college in 2003ish but I didn't really do much painting until 2006/2007 and those were really just gifts for people when I was poor and couldn't afford to buy people things. Then I finished my structural engineering degree and went to work in that field, essentially leaving art behind for the pursuit of, well...money. Sad to say. I did a few pieces and went to some art markets where I was working as an engineer in New Orleans but it took a major, traumatic life event to really push me to pursue what I actually loved to do.

In 2013, I was involved in a motor vehicle collision and spent a month in the hospital and rehab facilities. After all the broken bones healed (there were more than 20), I was left with a paralyzed left arm and chronic pain. Art was the only thing that could take my mind off it...if I could still do it. Thankfully I am right handed and didn't need to relearn to write/draw/paint but I did need to learn to do things one handed for the most part. But what the whole process taught me is that if you can do what you love and it can also help you forget about what ails you. you should do everything possible to try and do it for your living. If you can do that, you'll never really work a day in your life.

I love to paint, I love to talk about my artwork and gift stuff to great people when it really means something to them. Having an emotional impact on people is a fantastic thing to observe. It really sets in stone that you shouldn't work to pad your bank account, but you should work to pad your life account and reach out and touch people in a way that really means something great to them.

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  • Brian Henry

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    Artist/Photographer/Owner I am the main artistic creator of eightangrybears. I am not as good, however, at putting my work out there to sell so occasionally I get some help running my shop. But any questions about the artwork will be answered by me

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