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Serving irrational thoughts to the public since 1967
I welcome you to the website of Mark Bulwinkle,
the inventor of rust. Proceed with caution.
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"I don't want to be a millionaire. I just want to live like one." - Pablo Picasso
"The trouble with you is you want to do whatever you want to do." - Former art dealer
"Once you have worked in a sausage factory, you will never eat sausage again." MB
"What is an artist? That's some fool with too much time on his hands." - Joseph Stalin
"I have always depended on the kindness of strangers." - Blanche DuBois
"BlaBlaBlaBla, Bla." - George Edward Bulwinkle Jr.
"You will be an artist." - George Edward Bulwinkle Sr.
"Instead of wasting money buying a house, you could buy a Corvette and live in it." GEB 3rd
The rusty old dog himself, Mark Elliott Bulwinkle
Photo by Jon Rosen
Fifty years ago the rusty old dog, above, made this woodcut
print and began a life of trying to be an artist. Many, many
thousands of images later he is still trying. Stubborn old dog.
Latest painting, 9' x 25' x 1'- 2018 - wood,acrylic,aluminum
For a larger image click here
My patron, John Hamilton, Me, and Libby Schaaf, the Mayor
of Oakland, California, standing in front of
"My Song of Oakland." 2019
Two dogs playing chew
What's in that coffee?
See Windwinkles in Joshua Tree, California
Boilermaker welding students wearing virtual reality masks
Two old boilermaker-welders 2018
Picture taken at Danny Macchiarini's historical studio in North Beach, San Francisco
Old welders never die. They just shut their power off.
Rafflesia pricei, photographed with an i-phone by Richard Ward at the end of July,
2012, not far from Kola Kinabalu, Borneo. Not to copy, not to imitate, but to attempt to
emulate the way of nature is so often the artist's calling. This curious habit in itself
can make one's life, which can sometimes seem so hollow and meaningless, instead
sumptuous and worthwhile. For some of us, that is why we attempt to do art and craft.
Bulwinkleland in 2014 in Oakland, California.
"Well, bein' there is no other place around the place, I reckon, this must be the place, I reckon.
Nyuk nyuk nyuk! " - Curly Howard of The Three Stooges
The Neighbor Kids
Above - the neighbor kids back in the old days practicing their moves in front of Bulwinkleland
They be all growed up now - kids a their own! Life goes on, yes it does.
The man centered in the picture below, at the left, is Jim Hardy. Jim first got me interested
in welding as an occupation after art school. He told me you could cut steel with a torch
and paint it with enamel. That's one of Jim's old pieces pictured at right. I credit Jim with
getting me into the mess I am in now. Always give credit where credit is due, I say. Jim's bridge
is also pictured below. Life can be OK if you can take the punches and savor the rest.
Sadie Hazelkorn and me on top of Jim Hardy's Big Red Bridge in 2015. Never look down.
Tall Paul Brown, a neighbor, and his homemade tall bike. If an artist can't make
his own work, he shouldn't make it. All else is not art but propaganda for a you who is not.
You can find Mr. Brown riding his art most days and nights in and around the streets
of west Oakland hunting down some stray money, just like all the other artists in the world.
Left to right - Mark Bulwinkle, Briana Kaufman, and Peter Neufeld - Telegraph Ave. 2017
Below, Bulwinkle Plaza, Emeryville, California. Art in a public place. 1993.
Below, some Photos of the Show in Joshua Tree, California, spring 2012
Birds over Birds at Harrison House, spring 2012
Music for Birds
Full moon over Joshua Tree, Ca.
Mark Bulwinkle and his two assistants, Bouncer and Doo Dah, in 1998
Centered at dawn in hot water is Barbara Gregory in Shoshone, California.
Agua Caliente Woman. It seems important in life to like life,
at least once in a while. There will come plenty of
reasons to despise it.
Red Rock Beach. Dan Ellsberg's favorite beach. Mine too. End of summer/fall, 2014.
"The Bureaucrats' Nightmare"
Morning fog with orange cat at Bulwinkleland, 2011(click on The Steel Nursery, below)
Early August is sunflower time in California. Too soon the celebration always ends.
The Great California Italian Pizza Plant, 2012
Ms Opposum and Ms Doggie dancing in Napa, California in 2013
Only in art will the lion lie down with the lamb, and the rose grow
without thorn. - Martin Amis, from Isaiah 11:6.
Thick Boy moves to the suburbs
Blood Money, an autobiographical poem to a well squandered life, in rust, 1975 - 2005
Late fall, above, at Bulwinkleland
Click on The Land of Broken Promises (above)
e-mail Mark Bulwinkle here
Drink muddy water
Windwinkles at Joshua Tree 2013
Tin Can Cut Outs
An Artist's Statement
A Brief Artist's Autobiography
Bulwinkle Plaza, Emeryville/Oakland, Ca
Bulwinkle's Paw Prints
Old work already/2011
Old work also/2012
Pretty New Work 2016
Recent Small Sculpture
Burning Down the House
Sexy Seventies Postcards
The Coffee Shop Screens
The Steel Nursery
New Postcards (2009)
Classic Bulwinkle Postcards
The Rootabaga Shadow Puppets
Children's Subway Tiles in Boston
A walk around the garden in August
All contents copyright Mark Bulwinkle, first publication, 2009
Click on each picture below and above to see what that picture is thinking!
"Everybody wants to have a goal: I gotta get to that goal, I gotta get to that goal,
I gotta get to that goal. Then you get to that goal, and then you gotta get to
another goal. But in betweeen goals is a thing called life that has to be lived
and enjoyed - and if you don't, you're a fool." - Cid Caesar, 1922-2014
The Charlie Bukowski MeToo Dancers
Brunhilde Bulwinkle arriving in America
Dooh-Dah, best friend and most valued art critic I have ever known.
"No government or corporate sponsored person or committee will ever have any
interest in finding or establishing the truth about anything. They will only ever be
interested in inventing truth. If you want to find out the truth about anything,
you must think your truth up yourself and be satisfied with it. Woooof."
"Oh no, another random thought."
A dishonest bar tender is more useful than an honest doctor any day.
Hearts my garden grows hearts for me.
Bouncer the big boned gal .
Life Against Death in California - for Brother Bill Holst
In the land of the blind, the one eyed man is king.
Trust, unlike a shattered ceramic tile, can always be repaired.
Recent steel screens, 2014
It ain't nothin' if it ain't free. Maybe.
As much as I have tried to out run the clock, it has still caught me.
My song of innocence. My song of experience. Life has run me down.
At every turn in the trail time awaits. Patient as a cat. Good for life.
MB - 1965 - 2018
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