Well, we are getting closer to the end. This post marks the 10th interview in the series of interviews featuring the artist’s of the current show at Kettle Art, “New Blood. Old Money.”

Cabe is well known throughout the metroplex for his black & white portraits & it’s an honor to have two hanging in the gallery right now.

It’s a real treat to get to do a virtual sit-down with Cabe Booth.

So, let’s get down to business … 

Cabe Booth

Cabe Booth

Kettle – Tell us a bit about yourself (give a brief bio).  

Cabe Booth is a Dallas based artist specializing in oil, acrylic, graphite and water media.  Booth is interested in how to approach and create the constructed and distressed surfaces he uses as a mixed media sculptural canvas for his paintings.  Subject matter includes portraiture, aviation history and concepts of man’s imitation of nature.  Cabe is most well known for his band portraits, which he started in 1998 at legendary Deep Ellum venue, Curtain Club.  In 2001, he began painting for Nokia Theater where more than 500 commissioned portraits of the venue’s entertainers are on display backstage and in public areas of the theater. Famous subjects in these autographed portraits include Bill Clinton, The Pixies, Tom Waits, The White Stripes, DEVO, Al Gore, Ringo Star, Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan.  Booth’s custom portraits have also been commissioned by The Palladium Ballroom in Dallas, SprintCenter inKansas City and Pizza Hut Park in Frisco. Booth’s work is in numerous private collections including Joe McGregor, Erykah Badu, Frank Black, Mike Watt and George Jones.  

Video of work at Palladium Ballroom backstage (100+ oil and/or acrylic portraits and paintings) http://youtu.be/IQ8yjQgrtV4

Video of works at Nokia Theater (Verizon) both backstage and out in public areas (350+) in several parts:

Part 1 http://youtu.be/OiUUE9zUgIc

Part 2 http://youtu.be/65KKg5HAx0A

Part 3 http://youtu.be/WunV54fP_aY

Part 4 http://youtu.be/29rR0Yh2aEU

Part 5 http://youtu.be/8waWveziiDA

Part 6 http://youtu.be/V-wDaKfeU6A

Part 7 http://youtu.be/KfzVoii6Qgk

Cabe is known for his Murals work and broken wood series. Cabe’s first murals were with Tunnelvisions in Deep Ellum organized by Frank Campagna. Later Cabe collaborated with Campagna on the Fat Ted’s Restaurant Mural (now covered with paint) and once again returned to mural works 10 years later with 5 inside the Gables Park 17 building in uptown (impressionistic tango dance poses) and 2 inside Patrizio’s Restaurants in Ft. Worth (Italian artist Titian detail) and Fairview, both are painted where one would usually see the barroom mirror. The broken wood series is an ongoing style that Booth developed in his college years. Subjects include man, machine and nature. Portrayed through diagrams of early and studied flight, WW2 and WW1 aircraft, dragonflies, sparrows, hawks and butterflies. The most recent and largest broken wood piece “Here comes the chaos” is a departure from only flying subjects and introduces a heard of cats chasing Booth’s usual sparrows on a very large painted installation. A video showing the work and detail can be viewed on his website or here http://youtu.be/vErAxbxvBX4

Booth lives in Dallas with fiancée Kelly and daughter Ella.  He holds a BFA in painting & drawing from theUniversity Of North Texas School Of Visual Arts.  In his free time, Booth is a World War II History buff, enjoys Dallas Stars Hockey, spending time with his daughter and fiancée, and enjoys the North Texas live music scene from which he draws much inspiration.

 Link to Cabe’s model and diorama painting “hobby” http://www.flickr.com/photos/cabebooth/collections/72157601634083197/

also was national junior olympic fencer (36th)

Skateboarded at Blue/Clown Ramp in mid-late 80’s

Joined Delta Lodge Denton spring 1991

Head Booking agent Fry Street Fair for 13 years starting in 1992

KNON Head DJ “Audio Abuse” 1985-1987 at age 16-18

Booth is one of the originating artists in the annual Dallas-area philanthropic event, Art Conspiracy, where he consistently draws very high bids for his work with proceeds generously invested back into the local art community.

Currently, Cabe is available for freelance commission work for venues and individuals. 

Cabe Booth - Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash

Kettle – The name of this show is titled, “New Blood, Old Money”. Which are you, “New Blood” or “Old Money”?  

Cabe – A little of both… or a lot of both actually………

Kettle – As “New Blood”, what intrigues or excites you about exhibiting at Kettle Art?   

Cabe – Last year I finally made changes to allow myself to push for more gallery shows and reconnect with Kettle and other galleries in DFW after 9 years of complete time and attention absorbed by obligations to Nokia Theater (Verizon now), Palladium Ballroom, Pizza Hut Park, Curtains Club and Sprint Center Kansas City. I really felt the solitude and burden of doing so much art with no one to share it with or even getting to display it to the public. I always felt my obligations and horrendous schedule/workload kept me from enjoying and struggling along with not only Deep Ellum artists but other artists as a whole. Here one of my first mentors had opened a gallery and I had no time to create or participate in this exciting new development. It was and always will be a time I will never get back. Cutting loose from the comfort of regular pay and banishing the discomfort of an abusive day to day schedule have meant a lot to me.

This New Blood part of me is just excited to be showing again with local artists and the camaraderie that comes with it. Having peers see his work instead of immediately delivering it to a corporate client is a welcome change

Kettle – As “Old Money”, how long have you been associated with Kettle Art? What past shows have you shown your work? Which one was the most memorable so far? What intrigues you about this particular show?  

Cabe – I have shown in a few shows since the Kettle opened and having been a Deep Ellum artist since the early 90’s (began hanging out in ’85 at twilight room and theater gallery). My Deep Ellum roots are heavily entwined with Frank Campagna who I met at age 15 in 1985 on Greenville Avenue during a parade/festival while he manned a KNON radio booth. Later Frank Helped me get my own KNON radio show on Saturdays (Audio Abuse). After leaving to attend college in both Austin and Denton, Booth returned to Deep Ellum only to reconnect with Campagna in the early/mid 90’s. Frank organized & curated many art shows (about 1 a month possibly) at local bars like Dada and July Alley. Later in 1999, I joined Campagna in an attempt to keep the Deep Ellum Center for the Arts (DECA) open along with Amy Vercruysse and Stephen Elsaesser.

Kettle – How many pieces do you have on exhibit for “New Blood. Old Money.”? Can you tell us a little about each one? 

Cabe – Two works. Both Portraits.

I was a very late addition to the show. Thanks to the guys/gals at Kettle for letting me hop in.

The first portrait is Johnny Cash from the Time Magazine Cover right after his passing. I felt to paint it because firstly, I love the guy and his music. There is no American Icon like Johnny Cash. In this photo he appeared so old, weathered and tired. I felt the need to paint it right after I saw it shortly after his death. Not only is it a wonderful photo of Johnny Cash and his condition both physically and mentally at the time, it’s a solid yet fun challenge to render with all the wrinkles and contours of his face.

The second Image is of David Byrne (lead singer of Talking Heads). I ran across this image right before I decided to try and get into the Kettle show. It was odd because as much as I search Google images etc for photos of interesting people to paint, I had never once seen this one. Obviously taken in the Late 70’s or early 80’s it isn’t a new image, but there it was ready for me to give a try. Odd it never showed up before. I could go on about why I jumped at the image to paint it and why David Byrne , but lets just keep it at “great photo, great band, great man.”

Though I wish I could have also included my other styles, I am never adverse to displaying my portraits. I deeply appreciate the photographers out there that capture these images and often feel guilty for using them. A good photograph of anything takes impeccable timing and talent, or in this case connections or clout to get a chance to capture images of such people.  I use their images with much deference, respect and no attempt to profit more than my efforts from the portraits I paint. The prices for Charity auctions are a bit of a different story as my work claimed the record winning bid at ArtCon 2010 (http://youtu.be/6IXPiy-OyEE).

Kettle – Where did you find the inspiration for these pieces?  

Cabe – See above. 

Kettle – Were you able to attend opening night for “New Blood. Old MOney.”? What was your favorite part of the night? What pieces really stood out to you?

Cabe – Yes. I guess my favorite part was when we all sweated. It was one of the strongest groupings of art and artists I have seen at Kettle. To simply pick one would be difficult. I enjoyed all the paintings and photos.

Cabe Booth - David Byrne

David Byrne

Kettle – Will you be showing with Kettle again?

Cabe – Yes.

Kettle – Do you have any other shows coming up where one could see your work?

Cabe – Possibly the new Smoke and Mirrors Gallery grand opening show. 

Maybe finding a place to show the lark work “Here Comes the chaos” for gallery night (see about me section for video and description of that work).

Kettle – What is in the future for you and your art? Do you see yourself or your art developing in any particular way in the near future?

Cabe – Freeing myself up from my all consuming schedule of painting from supplied images on commission has allowed me to create the ideas I have been documenting in my art idea sketch journal for years. Those alone would keep me busy for the next 10 years at least, but actually working on them brings to my attention new ideas and approaches of course. The opportunity to actually work through and test ideas is extremely inspiring and motivational. It makes me ache for more financial freedom to choose my projects, but for now I am glad just to finally be doing more than sketched out works to be done “whenever if at all”. I do hope to expand my other styles and get a market for both the broken wood and portrait works. Financial security allows much time for uninterrupted thought and time to explore art. And I do really enjoy that pursuit more than anything other than my family. As for friends and socializing it goes hand in hand with being active in the arts and I hope to reconnect and get to know more local artists that should be old friends by now if not for my past 10 years locked away in my studio on constant deadlines. I would like to see myself collaborating with another artist(s) on a large work at some point this year.

Kettle – Where else can one find your work? (online or otherwise) 

Cabehttp://www.flickr.com/photos/cabebooth/collections/72157601627237354/ direct link to all the work I have edited and uploaded to the net on flickr.com (100’s of works- people, pets, portraits etc)

http://http://www.cabebooth.com, my artist website

https://www.facebook.com/Cabe.Booth, my Facebook profile

https://www.facebook.com/CabeBoothArt, my Facebook Art Fan page

Curtain Club Deep Ellum – Hundreds of signed portraits of local and touring bands line the walls

Trees Deep Ellum – Recently started painting for this venue. Maybe 20 to be seen currently

Prophet bar Deep Ellum – 4 really detailed portraits here hung in the smaller room

PizzaHutParkFrisco – around 20 backstage

Sprint CenterKansasCity – about 30  24″x26′ portraits 

Palladium Ballroom Dallas (backstage)

Video of work at Palladium Ballroom backstage (100+ oil and/or acrylic portraits and paintings) http://youtu.be/IQ8yjQgrtV4

Verizon Theater Dallas ( over 400 4’x3′ oil and acrylic portraits and paintings backstage, mezzanine, hallways… its everywhere)

video of works at Nokia Theater (now Verizon)  in several parts:

Part 1 http://youtu.be/OiUUE9zUgIc

Part 2 http://youtu.be/65KKg5HAx0A

Part 3 http://youtu.be/WunV54fP_aY

Part 4 http://youtu.be/29rR0Yh2aEU

Part 5 http://youtu.be/8waWveziiDA

Part 6 http://youtu.be/V-wDaKfeU6A

Part 7 http://youtu.be/KfzVoii6Qgk

My side hobby of painting, detailing and weathering ww2 tanks and AFVS (and dioramas) can be seen in this gallery at http://www.flickr.com/photos/cabebooth/collections/72157601634083197/

My you tube channel – http://www.youtube.com/user/CabeBooth

Cabe Booth




“New Blood. Old Money.” is still up & we now know it will be up through September 17th. So, get down to Deep Ellum and see it while you still can.