Smallworks Press to Publish ‘Street Art Las Vegas’ by William Shea and Patrick Lai.
The unseen talent and hidden benefits that street art contributes to the art community is being highlighted in a new book documenting the artform in the Las Vegas metropolitan area. Street Art Las Vegas includes murals and other works by well-known street artists, such as Shepard Fairey, Tristan Eaton, D*face and Retna, to creations by anonymous artists and those without a signature style.
Las Vegas photographers William Shea and Patrick Lai spent countless hours researching and photographing street art throughout Las Vegas and surrounding areas, including abandoned mines. Street Art Las Vegas is the culmination of their efforts from July 2012 and through to September 2018, and is scheduled for release this spring by Smallworks Press, an independent publishing company specializing in limited edition, exquisitely printed books focusing on contemporary art and culture.
Street Art Las Vegas expands on Shea and Lai’s Fade to Gray, the well-received first ever photo documentary about the Las Vegas street art and graffiti scene published in 2014. This new work takes into account a new appreciation by the public for the art value of graffiti and street art, particularly with the 2013 debut of Life is Beautiful, the now annual music and art festival in downtown Las Vegas. The three-day event features work by prominent international street artists and has continued to grow, becoming a symbol of unity, optimism and creativity.
Shea says: “With Street Art Las Vegas, we want to continue to show the artistic value and expression of street art against the Las Vegas canvas and create more awareness about this organic art form in a way that hadn’t been captured here before Patrick and I started documenting it. Life is Beautiful created more acceptance and a new lens for street art that had not previously existed, in addition to amazing work by very talented artists. One of the abandoned mine sites is particularly notable in that the art is permanent on the structure. It was made by a cutting torch and can only be removed by demolishing the source. Traditional street art and graffiti can be painted over, hence our earlier Fade to Gray title.”
The 200-page 8” x 10” book contains 252 high quality full color images, including photographs of work from Life is Beautiful, as well as Fade to Gray and remote locations.
Journalist Ed Fuentes provides the interpretive introduction, and the original cover design is by Philip Lewis featuring the art of Tristan Eaton.
Street Art Las Vegas will list for $24.99, and is available for sale through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
About William Shea
William Shea is a professional photographer, writer, and artist living in Las Vegas. Originally from the Boston area, he moved to New York City in 1997, and Las Vegas in 2005 to further his career in the casino business. Shea left gaming in 2010 to return to school at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas to pursue his passion for photography and writing. In January of 2011, he began working on new projects that focused on improving the awareness of art and culture in Las Vegas. As of November 2016, Shea works as a graphic and editorial designer while serving as the treasurer of the Las Vegas Arts District.
About Patrick Lai
Patrick Lai is a professional landscape and street art photographer who immigrated to the United States from China in 2005. He worked diligently to master various photo editing programs and earned his degree in commercial photography from the College of Southern Nevada. After graduating, he turned his focus toward learning computer languages and later enrolled in the computer science and fine arts degree program at UNLV. Lai later became instrumental in the creation of the first published book that focuses on graffiti and street art in Las Vegas.
About Smallworks Press
Founded in 2006, Smallworks Press specializes in arts and culture publications and treats each book with a commitment to impeccable production, design and marketing. With more than 100 years of collective experiences, the Smallworks Press team has enjoyed collaborating with a wide-spectrum of artists, authors and talent to create works and beautiful chromatic illustrations and stimulating interpretation with the finest print quality. Smallworks Press has fulfillment through Midpoint (North America), a subsidiary of Ingram Content Group, and CBL Distribution (United Kingdom). For information, visit www.smallworkspress.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 702-577-6592.