Jean Jacques Bastarache is one of the most talented artists I have known or met in my lifetime. When I met him he was working on the Ford Motor Company assembly line in Wayne, Michigan. He was a big doodler back then. He also loved Frank Frazetta and Salvador Dali and copied his work. He also loved to do lettering. He was a sign painter for a little while. I remember he painted the local car wash sign. We were so proud of that. Since the factory, Jean moved to Los Angeles where he has been painting up a storm. Besides his own paintings he also has worked for other artists like Ed Big Daddy Roth. He has created over 100 paintings of his own work. As well as over 100 paintings for Ed Big Daddy Roth. His work is well documented in magazines and other types of media. He does commissions and he did the POD album cover a few years back. You can see more about Jean below and you can click on the link above to see some original paintings.
Album Covers by Jean below:
Jean’s work has been featured in several magazines including Juxtapoz and Art Alternatives and he was asked to design the CD Cover and interior imagery for the Rapcore group P.O.D. for Atlantic Records V.P. John Rubeli.
Jean's Exhibitions at Julie Rico Galleries 1988-2000
Jean had 3- one man exhibitions with Julie Rico Galleries.
With Peter Ludwig AKA Mystic Pete. Jean Bastarache gets interviewed on KXLU!
With music artists: Michael Zentner and The New Division Live in Los Angeles, CA— with Alex Gonzales, Cherie Bugtong, Bidi Cobra, Mystic Pete, John Glenn Kunkel, Michael Zentner, Steve Nalepa, Julie Rico, Jean Bastarache and Wade Harpootlian at KXLU 88.9 FM Los Angeles.
Jean's Career with Ed Big Daddy Roth Below:
Born Jean Jacques Bastarache in Montreal, Canada, Jean was raised in Westland Michigan.
About Jean Jacques Bastarache
Born in Montreal, Canada on November 17, 1955, Jean and his family moved to Detroit, Michigan in 1957. After high school he attended The Center for Creative Studies where he studied illustration, design, and painting.
Jean worked for fourteen years on the Ford assembly line in Wayne, Michigan where he spray-painted the final coat of enamel on thousands of well-loved Ford Broncos.
He escaped to the West Coast in 1989 and became an active scenic artist for a number of popular television shows. All the while he worked on his own paintings inside of a gigantic 12,000 sq. ft. raw space in downtown L.A. while collaborating with the Rico Gallery that displayed in the same location. For over 15 years he was involved in the curation and installation of over 100 exhibitions. He was also a major installer for the Corpro Nason Gallery, Santa Monica.
Jean also collaborated with Ed “Big Daddy” Roth for over 8 years. Roth sent him black and white renderings, which Jean would enlarge and turn into colorful oil paintings of the ubiquitous Roth’s iconic car and Rat Fink images. Jean was also enlisted to create classical watershed paintings that Roth would spoof on for the exhibition entitled "Rat Fink Meets Fred Flypogger Meets Cootchy Cooty," at the Julie Rico Gallery. This was a rare showing as it was the first time Roth (via Jean Bastarache) showed with Robert Willams and Stanley Mouse. The paintings from this exhibition are commemorated in a book titled The Art of Ed Big Daddy Roth, published by Corpro Nason, 1994.
Jean’s one man shows titled “Mindscapes” and “Deep Down” took place in Santa Monica, California in The Rico Gallery, on Main Street, 1994 and on the Pier Avenue Gallery, 1999. Both sold out.
Jean’s work has been featured in numerous publications including Art Alternatives, Juxtapoz, and Emboss magazine. He also produced artwork for various punk groups as well as the CD package for the punk band P.O.D., Atlantic Records, arbiter V.P. John Rubeli, Southtown, 1999.
Currently Jean creates commissioned paintings for art collectors and provides specialty treatments, faux interiors, and mural design for homes throughout Southern California.
Many of the details related to the characters in the paintings are so fine one must sometimes use a magnifying glass to see them. He paints with a 1 hair brush!
Mike Kelly (A high school friend in Westland, Michigan),
Ed Big Daddy Roth,
Uncle painter Herve Bastarache
Special thanks to artist, Ilene Segalove for helping with Jean's Bio.
Bastarache is a pioneering family name in Acadia. You can find references to the history of this family by doing a Google search .