A few places to spot Jeff Crank’s large-scale, colorful and exciting murals are Gene’s Drive-In, Lighthouse Fish-n-Chips and all three of Redding’s Burrito Banditos. Jeff participated in ARTsMART 2009 in the Mt. Shasta Mall, the first time to show his work in a fine art venue. He awed patrons of the mall that day with his large paintings of jellyfish and Hawaiian-themed scenery.
Jeff is a self-taught artist with over 35 years of experience, specializing in pin striping, custom signs, murals, and automotive painting. Jeff was raised in Southern California, surrounded by artists like Ed “Big Daddy” Roth, creator of Rat Fink from the 1970s. His work is inspired by legendary artists such as Frank Frezetta, Boris Vallejo, and Sorayamah, and is motivated by his supportive wife, Debbie, and brother, Jim.
Jeff’s most recent commission is a half-serpent, half-tiger motorcycle.
Jeff moved to Redding in 1986 and opened Crank’s Signs, his spacious studio now located on Caterpillar Road. His focus now is fine art using automotive paints. He recently picked up acrylics for his fine art endeavors. Although he doesn’t consider himself a fine artist, his raw talent proves otherwise.
Jeff’s work is currently on display at the Peddler’s Mall on Eureka Way, and at his studio, 4305 Caterpillar Road, Suite C2. For more information, call (530) 410-2281.
ARTsMART is a program of the Shasta County Arts Council that brings together artists in all mediums to show their work and demonstrate their crafts. Artist Raette Meredith coordinates the annual event each October in the Mt. Shasta Mall.
Raette Meredith is a mother of three, artist, website developer and Americorps Vista volunteer for the Shasta County Arts Council. She conceptualized and developed Artazine and Artazine.org, an extensive directory of art classes in the North State.