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Wally Shoup

That Wally Shoup was a man unlikely to experience spectacular commercial success was apparent early. Arriving in Seattle in the mid-’80s, he managed to get some of his painted-silk scarves--with their distinct muted colors and aboriginal-like patterns--into some area boutiques. But then shopkeepers would say, “We want more of these, and we don’t like these,” he recalls. “And I’d say, ‘Well, that’s your opinion.’” Likewise, store reps wanted pieces that customers could order in advance. Shoup’s response: “Well, I’m an artist.” How could he know what he’d come up with tomorrow? Needless to say, Shoup’s future in retail was limited.

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March 22, 2011

Interview | Wally Shoup

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Discography

Aurora Distillations
Island Visual Arts
2012
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Good Curse
Island Visual Arts
2010
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Bounced Check
Island Visual Arts
2007
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Blank Check
Island Visual Arts
2007
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Duo
Island Visual Arts
2007
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The Levitation Shuffle
Island Visual Arts
2007
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