Friday, February 20, 2015

"Is This Thing On" 4

"Any Port in a Storm"
14" x 18"
Acrylics on canvas

Super excited to be in Gallery 1988's 4th comedian art show. Here are some paintings from past shows that I did. There are so many past and present kicks ass comedians that it's always hard to pick just one. For this show I decided on Marc Maron. When your at home in your studio alone for hours on end, working on your art, it's either, loud music in the background, or maybe a podcast to keep you entertained into the wee hours of the morning. For me it's both (at the same time), and it's almost always, a comedian's podcast. Maron's honesty about his life, relationships and personal struggles are always great to listen to. His love for comedy, movies and music have brought some amazing interviews into his garage. Maron isn't afraid to ask the hard questions during his interviews and he isn't afraid to turn those insightful questions on himself. Whether it's picking apart the craft of comedy, music, or movies, he does a great job of trying to get to the core of every subject. If you haven't checked it out you should give it a listen

Cats and his love of music and guitar playing are some obvious things Maron is passionate about. His stories from the 80's comedy club scene, and hanging out with Sam Kinison are legendary. The genie reference is a nod to Robin Williams, for a couple of reasons. Marc did an amazing interview with Robin that's worth tracking down online. He re released it after Robin's suicide. Here's Marc talking about it in an interview. Nobody knew then, or now, why someone like Robin would do what he did. That interview is a small window into his state of mind. The ripples of that suicide are still felt when you hear comedians or fans reminisce or try to dissect what happened. I did a tribute piece to Robin based on the painting in Good Will Hunting, that I thought would fit thematically into this piece. If you watch that scene now, it's pretty haunting. Anyway, that's why that's in the painting. We're all trying to tread water to some extent, in our own oceans, and we all deal with it in a different way. Marc's show is like a boat that will take you on those choppy waters and try to make sense of it all. 
That's why I like listening to his podcast.

Boomer lives!

Gods & Monsters Recap

Mickey Balrog
16" x 16"

Hey, it's 2015! First post! First off, apologies for anyone that regularly checked this blog. I assure all three of you, that I will be more regular on posts. Leading up to the Gods and Monsters show was a big haul, and I got off track. Also been getting distracted with other social media outlets where I've been posting art, but I need to get back to the blog. Been to long. 

"The Fly With No Name"
9" x 12"

And with that, here are the newest pieces from last year's 2 man show with Aaron Jasinski.
Nine new paintings. Enjoy!

"The Spy Who Loved Me"
9" x 12"


Zombie Winter
8" x 10"

                                                              Zombie Winter
                                                                  8" x 10"

                                                              Zombie Winter
                                                                    8" x 10"

                                                               Zombie Winter
8" x 10"

"Clash of the Titans"
18" x 18"

                                                    "The Enlightenment of Dali"
                                                                  24" x 24"

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Gods & Monsters Duo Show at The Limited Gallery

Next Saturday at The Limited Gallery in Seattle I'll be having a two person show with local artist Aaron Jasinski. If you're not familiar with his work, check it out here. This will also be the opening night of The Limited Gallery's new space they will be sharing with Gamma Ray Games and Ray Gun Lounge. Get some of those deets here.

With all these new social media sites popping up, it's been hard to keep up with this blog, but you can check out some progress shots and other randomness on my new Instagram page. Anyway, super excited for the show. Hope to see you there!

Friday, September 05, 2014

Joss Whedon Tribute Show

"Little Dancer in the Woods"
10" x 20"
Acrylics on Canvas

Here's a new piece for tonight's Joss Whedon show at Gallery 1988. I loved Cabin in the Woods and their take on the horror genre. Absolutely brilliant. This painting is based off the ballerina monster from the movie. If you don't recognize the pose, it's based off of Dega's Little "Fourteen-Year-Old-Dancer" statue. You can check out a process shot on the Instagrams.

Anyway, check out the gallery's website for info on the show.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Popeye Tribute Show!

"Sci-Fi Popeye"
12" x 16"
Limited print run available through Hero Complex Gallery

Tomorrow night' is Hero Complex Gallery's, Popeye tribute show. I decided to do this piece digitally, thinking it would go faster, but it never does. Still had a blast doing this one. I was always a fan of the old Max Fleischer Popeye episodes. Especially when Popeye was in another setting, like the "Aladdin and his Wonderful Lamp", episode. You can see some of the latest pieces for the show on the Tumblr page. It's looking to be a great turnout. If you can't make it out to the show and you're interested in a print, hit up Hero Complex Gallery.

Sorry for the lack of updates on here, but I'm gearing up for an October art show at The Limited Gallery with Aaron Jasinski. Should be a lot of fun. It's hard to keep up with all the social media nonsense, I mean, business, but, I'll have some sneak peeks of some of the pieces on the Instagrams if you want to keep track there. 

Speaking of art shows, keep an eye out for one more post. I'll be posting my piece soon for tomorrow night's Joss Whedon show at Gallery 1988. Stay tuned!

Thursday, August 14, 2014

RIP Robin Williams 1951 - 2014

                                                             So long, chief.

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Daft Punk Deux

"Daft Punk Legacy"
12" x 16"
Acrylics on board

Here's the latest piece for Gauntlet Gallery's 2nd Daft Punk group show.
I decided to go with the Tron version of Daft Punk for this piece. I dug the visuals from Tron Legacy, and the soundtrack that Daft Punk did for the flick is the perfect music to paint to.

On the topic of painting, it was fun to go with a monochromatic palette to try and capture that Tron vibe. If I had more time I would have dusted off the old airbrush to get some nice glow effects. This was also an attempt at a looser and faster approach I might look more into, just to change things up a bit. Must experiment.

Anyway, if you're in San Francisco tonight, check out the show!

Thursday, May 01, 2014

Hellboy 20th Anniversary Art Show

"Return to Sad Hill Cemetery"
16" x 20"
21.5" x 25.5" (framed)
Acrylics on board

This year is the 20th anniversary for Hellboy, and Hero Complex Gallery, in LA, is having a huge group show to celebrate it, this Friday night. Hellboy is easily one of my favorite comic characters. If you've never read the comics, they're totally worth tracking down. I remember seeing a sketch Mike Mignola did of the character, before anyone ever knew who Helboy was. I'll get to that in a minute.

Here's how the piece came out framed. Really happy with how it turned out.

So, back in the 90's, it was either Portland or Sand Diego con, and a buddy of mine came back excited that he got a sketch from Mike Mignola, but neither one of us recognized the character. It looked like The Thing with goggles on his head, but my buddy told me it was a new character Mignola was working on. Anyway, that was the year that Dark Horse was announcing their new imprint called LEGEND. This was the line where Mignola launched Hellboy.

I remember going to a panel where they announced the new Legend books. Also on the panel for the new imprint were, Frank Miller, Art Adams, John Byrne, and Geoff Darrow. These guys! Anyway, it was super exciting, but long story short, Dark Horse pulled an Oprah and asked everyone to look under their seats. A lucky group of comic nerds, myself included, had little Easter Island heads hidden under their seats. This was the logo for the new line of books. Check it out here.

Ok, that's the short version of the story. It's pretty amazing how long Hellboy has been around. Guillermo del Toro did an amazing job with the movies and making Hellboy a house hold name. Everyone out of my nerd circles only knows him from that, and after tomorrow night's show, hopefully, Hellboy will be reintroduced to some new fans. Congrats on 20 years Mr. Mignola. Keep those stories coming!