Thursday, December 13, 2012

"Who Shot First?" Group Show

Title: "Darth Anatomy"
Size: 16" x 20"
Medium: Acrylics on gesso board
New piece for tonight's Star Wars group show at LTD Gallery in Seattle. Hope to see some of you nerds there.

Monday, December 03, 2012

Tribute to Judd Apatow

Tomorrow is G1988's tribute to the fine films of Judd Apatow. I did the above tribute to  the 40 Year Old Virgin flick. I hadn't  watched it since it came out and re-watched it for ideas. I forgot how damn funny that movie was, and still is.

The painting is based on the joke about "puttin it on a pedestal." The other elements are taken from the stuff in Andy's house like the Asia poster (check it out here at 2:06)

Speaking of the Asia album cover, if you're not familiar with the artist that did it, Roger Dean, go check out his work. He was doing images that looked like the world from Avatar, before James Cameron even conceived of that movie.

Can't wait to see what everyone else comes up with for this show. Until then, here are some wise words from Mooj.

Mega Flashbacks

Last week I read an article that said Nintendo Power Magazine would stop publishing it's magazine as of this month. I couldn't help but reminisce a bit when I heard the news.

One of my first gigs out of art school was doing spot illustrations for Nintendo Power. I would get the assignments, drive out to the Redmond offices where they put the magazine articles together, and get to check out the latest games and discuss the art assignment with the game reviewer that I would be working with. It was a total blast.

After about a year or so I was asked to do one of the covers for the latest Mega Man game. Back then I was doing a lot of airbrush work and finished out the cover (twice up for print) with my Iwata HP-C Plus. Good times.Good times.

So, in honor of an amazing run on a great magazine and an end of an era, I thought I'd pull out the original along with the finished printed mag for this post. Goodbye Nintendo Power, and long live printed magazines, for now anyway.

Friday, November 09, 2012

Goodbye to the Firm

Come out to The Firm this Saturday during the Georgetown Art Walk for the last art opening. It's a closing reception for my show from last month and the last time the Firm will have an art show there. The building will be closing it's doors soon and the artists in the lower studios will be relocating.

For the last two years Michele McMullen has generously used her spare time to turn a small unused space into a great spot in Georgetown for local artists to showcase art work. Along with help from her husband Chris and fellow art resident David Mazak, they've all helped put together some great shows for the neighborhood. We'd love to see you all come out one more time to check the art, and have some drinks with us. Hope to see you there.

Thursday, November 08, 2012


Tonight is LTD gallery's 1 year anniversary group show. Hope to see you there.

Title: "Mariachi Killer"
Size: 14" x 18"
Medium: Acrylics on Canvas

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Monster Apocalypse

LA's, The Hive gallery, teamed up with the local Piranha Shop for this monster group show last night.

I decided to do a Bride of Frankenstein/Frida Khalo mash up for the show. My mom introduced me to her work when I was a kid. It was a book about her life with tons of photos of her and her paintings. Frida has got to be one of the first female punk rock, anti-establishment artists to come onto the art scene. You have to respect someone that isn't afraid to put their guts onto a canvas like she did.  Plus, she owned a monkey.

Title: "Fridastein
Size: 10" x 12"
Medium: Acrylics on Canvas

Frida is also on my short list of people I'd like to party with. When someone asks, "Want to go party with that crazy artist chick that owns a monkey?", the only answer to give is, "How soon can we get there?"

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Video Game Art Show

Title: "8-bit Graveyard"
Size: 12"x 9"
Medium: Acrylics on Board

Here's a new piece for Gallery1988's Venice gallery. It's an old school video game group show that opens tomorrow night, Get the deets below.

Friday, October 05, 2012

A Tribute to B Movies

Title: Robbie vs the ID Monster
Size: 12"x 12"
Medium: Acrylics on Canvas

Here's a new piece for LTD gallery's latest group show. It's Robbie the robot from Forbidden Planet. His first appearance. The reflection on his face is the ID monster. You can see it here at the two minute mark. Is it a reflection, or is Robbie confronting his own inner demons? Hmmmmmm.

It would have been waaay easier to do this FX in photoshop, but what's the fun in that? I'd rather try learning  with paints. No net, baby!

It's also funny to watch Forbidden planet because Leslie Nielson is in it and I keep expecting him to crack a joke, a la Airplane. Oh, how I miss Airplane.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Happy Little Trees

Screaming Sky Gallery in Portland will be hosting a Bob Ross tribute show tomorrow night, which was curated by local artist Aaron Jasinski. Get the deets above or go to their website.

The show is already getting some digital press on Superpunch and Salon.

Saturday, September 08, 2012

Art Benefit for the Basurto Family

Tonight we'll be putting on an art benefit for the Basurto family at the Firm in Georgetown. All sales willbe going to the Basurto family. You can also make donations on the Firm's website here: Just type in Aidan's name instead of "price and title".

On top of all the great art we'll have on display, there's pottery, merchandise from Popcap games, and also some gift certificates courtesy of Two Bells. If you're in the neighborhood tonight, come out and show your support.

Photo courtesy of Dave Mazak

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Keep A Breast Show - (process shots)

A little late on this post. This piece was for last week's Keep A Breast Snow Show. Local artist Solace and Mat Savage curated the show along with the Keep A Breast Foundation. This one's a Breast Cast exhibition featuring breast casts from some of the world's top female snow boarders.

Check out the KAB website and get all the deets on what their mission is and get the word out. Also, check out the Urban Light Studios page for any questions about the show.

Title: "Peacock Soul"
Medium: Acylics & Inks over cast of Lindsey Jacobellis

Friday, August 10, 2012

Keep A Breast

Here's a local show I did a piece for. It's for a good cause. Artists were given blank casts of female snow boarders and were asked to paint them. The show is going on tonight. Get the deets above, check out the show, and do your part. I'll post some process shots of my piece soon.

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Crazy 4 Cult NYC

Totally psyched for this year's Crazy for Cult. This is the first year G1988 is having the show out of town, in New York, no less. The show is this Thursday, so if your anywhere near NY this Thursday, go check it out!

Title: "Mahtilda's Code"
Size: 12" x 16"
Medium: Acrylics & Inks

Friday, July 13, 2012

Painting Giants

Title: "The Cosmic Giant"
Size: 16" x 20"
Medium: Acrylics on canvas

Here's a new painting for tonight's "Between Heaven and Hellboy" group show at Urban Light Studios in Greenwood.

The group show is comic booked themed and the painting depicts one of Jack Kirby's Marvel characters, Galactus. The painting itself is based off of N.C. Wyeth's painting entitled "The Giant."

If you're not familiar with Wyeth's work, it's worth sitting down and doing some homework. He was a student of Howard Pyle and he illustrated tons of classic novels. If you get a chance, it's also worth a trek out to the Brandywine Museum to see his originals that also hang with a few other generations of Wyeths.

I wish I had just as much info on seeing Jack Kirby's work. I don't think the general audience realizes how influential Kirby was/is in the comics field. The list of characters he's had a hand in creating is ridiculous. He had a hand in the creation of every Marvel character that's had a movie out except for Spidey. Your best bet on seeing some of his originals is probably going to a big comic con like San Diego Con. It's a shame there isn't some kind of exhibit dedicated to his work, especially with all the attention the Marvel movies (with his characters) have been getting. As Indy would say, his work belongs in a museum, just as much as Wyeth's.
-End of rant.

Anyway, since I'm missing San Diego con this year, I'm hoping to see some costumes come out tonight at the opening. See ya there!

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Surf Graphics Art Book

Growing up in and around the Bay Area (San Jose/Gilroy), I remember the beach culture to be very influential and the only other outlet where you could see some really creative art going on. Trips to the beaches around Santa Cruz and Monterey were the norm and sometimes you could be front row to a random movie being filmed (Got to watch them film Lost Boys when they were shooting in Santa Cruz.).

Anyway, that's just one small reason why I was super stoked to be part of this recent book that just came out called Surf Graphics. 

There are tons of great artists in the book. Keith Weesner, Damian Fulton, Mr. G. and Big Toe to name a few. There's also an introduction by Jim Phillips whose art also graces the pages of the book. It's also great to see Rick Griffin's influence still resonating in the art world.

Anyway pick the book up if you get a chance and check out the other stuff Korero Books has available. You won't be disappointed.

p.s. Here's a pro tip if you're trying to hide your beer on the beach and the beach narcs come around. One Pringles can will hold two cans of beer. You never know when that might come in handy, at the beach, or otherwise.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Current & Upcoming Shows

 A quick update on the latest group shows. Got some art in this month's FACES group show at Extra Large gallery in Orlando.

Locally, there's an upcoming comic book group show at Urban Light Studios. I'll post some pics soon with the piece for that show. Stay tuned,

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Rayguns & Robots

Title: Uhura's Mugatu Mirror Conspiracy
Size: 12" x 16"
Media: Acrylics on gesso board

New piece for a local sci-fi group show at LTD Gallery in Seattle. Show runs through July 22nd.

Friday, June 08, 2012


Title: Figments of Reality
Size: 16" x 16"
Medium: Acrylics on board

Tomorrow night, WWGallery in Culver City, host a group show called Wasted. The show is curated by the mighty Dave MacDowell and from the pieces I've seen already, this looks to be an epic show.

Here's a short write up on what the show is kind of about. My take on it was this: Whether it's art, music, literature, or animation, lots of great characters have come from the consumption of some kind of mind altering substance. Even if they were completely sober, some interesting art and characters have come from people writing about being on some kind of substance. Even Disney.

Anyway, the show is tomorrow night. More deets and a list of artists are below.

Excuuuuse Meeeee! - G1988's Steve Martin Tribute Show

Title: Atomic Steve
Size: 9" x 12"
Medium: Acrylics on Board

Here's a new piece for G1988's (Venice) latest group show. A tribute to Steve Martin: Comedian, actor, banjo player, writer, art collector, cat juggler, renaissance man.

The composition is based off of the photo of Salvador Dali called Dali Atomicus. The name of that photo is a reference to the name of the painting in that photo. So, I guess this painting references a photo, that references a painting. Why Salvador Dali? Steve Martin's approach to comedy and his writing, can sometimes come across just as surreal as a Dali painting in all the best ways. I hope I run into him one day just so I can get one of his business cards.

Thursday, May 03, 2012

"I Like Turtles"

Here's a new piece for G1988's MEMES group show which opens tomorrow night on Melrose.
I can't believe I never saw this one. My brother showed it to me a couple years ago and I think we watched it over and over for about a half hour straight giggling our asses off. It's not as epic as Leroy Jenkins or Honey Badger, but that's why it's so brilliant. Short and to the point with the best delivery ever. This is just a long way of saying, "We like turtles too Zombie Jonathon. We like turtles too."

Title: "I Like Turtles"
Size: 9" x 12"
Medium: Acrylics on gesso-board

Last Month's TGIF Show

So, I have to play some catch up. I reckon I been slack on keeping up with some art shows on here lately. I went through a big move with the house and art studio recently (more on that later) and it's been hard keeping up on art related things on the inter-webs and such. Real life stuff tends to do that from time to time. So, if I've been out of touch and not returning calls or emails, that's why.

This piece was done for Solace's TGIF group show last month at Urban Light Studios. I think the interesting thing about the show was how you could tell which generations grew up in a certain tv show era. This is where you  separate the ALFs from the Fonzies. Anyway, I think I need to do more sketches of the Bewitched and Jeannie girls. They're really fun to draw.

Title: "What Happens in the Bottle Stays in the Bottle"
Size: 10" x 10"
Medium: Acrylics on gesso board

Thursday, April 12, 2012

G1988's Hitchcock Tribute Show!

This Friday is G1988's (Venice) tribute to Alfred Hitchcock. 
There's a scene in Hitchcock's Spellbound where Salvadore Dali designed the dream sequence. It's crazier than I remember. Should have done something more surreal now that I think about it Oh well. 

If you're a Hitchcock nerd, this is pretty neat.
This is actually cooler. My buddies just turned me onto this Rear Window project.
Jimmy Stewart's POV spliced together in real time. Neato!

Here's one more. Hitch's answer to, "What is your definition of happiness?" 
It's my new mantra.

Quid Pro Quo

Title: "Quid Pro Quo"
Size: 12" x 9"
Medium: Acrylics on gesso board

I know it's a little late for this, but I just wanted to say thanks to everyone that came out to Emerald City Comicon  earlier in the month and took the time to stop by the table and say hi. It was great to see everyone and catch up. The show was a huge success and I'm really looking forward to next year's show.

Anyway, this Friday, the Greenwood art walk is going to be in full swing. This piece is for the group show at Tasty. Get the deets below. There will also be some cool stuff going on at Urban Light studios and I'll be there for the closing party of the 5 year anniversary show as well as the book signing for the "Look Up Here" book that John and Michelle put together. There's also another show there that night I'll have a piece in. More on that soon. Hope to see you all there.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

Comic Con Weekend!

Title: "Looking For Moebius"
Size 16" x 12"
Medium" Acrylics on Gessoboard

It's that time of year again. If you're going to be in downtown Seattle for the 10th annual Emerald City Comic Con stop by my table and say hi. I'll be in Artist Alley, table D-19.

Also, if you get a chance, check out the Mint Condition group show up the street from the con at  Ltd. Gallery. Lots of cool comic related art in the show. Moebius has been on my mind a lot lately, so I did a tribute piece to him for the show.

Anyway, hope to see you all at the con.