Monday, December 14, 2015
"16 x 16"
Acrylics on Wood
This latest painting is from a Bode tribute show put on by Fantagraphics. It was also the release of "Cheech Wizard's Book of Me" which is a great compilation of Cheech Wizard art and comic strips from Vaughn Bode and his son Mark. The world of Vaughn Bode's Cheech Wizard is pretty iconic. I can still remember coming across Vaughn Bode's universe of characters in the 80's, when the indy comic scene was first exploding. There was something about those characters....I can't even put my finger on it. It was just refreshing as a young comic nerd to see something so original come from one artist that didn't look like anything else on the comic stands and it hinted at something beyond that you wanted to explore. Anyway, if you're not familiar with Cheech Wizard (shame on you) go pick up the new book from Fantagraphics.
For any inquiries about the painting, contatct Larry Reid at Fantagraphics.
Saturday, December 12, 2015
6" x 12"
Gallery 19988's latest group show is inspired by Sega Genesis and Super Nintendo.
The great thing about working in the video game industry is that playing video games is also research. All I can say is back in the 90's, at my first video game job, we researched the f#@k out of Street Fighter. Lots of good times playing with friends and cohorts. Good times.
Friday, November 20, 2015
"Creatures of Thra"
10" x 20"
Acrylics on board
The more I see remakes of movies, the more I miss Jim Henson. The imagination of Henson had no limit. Whether it was storytelling, film or puppetry, he was always pushing the boundaries of his art. The movie the Dark Crystal is a great example of that and the inspiration for this latest piece for tonight's Crazy4Cult show at Gallery 1988. I still remember my mom taking me to the movies to see this and it blew my mind. If you haven't yet watched the doc on Henson, do yourself a favor and check it out over on the PBS website. If you still need a Muppet fix you can also track down an amazing doc on the puppeteer behind Big Bird, called, I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story.
Saturday, October 24, 2015
8" x 16"
"Full Moon Fever"
(Inspired by American Werewolf in London.)
Acrylics on Board
Tonight is Hero Complex Gallery's tribute to FX legend Rick Baker. Until I put a name to the monster faces I grew up with as a kid, I never realized how many movies and how influential Rick Baker was to me. It wasn't until my high school art class where I made the connection. My art teacher, Mrs. Peters, was great at introducing us to all kinds of art. One day she brought in the Michael Jackson Thriller video which showed the behind the scenes clips of Rick working on the monster make-up. This not only put a name to the face, and the face of the monsters I grew up with, but it also made me realize that this was a REAL job that was attainable. Even though I didn't get into that field, seeing someone that draws images from their mind and makes a living at it, was HUGE. (This was also pre internet so any window into how things were made and who the artists were had an amazing impact.)
Anyway, I can talk about Rick Baker all day. Go look up his resume and educate yourself on them horror flicks. Good stuff. The show is tonight and the deets are here.
For the show I chose the werewolf from American Werewolf in London. Probably because before this film, all there was, was the Lon Chaney, Jr. wolf man, as far as I remember. The werewolf and creature designs in AWIL made a big impression on me. I finally got to see the wolf himself, AND Rick Baker when I was invited to a Halloween show at his studio back in '07. You can check out the old blog entry here. There was a tour of some of Rick's monsters that night, but no photos were allowed. I found this clip recently which is basically the tour we got at the time.
It was great to meet some of the artists from the show that night too. Miles Teves, Greg Manchess, William Stout, and Jordu Schell, to name a few. Stout was a fountain of art knowledge and dropped some art tid bits about mural work. Taking the studio tour with Jordu was the best because he kept correcting the tour guide who got the artists' names wrong on some of the Men in Black creatures. You can't argue with someone who actually worked on the film. Also, meeting Miles in person was great as he grew up one town over from me. Meeting anyone that grew up near your small town that made it out of "Shawshank", as it were, is very inspiring. YOU CAN DO EEET!
Ok. Enough blabber. If you're in town for the show, check it out. If not, brush up on your Rick Baker movies. It's Halloween month for Christ's sakes
Saturday, October 17, 2015
"Elaine's Elusive Red Hot Nips"
12" x 16"
Here's a new one for Gallery 1988's Seinfeld group show which opens tonight!
The image is based off of the Red Hot Chili Pepper's album Mother's Milk.
I couldn't find a photography credit on the Wiki, but it was interesting to read up on the concept of the album and what it was inspired from.
The painting has a few Seinfeld show references. The one with the Pez, George's photo shoot, Kramer wearing the pimpy technicolor dream coat, and I tried subtlety covering Elaine's nips in reference to her slip nip episode. Jerry naturally had to be in a Superman suit.
Anyway, had a blast doing this one. HUGE fan of this show and still continuously watch it to this day. If you're a fan, you might enjoy this behind the scenes clip from Curb where they did the reunion episode. It's crazy to see how they went about putting the Seinfeld apartment back together. Enjoy.
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Here are a few in progress shots for the Del Toro painting that's on display this month at Gallery 1988 for the "In the Service of Monsters" group show.
The first shot is an acrylic ink under painting. Shot 2 is an overall wash to cover all the white areas and work out lights and darks. After that, it's time to add color. That's a really short version of what goes into the early stages. Anyway, this painting as well as the whole show is up on G1988's sales page here: http://nineteeneightyeight.com/collections/guillermo-del-toro-in-service-of-monsters/products/augie-pagan-los-monstruos-de-del-toro?variant=6473047041
Also, here's a really great video of the show from opening night, with a very special guest in attendance, The man himself, Mr. Guillermo Del Toro! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=luSXfP_0uhk
Wednesday, September 09, 2015
"Los Monstruos de Del Toro"
16" x 20"
Acrylics on board.
I am very excited to be a part of Gallery 1988's latest group show, curated by Chogrin & Gary Deocampo. This tribute to Guillermo Del Toro looks like it's not to be missed.
Del Toro's movies definitely have some of the most memorable monster designs. If you want more insight into his thought process I'd suggest checking out his art book/diary: Cabinet of Curiosities. For more about his film process, track down Robert Rodriguez's interview with him on his new series, The Director's chair. If you're a film nerd like myself, these director interviews by Rodriguez are amazing and feel like a film school class in all the best ways possible. RR asks the best interview questions about the process and Del Toro's interview, in a gallery with original Frazettas behind him no less, is definitely a treat. You can follow updates on the art show at the following Tumblr link.
Thursday, June 25, 2015
"Munster Family Koach"
16" x 20"
Acrylics on Board
This Saturday I have a piece in the George Barris tribute show at Surf Club Gallery. Before there were crazy suped up hot rod cars like the ones in Mad Max Fury Road, there were the cars of George Barris. It seemed like every other sit com when I was growing up had a crazy custom car in it. Besides designing the now classic Batman car from the original tv show, Barris did everything from the car in the Monkees, Beverly Hill Billies, the two cars from the Munsters, and countless others. If you're a car nut or just want to see come great car designs that are out of this world, look up George Barris. He's one of a kind.
Saturday, June 13, 2015
"Zoltar the all Controlling"
12" x 16"
Gouche & Acrylics
Here's a new piece for tonight's Tom Hanks group show at Gallery 1988.
A mash-up of Big, Forest Gump and Splash.
You can almost imagine a world where Forest Gump's kid grows up to have kids that play other Tom Hanks characters. It could even all be controlled by Zoltar.
Upon revisiting the movie Big for research, I came across a scene that was kind of interesting. Once Tom Hanks character is working at the toy company, his project he ends up pitching towards the end of the movie was supposed to be a children's, interactive, choose your own adventure, comic book. That movie came out in 1988. Whoever came up with that idea to put in the movie was way ahead of the curve. I'm now surprised we didn't have interactive comics sooner than later. As a long time comic book fan, I'm curious to see where interactive comics go in the future. Think you can help me out Zoltar?
Friday, May 01, 2015
12" x 12"
Here's a new one for Gallery 1998's 2nd "Idiot Box" group show exhibit. I can proudly say I absorbed my fare share of cartoons when I was a kid, and then some. Saturday morning was a ritual and one of the staples was Hanna Barbara's Flintstones and the Jetsons. I think there might have been a cross over at some point, but this is the version I see when I imagine it.
The show is tonight and on view all month.
Friday, April 24, 2015
Thursday, April 23, 2015
"That Orange Bastard"
Without frame - 12" x 12"
Acrylic & Inks
Inspired by Bill Watterson's Calvin & Hobbes
Really excited to be exhibiting with Modern Eden for their upcoming show, "Storybook.
65 artists interpreting their favorite stories from childhood.
Show opens this Saturday.
Get the deets below.
Friday, March 20, 2015
Sunday, March 08, 2015
"Submitted for Your Approval"
Acrylics on board
Acrylics on board
Here's a new piece for EAT YOUR ART OUT 8. Last night was their art auction for the Angel City Derby Girls hosted by TITMOUSE studios. Sorry for the late post on this. Great turn out and tons of great art. The DJ's were slamming and the live art was non stop action. Mahfood, Dave Crosland and WOES, just to name a few. Ok, back to watching the old episodes on Netflix. Every season is streaming on there, so, no excuses!
Friday, February 20, 2015
"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.
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"
8" x 10"
8" x 10"
8" x 10"
8" x 10"
"Clash of the Titans"
18" x 18"
"The Enlightenment of Dali"
24" x 24"