Monday
Sep232013

New Triptych Inspired by Erotica Art Show

I have a new painting currently showing at Artificium Art Gallery in Eagle Rock, Ca. The title and theme of the month-long show is Erotica, and it gave me the chance to stretch outside of my usual subject matter. In fact, the concept that I settled on for my piece in this show inspired a new series of 3 paintings that I'll hopefully be completing by the end of the year.

I haven't shared or posted a full image of the first painting completed for the show, as I would hate to have the image taken out of context due to the subject matter of the planned triptych. But it will be up at Artificium for the next 4 weeks, including the NELA Art Walk, taking place on October 12th, 2013. Here's a sneak peek of "Confession", oil on canvas, 36"x24".

Here's an event page for Erotica at Artificium Gallery.

And here's more info about the NELA Art Walk.

Tuesday
Sep172013

STAR GIRLS BURLESQUE SHOW AT THE DRAGONFLY BAR IN HOLLYWOOD

Had a great time showing and selling new art at the latest STAR GIRLS event from Devil's Playground. The crowds are a lot of fun, the performances are amazing, and the art show is impressive, featuring work from a talented group of artists that I'm very lucky to be involved with.

These burlesque shows take place every 2 months, with every other show focusing on a different geek property and the rest inspired by the world of Star Wars. The next event is a Batman-inspired, all-girl wrestling and burlesque show called Gotham City Grudge Match, in November 2013. I'll have new work to show and sell along with all the other participating artists. I've got some ideas that I can't wait to get started on.

LA Weekly has a story on the latest show here.

Check out Geek Speak TV for more photos from last Friday's show here.

Find out more about the awesome people at Devil's Playground here.

See more photos of the Hip-hop Trooper in action here.

 

Wednesday
Jun052013

Mural at Guisados Tacos, Echo Park

Last month marked the beginning of a very ambitious mural venture that I'll be painting in collaboration with artists Kelcey Fisher and Armando De La Torre, Jr. I'm very fortunate to have been invited to be a part of this project by Armando, whose family owns and operates the original Guisados Tacos location in Boyle Heights, as well as the new Echo Park site.

Inspired by the influence that Mexico's food and culture has had throughout the history of Los Angeles, this enormous mural measures at about 9 feet high and over 75 feet long. It's by far the largest public art piece that I have ever produced. Plans are to have it completed before this fall, and we'll be working on it on a weekly basis throughout the summer. I'm extremely excited to see my design evolve as it is interpreted and executed by the very talented artists that I have the good fortune to be working with on this endevour. Kelcey, Armando, and I all bring something different to the table, and the whole will absolutely be greater than the sum of its parts. The results will be truly unique to my body of work, and I encourage you to come out to Echo Park this summer to have some great tacos and watch this piece come to life.

For updates about our painting schedule throughout the summer and more pictures of our progress, follow me on Twitter and Instagram. For more info on Guisados Tacos, visit www.guisados.co. and check out the art of Kelcey Fisher at kfishla.com.

Sunday
Apr212013

Sidewalk chalk drawing with Art Group 29 at Echo Park PDA Art Walk

This Saturday was the annual Echo Park "Public Displays of Art" Art Walk, and also the third year in a row that I joined my friends in Art Group 29 in decorating the sidewalks of the neighborhood with colorful chalk drawings as part of this event. We have a great time every year and this Saturday was no different.

While some people are quick to dismiss work that is executed expeditiously, and on public asphalt to boot, I have found that forcing myself to experiment outside of my artistic comfort-zone has lead to some major breakthroughs in the rest of my work. Last year's experience providing chalk art for the Downtown Anaheim Artwalk led directly to a series of artworks titled, "This Thing I Want I Know Not What" that was featured at Rothic Art Haus Gallery, and was inspired by the use of chalk as a medium and an exploration of relationships and public space.

The challenge of creating work that is fun, accessible, and also takes advantage of this very particular medium is something that everyone in Art Group 29 looks forward to every year.  However, we all agree that our favorite part of this event are those inevitable moments when the streets become so saturated with spectators that people begin to spontaneously pick up some chalk and decorate their own community.

Art Group 29 consists of Kilby Rodell, Matthew Hodges, Cody Lusby, Josh Grelock, Greg Mares, Trace Mendoza, and myself. For more info check out artgroup29.com and facebook.com/artgroup29. For more about the Echo Park PDA, check out artneedsfreedom.com. Thanks to Heather Mendoza and the local businesses and residents of Echo Park for making this such a great function.

Monday
Apr012013

ILLUSTRATING MODERN LIFE: The Golden Age of American Illustration from the Kelly Collection, at The Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art, January 12–March 31, 2013

Taking a trip out to Pepperdine University for a show featuring the artwork of legends such as Howard Pyle, Norman Rockwell, NC Wyeth, JC Leyendecker, and Maxfield Parrish is probably the closest I'll ever get to making a holy pilgrimage.

I can't even begin to describe the connection I feel to the illustrations of this era, by these great artists; let alone defining how or why a kid from Boyle Heights would come to view these men from a vastly different time and place as his personal heroes. I can only posit an overlapping appreciation for a certain level of skill and craftsmanship when it comes to image-making... I'm not dismissing the accomplishments of the many skilled contemporary painters working today; I'm just choosing to focus on the aesthetic of this particular era of illustration that speaks directly to the 13-year-old in me, so enthralled with the dynamic/romantic/fantastic art of comic books and sci-fi.

Also, I have to admit the envy I feel that these great artists were fortunate enough to exist in a time when their sizeable talents were appreciated in a way that, if I'm being painfully honest here, will likely never be reached again. But there's more: overwhelming feelings of awe and respect that they took such glorious advantage of their good fortune and, with their incredible work ethic, maximized that opportunity by elevating the practice of illustration to fine art.

I'm grateful that I have the precedence set by this school of artists to inform my own work ethic. These masters and their undeniable artistry continue to define my understanding of my role as a contemporary image-maker.