Pop Culture

It’s that time of year…

Crazy 4 Cult is back, for the ninth time! For those unaware, C4C is an annual pop culture-themed art show at Gallery 1988, where several artists are asked to create a unique piece of art in honor of their favorite pop culture films. From Gallery 1988:

There are over 200 artists (!!!!) in this year’s exhibit, and it truly is shaping up to be one of the best. Paintings, prints, sculptures and plush, all inspired by your favorite movies. See where it all started this weekend!! The artwork will first be available at the opening reception, then online for purchase starting Saturday afternoon at gallery1988.com. This show will run through Dec. 5th.

For my painting this time around, I took on the amazing 1988 anime Akira, based on the manga by Katsuhiro Otomo. I’ve been meaning to capture Tetsuo’s climactic metamorphosis for some time, and this seemed the perfect opportunity. It was an extremely short timeline, and the restraint made me push that much harder. I’m very pleased with the result. For purchase inquiries, please contact the gallery directly: gallery1988melrose (at) gmail.com.

Enjoy “Tetsuo Becoming.”


“Tetsuo Becoming”
Pen/ink, ink wash and acrylic on paper, mounted to wood panel.
14″ x 18″ (2015)




“Flames. Flames, on the side of my face, burning…”

So excited to be involved with this show, for one of my favorite movies growing up. Gallery 1988 has done it once again, pulling several amazing artists together this time to pay tribute to a classic film: 1985’s “Clue” starring Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, Christopher Lloyd and several others. It was a lot of fun to work on my piece, and I got the chance to explore a recent fierce interest in designing work for screenprinting. I’ve upped the ante on this one, from my recent “Doctor Thackery” print, and gone a full two colors! The future is wide open, next will probably be three, then maybe four, and then who knows? The sky’s the limit.

The show opens this Friday, June 26 at the Gallery 1988 West location. Doors open at 7PM. Unfortunately, due to family illness I will not be able to attend, but you should if you’re in the area. Full details at the bottom. Enjoy the show!


“Not Just a Game Anymore” limited edition screenprint
Print size: 12″ x 18″ Limited edition of 75.
Two-color hand-pulled screenprint on natural cover stock.
Each print is hand signed & numbered. $45 each.
First in the edition (#1) hand embellished, mounted to wood and sealed with resin, $400.
Contact Gallery 1988 for purchase inquiries: gallery1988west (at) gmail.com


Print number one, hand embellished, mounted to cradled wood panel and resined.

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detail views.


full show details.




Sorry about the late notice, buuuuut if you’re in the Austin, Texas area tonight, make sure to check out this amazing new group show I’m in at Mondo Gallery. “When Dinosaurs Ruled the Earth” is a group show to celebrate the pop culture phenomenon that is all things Jurassic Park. Yes, totally designed to coincide with the new movie opening: “Jurassic World,” the show features the art of some amazing artists each creating his or her take on the Jurassic Park/World franchise. I am super honored to be a part of this amazing lineup, and the show has already received some amazing press from Time, FirstShowing.net, Flavorwire, Slashfilm, BusinessInsider, and NewsCinema.net.

The doors open at 7PM, and I’m guessing there’s already a line wrapped around the block. I wish I could attend, but you know, time and distance. My piece: “Life Finds a Way” was based on the amazing velociraptor, though it sounds like the T-rex got much appreciation from the artists. I also had a ton of fun making a hand sculpted frame in the vein of an archeology dig.

The exhibit runs June 12 – June 27, 2015. Gallery hours: Tuesday through Saturday 12pm – 6pm. Enjoy the show!

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“Life Finds a Way”
Pen/ink, ink wash & acrylic on paper, mounted to wood panel, resined.
Float-framed in custom hand-sculpted frame.
Original painting: 11″ x 14″, framed: 14″ x 17″ (2015)



LifeFindsAWay_FRAMED_DETAIL detail views.