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“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!

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“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

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

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detail views.

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full show details.

 *NCW*

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“Idiot Box” is back!

I was proud to be in the first “Idiot Box” show at Gallery1988 back in 2009, and I’m honored to be included again this time. The concept of the show is a huge collection of artwork created inspired by television’s guilty pleasures. The first show was amazing, hosted by none other than Dennis Haskins, aka Mr. Belding from Saved By The Bell. I even scored a pretty rad photo of me with him next to my piece “Latchkey.” There was quite a bit of press about the first show. This next one promises to be also pretty amazing (though alas, not hosted by Belding).

wintersandbeldingAchievement Unlocked: Belding approval from 2009.

For my piece for the show, I focused on a small rather obscure show that my wife and I dove into last year. “The Knick” is a gritty show about Dr. John Thackery and the Knickerbocker Hospital in turn of the century New York during a time of grisly medical experimentation as the methods for what we know as modern medicine came into the forefront. The show has a dreamlike quality, and the central figure of Thackery, played by Clive Owen, is mesmerizing. I wanted to do something for the show in a slightly different vein than my usual work. One minor plot point is that of Doctor Thackery being solicited to use his likeness to sell a snake oil cure all elixir. I wanted to convey what the advertising for that product might look like.

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“Doctor Thackery’s Miraculous Cure-All” limited edition screenprint
Print size: 12″ x 18″ Limited edition of 75 one-color screenprint on natural cover stock.
Each print is hand signed & numbered. $40 each.
First ten in the edition hand embellished for a weathered look done in ink wash, $50 each.
First in the edition (#1) mounted to wood and sealed with resin, $350.
Contact Gallery 1988 for purchase inquiries: gallery1988west (at) gmail.com

This was a super fun piece to make but was intensely grueling due to all the painstaking detail. One of few pieces done completely digitally, many many hours were poured into this pice to try and make it as intricate as possible. For the release, I have made a one color screenprint, with a rich sepia brown on a natural off-white cover stock. The first ten in the edition of 75 have been hand-embellished with thin washes of ink to give an extra weathered look, as of a vintage poster from the turn of the century. The very first print has been mounted to a handmade cradled wood panel and coated with a flood of resin in my signature style.

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#1-10 hand embellished for weathered look.
Number one is mounted to a cradled panel and resined.

I hope to see you at the show, I will be in attendance tomorrow night at the Gallery1988 West location (7308 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles). Doors open at 7PM. See you there!

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detail views.

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each print will be signed and numbered in special custom fields built into the design.

*NCW*

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FINALLY! I can now reveal what I’ve proudly been slaving over for the past month.

I’ve been invited to participate in a new Marvel/Disney-sponsored gallery show at the brand new across-the-street Gallery1988 location announcing the new Avengers movie. There was a limited artist list, and we were all under strict instruction to keep everything under wraps, but after last night’s press opening, now finally I can unveil my painting for the show. Here it is, Iron Legacy:

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Acrylic on paper, mounted to wood panel, resined and framed in custom floating frame.
Original painting: 16″ x 20″ Frame: 25.5″ x 29.5″ (2012)

The painting was fun to do, but the real adventure was the frame. The painting is mounted in the center, and protrudes from the background about an inch. The reclaimed frame was then scuffed, carved and sanded for a weathered effect, and I even cut and painted a custom name plate for the base. Like a dummy, I never got better pics of it, but you can see it down below. I then built a bracket and cradled back mount for the frame. I had a friend ship me some early Avengers comic books, which I collaged onto the back of the custom frame. Getting the whole thing together was a fun challenge, and I really enjoyed the result. I think I may be doing more of this in the future. Hope you like it!

And of course some detail views:

Oh and here’s a pic from the press night with the one and only Joss Whedon standing by my painting. Makes me feel kind of tingly inside (via collider.com):

The Avengers show officially opens tonight, but I unfortunately will be unable to attend. The show is from 7-10PM at the super-secret brand new G1988 space, directly across the street from the original Gallery 1988. The address is 7021 Melrose, you can’t miss it!  Enjoy the show!

*NCW*

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