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Ghostbusters 3oth Anniversary

So psyched to be a part of this show!  And that I was able to squeeze in one last painting before taking a 2 month ‘new-baby’ break.  After so many years of doing pop-culture related pieces, it can sometimes seem like there’s nothing original left to do, with so much overlap between galleries & shows.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE working on these shows, and am so grateful for every invite I get, but I decided this year to cut back on the amount of ones I participate in.

But when G1988 asked me about this one, it was a no-brainer.  One of my favorite movies, and a big anniversary to boot.  I decided to keep it simple, and base my piece off of one of the 1st scenes in the movie.. Dr. Peter Venkman’s ESP test.

This show will be traveling from NYC, to LA, Chicago, & then San Diego Comic-Con.  First up is NYC opening this Saturday!  Info on flyer below.

Venkmans ESP Test

Venkman’s ESP Test

Flashe paint on wood panel, sealed in resin

11in x 8in

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Custom Wedding Ketubah

I was recently commissioned to paint an original Ketubah for a lovely couple’s upcoming wedding.  Since they had in mind someone to do the hand-lettered text already, I just created a frame for it, which was a thin wood panel that was then hand painted.  Such a fun, special project for me!

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ketubah

in progress:

flower frame

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More LV Bags

I’ve been doing a string of personalized, hand-painted Louis Vuitton bags for some clients lately, which have been such a fun change of pace!  Below are a few of my favorites..

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NA 1

LV backpack

CNB 2

A Special Bag for Oprah

A couple weeks ago I was contacted by the folks at SoulCycle asking if I could customize a Louis Vuitton bag for a very special friend of theirs.. The one & only, Oprah Winfrey!

She was celebrating her 60th birthday with a spin class and about 50 of her close friends, and they wanted a custom bag to commemorate the event. I hand painted the SoulCycle logo & some colorful stripes on the front, and some simple, tiny text across the bottom of the back.  So fun!

LV bag frull front

LV bag back

LV final peek

Amy & Tony’s Save-the-Date

Wow, no updates in forever!  I’ve actually been really busy with a million projects & am now 8 months preggo, so things are getting really crazy.  :)

Anyway, I’m so excited to finally share this one, as it’s very near and dear to me.  My sister & future bro-in-law (also happens to be one of my closest friends from high school) are getting married this summer.. So when they asked if I could do their save-the-date, it was a no brainer.  They wanted something simple and fun that also portrayed them, as well as their beloved pets, Moose & Charlie.  I decided to do something in a similar fashion to the Save-the-Date from my wedding, but also tried to make it uniquely theirs.  Really fun to work on!

Essenpreis final save the date front

final text

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Crazy 4 Cult 7: Back in New York

I can’t believe this will already be my 6th year participating in Gallery 1988′s Crazy 4 Cult show!  Time flies.  In the past I’ve tackled PeeWee’s Big Adventure, Mulholland Drive, Ferris Bueller, Goonies, Escape From NY, & Strange Brew.. But this year I decided to do a piece based on my absolute FAVORITE movie of all time: Clue.  I’ve seen it literally a hundred times, can quote it from beginning to end and still find it as funny as ever.  this one was fun.

Crazy 4 Cult 7: Back in NY opens this Friday, December 13th, from 7-10pm.

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One Plus Two Plus Two Plus One

One Plus Two Plus Two Plus One

11in x 11in, Flash on wood, sealed in resin

Detail:

Clue detail

resined finish:

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Detailed promo for the show:

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BIG FALL SALE

In celebration of my favorite season, (& in hopes that I will finally give my studio the cleaning it needs), I will be having a HUGE sale on all my original work, prints, & drawings starting this week.

I recently received some of my pop-culture pieces (theDays Off & terrarium pieces) back from Gallery 1988, and will be discounting them up to 50% off!  I will also be offing $15 off all prints, & $10 off all original drawings.  Buy any two pieces & get free shipping (w/in the US only).

Sale will start this Tuesday, October 15th through my Etsy store.  Please feel free to email me with any questions!

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some available ORIGINALS (that will be up to 50% off!):

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SAY HI TO THE BAD GUY: Frank Booth

It’s been a long while since my last update, but things have been really busy around here with work & non-work related stuff.  So happy to finally be back at it in the studio!  I’ve been working on this piece for Gallery 1988 West’s upcoming Say Hi to the Bad Guy, presented by Crazy 4 Cult.

This time around artists will be focusing on their favorite villain from any cult film..  Even though I have many favorites, I decided to go with Frank Booth from Blue Velvet, because I believe him to be the creepiest, craziest bad guy of them all.  A psychopathic drug dealer, pimp, and sadist, he is both a horrible and fascinating character, who easily has some of the most memorable scenes of all time.

Show opens Friday, October 18th at Gallery 1988 West in LA.

Frank Booth

Frank Booth

Flashe paint on wood, sealed in resin

10in x 16.5in

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Talbots Holiday Preview Event

This week I had a lot of fun in NYC painting custom tags for Talbot’s Holiday Preview event!

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Breaking Bad Book

A few months ago, AMC contacted me about an art book they were putting together for the cast & crew of Breaking Bad as a gift for the end of the series.  I was honored to contribute my 30 Days of Saul Goodman image, since I’m such a fan of the show, and had so much fun working on these pieces.  So sad to think it’s ending so soon!

30 days

Gallery 1988 Show

UPDATE: A bunch of these original paintings + AP prints are now for sale HERE

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen a few of these, but here’s the rest!  All created for the show at Gallery 1988 East in LA. Below are the first pieces I did, which were some of my favorite movie/TV characters, on their “Day Off”.  Available as originals + prints HERE, and AP prints available in my Etsy shop.  Also, T-SHIRTS!!

        Joker Tags Over Banksy

Joker vs. Banksy

(Batman)

11in x11in, Flash paint on wood, sealed in resin

A Wheeler 9 to 5

A Wheeler 9 to 5

(Return to Oz)

11in x11in, Flash paint on wood, sealed in resin

Alien Takes Jonesy to the Vet

Alien Takes Jonesy to the Vet

(Alien)

11in x11in, Flash paint on wood, sealed in resin

Bedtime for Log

Bedtime for Log

(Twin Peaks)

11in x11in, Flash paint on wood, sealed in resin

Gozer at the Dog Park

Gozer at the Dog Park

(Ghostbusters)

11in x11in, Flash paint on wood, sealed in resin

Jessica Rabbit on Sunday

Jessica Rabbit on Sunday

(Who Framed Roger Rabbit)

11in x11in, Flash paint on wood, sealed in resin

Leatherface's Secret Hobby

Leatherface’s Secret Hobby

(Texas Chainsaw Massacre)

11in x11in, Flash paint on wood, sealed in resin

Michael Myers Irons the Jumpsuit

Ironing the Jumpsuit

(Halloween)

11in x11in, Flash paint on wood, sealed in resin

  Mola Ram at Bingo

Mola Ram Plays Bingo

(Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom)

11in x11in, Flash paint on wood, sealed in resin

  Mrs Whites Husbands

Mrs. White’s 2 Husbands

(Clue)

11in x11in, Flash paint on wood, sealed in resin

  Norman and Mother

Norman and Mother

(Psycho)

11in x11in, Flash paint on wood, sealed in resin

  Pinheads Weekend Side Job

Pinhead’s Weekend Side Job

(Hellraiser)

11in x11in, Flash paint on wood, sealed in resin

  Shredder and Krang Ride

Shredder + Krang Ride

(TMNT)

11in x11in, Flash paint on wood, sealed in resin

For my 2nd group of pieces, I thought it would be fun to try and recreate a few movie-inspired floating terrariums.  Some of them are easier to guess than others!  Available as originals + prints HERE

Beetlejuice

Beetlejuice

11in x11in, Flash paint on wood, sealed in resinNightmare on Elm Street

 

  Nightmare on Elm Street

11in x11in, Flash paint on wood, sealed in resin

Nothing But Trouble 

Nothing But Trouble

11in x11in, Flash paint on wood, sealed in resin

Stand by Me

Stand By Me

11in x11in, Flash paint on wood, sealed in resin

The Thing 

The Thing

11in x11in, Flash paint on wood, sealed in resin

Waynes World

Wayne’s World

11in x11in, Flash paint on wood, sealed in resin

Bad Robot Show at G1988

UPDATE:  I received very limited APs of this SOLD OUT print, and they are currently available in my Etsy shop !

So excited to be able to squeeze in this piece for the Bad Robot Art Experience happening at Gallery 1988 on April 24th!  Even though I’ve been really focused on my upcoming show at G1988 on May 3rd, I was a huge fan of Lost, so I just had to do a piece involving the Smoke Monster.  :)

Game of Chess

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