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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.

Click for detail:

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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Fol Chen: False Alarms Video

So excited to see this project finally come to life!  Last year an old friend of mine, talented video director, Keith Musil, and I talked about how awesome it would be to collaborate on something.  I came up with a few concepts and eventually fleshed out and wrote, Light As a Feather.

The idea was that a group of girls come together at a slumber party to play the old game, Light As a Feather, Stiff as a Board (à la The Craft).. But it goes awry.  The girl floats up, but becomes stuck midair and no one can seem to get her down.  Her parents call the paramedics, pray for her, try an exorcism.  Eventually as time passes on, they decide to hold a funeral and mourn for their loss.. The parents fall apart, lose the house and it becomes abandoned.. All the while the girl floats on.

After a while, the novelty of this floating girl fades away, and nobody seems to notice her up there anymore.   People break in to the house, hold parties, trash the place.  Years later, the house is knocked down, to become an empty lot.. And the girl is still there, most likely forever.

Keith decided to hold on to my concept until the right project came along.  This year the LA-based band, Fol Chen, asked Keith to direct the video for a track from their new album, False Alarms.. When he pitched the Light As a Feather concept to them, they loved it!  I can’t tell you how awesome it is to see one of my ideas in the live-action form.. Adds such a different dimension to my normally, 2-D work. Keith did such an amazing job with the video, I’m so excited to have collaborated with him on it!

My final concept sketch:

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Still from the video:

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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

ALMOST COMPLETE!

Coming May 3rd in LA at Gallery 1988 East!!! I’ll be posting previews of pieces coming up this week on Instagram.

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COMING SOON

I’m so proud to announce that my 2-person show with the amazingly talented Shannon Bonatakis is coming up quickly at Gallery 1988 East!  More details and sneak peeks to come, but here’s the official flyer below.. Can’t wait!

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HelloGiggles & Gallery 1988 Present: Young Adult

Recently I’ve had to turn down quite a few awesome theme shows, in order to focus on my 2-person show in May.  But I just couldn’t pass up the upcoming all-girl show, a collaboration between HelloGiggles (founded by Zooey Deschanel, Sophia Rossi, & Molly McAleer) & Gallery 1988 entitled Young Adult.  The show is geared towards a younger female crowd, with all pieces based on various book series, including The Baby-Sitters Club, Nancy Drew, Sweet Valley High, and Goosebumps.

I spent my pre-teen summers reading literally all of these series, as far into them as my middle-school years would deem socially acceptable.  For my piece, I ultimately decided on Sweet Valley High, because at age 11, I had an older cousin who gave me over 30 of her old SVH books. Even though my mom told me they were too old for me, I read them anyways.. thinking I was reading a taboo, adult series of some kind.  Anyway, I loved them, and would constantly flip back to the covers as I read, checking out the hair styles and clothes they were wearing.

I wanted to do a piece that reinterpreted that famous, circular illustrated cover that usually portrayed Jessica & Elizabeth Wakefield in various dramatic poses.  It’s painted on a circular wood panel, with Flashe paint, and is sealed under a layer of resin.  The show opens in LA on February 2nd.

Jessica and Elizabeth

initial color sketch:

progress:

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invite for show:

Press Paws

I’m more than thrilled to be a part of Press Paws, a charity art show taking place on February 9th, at Gallery Nucleus.  All proceeds from the silent auction will be donated to the ALL volunteer animal rescue, Whats Up Dog LA.  Each artist was asked to pick their favorite animal from a video game & create a piece based on it.. I chose a Spiny from Super Mario Bros, who I always found to be both cute, and sort of annoying.  :)

More info on the great event, and a chance to donate HERE.

Spiny Pet

13in x 8in

Flashe paint on wood, sealed in resin

Judd Apatow Tribute

Now available for sale HERE

I’m really excited to be participating in Gallery 1988′s tribute to Judd Apatow (who will also be hosting), which opens December 4th.  I decided to go with one of my all-time favorite shows, Freaks and Geeks.   I remember watching it when it first came out and I was in high school (I’m old), but have since rewatched the entire series while working in my studio probably a dozen times.  If you’ve never seen it, do yourself a favor and watch it on Netflix immediately.. It’s brilliant.

My miniature piece, Careful Not to Pull Their Bra Straps, is inspired by the episode, We’ve Got Spirit, and portrays McKinley High’s finest cheer team & mascot.

Flashe paint on wood, sealed in resin

detail:

Sleep

Update: On super sale HERE

This piece was a nice change of pace for me, as I was able to get back into some of my old obsessions: repeating textures, patterns, and color!  Created for the Dreaming Child show at Chicago’s Gallery 27, artists were asked to create a piece based on their favorite fairy tale, children’s book, or bedtime story.

I decided on one of my all-time favorites, the well-known classic, Sleeping Beauty. It gave me a great excuse to work on something super girly (long hair, rosy cheeks, flowers– the works!), as it’s been a while. I also tried out a few new things with this piece; playing with the perspective, composition, and depth, along with adding a few different kinds of texture. It was a lot of fun painting this, and I was finally able to sit & listen to Stephen King’s The Stand (on audiobook) in its entirety!


Sleep

10.5in x12.5in

Flashe paint on wood, sealed in resin

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