Credits

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!

Essenpreis_Bonatakis_Evite

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:

photo

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

30 Days of Saul Goodman

UPDATE: T-Shirts now available!

What can I say about the Breaking Bad Art Project, except that I was absolutely thrilled to be asked to participate!  Not only is Breaking Bad one of my favorite TV shows currently on TV, but I have been such a fan of the amazing art/posters being created as part of the BreakingGifs campaign.

When I started sketching out ideas for my piece, I kept coming back to my favorite character on the show: the hilarious, slightly corrupt, sleazy but charming, strip-mall layer, Saul Goodman.  What cracks me up about him most is his loud, mismatched, colorful wardrobe.

So I decided to go through each & every episode that Saul was in and document exactly what he was wearing.  Yes, it took forever, but it was great excuse to rewatch 4+ seasons of great TV!  They’re all individual 5in x 5in painted wood panels, each sealed in resin.  Below, in order left to right, I give you 30 Days of Saul Goodman:

0 Days of Saul Goodman

(each piece) 5in x 5in

Flashe paint on wood, sealed in resin

step-by-step process:

cut wood, sand & shellac, label each piece in order, organize, paint, paint, resin!

 

BB Art Project Teaser

Day #13 of 30 Days of Saul Goodman.  Yep, 29 more to come..

5in x 5in, Flash on wood, sealed in resin

Crazy 4 Cult: New York

I can’t believe this will be my 5th time participating in Gallery 1988′s Crazy 4 Cult show!  I’ve really loved creating work for this show over the past few years, it always gives me a good excuse to rewatch some of my favorite movies.  This year I couldn’t decide between my childhood favorite, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off  & my teenage favorite, Escape From New York.

Pieces available HERE.

I Gotta Take a Stand

movie: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

13in x 13in, Flashe paint on wood, sealed in resin

The Duke Arrives

movie: Escape From New York

18in x 18in, Flashe paint on wood, sealed in resin

Crazy 4 Cult: New York
opening Thurs. August 9th
reception 6-9 PM
 64 Gansevoort St.
NY, NY

Steve Martin Tribute (part II)

Things have been a little crazy around here this past month..  I recently moved (I know, again) to a little house in Chicago, as well as taking on a few freelance gigs and doing 5 new events with Reed Krakoff in NYC, Boston, Beverly Hills & San Francisco.

Anyway, I’m very excited to be participating in the Steve Martin tribute show, Exuuuuuse Meeeeeeee at Gallery 1988 Venice.  Unfortunately there was a bit of a catastrophe in my studio (a real-life version of the game Mouse Trap is more like it) and the piece I had been working on was completely ruined.  Without much time to fix it, I decided to leave the painting flat-lined, & just contribute this tiny one below.. Which is sort of a continuation of my last Steve Martin piece that can be seen here.

Steve

8.5in x 8.5in, Flashe on wood, sealed in resin

 

 

Avengers Show

I’m so thrilled to be participating in the very special Avenger’s event, Assemble, this Thursday, May 3rd.  Put together in collaboration with Disney, Marvel, and Gallery 1988, it will be held at 7021 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles from 7-10pm, the night before the movie premiere.  Lots of awesome artists and people are involved (flyer here), so be sure to check it out if you’re in the area!

Hulk Goes Green

13in x 13in, Flashe on wood, sealed in resin

Captain America on Saturday Morning

13in x 13in, Flashe on wood, sealed in resin

 

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