I was asked to contribute a piece inspired by one of my favorite television shows for Gallery 1988's awesome IDIOT BOX: artwork inspired by television. Here is a look at the flyer for the show and my piece. I chose to do a MINDHUNTER piece, because i loved the netflix series. Check it out!
Hey guys, I will have two upcoming and exciting shows! I will be debut two new pins for Gallery1988's annual Crazy4Cult group art show. Opening Reception will be from 7-10pm on Friday, November 17th, 2017. For more Info: Gallery1988
And on December 1st, 2017 I am honored to be asked to create a piece for the amazing (Now 31st annual!) Drawing Show at La Luz De Jesus Gallery in Los Feliz. Stay tuned for online previews coming this month. For more info: La Luz De Jesus
31st Anniversary Drawing Show
Exhibition: December 1-31
Reception: Fri. Dec. 1, 8-11 PM
2017 is our 31st year of continuous, monthly exhibitions.
Think about that: La Luz de Jesus Gallery is 31 years old! Some of the artists in this show weren’t even born yet when Billy Shire decided to clear out the storage apartment at the corner of Melrose and Martel, upstairs from his flagship Soap Plant shop with marked purpose. His vision: to showcase the incredible, ethnic folk art he brought back from Mexico, Guatemala, and museum quality pieces from Asia and elsewhere alongside that of his talented friends–people who were finding a hard time being taken seriously by the art establishment of the era in spite of their technical prowess. His experiment has spawned a legacy. The renewed interest in illustration art resultant from his gallery’s success influenced the zeitgeist, and launched industries. The lowbrow movement of California Art (which in turn informed the Pop Surrealists that followed) influenced fashion, television, film and culture. The rest, as they say, is history.
The 31st Anniversary Drawing Show is an invitational event that traces the history of Post-Pop in its birthplace.
We chose from the best illustrators featured in the 31 year history of La Luz de Jesus to create a new, original drawing for this show, allowing us to trace a line all the way from Robert Williams to Annie Owens.
Since this is a drawing show, the work will be graphite, charcoal, colored pencil, ink or ballpoint pen, watercolor and/or gouache on paper. Whatever the preferred technique, the dominant medium of expression will classify the work as a drawing. All works are
16×20″ or smaller before framing.
The last time we embarked on something this ambitious was for our 25th anniversary book project back in 2011. The last six years have been particularly fertile and we expect this show will close out the year on an exceptionally high note.
I'm honored to be included in this fabulous show THIS SATURDAY (10/7/17)AT Copro Gallery in Santa Monica, California. Check the details and show flyer:
"Artist & art gallery curator, Chogrin, teams up with Copro gallery to present
GUILLERMO DEL TORO: INSPIRATIONS, CURIOSITIES, & OTHER ODDITIES, an art tribute to artist & filmmaker, Guillermo del Toro.
This show will be the fourth in a series of art shows that Chogrin has been putting together in tribute to del Toro that began in 2013 with "Into the Labyrinth & Mind of Guillermo del Toro," followed by "In Service of Monsters" in 2015, and last year's "Labyrinths & Monsters."
The theme of this show will pay tribute to del Toro's main sources of inspiration like Edgar Allan Poe, H.P. Lovecraft, Insects, Kaiju, the occult, his favorite films, and much more! Featuring over 50 artists from around the world!
GUILLERMO DEL TORO: INSPIRATIONS, CURIOSITIES, & OTHER ODDITIES premieres this Saturday, October 7th, 2017 at Copro Gallery (www.copronason.com). Don't miss it!"
If that wasn't a night out enough, the show will be paired with Chet Zar's new solo show. So it will be a goth party not to be missed! It all starts at 8pm-11:30pm on October 7th. See you there!
Super excited to have my June La Luz De Jesus Gallery exhibition advertisement featured on the back cover of the new Hi-Fructose Magazine Vol. 43, on stands now everywhere. Hi-Fructose is a major art magazine that spotlights artists and upcoming art shows. I'm so pleased to be highlighted in a magazine that I poured over when I was a student in art college. Here is the cover:
And some screenshots of the back cover featuring the ad for my first exhibition at La Luz De Jesus Gallery in June in Los Angeles, California.
And a closeup of my first tease of the show inspired by Tim Burton's A Nightmare Before Christmas:
Hey guys, I was recently Interviewed by Director Adam McDaniel today for his upcoming documentary about life and work of artist Richard Amsel. Here is the report from the Amsel: Illustrator of the Lost Art blog about our meeting. Below is what it read:
"It had been a while since my last filmed interview for the documentary. Not that I haven't been busy in the time since -- I was just burned out from traveling and lugging my camera equipment everywhere. For about six months straight, it seemed every weekend was dedicated to filming someone. I loved it all, but then I had other things to keep me occupied over the holiday season: drafting the Indiegogo campaign (which will have more attention, with videos and promos, in the future); going through and color correcting a large collection of Amsel images; assembling teams to work on the motion graphics and transcribe interviews; discussing musical ideas and themes with a composer; taking classes to better prepare myself for the eventual editing and assembly of the seemingly endless number of hours I've shot thus far...
Nevermind the rigors of my full time day job...or hosting Christmas and New Year's parties for my friends.
So when I met Nathan Anderson at his home outside Los Feliz, I was a little apprehensive about finding my directing groove again. But Nathan not only greeted me warmly...he actually helped lug some of the equipment from out of my rinky-dink yellow car* into his apartment.
Nathan is an artist relatively new to the illustration scene, but his work has made an impressive footprint in art and pop culture galleries in L.A. in recent years. He adores movies...and I adore his work.
He also is one of the few illustrators who still prefers to work through traditional methods, rather than digital painting. Much of his work is also surprisingly small; they're just so detailed and tight that they still hold up in reprints, blown up several times their original sizes. "I'm an optimist with this stuff. ... We're in a boom now with computer generated work, work that's getting even more two dimensional in design and minimal. ... I just wonder if illustration, and that hand-drawn quality will come back in some way. People will crave something that's hand made. ... People can tell the difference when they look at it."
I asked him how he felt when he learned of Amsel's death. "The first thing it reminded me of was Freddie Mercury," he said. "This guy that burnt so bright, and was taken away so early. ... He kind of was like a rock star, like Mercury."
On Amsel's work, Nathan cited an old, paperback novelization of RAIDERS with Amsel's art on the cover, that he had adored as a child. "He inspired my own sense of adventure," he said. "Those things were like baseball cards. ... I carried them around with me so much that they held a power of their own. ... I feel that with a lot of the movie poster and pop culture stuff, the guys not only worked in the field, they put power in the subject matter. And that is what inspired me."
So excited to have a piece in Creature Features upcoming Alien themed art show LV-426 curated by Chogrin. Opening reception is from 6-9pm on Saturday 4/23/2016 in Burbank, California. I will be in attendance to celebrate all things Alien!
Happy December all, It does seem like life is moving in fast forward. I'm trying to slow it all down and let the spirit of the holidays in before it's all over. I hope you all are fairing well too during this crazy time. I'm currently featured in two Los Angeles galleries at the moment: La Luz De Jesus Gallery's Holiday Pop Up Show x Boombox Creators is wicked cool, plus you can buy the art right off the wall. I have a mini NAARRT museum there, I created eight pieces for that show! The Gabba Gallery has two originals by me on the walls, in their popular cash and carry show Wishlist 3.5. Both of the shows run through the early new year. Happy Holidays!
Follow this link to purchase originals from LA LUZ DE JESUS GALLERY
Follow this link to purchase originals from THE GABBA GALLERY
I wanted to give a little more info about an upcoming show i'm in November. Wishlist 3.0 at The Gabba Gallery in Los Angeles, California will have an opening reception on November 14th (and will run until December 20th). It will be a cash and carry show, which means that if you purchase any of the artwork in the show, you can take it home with you right then! Here is a TEASE of one of my two original pieces that will be available to own. I think I know what is on your Holiday Wishlist!
FACEBOOK RSVP HERE
I will have two amazing art shows coming up, First on Oct 24th (A Saturday event! 5pm) Hero Complex Gallery will be holding The Monster Maker With Rick Baker, an art tribute show dedicated to the Special Effects master himself. He will be on hand at the show as well, with original props and treasures. This will be amazing because he is truly one of the artists that made me want to get into this game. RSVP HERE: https://www.facebook.com/events/626566304112727/
And coming up in Nov (Opening Night Nov 14th) The Gabba Gallery will host their most popular show Wish List, a unique cash and carry show, that will allow the buyer to take home their purchases that night. So cool. Here is the ad and artists list:
Check out The Gabba Gallery in Los Angeles, California.
"My Log Has Something To Tell You" my Twin Peaks inspired piece for Saturday's Wood, Metal, Screw 2 opening reception at @thegabbagallery This show banishes traditional canvas and explores different ways to create and exhibit work. This will be an original color pencil piece, 11" x 14" mounted on wood. Thanks to Jason Ostro and Phil Santos at Gabba Gallery for inviting me to this killer show.
View more at The Gabba Gallery's WEBSITE
Toys Rule! Check out the article (and my featured preview spot!) about Gallery 1988 and Mattel's upcoming Mattel: A Tribute To 70 Years Of Toys. Check out the full article at SLASH FILM. The show opens Friday, August 14th, Opening Reception Friday 7 - 10pm. Gallery 1988 (West).
Here is another art tease of something I've created for La Luz De Jesus Gallery's Coaster Show. Look out for more previews and posts soon. Thanks guys!
TEASER of just one of the many art pieces I have coming up. Look out for some art show invites coming at ya very soon, I've been slaving away.
Hey guys, a small update on some things going on with the Charles Bukowski Mural. Myself and professional photographer/friend Darrick Lazo were able to photograph the wall and create a 3D panorama. This is awesome because once I share it here anyone can see the wall even if they aren't in here in Los Angeles.
Also, had a chance to eat and drink at Public House in Los Feliz, which overlooks the Mural when you sit outside, either upstairs or down. Cheers to them for being so supportive!
I have some other news coming up soon about Bukowski's and other developments involving the mural.