Brian Mashburn
“Origin Stories”
April 7, 2018 – April 28, 2018

Thinkspace (Los Angeles) – is pleased to present new works by North Carolina-based painter Brian Mashburn in his main gallery debut, Origin Stories. The artist’s meticulously detailed works depict quasi-post-apocalyptic scenes in which the natural and human worlds coexist uncomfortably, the remnants of human industrial development haunting the perimeter of the landscapes it has exploited to stage its expansion. Human beings are conspicuously absent from these works but loom invisibly in architectural vestiges, abandoned monuments, and other harbingers of imperfect progress. In this new body of work, Mashburn’s imagery continues to explore his interest in the natural sciences, canonical philosophy, and history, incorporating subtle references to studied and observed themes. Looking to both the cultural and personal narratives that shape our sense of belonging and ancestry, Mashburn offers a nuanced rumination on the poetic power, and fallibility, of antecedents.

Mashburn’s landscapes conjure elements of a 19th-Century Gothic romanticism, offset by contemporary hyperrealistic rendering and surreal contextual juxtapositions. The worlds he posits are densely clouded, overburdened with skeletal trees, and heavy with fog, while anchored by baneful mountain edges and dramatic craggy peaks. These stylistic mainstays of Mashburn’s landscapes are exaggerated and unspecific; like malefic augurs, they cling to something vaguely familiar but petition enough strangeness to elicit phobic dread. Barren and full, the works prophesize a state of exhausted depletion, where nature’s resilience and the effects of unchecked human hubris stand still in an uneasy moment of detente.

The fog-laden vistas for which Mashburn is known are inspired by both the Appalachian Smokey Mountains of Asheville North Carolina, where the artist resides, and his extensive travels throughout the densely overpopulated and polluted areas of Southeastern China where the atmospheric cast is thick with smog. Inspired by his American-Asian heritage, Mashburn incorporates loose stylistic references to historical Chinese ink wash painting, crediting his meticulous work ethic to early scholastic experiences in Chinese character classes. An aggregate of nebulous influences, his works are drawn from this personal heritage, daily observations, an interest in critical theory, and the recent ubiquity of ominous politics and doomsday news. His dystopian landscapes border on the allegorical and suggest a post-cultural world in which eroded edges have failed to contain the entropic threat of chaos.

Technically impressive, Mashburn’s works are composed and minutely detailed. Obsessed with the optics of close proximity, the works hold tight even when examined with little to no distance, unlike more gestural styles that tend to loosen when viewed up close. Working on several pieces in tandem at any given time, the artist achieves the density and surface quality through the application of multiple layers of oil, each sediment dried before the accretion of the next.
Expertly controlled, the works are held together by this burden of detail, an ironic counterpoint to the thematic deterioration they capture.

In an era of rampant and environmentally untenable growth – one that attests to a profusion of consumption and use that now seems in overt defiance of any over worn and anachronistic ideal of ‘progress’ – Mashburn’s Origin Stories looks to the source of beginnings from the vantage point of ends.

Thinkspace Editions – Josh Keyes’s “Mad World” Print Drop Friday January 26th.

Excited to share our next special edition will be with Josh Keyes. All is in place for Mad World to be available THIS Friday, January 26 at 10AM Pacific Time (1PM Eastern).

Josh Keyes
Mad World
Edition of 300
13×16 inches / 35.5×50.8cm (full size reproduction of the original work)
Fine art print on 290gsm paper
Signed and numbered by the artist

Mad World is taken from Josh’s sold out Los Angeles solo exhibition Implosion that took place this past August with us.

Photographed and printed by Static Medium

Mad World will be available THIS FRIDAY – January 26 – at 10AM Pacific at:

Look for two new editions from Dalek (aka James Marshall) in mid-February. Full details will be shared soon on these special screen printed editions.

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We’re excited to be dropping new print editions from Scott Listfield, Sarah Joncas, and Kelly Vivanco at the opening reception of Betwixt and Beauty in the main room, and 1984 in the project room this Saturday, January 6thWe will only be accepting in-person sales at this time, and currently, no phone or internet orders will be accepted. After the opening reception, the remaining copies will be shared via our webshop where those unable to attend the opening will have an opportunity to purchase prints.
Make sure to follow our social media channels for further print release details.
‘Fever Break’
Edition of 40
Fine art print on 290gsm paper
Signed and numbered by the artist
16×20 inches / 40.6×50.8cm
Edition of 30
Fine art print on 290gsm paper
Signed and numbered by the artist
12×12 inches / 30x30cm
Edition of 60
Fine art print on 290gsm paper
Signed and numbered by the artist
16×20 inches / 40.6×50.8cm


Want to know the perfect gift for the art lover in your life? It’s Art!

Here are a few stunning pieces for the walls of any passionate art collector who has a pulse on the new contemporary art movement. The following pieces were shown in London at the Moniker International Art Fair.

Sainer (Etam Cru) and Zoer “Plastic Psychodelic” (2017) Acrylic on linen Sainer and Zoer Collab 60″ × 48″ | 152× 122cm $9,000

Sainer (Etam Cru) is a painter and muralist who is a graduate of Academy of Fine Arts in Lodz. He currently lives and works in Gdynia, Poland.

Telmo Miel “Round About Midnight” (2017) Oil and acrylic on linen 19.69″ × 27.56″ | 50 × 70 cm $2,400

Telmo Miel is Telmo Pieper and Miel Krutzmann, a muralist and image-making duo from the Netherlands. Combining multiple elements in a single composition, they layer references to the human and animal worlds to create complex creatures and fantastic scenarios. With positivity, humor and a touch of the romantic, their work is arresting and epic.

James Bullough “Oblivion” (2017) Oil, acrylic and aerosol on wood panel 31.5″ × 27.5″ | 80× 70cm $4,400

James Bullough is an American born artist living and working in Berlin, Germany. His paintings, and huge monumentally scaled site-specific murals are phenomenal combinations of realist painting technique and graphic punctuation.

Carl Cashman “A Helmet Full of Tears” (2017) Spray on cradled wooden panel 16″ × 20″ | 41 × 51 cm $800

Carl Cashman creates vibrant neon colored op-art, a genre he has coined “neometry”, or neon geometry. The works are hypnotic, at times bordering on the hallucinatory, and blur the distinction between digital and analog forms.

David Cooley – “Epicycloidal” (2017) Acrylic and resin on wood panel 36″ × 36″ | 91× 91cm $6,500

David Cooley, a Santa Barbara-based artist is inspired by the idea of creating something that’s previously only existed in thought and making something that’s tangible, with the intent to have an impact on others, whether it’s thought-provoking, fun, or just aesthetically pleasing.

Kevin Peterson “Indie Lion” (2017) Oil on wood panel 28″ × 15″ | 71× 38cm $6,500

Kevin Peterson‘s work is about the varied journeys we take through life. It’s about growing up and living in a world that is broken. These paintings are about trauma, fear and loneliness and the strength that it takes to survive and thrive. They each contain the contrast of the untainted, young and innocent against a backdrop of a worn, ragged, and defiled world.

To view all available pieces from this international show and their US price click here.

If buying an original piece of artwork as a gift is too bold or rich for your blood, the Thinkspace Projects print shop is filled with beautiful high-quality giclee prints.

Happy Holidays! 


It’s Black Metal Friday for the Thinkspace Print Shop and it’s the perfect time to pick up some goodies for your art loving friends for the holidays.

Our sale is active now through tomorrow, Saturday, December 2nd at 7 PM PST.

Today’s coupon code is:
Below is the direct link to have the code added to your invoice:
EVERYTHING except our new print from Audrey Kawasaki is included in the sale. Don’t miss out on this last chance to order something in time for the holidays.

Brian M. Viveros “Viva Vaudeville” Print

Casey Weldon “Death Valley” Print

Josh Keyes – “I’ll Love You Till the End of the World” Print

‘Beautiful Mistakes’ Debut U.S. solo exhibition from BEZT (Etam Cru)

‘Beautiful Mistakes’
Debut U.S. solo exhibition from
BEZT (Etam Cru)
On view through November 4 at:
Spoke NYC / 210 Rivington Street in New York, NY 10002
Thank you to all of you that came out this past Saturday in NYC and supported our solo show with BEZT from Etam Cru. It was a pleasure to work with our friends at Spoke Art again on this special exhibition. Congrats go out to BEZT as well for an incredible new body of work. The exhibition remains on view through November 4.
BEZT (Etam Cru) - "Together We Will Live Forever"
‘Together We Will Live Forever’
Edition of 50
19.6×27.5 inches / 50x70cm
7 color screen print on coventry rag paper
Printed by Serio Press (Los Angeles, CA.)
Hand-signed and numbered by the artist
Prints can be purchased here:
BEZT (Etam Cru) - "Beautiful Mistakes" (Print)
‘Beautiful Mistakes’
Edition of 75
24×24 inches
Fine art print on 300gsm Moab Somerset Museum Rag
Signed and numbered by the artist
Prints can be purchased here:

‘First Four Seconds’
Edition of 125
24×24 inches
Fine art print on 300gsm Moab Somerset Museum Rag
Signed and numbered by the artist
Prints can be purchased here, almost sold out:

New Josh Keyes Print Dropping Friday, September 15th.

Josh Keyes 
‘I’ll Love You Till the End of the World’ 
Edition of 300
Fine art print on 290gsm paper
16×25.5 inches / 40.6×64.7cm
Hand-signed numbered and titled by the artist

$250 each (plus CA. tax and shipping & handling)

Available for online sale this Friday, September 15 at 10 AM Pacific at:

I’ll Love You Till the End of the World‘ is taken from Keyes’ SOLD OUT solo show ‘Implosion’ that was on view this past August at Thinkspace. This new edition was photographed and printed by the amazing team out at Static Medium. This stunning edition has been hand-titled by Keyes along with numbering and signing.

Our new web shop takes a variety of payment methods and calculates the shipping for each order. Prints usually ship out within a week of your order being received. Please note that this does not mean you will receive your print in a week, just to be crystal clear. Please allow shipping time based on where you live in the world. Details will be shared when your print is on the way. Thank you for your support.