KMNDZ & Ekundayo painting live @ ComiCon…

KMNDZ and Ekundayo will be painting live at ComiCon this Saturday, July 26th at the jeepersitsjeepers event where they will be painting a 5 foot tall wooden breast cast for Keep-A-Breast. KMNDZ will also be signing autographs on Sunday, July 27th at the Hi Fructose booth at 12:30.
Also look for both on Thursday night as part of Mark Murphy’s ‘Super Hero’ exhibit (see post below for full details).
Coming this October… get ready!

Armsrock featured in new Overspray mag…

Overspray’s newest issue features a killer ‘materials review’ including a breakdown of supplies of a number of high profile street/graffiti artists including uber hot German street artist Armsrock. For all the latest and where to track down the new issue, check it

ComiCon approaches…

ComiCon kicks off this coming week and one of the highlights has to be the off-site “SuperHero” exhibit that has been curated and put together by Mark Murphy (of Murphy Design). The show is taking place on Thursday, July 24 from 7-Midnight.

“SuperHero,” is an artistic celebration, as over 40 original artworks will be on display for one night only. The “SuperHero exhibition and party will feature live music, the Modlins and SSI and great finger foods along with Effen Vodka drinks, spicey house guests and great times. The party is one mile away from the Comic-Con convention downtown. There is no cost for this event and cash bars will be available and guests in attendance are invited to support the theme in SueprHero costume or not.

Featured Artists:
Anthony Lister + Jeff Soto + Joel Nakamura + Jen Lobo + Matt Stallings + Luke Chueh + Mark Todd + Esther Pearl Watson + Martha Rich + R.G. + Peter Taylor + Andy Howell + Kathie Olivas + Chris Ryniak + Lola + Marco Wagner + Mark Murphy + Mike Bertino + Jonathan Viner + Germs + Elesavet Lawson + Shaunna Peterson + Levon Jihanian + Ekundayo + Johnny Rodriguez + Ill Gill + Jon Todd + Yoko Tanaka + Ray Caesar + Pamela Jaeger + Max 242 + David van Alphen + Robert Hardgrave + Jonathan Bergeron + more

Thursday : July 24 from 7 PM to 12 PM
Warehouse Space : 1616 National Avenue : San Diego : 92113
* Please note: 21 and over please : IDs checked at the door :Sorry no small children with the folks permitted due to serving spirits the night of the event

Check out for a sneak peek at several of the works.

For all the latest on ComiCon, be sure to watch as Jack is sure to be bringing us all the last minute news and specials for this must-visit event.

Sat, July 19th Art Adventure…

This past Saturday my wife and I decided to go for it, and hit all the major openings – 9 total. We fell one short, but we covered a ton of ground. We usually hit 4-5 shows a weekend on average, but we had our asst. watch the gallery for the day and decided to make a full day of gallery hoping. We started things off at 5PM with the ‘Neo-Realism’ opening at Culver City spot George Billis Gallery

They had some beautiful works on display, including the below gem from Jorge Santos… it’s like you were there on the boat with ’em – so much intense detail in his work.

After that, even though we had more shows still to see in Culver City, it was too early, so we made the treck over to GR2 in West LA to check out their ‘Suggestion Box’ group show…
Interesting show for sure, one of the highlights was Robert Bellm (he’s a great show up now with Amy Sol and Ryan Jacob Smith – also in this show – up now at Limited Addiction in Denver)…

My wife Shawn checking out some rad lil’ pillows from Giant Robot regular Susie Ghahremani (below)…

Then it was back on the road headed north up to New Image Art over in West Hollywood for Marsea’s new show with Cody Hudson and Sean Cassidy
As you can see from the pics, it was more of an installation based show of sorts, with lots of Cody’s trademark circular collages/installs to take in…

And Cassidy’s delecate assemblages that look as though they could fall apart any minute…

Hudson even got busy in the alleyway behind the gallery putting up some of his trademark circular installs that dot the landscape of the midwest where he’s from…

After taking in New Image, it was time to head east to Echo Park to check out the amazing ‘Big Kids, Little Kids’ group show at Shepard’s Subliminal Projects. The show brought together the artists of the collective known as Space 1026 from Philadelphia…
There’s also a great book by the same name that the show itself was kind based around and was also curated by the author… special silk screened editions of the book by Andrew Jeffrey Wright, Shepar Fairey and Jim Houser were available opening night…

The wall above features some of the best new works from Jordin Isip that I’ve seen in sometime, really beautiful works from him, was nice to see…

If you haven’t made it out to Shep’s new spot yet, it’s pretty beautiful and nicely laid out. Highlights of the group show were two gems from the one and only Barry McGee (see below) which were picked up as soon as doors opened… both sold at $5K each and I must admit that’s a steal on the bottle. Considering they are already going for close to $10K at auction, and it’s so seldom single bottles come up for sale these days, as they often sell as one large assemblage made up of many bottles…

After taking in the east side, we headed back west and down LaBrea to take in the legendary Dave McKean’s new solo show at Merry Karnowsky Gallery. The show is not to be missed…

The large scale center piece works, rich with mixed media elements of collage, were just show stoppers. At $19K each, they were an investment, but the ammount of texture, richness of color and depth of narrative to each were just astounding. Easy to see why the man is so highly regarded by so many…

Many of McKean’s books were available for sale at the gallery, and within moments of opening, a line quickly formed in front of the artist awaiting for an autograph (see below)…We ran into our good friends and mega-collectors the Spatz’ at the McKean show… always good to see them. After that it was time to head on over to Culver City to take in Shawn Barber‘s new solo at BSFA

By far the biggest crowd of the night, as this was Barber’s 1st big LA solo show, and he’s had a pretty amazing year, so there was a great ammount of anticipation for this show…

One of the highlights of the show was a stunning almost live size portrait of the legendary tattoo artist Bob Roberts…

Here’s Bob Roberts getting frisky with my wife… dirty old man! In the painting, he’s doing the ol’ donute with two fingers on one hand and poking the ol’ donut with one finger on his other hand (in the above pic, my wife is making the donute hole and… well, you get the picture)…

And the man of the hour himself with the piece of Bob Roberts… as amazing as that piece was it didn’t hold a candle to the epic 5’x7′ portrait of Kat Von D. (see below) – definitely the show stopper in every way… had a crowd in front of it most of the night taking in all the details throughout… Barber’s NYC dealer Joshua Liner made it in for the opening as well, was super cool to catch up with him a bit. Due to catching up with Liner a bit longer than we had planned on, we missed the action over at Corey Helford, so we decided to head on down to catch the much over-hyped ‘glow’ event on the Santa Monica Pier. It honestly is barely worth mentioning here, and definitely not worth any photos. We were blown away at the utter lack of promised art – it was more a gathering of meat heads out to listen to DJs and drink… felt like a county fair or something like that… the one installation that was somewhat cool (a wall of water of sorts with lights projected upon it), still fell short, as the projections shown upon it, lacked any real substance or thought, more akin to the blobs that used to hold your attention at movie theaters back in the day… so much promise, oh well. It was well past midnight when we entered the fiasco by the name of ‘glow’, so we were more than happy to head on home after almost 8 non-stop hours of gallery action…
This weekend coming up is the almighty ComiCon down in San Diego. Can’t wait for Mark Murphy’s ‘Superhero’ show on Thursday and the release of Soto’s new book… and Pushead’s special signing… and Craola’s new toy… and… and… don’t miss ComiCon this year!!!

Recommended openings to catch this weekend…

Recommended Openings To Catch This Weekend:

Just a ton of shows this weekend. Can’t even begin to think where we’ll begin our journey for Saturday night, but most likely at Billis to catch their killer group show which kicks off early and then from there, sure bets include GR2, Merry Karnowsky, The Grind, BSFA and Subliminal Projects… and definitely ending the night with a stroll through Santa Monica to check out this glow event they’ve been hyping. Sounds very interesting… on with the shows:

Fri, July 18th 7-10PM ($35 admission / after 10PM – $25 admission)
Club 740
740 S. Broadway in Los Angeles
“Art Visionary Los Angeles” put together by Alex and Allyson Grey with Chet Zar, Guy Aitchison, Michelle Wortman, Saber, Wendy Klein, Jarrett DeMartino and more all painting live along with a number of panel discussions before the main live painting performance, video art, music and dance commence – a very rare opportunity to see these masters paint live

Fri, July 18th 9PM-2AM
Eye Candy Gallery
4622 Van Nuys Blvd. in Sherman Oaks / 818.501.0332“What Big Eyes You Have” – new works from Misha
(One-night only event)

Sat, July 19th 5-8PM
George Billis Gallery
2716 S. La Cienega Blvd in Culver City / 310.838.3685
“Ne-O-Re-Al-Ism” – group show featuring works from an array of the leading photo realistic painters in the scene including Juxtapoz featured artist Jorge Santos and many more
(On view through August 30th)

Sat, July 19th 8-11PM
Canvas Los Angeles
441 N. Fairfax Ave in Los Angeles / 323.944.0678
“Scratch Art” – group show of scratchboard art from over 200 international tattoo artists including leading tattoo visionaries including Aaron Cain, Bob Tyrrell, Nick Baxter, Jon Clue, Filip Leu, Timothy Hoyer, Michele Wortman, Guy Aitchison and many others

Sat, July 19th 7-10PM
Corey Helford Gallery
8522 Washington Blvd in Culver City / 310.287.2340
New works from Tiffany Liu and M. Mararian’s Inky Dreadfuls plus new works from Krista Huot in their loft
(On view through August 9th)

Sat, July 19th 7PM-7AM (free to the public)
glow (dusk-to-dawn)
All along Santa Monica Beach, Pier and Palisades Park
Numerous live/interactive art installations all throughout Santa Monica – looks to be very cool and a nice way to end a great night of art throughout Los Angeles

Sat, July 19th 6:30-10PM
2062 Sawtelle Blvd in Los Angeles / 310.445.9276
“Suggestion Box” group show with Robert Bellm, Michael Hsiung, Yellena James, Tru Nguyen, Ryan Jacob Smith, Mark Todd, Sidney Park, and many more
(On view through August 13th)

Sat, July 19th 7-11PM
The Grind Gallery
12222 Venice Blvd. in Los Angeles
“All Mixed Up” featuring works from Melanie Moore, L. Croskey, Nicole Bruckman, Clinton Neuhaus, Katie Brown, Walt Hall, and many

Sat, July 19th 8PM-Midnight
Hyaena Gallery
1928 West Olive Avenue in Burbank
New artwork by Spinestealer
(On view through July 31st)

Sat, July 19th 8-11PM
Merry Karnowsky Gallery
170 South La Brea Ave. in Los Angeles / 323.933.4408
“Persistence Of Vision” new works from Dave McKean
(On view through August 16th)

Sat, July 19th 8-11PM
Koplin Del Rio
“Laguna College Of Art + Design” group show featuring 16 graduates and 19 mentors in contemporary realist painting & drawing

Sat, July 19th 7-10PM
New Image Art
7908 Santa Monica Blvd., in Los Angeles / 323-654-2192“i may be right & i may be wrong, but your gonna miss me when i’m gone; notes on building a time machine” – new works from Cody Hudson and Sean Cassidy
(On view through August 9th)

Sat, July 19th 6-10PM
Handmade Nation Silent Auction @ Poketo Headquarters
510 S Hewitt #506 Los Angeles, 5th floorHere’s what it’s all about: Miss Faythe Levine (of Paperboat boutique)has gotten together with the awesome peeps at Poketo to put this event together and raise funds for her indie craft documentary, Handmade Nation. Go here for all the info. Also, go here to peep the trailer for the film

Sat, July 19th 7-10PM
Billy Shire Fine Arts
5790 Washington Blvd. In Los Angeles / 323.297.0600
“Tattooed Portraits: Los Angeles” – new works from Shawn Barber
(On view through August 23rd)

Sat, July 19th 8-11PM
Subliminal Projects
1331 W. Sunset Blvd in the Echo Park region of Los Angeles
“Big Kids Little Kids” group show curated by John Freeborn highlight the artists from the Space 1026 art collective – a must see show featuring works from Shepard Fairey, Jim Houser, Jordin Isip, Rich Jacobs, Barry McGee, Clare Rojas, Adam Wallacavage, Ben Woodward, Andrew Jeffrey Wright, Todd St. John and many more
(On view through August 8th)

Sunday, July 20th Noon to 2:30PM
(with after party to follow into afternoon at De La Barracuda)
Munky King
7308 Melrose Ave in Los Angeles / 323.938.0091
“The Revenge – Buff Fest 2” – release party and signing for the new line of Buff Monster figures from Mindstyle – after party to follow at De La Barracuda up the way on Melrose

PLEASE NOTE: It is always best to contact the gallery directly or visit their website to confirm all listings and to ask about possible cover charges or other restrictions

Lesley Reppeteaux’s "Tumbling" this September…

Just received a sweet batch of sneak peek photos from Lesley Reppeteaux for her upcoming solo show with us this September.

Tumbling opens on Fri, Sept. 12th from 7-11PM

To view the flickr preview set, click on the below link:

Look for lots more on this show soon – from what we’ve seen so far, this promises to be Lesley’s most solid body of work to date. We can’t wait for all to see her finished works in person this September.

Be sure to view the preview to see Lesley’s new assistant 🙂