Juxtapoz just interviewed Anthony Clarkson as part of their ‘Back Talk’ series as he gets ready for his upcoming solo show opening on Feb. 5th at Thinkspace. Clarkson is also featured in this month’s magazine (Issue No. 121 / Feb. 2011) with a ‘Profile’ piece.
“An emerging star in the world of pop-surrealism, Clarkson’s paintings serve as a pleasant reminder of childhood and imagination lost as the themes of still lifes, dreams and the ever-encroaching Death encompass all of us as viewers.”– Hi-Fructose
Anthony Clarkson ‘A Time To Forget‘
Reception with the artist: NEXT Sat, Feb. 5th in our project room from 7-10PM
Kelly Vivanco is hard at work on her new series of works for ‘Springs To Mind’ opening this February at Thinkspace. Fans can look forward to over two dozen new works including her largest paintings to date. Having worked with Kelly for almost five years now, we have to say we’re very excited and honored to be debuting her largest body of work to date. She’ll be spending a couple of days adding her personal touch to our gallery as well with murals and more, so be sure to mark Feb. 5th on your calendar now.
Gallery favorite Anthony Clarkson is also working away on his new series of work for ‘A Time To Forget’. Anthony debuted on the gallery circuit in our 1st group show back in November of 2005 and over the past five years has sold just about every piece he’s painted (over 150 and counting). This new series is by far his strongest to date and is sure to please and surprise fans of his work, both new and old.
Tell us a little bit about your piece for Thinkspace’s ‘5 Year Anniversary Show’ this November?
“Ring Around the Rosy” is a sort of self-portrait of my state of mind based on the maypole game. I’ve been recently doing so many painting with kids in them, and as much as people seem to like ‘em, I’ve started to feel like they’ve become too prevalent and cause me not to push my concepts and imagery. So as I move away from painting kids this piece is a way to kind of explain what I’ve started to feel like they are doing to me creatively.
What were you doing back in 2005 when Thinkspace started?
I was working on my first two paintings to put into the first Thinkspace show/my first show! So this five year anniversary show for Thinkspace is also my personal five year anniversary of doing gallery showings.
Name 5 things you can’t live without in your studio?
Other than the basics like paints, brushes, chair, etc… I’d say my computer, music, movies, art books and a beverage of some sort.
Where do you hope to be 5 years from now?
Just keepin’ on keepin’ on. I hope to have bigger shows, bigger paintings and to be pushing my skills and ideas further.
What have you got coming up in 2011?
I’ll have the project room at Thinkspace in February for my ‘A Time to Forget’ show which I’m super excited about. I’m really trying to push both my quality of work and my concepts.
Blik, the innovative maker of self-adhesive surface graphics, just launched a new graphic with LA-based artist Anthony Clarkson. Exploring the art of Clarkson is akin to stepping through a portal into the dark side of childhood. Where innocence is mixed with troubled spirits, broken hearts, and a sense of emptiness.
Known for crafting portraits that cast a sinister shadow over innocent characters, Clarkson’s “All Sewn Up” depicts a fairy-like robot seamstress towering over a little girl clutching a broken heart surrounded by oversized spools of thread, pins, and buttons.
ABOUT ANTHONY CLARKSON: The art of Anthony Clarkson is a portal into child-like innocence, mixed with troubled spirits, broken hearts and a sense of emptiness. When Clarkson graduated from the Colorado Institute of Art in 2002, he was resolute in his decision to make a living as a graphic artist in the music industry. He was hired as the head graphic designer for a prominent record label in Los Angeles shortly thereafter. Embracing a vibrantly hyper realistic digital photo-manipulation technique, his first published album cover followed shortly after joining their ranks and quickly established a long list of published album covers for several bands on various labels. Clarkson’s art has been showcased in several galleries in the United States including Thinkspace, Gallery 1988, Cannibal Flower, and Copro Gallery. Clarkson is currently working on a new solo exhibition entitled “A Time to Forget” set to open at Thinkspace in February 2011. For more information please visit www.anthonyclarksonart.com.
ABOUT BLIK: Based in Venice, CA, Blik is the leading designer and maker of innovative self-adhesive, removable surface graphics. Co-founded in 2002 by architect Scott Flora and food editor Jerinne Neils, Blik was an exploration into the concept of the “wall as canvas.” Today, through groundbreaking production methods, original design and collaboration with such brands as Threadless, Upper Playground, Nintendo and Charles & Ray Eames, Blik is an I.D. Magazine Product Design Distinction Award Winner and participated in the esteemed Cooper-Hewitt National Design Triennial. Blik was recently named as one of Entrepreneur’s Top 100 Brilliant Companies for 2010. For more information please visit www.whatisblik.com.
Look for more to come from Blik and Thinkspace in early 2011.
A great auction from Keep-A-Breast closes this afternoon. The ‘Generation Pink’ auction will be held this evening in Santa Monica at the Brookdale Senior Living complex. As always, a simply great cause, so please be sure to check out the available casts.