João Ruas sneak peek at ‘Inner Myth Pt. 1’…

João Ruas

“Enkindu & Gilgamesh”
11×11″ / 28×28 cm
Watercolor, Gouache and Gold leaf on 300gms Fabriano

João Ruas is hard at work finishing up the final piece for his largest showing of works to date in the States. Opening on Fri, May 8th @ Thinkspace in our project room as part of our ‘Fresh Faces’ series, ‘Inner Myth Pt. 1’ will feature six new works. Big news is that João will be in town from Brazil for the opening reception.

“Enkindu & Gilgamesh” process shot

“Enkindu & Gilgamesh” process shot

“Enkindu & Gilgamesh” process shot

We leave you with a close up shot of “Elephantman”… more images and info soon, including an interview with João. In the meantime, check out our full ‘Sneak Peek’ set on Flickr here.
João Ruas
‘Inner Myth Pt. 1’

Opening: Fri, May 8th 7-11PM
4210 Santa Monica Blvd in Los Angeles (near Sunset Junction)

João Ruas podcast interview…

“Enkindu & Gilgamesh” by João Ruas

The good folks over at Sidebar Nation just posted a great podcast interview with Brazilian artist João Ruas. It’s great to hear him talk about his art in his own words, and his English is 10x better than our Portugese, so it’s a pretty easy listen overall.
João (pronounced “Joo-whoa”) just took over the reigns from James Jean for Vertigo’s ‘Fables’ series, and is well known via his inclusion in past issues of the Spectrum book series as well. Listen to the interview to find out more about this emerging artist.

Click here to download the podcast with Ruas and here to view Sidebar’s original post.

Keep tabs on João at his site here and view more ‘sneek peaks’ from ‘Inner Myths Pt. 1’ here.

Get ready…
João Ruas
‘Inner Myth Pt. 1’
May 8th – June 5th on our ‘Fresh Faces’ wall

Opening Reception: Fri, May 8th 7-11PM

4210 Santa Monica Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90029

Joao Ruas ‘sneak peek’ at his new series for this May @ Thinkspace

Joao Ruas is hard at work inside his studio in Brazil on the new series of works for his ‘Inner Myths Pt. 1’ mini-exhibition that will take place this May at Thinkspace

We’re expecting around a half-dozen new works from Ruas for this small showing on our ‘Fresh Faces’ wall. We’re eager to have him back next April for his proper debut solo show, but we both felt it was a good idea to get a small series of works out prior to that and build from there. The new works are just looking sick. Can’t wait!!!

Joao Ruas named as the new cover artist for the Fables series…

Last September, Fables fans got a bit of a shock. After 81 issues, Eisner-winning cover artist James Jean was leaving. The man whose work was infamous for his dazzling Fables iconography was moving on, and everyone wondered who would replace him.

Time has passed, and we are happy to announce that the new cover artist for the Fables series is none other than Brazilian artist Joao Ruas, whom we just started working with here at Thinkspace during The Drawing Room exhibition.
Ruas’ first cover will be for April’s issue #83 (shown above), which is the first part of “The Great Fables Crossover”, a nine-part story arc which will see Jack of Fables and Fables interact for the first time.

A glimpse at Ruas’ second cover, for issue #84, is shown above.
According to Ruas, he was in the midst of eating sashimi when he first received a phone call regarding the possibility of working on the Fables covers. Getting the job was a mix of excitement and fear for the artist. “It’s cliche, but the fact that I used to read Vertigo titles in my teenage years and now having the opportunity to be on the other side of the mirror is fantastic,” said Ruas. “Another [thing that excites me] is the range that comics can reach; I hope my work is able to say something to the readers. “Obviously replacing James Jean was the [most frightening issue]. He gave so much to the series with his amazing technique, but especially with his illustrative emotional storytelling that is hard to detach one from another. The other issue was the pressure, Fables is a big title and a lot of people will have opinions and judgments about my work. In the end, I just put the insecurity aside and started to paint.”

Read the full press release from Vertigo over at IGN, including a short interview with Fables writer/creator Bill Willingham, here:
Look for more great new works to arrive soon to our gallery from Ruas, as we work towards hosting his debut Los Angeles solo show in the spring of 2010. The beautiful work we took to Art Basel – “Scowrer” – is still on hand (view a close up below). Please inquire if you are interested and view all our available works here.

Look for more on Ruas in the coming months…

Off to Miami…

Joao Ruas
Gouche, watercolor and graphite on 200gr watercolor paper
Our ‘Looking Glass’ exhibit offers a sampling of new works from artists that will be showing with us during our 2009 and 2010 programs and beyond… get ready to see a lot more from Brazil’s Joao Ruas very soon… and look for an interview to be posted with him as well here in the near future.
Gen Art Vanguard New Contemporary Art Fair
Charcoal Studios in the Wynwood Arts District
2135 NW 1st Avenue, Miami, FL 33127
Runs 12-04-08 through 12-07-08 during Art Basel in Miami, Florida

Joao Ruas sneak peek from "The Drawing Room" this November…

Joao Ruas
Haunted #16
Watercolor and gouache on board
This beauty and two others will be featured in The Drawing Room opening November 7th.
Look for a couple of additional new works from Ruas at our booth at Vanguard during Art Basel this December in Miami.
Past that, plans are already underway for his first solo with us in 2010… more details soon. A waiting list is already developing, so drop a line soon if you are interested in his work.