BRIAN VIVEROS’S NEW BOOK ‘THE DIRTYLAND’ AVAILABLE ONLINE

Brian Viveros 'The Dirtyland'

‘The Dirtyland: The Art of Brian M. Viveros’ 

The debut collection from Brian M. Viveros published by Thinkspace Editions, 216 pages documenting eighteen years of his work including over 100 full-page reproductions of his classic paintings. ‘The Dirtyland’ also features in-depth essays, an interview with the artist, behind the scenes photographs, and much more. 9×12 inches / hard-cover / edition of 2,000

Books are being sold via PayPal. Please just hit the ‘Add To Cart’ button and follow the instructions shared from there. Please be sure you have verified the address associated with your PayPal account (you do this on your ‘Profile’ there). We will be shipping to the address associated with your PayPal account.Please note that shipping within the U.S. will be $17.50 via UPS and shipping outside of the States will be just over $50. The book weighs 3.5 pounds and with new restrictions via post, any package over 4 pounds now has to go priority (which is a higher bracket of pricing). We’re sorry about this, but it’s the reality of things. Thankfully the Pound and the Euro are at high exchange rates currently and the overall total won’t end up being that bad for you all outside of the States.

Brian Viveros Signing

Books will ship out over the month ahead. Those in the U.S. will get a tracking mail from UPS. Those in Europe, please note we’ll be unable to provide tracking for you (only packages that go 1st class can be tracked), but trust that your book should be with you by mid-December.

All autographed copies of ‘The Dirtyland’ have been sold.

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The Dirtyland: The Art of Brian M. Viveros’ & Print Release for ‘Matador’

dirtyland book
The Dirtyland: The Art of Brian M. Viveros’ 

Published by Thinkspace Editions

The debut collection from Brian M. Viveros. 216 pages documenting eighteen years of his work including essays, interviews, behind-the-scenes and much more. An absolute must for any fan of his work.

Available for $40 this Saturday at Thinkspace starting at 5PM and then you will be able to have Brian sign your copy. Signing is from 5PM to 6:30PM. Books will be on sale all evening long (opening for ‘Matador’ goes until 10PM). As an added bonus, all that purchase Brian’s new book this Saturday will receive a free bookmark as well (see below). There are no phone or internet sales at this time.

bookmark

Books will be available online in the next week or so. We will send out a mail announcing once all is ready for on-line sales. Please note there will be a supply of signed copies available (at no additional cost) for on-line sales as well and the first handful of orders will also get a copy of the free bookmark shown above.

We’re very excited to share his new book with you all, it came out just beautifully.

So much awaits at the opening of ‘Matador’ tomorrow night. We can’t wait for you all to experience it! Viva la Viveros!!! 

Brian M. Viveros

‘Matador’

Book Signing & Print Release:

TOMORROW – Saturday, November 7th 5:00-6:30PM

Opening Reception:
TOMORROW – Saturday, November 7th 6:30-10PM

 matador poster
FREE 11×17″ SHOW PRINT to all that attend the opening reception (shown above).
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THE FIRST OF TWO NEW PRINTS AVAILABLE THIS SATURDAY NIGHT

Brian M. Viveros
‘Undefeated’
16×18 inches
Edition of 75
Hand-signed and numbered by the artist

$200 each

In-person sales only at this point. Prints will go on sale this Saturday, November 7th at 5PM once we open the doors to ‘Matador’.

No phone or online sales available at this time. If any prints remain after this weekend, we will share them online late next week. We will let all know if any remain this Monday via our social networks. Thank you.

brian viveros print

 

THE SECOND OF TWO NEW PRINTS AVAILABLE THIS SATURDAY NIGHT

Brian M. Viveros
‘Forbidden’
15×20 inches
Edition of 75
Hand-signed and numbered by the artist

$200 each

In-person sales only at this point. Prints will go on sale this Saturday, November 7th at 5PM once we open the doors to ‘Matador’.

No phone or online sales available at this time. If any prints remain after this weekend, we will share them online late next week. We will let all know if any remain this Monday via our social networks. Thank you.

 brian viveros

Thinkspace is pleased to present Matador, featuring new paintings, prints and charcoal works by Brian M. Viveros. This highly anticipated solo exhibition, opening November 7, is the first comprehensive presentation of all new work by the artist in years, and will feature some of Viveros’ largest and most accomplished paintings to date. The epic gallery takeover will include a site-specific installation, props and source materials from the artist’s studio, a new large-format sculpt, created in collaboration with Pretty In Plastic, and the release of a 216-page full color art book, the artist’s first, with essays, interviews and behind-the-scenes. Inspired by the tempestuous Spanish tradition of bullfighting, Matador takes Viveros’ iconic Dirtyland to blazing new heights and bloody new recesses.

Known for his phenomenally detailed and hyperrealistic paintings, Viveros’ world is a complete universe unto itself. The “Dirtyland,” well-known by Viveros fans and collectors, plays host to a long cast of recurring female characters; part vixen, part superhero and all bad-ass. These unapologetic survivors, often bloodied and bandaged, smoking and defiant, have the battle scars to boast their warrior worth. Long fascinated by the figure of the Matador and its implicit theme of conquest and survival, Viveros reinterprets the Spanish tradition through the lens of an uncompromising feminine imaginary. The artist’s well-known “bad-girls” emerge victorious in Matador, embodying the power, passion and poetry of the bloody sport.

Viveros has pushed his execution of detail to new extremes. Working with a personal collection of historical props, like a hand-embellished bullfighter’s jacket from the 1940’s and his signature collection of helmets and head gear, the new work incorporates highly detailed, ornate patterns from Spanish textiles and objects. Viveros includes historical motifs from this cruel, and yet passionate, spectacle of violence; bullfighting pits man, or in this case woman, against the brute force of nature in a highly ritualized and symbolic dance of death, an intense aesthetic tradition that resonates clearly with the artist’s work. Viveros harnesses this raw energy in new paintings that ooze carnal ferocity and physical presence. The diversity of the color palette is also new for Viveros in Matador, as he incorporates stark tonal contrasts between warm and cool hues, crimson reds, pastels and brilliant golds, to bring minute textural details to life.

Interview with Brian M. Viveros for ‘Matador’

Brian Viveros Matador

A Sour Harvest (SH) interview with Brian M. Viveros (BV), discussing his creative process, thoughts on past work, and what to expect at his upcoming exhibition ‘Matador’ opening at Thinkspace Gallery, Saturday, November 7th.

SH: What does a day in the studio look like? What time do you get up and get in there?
BV: Every day is something new waiting to unfold. I’m an early bird, and don’t need much sleep. I always feel like if I can get the day started really early, I have a better jump on it and what it has to offer. I feed my dogs, make my coffee, and am in the studio by 7am. I usually put music on first thing, and maybe a documentary or weird, surreal film to get the day started in the studio. I like a lot of sounds and things going on around me in my
periphery to keep my mind busy while I work.

SH: What is your creative process and how has it evolved over the years?
Everything starts from a sketch, or from written ideas I have. I gather up a lot of different reference materials, or use new helmets or things I’ve gathered from flea markets, to start visualizing the beginning of a new character. Over the years, I’ve accumulated a lot of go-to ideas and sketches of things I want to paint, so now it’s just a matter of getting to each one and reworking it until it feels right.

Brian Viveros Matador

SH: Your technique improves with each new piece and you can see how you’re constantly pushing yourself. How do you feel when looking at older work, do you love the piece or do you want to go back to them and work on them more?
BV: I like this question, looking at older work brings a smile to my face. When revisiting my older paintings, I can see myself as I was, working at that time, working really hard and trying to make something significant happen. I can see myself believing in what I was doing, and having my own self-driven agenda, not giving a fuck about anything else. Sure, they could’ve been done better, but that’s the beauty of looking back on older works; you see how much you’ve grown and learned, and how you might have approached it now. I wouldn’t change a thing about them though. I like to embrace my
past efforts, they’re an integral part of a larger journey.

SH: In an interview you stated you have a collection of human skulls, where did you acquire those?
BV: From someone I used to work with actually. I guess the wife didn’t want the guy to have human skulls around the house and figured I’d be someone who’d be interested in taking them off his hands. I was >;-) He came to the right person! I’ve always been fascinated with death and its relics, I’m a big fan of skulls, remains, and bones, all that dark wonderful stuff. They’re so great for reference, and to talk to >;-)

Brian Viveros Matador

SH: What are your favorite brushes and paints right now?
BV: My brushes right now are Princeton Select Filbert size 2,4, and 6 and Grumbacher size 1 and 2 round. Paints would have to be Old Holland oil paints and some Liqutex acrylics

SH: What do you do when you feel you’re in a creative dry-spell? Where do you turn for sources of inspiration can you be specific about a recent source of inspiration?
BV: I turn to flea markets, old antique or military stores for objects and anomalies to inspire new work. Recently, I was at the Long Beach flea market and found these amazing big bull horn caps. They’re very rare and hard to find, and actually ended up being key elements in bringing my ‘Bullheaded’ sculpture to life – an exciting new sculpt made in collaboration with Pretty-In-Plastic, to be unveiled as part of the upcoming exhibition on Nov. 7th. The horns were also the inspiration for a new helmet motif, and for the largest
charcoal rendering, Battlefield, in the upcoming show, in which the character dons this amazing helmet with oversized horns, walking strong through her own personal Battlefield.

Brian Viveros Matador

SH: You’re releasing a new book, The Dirtyland documenting 18 years of work, can you tell us a little about the process of picking the content for the book and how the project all came about?
BV: Well, the whole undertaking of a book was clearly going to be a lot of work. To be honest, I actually wasn’t sure how it was all going to come to life, it just seemed so overwhelming in the abstract, but I did feel like it was the right time to take it on. I’ve worked with Thinkspace for many years now, and we’ve always talked about doing a book, but this year it just seemed like everything fell into place and the timing was right; it turned out that mine would be the first book ever published by Thinkspace Editions.

I’ve always been good at documenting and photographing my work, so that did make it easier, as the records and the visuals were already in place. We decided to just organize everything by year in a kind of chronological retrospective. Narrowing things down actually wasn’t too hard, and we pretty much got all of the key pieces in there. I’m a big collector of books myself, so I had a preconceived idea in place for how I wanted it to feel and what I wanted to show. The hard part was getting some of the image files organized, and ensuring we had the right dpi for some older files, but all the meat was
there, so to speak, we just had to lay it all out on the table and see what worked best on the bones.

It turned out to be amazing, and I’m so happy to share it with all of you at the
opening of Matador on Nov. 7th, before anyone else sees it!

Brian Viveros Matador

SH: Its been 5 years since you took over Thinkspace Gallery with your Dirtyland armme, what can people expect from this new takeover?
BV: People can expect more personal inclusions, alongside my signature elements. The work has evolved with an all new color palette, incorporating greater contrasts and even some pastel hues. I’ve included a great deal of detailing, drawn from bullfighting culture and its textiles and designs. I put more time into each piece, perfecting these ornate details, and it all ties in with the overarching theme of the show.

I’m also going to be sharing some pieces and reference materials from my personal collection, like my original bullfighter jacket from the 30’s – a beautifully detailed piece, executed entirely by hand – and also an installation of some of my signature helmets, including the helmet from the OG DirtyLand, the EVILLAST boxing headgear, and my custom Bull Horned helmet and crown of thorns…ouch!

Brian Viveros Matador

SH: Your work is so distinctive and has developed a cult following and strong collector demand, does this pressure ever get to you? Do you still get artist self-doubt?
BV: Sometimes. I mean I’m very hard on myself in everything I do. I think that I may even generate my own sense of pressure>;-) Those that know me, know that I’m a very passionate person when it comes to my art and projects, you have to be. You have to literally want to die for it. I don’t indulge in self-doubt, I just keep moving forward, and quite honestly, I really don’t think about it. I just think about what’s next and what needs to get done. No time for self-doubt. I try to be very confident and strong in what I believe in and keep it going, always trying to improve. Pressures will always be there, things will
be good and sometimes things will go bad, but you just gotta keep making art and not think about any of those things.

SH: What advice would you give artists who look up to? Whats the best advice you’ve been given about life? About your career?
BV: Work hard, don’t sleep and stay focused. The best advice about life is really to follow your dreams and go after that goal. Set a vision, see it, and make it happen, undeterred. Career – early on I was taught to treat my art as a business, and “take it really fucking serious,” in those words. Don’t let people walk all over you.

Brian Viveros Matador

SH: You’re from the Inland Empire, which in Southern California, tends to have a bad rap. What do you love about the IE? Does it or has it influenced
your creative voice?
BV: What do I love about the IE? Tios Tacos. Has it influenced my creative voice? No.

SH: Any plans to get behind the lens again soon?
BV: Yes, it’s time. There are some things going on right now, projects percolating, but at the moment, it’s really about this show. I’ll keep you posted though, lots in the works. But yes, I do plan to get back behind the lens again, it’s where I feel most comfortable.

SH: Upcoming projects you care to share?
BV: The inclusion of my work at SCOPE New York, in 2016, and working on that new film.

Brian M. Viveros’s, ‘Matador’ Thinkspace takeover opens this Saturday, November 7th from 7-10pm. Book signing with Brian will take place from 5:30pm – 7pm. For the official press release and more information please visit the Thinkspace Gallery website

Brian Viveros Matador

 

Brian M. Viveros’s Thinkspace Takeover – Matador!

Brian Viveros Matador

Brian M. Viveros
‘Matador’

Book Signing:
Saturday, November 7th 5:30-7PM

Opening Reception (taking over our entire space):
Saturday, November 7th 7-10PM

* Collector Preview to follow the morning of Wednesday, November 4th

Thinkspace is pleased to present Matador, featuring new paintings, prints and charcoal works by Brian M. Viveros. This highly anticipated solo exhibition, opening November 7, is the first comprehensive presentation of all new work by the artist in years, and will feature some of Viveros’ largest and most accomplished paintings to date. The epic gallery takeover will include a site-specific installation, props and source materials from the artist’s studio, a new large-format sculpt, created in collaboration with Pretty In Plastic, and the release of a 216-page full color art book, the artist’s first, with essays, interviews and behind-the-scenes. Inspired by the tempestuous Spanish tradition of bullfighting, Matador takes Viveros’ iconic Dirtyland to blazing new heights and bloody new recesses.

Known for his phenomenally detailed and hyperrealistic paintings, Viveros’ world is a complete universe unto itself. The “Dirtyland,” well-known by Viveros fans and collectors, plays host to a long cast of recurring female characters; part vixen, part superhero and all bad-ass. These unapologetic survivors, often bloodied and bandaged, smoking and defiant, have the battle scars to boast their warrior worth. Long fascinated by the figure of the Matador and its implicit theme of conquest and survival, Viveros reinterprets the Spanish tradition through the lens of an uncompromising feminine imaginary. The artist’s well-known “bad-girls” emerge victorious in Matador, embodying the power, passion and poetry of the bloody sport.

Brian Viveros Matador

Viveros has pushed his execution of detail to new extremes. Working with a personal collection of historical props, like a hand-embellished bullfighter’s jacket from the 1940’s and his signature collection of helmets and head gear, the new work incorporates highly detailed, ornate patterns from Spanish textiles and objects. Viveros includes historical motifs from this cruel, and yet passionate, spectacle of violence; bullfighting pits man, or in this case woman, against the brute force of nature in a highly ritualized and symbolic dance of death, an intense aesthetic tradition that resonates clearly with the artist’s work. Viveros harnesses this raw energy in new paintings that ooze carnal ferocity and physical presence. The diversity of the color palette is also new for Viveros in Matador, as he incorporates stark tonal contrasts between warm and cool hues, crimson reds, pastels and brilliant golds, to bring minute textural details to life.

Brian Viveros Matador

Matador will include some of Viveros’ largest and most complex works to date, including his largest-ever signature EVILLAST boxing girl and BULL-FIGHT-HER matador paintings. The exhibition will also include charcoal renderings in a looser and gesturally energetic new series, and the unveiling of Bullheaded, a three-dimensional sculpt created in collaboration with LA’s own Pretty In Plastic (Viveros shown above checking out the progress at their studios in North Hollywood). The exciting new piece brings a wall-mounted, bull-horned Viveros bad-girl to sculptural life, incorporating signature elements from the artist’s iconic paintings. An exhibition of several firsts, Matador launches an unprecedented new era of the Dirtyland.

Brian Viveros Dirtyland

‘The Dirtyland’ – The Art of Brian M. Viveros
The debut collection from Viveros published by Thinkspace Editions.

216 pages documenting eighteen years of his work including in-depth essays, an interview with the artist and much more.

Available at the opening reception of ‘Matador’ on November 7th at Thinkspace and on-line via our shop and other fine outlets come late November for those unable to attend the opening reception. Please note that no pre-sales are available at this time.

Please check out Arrested Motion‘s studio visit here and Beautiful Bizarre‘s feature on Brian M. Viveros here.