Friday, September 29, 2006

Birthday Art

I just had the idea to do a piece of art incorporating well-known people who share my birthday. (Alice Cooper being one of them, Garth Brooks another...what a huge spectrum that covers)

Heidi Barack

Monday, September 18, 2006

James Christensen

Sarah loves this guy! His work is very fantasy oriented and his attention to detail is incredible.


Pink elephants star in LA art show
LOS ANGELES - A live Asian elephant, painted in pink and gold, stands in a makeshift living room.
Giant cockroaches swarm over copies of Paris Hilton's pop CD. A dummy angel wearing a gas mask and a white parachute flaps in the blue skies.
Tai, a 38-year-old Asian elephant, which was painted by British underground artist Banksy is displayed at the 'Barely Legal' exhibition at a warehouse near downtown Los Angeles September 15, 2006. [Reuters]
Even in free-wheeling Los Angeles, they'd never seen anything quite like this.
British graffiti artist and prankster Banksy opened his first Los Angeles show on Friday in an obscure warehouse in industrial Downtown, bringing his subversive humor and anti-capitalist message to a city better known for wealth and self-obsession.
"Barely Legal," a free three-day event billed as a "vandalized warehouse extravaganza," opened with the excitement and puzzlement that has come to be the hallmark of the elusive "guerrilla artist."
Banksy keeps his identity secret but has built up a cult following in Europe over the last four years, placing his work in top museums, zoos or on the streets.
"It is really amazing. I think he is hilarious," said Los Angeles graphic designer Manny Skiles, 30, who has spent two years following Banksy's work mostly through the Internet.
Skiles and dozens of others spent more than an hour lining up to buy $500 limited print editions of Banksy's work. The originals sell for up to 25,000 pounds sterling.
On one wall, a stencil art picture shows bush hunters in loincloths raising their spears at empty supermarket shopping carts. On another, a masked street anarchist with a thrown back arm prepares to hurl -- a bunch of flowers.
But the placid pink elephant takes pride of place. Tai, 38, looms large in a room decked out with a sofa, a television, rugs on the floor and a man and woman sitting reading obliviously on the couch. It is titled "Home Sweet Home."
"We are sitting on the couch not seeing her. From what I understand, the elephant is a symbol of all the world's problems being ignored," said Kari Johnson, Tai's caretaker. Johnson said Tai lives on a private southern California elephant ranch and has appeared in several commercials.
"There is nothing in the world I would ever do to harm an elephant. The paint is nontoxic and washable and does not hurt a bit," Johnson told Reuters.
Banksy, as is his custom, was not around to discuss his show, which followed a prank at Disneyland this month in which he placed a blow-up figure dressed in orange Guantanamo Bay prison overalls beside a roller-coaster ride.
Last month, Banksy placed remixed copies of Paris Hilton's debut CD in stores across England. He gave them titles such as "Why Am I Famous?" and "What Am I For?"
In the "Barely Legal" show, the fake Hilton CDs are displayed in a plexiglass case alongside photo-shopped pictures of the hotel heiress and live cockroaches.
It was not known whether Hilton, who was propelled to fame by an amateur sex video, would be visiting the Los Angeles show, which according to local media reports has been seen by Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and other Hollywood celebrities.
Source: Reuters

Sunday, August 27, 2006

Elizabeth Murray

In the past, I haven't been a huge fan of Murray's work but after watching the segment about her on Art:21 I have to admit her work has evolved into something I enjoy quite a bit. They almost look as if she took Disney, Dali and Marvel Comics, put them in a huge blender, spilled them out on the floor and then cut them out and put them on the wall. They're fun!

Friday, July 14, 2006

Tim Biskup's Jackson 500

Biskup has a new book out filled with tons of his business card size paintings. Apparently this is volume 2. How did I miss volume 1?

Sunday, July 09, 2006

Herculoids Imagery

I've been thinking about "The Herculoids" recently. It was a much beloved cartoon that aired when I was but a lad. I found this quite accidentally today but it's pretty cool. I really like the slideshow of the sketchbook.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Brice Marden

Leonard Baskin

George McNeil

George McNeil (1908-1995) studied at the Pratt Institute, the Art Students League, the Hans Hoffmann School of Fine Arts and Columbia University. He was an original and indefatigable presence in the New York art community for decades. He earned awards and fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the National Council on the Arts and the Guggenheim. He has been collected by major museums, including MOMA, The Whitney Museum of American Art and The Walker Art Center.Carter Ratcliff said that "The imaginary realm of George McNeil's painting is one of the richest in contemporary art."

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Frank Frazetta

Grew up on Frazetta's art. I have 3 volumes of his art books. I watched a DVD about him that I got out of the library called "Frank Frazetta: Painting with Fire." It's very interesting. If you're a fan, you should check it out. If you're not a fan, don't bother. He comes off quite arrogant at times.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Artist Trading Cards

Have you heard of this? Artists create cards that are 2.5 X 3.5 and trade them with one another. You cannot charge for have to trade. That's pretty cool!

Sunday, April 23, 2006

Saturday, April 22, 2006


Billed as a "contemporary character design community." It's a forum for artists who design characters to show them off. Coming soon...MojiWar...where characters square off and the public votes for their favorite.

Jeremy Tinder

Wednesday, April 12, 2006


Found out about this comic the other day called "Requiem." It's about vampires. I really like the artwork that I've seen. (There's a story printed in this months Heavy Metal magazine) I'm going to see if I can track down some more of this stuff.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Ryan Bubnis Show

They're having a showing of Ryan Bubnis' art at the Blue Bottle Gallery here in Seattle. It's a cool little space. I've actually sent some of my art in for consideration. Anywho...hope I can swing by sometime this month for some Bubnis!

Monday, January 09, 2006

Julian Beever

A friend of mine made me aware of this amazing artist. The illusion of 3-D is truly incredible. Check out his website by clicking on his name above for more samples of his work.