Brian Viveros x Thinkspace — ‘Punch Drunk in Love’ LE + Timed Edition Print (9.16)


Thinkspace will release two print editions of Brian Viveros’s ‘Punch Drunk in Love’ on Monday (9.16). the special framed limited edition captures the raw appeal of the original painting from last year’s Scope Miami exhibition with the gallery.  Limited to 40 pieces (“16 x 20”, $600) each signed and numbered print in this short-run edition is hand-embellished by the artist with air brush and watercolors to add dimension to flesh tones, improve overall shading and  enhance the impact of the blood.  The prints feature custom frame molding and matting chosen by Viveros   as well as two ‘Evilast’ patches (one framed with the print and one loose) patterned after the one on the headgear in the painting.

In addition to the framed LE edition, Thinkspace will also release a timed edition of ‘Punch Drunk in Love’, a first for Brian Viveros.  The signed and numbered  timed-print (16” x 20”, $120) will be available for pre-order for 24 hours after which sales will close and the edition size will be determined by the number of  received orders.

Thinkspace will release both editions on Monday (9.16), starting with the limited-edition at 9 AM PDT and the timed print an hour-later at 10 AM (sales close 9.17 @ 10 AM).

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Amy Sol — ‘Incantation’ at Corey Helford Gallery (9.14)

Amy Sol. Spirit Flame.

Amy Sol. Spirit Flame.

Amy Sol will present a new collection of original paintings for ‘Incantation’ which opens @ CHG Circa on Saturday (9.14). As the show title suggests, the new work explores a magical and  mystical link between nature and the female spirit.  In-tune with the flora and fauna that surrounds them, Sol  envisions female druid-like characters as protectors and creators of the natural world.  In fact, her first exhibited self-portrait casts the artist as a conjurer in her own right.   To compliment the opening, Circa will release a limited-edition print of ‘Spirit Flame’ (16” x 20”, 100 pcs, $100).

Amy Sol || ‘Incantation’
Opening: Saturday, September 13th 2013 (7 to 10 PM)

CHG Circa
8530-A Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA  90232

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Mark Dean Veca — ‘20 Years’ Book Signing + Exhibition (9.14)


Mark Dean Veca, gifted painter, interpreter of Pop Culture and master of the insane fill, will be at Western Project on Saturday evening (9.14) to sign his first art monograph ‘Mark Dean Veca: 20 Years’.  As the title suggests, the new hardcover volume (168 pgs, $60) from Zero + Publishing covers Mark’s career from his original paintings to his awe-inspiring large-room installations and includes essays from noted art critics Carlo McCormick and Shana Nys Dambrot.  The release and signing will take place in the gallery’s West Room which features an exhibition showcasing select works from the new book.  After the jump, enjoy a photo gallery of the exhibition.

‘Mark Dean Veca: 20 Years’ Book Signing
Saturday, September 14th 203 (6 to 8 PM)

Western Project
2762 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034

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Seen: Sarah Williams @ George Billis Gallery

Sarah Williams 15Blacktop Country” is an exhibition of absolutely beautiful paintings by Sarah Williams at George Billis Gallery in Los Angeles. These nightscapes are devoid of people but the presence of humans –those who have been there, live there now or will visit in the future — is beautifully conveyed via the play of light on the structures and the night settling on the surrounding landscape. The technique is impeccable and the colors are absolutely gorgeous.

Be sure to visit before the show ends on Oct. 12!

George Billis Gallery LA: 2716 S. La Cienega Blvd/Los Angeles, CA 90034

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Preview: Vera Arutyunyan @ Prohibition Gallery (9/14)

Vera Arutyunyan 6I was lucky to see a preview of “My Elysium” — bold new works by Armenian-born, Los Angeles-based painter Vera Arutyunyan — at Prohibition Gallery in Culver City last Saturday. I was taken by her confident strokes and explosions of color, which create immediacy and emotion in every piece. I admire her risk-taking as she charges boldly ahead — an important lesson for every artist to follow.

Arutyunyan has shown in galleries and shows all over the world. You can visit her website here.

My Elysium” officially opens this Saturday, Sept. 14, with an reception from 6-9 pm. The artist will be in attendance. The gallery is located in the heart of the Culver City arts district and I really recommend you check out the show in person.

Prohibition Gallery: 6039A W. Washington Blvd/Culver City, CA 90232

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Seen: “Earthly Beings” by Bec Winnel @ Thinkspace

Bec Winnel 2“Earthly Beings,” beautiful portraits by Australian artist Bec Winnel, opened Sept. 7 at Thinkspace’s Project Room. I loved this ethereal, haunting work. Check out additional high-quality images here.

The gallery’s main space features the excellent final show of Matt Doust, who died tragically, shortly before his show opened. Visit Thinkspace’s website for more information and photos. Both shows run through Sept. 28.

Thinkspace: 6009 Washington Blvd. | Culver City, CA 90232

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Shows: Well & Good at Low Gallery Saturday 9/7


SAN DIEGO, CA: Low Galllery presents ‘Well & Good,’ new works by Mike Maxwell & Alli Good this Saturday, September 7th with an opening from 7 pm until 11 pm.

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SHOWS: Jon MacNair & Ben Kehoe at Antler Gallery (8/29)

benjoncardwebTraversing the Emotional Landscape // Shadows In The Field of Science

Portland, OR: Antler Gallery is proud to present a two-person exhibition of the works of Jon MacNair and Ben Kehoe. The show will open on August 29th in the Alberta Arts District as part of the neighborhood’s famous Last Thursday event with a preview opening scheduled for Wednesday August 28th.

The pair shares a long-standing mutual admiration and will meet for the first time when Ben visits Portland for the opening of the show. Jon has shown with Antler several times in our old location and we are excited to host his work once again in our new, larger space. In looking for an artist to pair him with, Ben seemed the natural choice. The darkly comedic subject matter of both artists illustrative works offer two distinct but relatable narratives while the difference in choice of medium and color pallet effectively separate both bodies of work.

Traversing the Emotional Landscape // Shadows In The Field of Science
Jon MacNair & Ben Kehoe
Thursday, August 29th
Antler Gallery
Portland, OR

Jon MacNair – “Traversing the Emotional Landscape”

Since Jon moved to Portland from Michigan 18 months ago he has been prolific, making his monochromatic India ink illustrations an unmistakable part of the local art landscape. In June 2012 he opened his first solo show, “Curious Reveries”, at the original Antler location having shown in numerous group exhibitions since graduating in 2005.”Curious Reveries” explored the uncertainty of new experiences, echoing his recent re-location as well as the daunting task of establishing a new life and relationships. His new series, “Traversing the Emotional Landscape”, continues the theme of internal exploration. The emotional landscape is depicted as a physical manifestation through which the characters must journey, facing tasks and trials akin to classical stories of epic quests.

Ben Kehoe – “Shadows In The Field of Science”

Ben is based out of Pittsburgh, PA; we are thrilled to be able to bring his work to Portland, particularly as it is the first series of paintings he has made in over a year. His career was put on temporary hiatus as he was otherwise engaged helping with the family business. Working primarily in acrylic on wooden boards he creates beautifully rendered backdrops in deeply saturated colors that are home to all manner of odd beings engaging in strange pursuits. His scenes evoke a bizarre Americana that is deeply original and strangely familiar at the same time. In his latest series characters devolved from various mythologies are galloping with abandon through the scientific field.

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LOS ANGELES, CA: Innocnts Gallery presents Drawings & Collages by artist Marco Zamora Thursday, August 29th from 6 – 10 pm.  Zamora’s detailed drawings and collages focus on various urban surroundings, interests, and his reflections of these worlds colliding.  Zamora has shown his works in various galleries around the world, including recently in Cologne, Germany in December.

Drawings & Collages
New works by Marco Zamora
Thursday, August 29th, 6 – 10 pm
572 N. Hoover St.
Los AngeleS, CA

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Preview: Luke Chueh — ‘Random Acts of Sadness’ at Circa (8.10)


Luke Chueh will open his  ‘Random Acts of Sadness’ on Saturday (8.10) @ CHG Circa in Culver City.  The new exhibition features  sixteen new and revised paintings and sculptures embodying the artist’s continual darkly humorous and morbid exploration of self through his beloved animal characters – a pig, a monkey and yes his signature bear, and more.  Never one to pull punches, Chueh considers his reputation as the ‘bear guy’ while once again showing that his work is more about the self-deprecating, honest narrative fueled by the ironic juxtaposition of his cute characters rather than the characters themselves.

Luke Chueh  ||  ‘Random Acts of Sadness’
Opening: Saturday, August 10th 2013 (7-10 PM)

CHG Circa
8530-A Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA  90232

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Vans US Open of Surfing: Photos from the Artist Mural


The Vans US Open of Surfing just kicked off last weekend in Huntington Beach, and droves of folks cruised down to check out the surfing, bmx, and skate action in events such as, Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational and the Van Doren Invitational. Like Van’s Supply & Demand show at the House of Vans, Russ Pope invited down a team of awesome artists -Rich Jacobs, Nate Russell, Mike Giant, Matt French and Zio Ziegler – do a collaborative mural in the skate bowl, which was modeled after the legendary Marseilles France Skate Park. Also artists Gregg Kaplan, HEF, and Marco Zamora were also in attendance, working on painting large shipping containers inspired by the classic Vans shoeboxes.

The Vans US Open of Surfing runs from July 20th thru July 28th, with event such as the Van Doren Invitational (skate contest) and the Joel Tudor Duct Tape Invitational on Saturday, July 27th and Sunday, July 28th. Anyhow, here’s some photos I took from Day 1 of the artists working on the skate bowl!

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Corey Helford’s Monochromatic ‘Shades’ (7.27)

Michael Peck. Shades.

Michael Peck. Shades.

For ‘Shades’ (7.27), Corey Helford Gallery has challenged a select group of artists to create work that  relies solely on shades of a single color to convey the subject and the emotion.  The exhibition features the work of Aaron Woes Martin, Andrew Brandou, Beau Stanton, Ben Frost, Carlos Ramos, Chloe Early, Cyrcle, David Stoupakis, Deidre Sullivan-Beeman, Ernesto Yerena, Esao Andrews, Germs, Greg Gossel, Joey Remmers, Junghwa Hong, Lola, Martin Wittfooth, Melissa Haslam, Michael Peck (above), Nate Frizzel, Nouar, Revok, Richard J. Oliver, Risk, Josh Agle (Shag), Soey Milk, Tom Bagshaw, and Yumiko Kayukawa.

Opening: Saturday, July 27th 2013 (7-10 PM)

Corey Helford Gallery
8522 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232

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Final Weeks: “The Cruise” at Blueline Media Productions

The Cruise Poster“The Cruise,” featuring paintings by myself and photographs by Justin Clifford Rhody, is in its final two weeks at Blueline Media Productions in Bloomington, IN. I’m proud to be part of such an awesome show, which was curated by Remote Projects.

You can check out photos from the show here, as well my art here and Justin’s photos here.

Blueline Media Productions: 224 N. College Ave/Bloomington, IN 47404.

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