Monday, December 14, 2009

Sketches

Occasionally I like to pull out my reference folders and do lighting studies or just practice drawing straight from photos. It's fun and therapeautic to focus on the lines and forms...I did dozens of these drawings this past week, but thought I'd share some here, since I rarely post sketches.


Did this one in the waiting room at the dentist while waiting for my sister. It was off of a fashion ad of some kind.


A couple of somnambulists...


Sketching some ancient serpent jewelry, and a beautiful fountain-statue from a huge book on Pompeii that my sister owns.


Just another light study from a Corbis image.


I think I'll do some similar studies with acrylics, amid last minute Christmas-shopping and gift-wrapping this week. I'm also conceptualizing for my next two pieces which will be part of the March show at CoproGallery. In that show, I will be in 'Gallery 3,' alongside the Hi-Fructose exhibition, Michael Page, and Eric Fortune. 2010 will be pretty light in number of shows (and paintings), as I'll be focusing on larger works only. I want to try new things, and hopefully include some writing alongside my September Corey Helford show (for that show, I will be alongside the awesome Krista Huot!). We'll see. More details soon!

Interviews & Publications

Been a bit backtracked in this sector, but there have been a few cool things as of late. A huge thanks to everyone here that shared my work and accepted me into their publications:

-I was featured in OMAG vol. 7 (Otis College of Art and Design's Alumni magazine) for my "Riddles in the Dark" show under the 'soloists' section.


-Nathan Cartwright did an artist feature on my work for the November issue of Citizen LA newspaper.

-I also got into Spectrum #16, which is a dream come true! Never thought I'd ever get published in it. Here's the cover of the annual, and my published piece. Even though they say it's called "Thania" it's actually "Titania." That piece was from December 2008's Corey Helford show.



-Kendrick Daye from Art Nouveau Magazine posted an interview with me recently. It appears that he mixed some of my old work into the post with my new work, so I guess it gives you something of a timeline from 2008 til now!

-Mystic Medusa did an interesting astrology-based interview with me for her astrology blog, so the questions are quite fun-- check it out!

-Andresi of VIZIOMAG named my Persephone piece one of 40 Awesome Illustrations-- thanks!

-Kate Wang of GenArt did a fun q&a with me and the 5 LeBasse artists for the "Go East" last month.

-Last but not least, you all should check out this super cool collector profile about a couple friends of mine, Gregg and Yvette Spatz. They have an amazing collection of mostly 'Spectrum' art, plus you can see one of my pieces that they own :)
More soon..

Saturday, December 5, 2009

Some new dark works...


The Bride of Frankenstein
16” x 20”
Acrylic on wood


“Judith & Holofernes”
12” x 16”
Acrylic on wood.



“Hunter”
7” x 7”
Acrylic on wood.

Here are a few overdue commissions I finished right after I got back from NY. For the top one, the client wanted a Bride of Frankenstein portrait, so I based it on one of the Bride's most famous photos and played on a mix between a wedding and a funeral for the mood.

For the second one, the client wanted a 'gothic' piece, so I did an extra dark take on the Judith and Holofernes story. I wanted to represent the King's decapitation in a different way than we see in most representations, so I had a stand-in statue for him being overgrown with flowers.

The last one was inspired by a photo of my friend Mariana, who let me use her self-portrait as a springboard for a little hunter-witch portrait. :) Since these are already sold, they will be shown in a special 'small wall' feature at the Hive Gallery, the gallery that gave me my first show. My sister put together an amazing installation for my wall that I helped her put up last weekend-- I'll take pictures and post them soon! It really adds to the dark feel of these pieces. :) Opening is tonight from 8pm to 12:30pm, details here. Hope to see some of you there!

My next show is another LA show, coming up in March at CoproGallery. Details on that soon, but I'm planning to go back to some larger pieces for that. Stay tuned...

Monday, November 23, 2009

Murphy Group Show Reminder

Persephone. 18" x 18" Acrylic on wood

Persephone sketch. 10.5 x 10.5" Graphite on paper


Since it's coming up very soon, I thought I'd post all the info on the upcoming Murphy Fine Art Group show that I am exhibiting the above 2 pieces in. Mark Murpy did a little writeup about me for the show. For those of you in Miami during the first week of December, be sure to check it out! Here is the booth and show info. I'll have the drawing and painting for sale at that show, plus some freebie postcards for anyone who stops by the booth.

Press info:
Murphy Fine Arts and curator/publisher Mark Murphy will be exhibiting this year at Aqua Wynwood Art Fair December 3-6. The booth space is located at No. 44a and 44b, sharing with Galerie D’Art Yves Laroche.

Featured artists represent the best in emerging contemporary arts, showcasing a mix of graffiti, stencil, pop art and collage. Artists featured include: Seonna Hong, Tony Fitzpatrick, Jeff Soto, Martin Wittfooth, Meggs, Cathie Bleck, Robert Connett, Mia, Marco Wagner, Mark Todd, Esther Pearl Watson, Brendan Danielsson, Christopher Buzelli, Leslie Ditto and Joel Nakamura.

Please join in and celebrate the arts, December 3 through December 6, 2009 at Aqua Art Miami (Wynwood) : 42 NE 25th St. Miami FL 33137 (at N Miami Ave), Booths 44a and 44b : You can contact Mark Murphy at murphy@murphydesign.com or 619/743-0405 for acquisition and pricing information.

Friday, November 13, 2009

A week ago...


...can't believe it's already been a week! My first trip to New York was unforgettable, but way too short. I know I'll have to go back again soon. I don't normally do picture posts, but thought that this event merited one. Here are a few pics from opening night that I scavenged from around the net, as well as some random shots from the gazillion that my sister took, haha.



From left to right: me, Heidi, and Joao Ruas (photo courtesy of Heidi's husband). It was great meeting all of them, and everyone else I got to talk to while I was there :) And of course many thanks to Beau & Christine from LeBasse Projects for having me there, and to the nice people at GenArt-- great meeting you.






L to R: My family and me (center) in front of my washed-out painting, me prattling away about the story in my piece in 60 seconds or less...and a couple of crowd shots. These 4 are courtesy of GenArt.



The architecture in this city is unbelievable and so inspiring (I know I have to use it in future work).


The Yankees won the World Series while we were there, and had a huge ticker-tape parade. We didn't see it, but we did get to walk the streets after it was over. The aftermath of the parade had a 'snow' effect on some of the architecture.



The above pic kind of feels as cold as it was over there! Cab drivers kept telling us it was like a summer day for them, but I was frozen solid.



My sis and my folks got to go to Central Park on Saturday, and she got this wonderful shot. She also captured the texture of the statue in the next one. I love how weathered it is.






I didn't get to see the Statue of Liberty on this trip, but it appears that my sister did. Haha..

Miss you already, NY.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Print Info


Print info is here. Lots of posts lately! I'm sure that will change soon...haha.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Final piece


"Persephone"
18" x 18"
Acrylic on wood.

for Art Basel Miami 2009
Mark Murphy group show
murphy@murphydesign.com


More on the story behind it later :) But you can read a little on my flickr.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Done!



Just finished my painting for the Mark Murphy group show at Art Basel, coming up in December. So I thought I'd share the rough sketch I did before I started painting. I should have a jpeg of the final piece later this week, but I'm a little excited about how fast I did this one. 2 weeks for an 18" x 18" painting is not bad :)

I'll have the painting and a more polished, not-on-tracing-paper drawing for sale at that show. If you are interested, please contact murphy@murphydesign.com

My facebook friends already heard about this little moment so I'll share it here-- Mark Murphy came to speak at Otis when I was in my sophomore year, and I've wanted to work with him ever since, so I really can't believe my little dream has come true so fast! I feel truly honored, so thanks Mark for inviting me into this show :)

Now I'm off to bed, but next week..NY, NY! We will be releasing a very limited and huge print of my 3'x4' piece on Saturday November 7th-- more info soon on that, but for you NY locals I will be at a live print release/signing on that day from 12 to 3pm at the gallery. Check out the following flyer for the address and all the venue info:

Friday, October 16, 2009

It's here :)


"The Four Seasons"
48" x 36"
Acrylic on wood.




Yes, titled after the Vivaldi work. It's for the 3-day New York show. contact@lebasseprojects.com

This one really has to be seen in person, so I tried to make these images as large as possible and included the detail shots. Process shots will be for another post I guess. More soon!

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Little things



"Spirit Gatherer"
7" x 7"
Acrylic on wood.
Inquiries here: contact@lebasseprojects.com


This is the second piece I will have at the New York show. As I said in the drawings post, this one was inspired by Mariee Sioux's Native American imagery, and I had a lot of fun weaving all the little details in the small space available on the panel. Working so big lately gives me a new respect for the challenge of little pieces! I'll miss doing them.

Time constraints = this one and the 3'x4' will be the only ones in this show for me. For those of you who are local, mark your calendars for the opening: Saturday November 7th, 7-11pm. We will be in the Lower East Side, exact location details will be available here as soon as I get them. Hope to meet some of you there! :)

Update on the 3'x4' piece image: Been under-the-weather this weekend, so I'm a bit behind. But I have a whole load of process pictures that I'm trying to get together to post with the final image all in one entry. If it takes too long to do that, maybe I'll post the final with some details shots and later compile the process pictures separately. I want to share it with you already! ^_^

Lovely rainy day today...hopefully it will rain a little more for me tonight before it leaves us dry again.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Finished the 3'x4'...


...and just dropped it off at the gallery for framing! Photo from LeBasse Projects' Twitter, full image and info coming soon...:)

Friday, September 11, 2009

Latest Viziomag issue...


Just a quick thanks: I recently got a spread in the 4th issue of VIZIOMAG, an ezine that features a lot of cool art from artists all over the world. Lots of great finds in there! You can download your copy on their site free of charge.
Cheers!

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Hello, hello

Since it's been a while, I thought I'd share some drawings I've been working on. They started off being inspired by a Native American theme, as I've been listening to the enchanting music of Mariee Sioux; her sound and lyrics are equally haunting and spellbinding. Since some of you seemed to enjoy reading the last post, I'll explain the thought-process and stories of each piece when I post the final paintings.


I've painted the above drawing already, I just don't have a good hi-res image of the final piece yet. I'm going to paint the bottom-most drawing, but probably not the second one for now...we'll see. I mean, I like the simplicity of it, but I might change a few things in it if I do paint it.





^ This one was inspired by a friend's self-portrait as she was kind enough to let me use her as a model :) I'll post her photos and links with the final painting.

Drawings are quick, so the above is perhaps a week's worth of work. The rest of the time, I've been working on the largest painting I've ever done to date (I know I say that a lot, but it's because I keep going up in size :) This one will be 4 feet wide and 3 feet tall, and I'll be lucky to finish by the end of September. I've already pulled half a dozen all-nighters on it, and I'll probably be doing a lot more of those this month. More details soon on that painting, and the 3-day New York group show I'm going to be in. Any of you who are New-Yorkers, well actually anyone who wants to get on the preview list/request more info on that show, please contact Beau from Lebasse Projects. He's curating the show: contact@lebasseprojects.com

I'll try to post more often...every other week, maybe even once a week. Depending on Father Time, I'll share some process shots, random inspirational photos I'm looking at or things I discover in my backyard, maybe some rough sketches. Stay tuned for things!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Beware: Looooong post

Thanks for your patience! I’ve been working away on two new paintings, another 7”x7” and a 9”x12,” this time influenced by Native American imagery. They will probably be some of the last truly small pieces I do for a while, so it’s a bit of a sad goodbye because I like these miniature insular universes as much as I do the huge mad ones. More on that later.

Juxtapoz just posted a fun 20-question style "Back Talk" feature with me on their site. I also want to point you to a wonderful blog called Lady Lavona’s Cabinet of Curiosities, and thank her for sharing my art on there.

So, the ‘Riddles in the Dark’ show. Super apologies to any of you that I missed in the first hour of the opening reception. Don’t you hate it when you’re running late and it just happens to be another day in traffic hell on PCH? Le sigh…I did enjoy the 2 hours that I was there for though, and many thanks to all of you who came out and chatted or even got a photo :) Of course, thanks so much to those of you who picked up a piece or a print, I hope you enjoy it!

As promised, here's a little backstory on the show. These five paintings were based on the concept of loss and discovery, just one of those philosophical questions I mull over while painting, heh. Pandora, from the classical myth embodies this perfectly—her curiosity, and penchant for discovery drove her to lose a great deal (letting evil and darkness into the ’perfect’ world). I find it rather fascinating that in our quest to find something new or to gain knowledge and understanding, we must lose something in return…whether it’s the loss of life (how many explorers have died for the sake of discovery?), past beliefs that must die to make way for the new, loss of stability, sanity, etc. The more things we know, the more complex our universe seems to become. This set of paintings is about all of those things.


“Between the Shadows” 24” x 36” Acrylic on wood. SOLD.

This piece is based on the myth of Pandora's Box...the many generations of explorers have inherited Pandora’s deadly curiosity, and as they open up worlds of wonder and magic, they also unleash danger and darkness with their discoveries...Please view at the largest resolution here for all the details, some highlights include:
-the names of the Columbia space shuttle crew on the headstone at top right
-the phases of the moon in her hair
-the zodiac (on the clock and the sky, as well as the symbols around her watch) and the constellations (including Scorpius, Hercules, Serpens, Crater, Antila, Hydra, Gemini, Bootes, Corona Borealis, Ursa Major).
- the Sphinx (her riddle reads ‘Large as a mountain, small as a pea. Endlessly swimming in a waterless sea: Asteroids.’), Darwin, the polar explorer, the astronaut, the Man who Laughs, the North and South Winds blowing the rocketship…
- the edge of the world scene on the bottom (the ‘Flat Earth’ mentality)
-that well-known explorer image of the medieval man with his head in the atmosphere, except I added the tree of life, time, and the mother-goddess figure, and made it a night and day separation.
The two astronomical clocks are inspired by dozens of different ones from around Europe, which I combined into my own designs.


“The Lost Boys” 9” x 12” Acrylic on wood. Available through dwg@coreyhelfordgallery.com

This piece is based on the 'Lord of the Flies' novel, by William Golding (and the Peter Brook film as well). I called it the “Lost Boys” because this story is in a way like Peter Pan gone wrong. The main figure is a combination of Jack, the violent boy (scarring), Ralph, the rational boy (conch), and Simon, the pacifist (nature and pearls). In researching the trident symbol (that he has on his chest), I found that ‘prongs up’ means to gain through the sea as opposed to ‘prongs down’ which means loss through water. In the novel, the boys set fire to the island, and are rescued by a navy ship, which I thought went well with the ‘prongs up’ symbolism. The rest of his scars are alchemical and zodiac symbols. The beast is speaking a line from the novel, which he directed at Simon: “My poor, misguided boy. Do you think you know better than I do?”

I don't normally paint male characters, so it was fun branching out on this one. I also liked trying dramatic shadows/lighting on the figure, which I haven’t done very much so far.


“Little Lost Cosmonaut” 7” x 7” Acrylic on wood. SOLD.

This one is about the people that explorers leave behind, in this case a mother-child relationship. The child’s rocket is inscribed with the phrase "memento mori.” The constellations, zodiac, and alchemical symbol theme is carried through to this piece too. Charon arrives in his moon boat to take the little lost cosmonaut away to join the stars.


“Gloomy Sunday” 7” x 7” Acrylic on wood. SOLD.

Gloomy Sunday is a song about a lover who is contemplating suicide after the death of her beloved, and was most famously sung by Billie Holiday. The Americanized version of the song has an extra verse at the end that says she was only dreaming, and that her dreaming of her lover’s death only proves how much she longs for him. In the original version of the song, there is no ‘dream’ verse.
I wanted the gargoyles and funerary sculptures to evoke the anguish and violence of her thoughts, while the cameo weeps. There is a lovely line in the song that says, “little white flowers will never awaken you, not where the black coach of sorrow has taken you.” The flowers and stars (which echo the flowers), are a major focus of the piece for that line.


“An Ocean of Memories” 22” x 15.5” Acrylic on wood. model: Natalie Shau. SOLD.

This one is also about lost love, but the story is more ambiguous. He is an explorer out at sea, and has either been lost or he never came back. She has written him letters, which have also been lost at sea (do letters in bottles ever reach their intended recipients?), as have the years, her youth, and beauty…she is still lingering on the past, which is colorful and populated with memories, but the future is empty and dull. The true lover’s briar and rose springing from his heart in the locket, the sea serpent, Poseidon, da Vinci’s horse and rider as a constellation, the women/sirens, and Pinocchio-character are some highlights. The lyrics on the scrolls are from two songs—the ones wrapping around the serpent are from Regina Spector’s "Loveology", and the rest are from Joanna Newsom’s "Cosmia".

Finally, I wanted to share something pretty cool with you all. The lovely Melissa sent me this photo of a tattoo she got recently, based on my “Blue Witch” painting. I’ve posted the painting here alongside the tattoo shot. Thanks so much Melissa, you must be the first person to get a tattoo of my art, and I’m absolutely floored!



Well, that’s it for now! Long post, but I hope you enjoyed reading a bit about my inspirations behind the paintings. You can see all the pieces from this show including the drawings on my website or on the Corey Helford website. I should have a bit more info very soon about the New York group show I’m going to be in next, so tune in next time…