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POW! WOW! Hawaii ’17: James Jean

Amidst all of the street art during this year’s POW! WOW! Hawaii, one of the more unique elements of the event that could be observed were the portrait sessions with James Jean (interviewed). Featuring a diverse selection of subjects, the six chosen ones sat for a few hours with the gifted artist as he masterfully captured their visages in a series of loose yet detailed paintings. At the conclusion of the live session, the lucky subject was gifted the portrait – something they will treasure in their collections […]

Releases: Jen Stark – “Drippy” Clothing Line

Recently on her webstore, Jen Stark released a small clothing line featuring here “drippy” imagery. For those interested, there are now a men’s t-shirt, women’s crop top, and leggings all featuring the psychedelic drip patterns often seen in her work with a price set at $45, $40, and $55 respectively. Those are bold enough to wear these will certainly drawing attention to their style and at the same time introducing the work of Stark to everyone who sees them. Discuss Jen Stark here.

Releases: James Jean – TMNT Villains Figures

Following up on the first phase of his  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles collaboration with Good Smile in 2014 (covered), James Jean (interviewed) will be releasing some of the villains from the cartoon series, films, and comic books. The Japanese manufacturer of hobby products is teaming up with Nickelodeon and Jean to design new collectible versions of Shredder, Bebop, Rocksteady and Krang. It looks like first up will be their archenemy Shredder (preorder here) and also an offer of a limited edition aluminum art print (seen below) for those that eventually order all four. Tipped off […]

Releases: Luke Chueh – “The Prisoner (Oxycontin)” Figure

This Saturday (February 25th, 5-9pm), Luke Chueh (interviewed) will be releasing the OxyContin 20Mg variant of The Prisoner figure based on one of his paintings. The pink version features one of the Los Angeles-based artist’s signature sad bears sitting entrapped in a pill bottle (just like his Vicodin edition). Those attending can expect drinks, music, food, giveaways, as well as a associated print release. Discuss Luke Chueh here.

Releases: Futura x Uniqlo Collection

After a recent successful collaboration with KAWS, Uniqlo has teamed up with another artist and his iconic imagery for their UT line. The released images feature many of the renowned graffiti artist’s signature touches emblazoned on t-shirts like his atoms, pointmen, textured background, script. Expect these to be available sometime in March in all their stores worldwide. Via Highsnobiety. Discuss Futura here,

Openings: Sam Friedman – “LOVE SONGS” @ Library Street Collective

Showing through April 8 at the Library Street Collective in Detroit is an exhibition from Sam Friedman. For LOVE SONGS, the artist from New York has a series of canvases as well as over 30 paintings on paper on display that look back on his exploration of beach scenes and sunsets. Utilizing a variety of techniques that speak to his background, the colorful work continues his deconstruction and revision of natural landscapes, achieved through a balanced mix of abstraction and figurative elements. Photo credit: Sal Rodriguez. Discuss Sam Friedman here.

Recap: Michael Page – “Nostalgia Kills” @ Corey Helford Gallery

Recently in Los Angeles, Michael Page (interviewed) had a show on display that just closed at the Corey Helford Gallery. Nostalgia Kills features fourteen new acrylic and oil paintings that take a look back at childhood – if your childhood was a surreal dreamscape exploding with a vibrant color palette. Page further explains – “Now that I am a father and get to play with my kids everyday, I get to see the world and all its wonders through their eyes. As I look back over the years […]

Previews: Alex Gross – “Antisocial Network” @ Corey Helford Gallery

This Saturday night (February 25th), Alex Gross (interviewed) will be presenting a new body of work collectively entitled Antisocial Network to his fans in Los Angeles. Hosted by Corey Helford Gallery, the new paintings continue to explore the pervasion of technology and social media in our lives and its deleterious effects of pulling us apart instead of bringing us closer together. His characters often have a distracted look on their face as they use cell phones (or even VR headsets) or just seem lost in their own thoughts or […]

POW! WOW! ’17 / Streets: Recap

After showing you some in-progress shots and some sneak peeks of the massive amount of work in progress on the streets of Kakaako, we now have a recap of many of the walls and public interventions that were created for POW! WOW! Hawaii. This year’s event had locations that were more compact and centrally located, leading to a more easily navigated set of murals. We had many favorites for 2017 including the piece by Telmo Miel seen above… Photo credit: @halopigg. Discuss POW! WOW! Hawaii here.

POW! WOW! Hawaii ’17: Walking The Streets (Part 2)

Continued good weather made for good painting conditions (albeit a little on the sunnier side) as POW! WOW! Hawaii draws closer to conclusion. Here are some more shots from the streets as we continued visiting walls in Kakaako including seeing work from Mr. Jago (working on his abstraction technique), Joram Roukes (getting some vertical lift), Woes (expressing his panda love), The Draculas (painting a surreal campfire scene), Kevin Lyons (sharing his signature monsters), Tavar Zawacki aka ABOVE (continuing to evolve his arrow imagery), and OG Slick (shouting out […]