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Teaser: “La Luz de Jesus 25″

Twenty-five years is a long time.  But, that is precisely how long La Luz de Jesus has been in business. Established in 1986 by Billy Shire, the gallery has long fostered the Low Brow art movement and has had an illustrious list of artists that have shown on their walls – some of which have returned for this anniversary show. Participants have will offer up a written anecdote about their experience with the gallery along with their artwork and include artists like Robert Williams, Mark […]

Openings: Tran Nguyen – “The Synapse Between Here and There” @ Thinkspace

This past weekend, Thinkspace Gallery presented Tran Nguyen’s solo show titled The Synapse Between Here and There. The work on display showed a great mix of her work which included traditional paintings, detailed drawings and sketches. From wall to wall,  the Georgia-based artist showed her sensibilities to create paintings which mixed a sense of realism with an aura of fantasy. Mostly created with color pencils, graphite and acrylic paint, the art showcases her talents in a very distinct way with the subject matter focusing on […]

Preview: Dalek & Greg Lamarche – “Geometric Balance” @ Show & Tell Gallery

Tonight in Toronto, a pair of geometrically inclined artists will be teaming up at the Show & Tell Gallery. Aptly named Geometric Balance, the joint showing will feature Dalek’s (interviewed) space monkey abstractions and Greg Lamarche (interviewed) typographic shapes. It will be interesting to see how their work meshes together when displayed in a side by side setting. Take a look at more preview images after the jump…
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Streets: Blu & Escif (Spain)

It looks like Spanish street artist Escif, who recently hit up San Francisco with his friend San, has changed tag team partners. This time it’s prolific street satirist Blu, who recently himself was working with Ericailcane in Italy at the FAME Festival. So, back to the story at hand – the duo painted up adjacent multi-story buildings in Valencia – Escif with a stop motion falling car and Blu with what looks like Moses (with snakes for a beard) bringing down the ten commandments (with […]
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Time Release Print: Audrey Kawasaki – “Charlotte”

AM stopped by for a visit with Audrey Kawasaki (interviewed) yesterday and caught her in the midst of signing her next time release print.  If you remember, she put up a couple paintings for a fan vote back in May with the consensus winner being the image you see above – Charlotte (which originally exhibited at the Suggestivism show). We’ll have more details later but look for an early August release date. Also, as you know, she’ll be showing at Merry Karnowsky at the end of the month. […]

Streets: Shepard Fairey @ West Hollywood Library Project (Part IV)

Over the last several days, we have brought you photos of Kenny Scharf’s (interviewed) in-progress piece for the West Hollywood Library Project as well as RETNA’s (featured) facade work on the opposite wall.  It’s now time to show you the third street artist enlisted for this set of murals – Shepard Fairey (featured).  As you can from the slow progress, the entire mural will impressively be done entirely by stencil (similiar to his Mandala Ornament piece for last year’s Art Basel Week Miami), which is infinitely more time-consuming compared to his usual […]
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Streets: Kenny Scharf @ West Hollywood Library Project (Part III)

After spending four days in Philadelphia last week working on a mural, Kenny Scharf (interviewed) returns to Los Angeles to paint his wall for the West Hollywood Libary Project. It will probably take a couple more days for him to finish, but when it’s done, it will stand alongside murals by RETNA (covered) and Shepard Fairey (more on this tomorrow). Photo set after the jump taken for us by Carlos Gonzalez .

FAME Festival ’11: Ericailcane

As is often the case, where Blu goes, his compatriot Ericailcane goes. We only brought you the “billiard table” mural from Blu yesterday but actually they both visited Southern Italy together this year to get up for the FAME Festival. Here is the one of the walls Ericailcane hit up, definitely one of the sweetest pieces we have ever seen from him and his siganture illustrative style. Another view and another wall after the jump…
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Interview / Preview: Chet Zar – “Faces of Death” @ Last Rites Gallery

This Friday night (July 22nd) in New York, the LA-based artist Chet Zar will be opening his latest solo show at the Last Rites Gallery. Known as the master of the groteque and macabre, he’ll be bringing a series of portraits of some new characters all presented in custom frames. The title of the show, Faces of Death, is named after a mondo film from 1980.  He talks about this and much more in an interview with AM after the jump…

FAME Festival ’11: Blu

It looks like the big guns are starting to hit up Grottaglie as we get closer to this year’s FAME Festival. After bringing you Moneyless and Cyop & Kaf, we are happy to say Italian superstar Blu has painted his mural in town of a giant billiard table.  Of course, with him things are not always what they seem.  Take a closer look after the jump…