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Preview: Ron English @ Fifty24SF

For his upcoming show “Mythographic Vicissitudes,” Ron English created a series of paintings based on his interpretations of modern mythologies. Once again, Ron displays his versatility as this body of work features photorealistic painting, expressionism, drawings, a little of everything. He covers many topics, from bigfoot to UFOs to Jesus. Don’t miss this show opening on January 8th at Fifty24SF. Preview images after the jump.

Teaser: Brandt Peters @ Gallery 1988 LA

Brandt Peters’ show “Cackle Factory” opens on February 3rd at Gallery 1988 LA. Thought we would drop a little teaser of what he has been working on for those interested. Looking at his paintings, we are always reminded of the stylings of Jessica Rabbit, perhaps because Brandt draws from his background as a illustrator, character, film, and animation designer.  His masked misfist, deviant animal characters, and unique color palette sets him apart, and we are looking forward to this new body of work.

Teaser: Mark Dean Veca @ UAG – UCSD

If you missed Mark Dean Veca’s Phantasmagoria show at the Ben Maltz Gallery (Otis College of Art and Design), make sure you make a trip down to San Diego on Jan 30th.  He will be exhibiting at another academic institution, this time UC San Diego at the UAG Gallery.  The exhibition is entitled “Paintings, Wall Drawings, and Collaborations,” and it appears that there will be some new work mixed in with a mini “retrospective” – documentation/studies of projects, works he has collaborated on for Ford, […]

Sad Trend – Stolen Art

Art heists are not new… The ones that get the most attention are the ones where millions of dollars worth of art is lost. Check out this article from Artinfo that highlights the top 5 art crimes of 2008. What does seem to be new though, is this disturbing trend of art being jacked from galleries that WE frequent and of less “expensive” art. Artists we are all familiar with such as Yumiko Kayukawa, Luke Chueh, Sylvia Ji, Margaret Kilgallen, Barry McGee, Clare Rojas, and […]

Banksy – Tourism in the Holy Land

An interesting article came out last week talking about how Banksy’s work from Santa’s Ghetto in Israel had become a tourist attraction. However, some of his work was lost in translation when seen from the eyes of the people living there. For example, one of his most iconic images “Flower Thrower” is revered because it resembles, according to the locals, the angel statue at a nearby church outside the village of Beit Sahour, in Shepherd’s Field. They insist that Banksy knew about the statue when […]

James Jean – Sketchbooks

James Jean posted up another 150 photos or so into his already vast database of sketchbook images a couple days ago.  Apparently, he noticed there were some missing from 2004-2005, and only recently was he able to upload them.  Frankly, we don’t know anyone as organized and as thorough when it comes to recording their sketchbooks.  Some interesting stuff as he not only shows his drawings, but also texture studies.  His upcoming show “Kindling” at Jonathan Levine is probably the first big show of 2009 […]

Preview: Know Hope @ Ad Hoc Art

Fresh off his debut solo show at Anno Domini in October, Tel Aviv street artist Know Hope has another show coming up at Ad Hoc Art on January 16th entitled “The Insecurities of Time.” His characteristic collaged works will be on display – usually multimedia pieces including cardboard, watercolor, oil, paper and string. His body of work usually centers around an unnamed figure and the struggles and fragility of life. More images after the jump.

Amanda Visell / Bone Marrow Drive

Baby Tattooville alum Amanda Visell is organizing a bone marrow drive for one of her close friends who has had a relapse with his leukemia. None of his family members are a match and he desperately needs a bone marrow transplant to survive. Not that this should be the reason why you would get tested to see if you are a match, but she is willing to send you an original drawing if you do go through with it. Check all the details after the […]

Creative Process: Tin

Thanks for the nice response to our Eric Fortune article earlier this month. Continuing with our Creative Process feature, the next artist we bring you is – Tin. This particular example is called “Amish Girl Gone Wild” and was painted specifically for this article.  Hear him talk a little about how he develops a painting from concept to completion…after the jump.

Robert Williams Lecture @ Oakland Museum of California

If you ever wanted to learn about how the “Low Brow” art movement started, this series of videos posted by sketchv might interest you.  Broken into 11 parts (Part 1 seen above), these videos recorded the lecture of Robert Williams at the Oakland Museum of California a couple months ago that was part of the L.A. Paint show (currently showing still).  Although not the best quality, Williams can be heard covering a wide variety of topics as well as talk about over 60 of his […]