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Art Tattoos: Audrey Kawasaki

Art tattoos have always been fascinating to us because it requires a truly hardcore art collector or fan to permanently affix an image to their skin. It’s an interesting completion of a circle as we return to one of this art movement’s roots – tattoo art. The movement has evolved so much to include so many different artists, that the term “low brow” is controversial now, but we can agree that the beginnings, by definition, included artists not respected by mainstream collectors and institutions, one […]

Teaser: Josh Keyes – “Sprout” @ David B. Smith Gallery

One of our favorite artists, Josh Keyes is opening a show next month at David B. Smith Gallery (interviewed) entitled “Sprout.”   After selling out his last solo (held at OKOK Gallery – now apparently Ambach & Rice), his rabid fan base is already chomping at the bit to see his newest body of work.  From the exciting images we have seen so far, they will not be disappointed, as Keyes will be revisiting some old themes as well as exploring some new ideas. Take a look at another piece as well as some […]

World Tour: Gary Baseman & Toby in Israel – Jerusalem Meat and Jesus’ Lamb

We stopped by our friend Gary Basman’s (interviewed) studio this week to chat and take a look on his preparations for his upcoming show  “Le Noche de La Fusion” at Corey Helford Gallery.  We were amazed by all the work and planning that will be going into making this one of the biggest art parties of the year, but more on that later. If you remember, Gary had a show in Israel this past January.  As per his usual custom, he brought along Toby to […]

Openings: Draw @ Shooting Gallery SF

The mother of all drawing shows opened last weekend at the Shooting Gallery in San Francisco.  Featuring drawings from over 400 artists, the DRAW show is definitely one of the largest of its kind featuring artists we are all familiar with.  The exhibition started in 2006 at Fuse Gallery in NY, then to SXSW in 2007, and last year it was held at StolenSpace in London.  Make sure you stop by for a look if you are in the bay area but if you aren’t, […]

Teaser: Mark Brown – “The Lost MacGuffin” @ Gallery 1988 LA

Here is a little teaser image for Mark Brown’s show coming up at the end of this month.  As a promising emerging artist, we are pleased to see him get his first solo show, entitled “The Lost MacGuffin,” opening April 28th at Gallery 1988 (LA).  Expect the usual cast of characters thrown together in complex and frenetic combinations with a touch of symbolism. Hear a little about this painting as well as the show in the artist’s own words after the jump…

Walrus TV Video: Jose “Ease” Parla

Walrus TV is continuing to release their excellent series of interviews.  This time, they have for us an older video with José Parlá from probably ’06 ahead of his upcoming show in Hong Kong (more coverage to follow). This video clip is taken from a film from Shaun Roberts and Joey Garfield called “The Run Up,” and in it, Parlá talks about the influences of his brother, his nickname “Ease,” and his technique of emulating deteriorating wall surfaces in his paintings. He even throws in […]

Teaser: Yoskay Yamamoto – “Hello and Goodbye” @ LeBasse Projects

Yoskay Yamamoto’s (interviewed) show “Hello and Goodbye” is set to open next month, May 9th at LeBasse Projects in Culver City. We are looking forward to larger paintings and some sculptures from Mr. Yamamoto for this solo as well as some installation pieces. Take a look at one of the sculptures after the jump…

Showing: “Justice” @ Long Arm Gallery in Bridewell Police Station

One aspect of street art that is particularly attractive is the social commentary that can accompany each piece in meaning and placement.  Two artists that have shown interest in bringing attention to different political causes are C215 and Bruno Leyval as evidenced by some of their Tibetian themed art (covered). For the show “Justice,” they have teamed up with three other artists (Dan23, Least Wanted and MC1984) in a concept show at Long Arm Gallery based on themes of Law and Order that they have […]

Openings: The London Police – “10 Years On The Circle Line” @ StolenSpace Gallery

The London Police (TLP) opened their show tonight at StolenSpace entitled “10 years On The Circle Line.”  Famous for their “Lads” characters and their simple aesthetic that started about 10 years ago, they come together again to collaborate on a show featuring paintings, photography and a video installation. Their linework is amazing in person, as you consider the iconic “freehand” circle shapes combined with the the new architectural style.  Photos after the jump…

Preview: Jeremiah Ketner & Julie West – “Flower Parade” @ Rotofugi

Two talented artists, Jeremiah Ketner and Julie West are opening their dual show “Flower Parade” this Friday, April 10th at Rotofugi in Chicago. Ketner and West make a perfect pairing as both their works have a magical fairytale-like feeling to them. Ketner returns with his signature creatures as well as his wonderful colors, drawing viewers into his dream-like world, while West’s feminine characters project a sense of innocence as they interact with a case of different critters. Check out some preview images after the jump…