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Streets: Jeff Soto x Maxx242 (Riverside) – Part II

After stopping by to check in on the progress of the joint mural between Jeff Soto (interviewed) and Maxx242 in Riverside, we dropped by a couple days ago to see the finished two-wall piece. The long time friends, collaborators (see Berlin & Luxembourg), and artists who have spent most of their lives in the area hope that this new mural will be the beginning of a new renaissance for public art in this part of Southern California. Head over to University and Lemon yourself for a look if you are close by. Discuss Jeff […]
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Openings: ‘Endangered Species’ @ Mya Gallery (London)

For the group exhibition Endangered Species at the Mya Gallery in London, twenty international contemporary artists have created artworks highlighting animals facing extinction. Participating artists include: Gent 48, Matt Small, Pam Glew, Labrona, Luke Chueh, JADE, Shark Toof, SatOne, Andrey Adno, Angry Woebots, Eismann, Txemy, Jason Redwood, 3ttman, Pantonio, Fintan Magee, Odisy, SozyOne, Morik1 and Uriginal. From the Puma featured by British artist Pam Glew, the Monarch Butterfly by SatOne to the Killer Whale by American illustrator Luke Chueh or the Orangutan by Matt Small, each artist depicted […]
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Openings: Shawn Huckins – “The American _ _ tier” @ Goodwin Fine Art

AM was on hand for the April 17th opening reception of The American _ _ tier solo show from Shawn Huckins (see the recent studio visit here) at Goodwin Fine Art in Denver. There is an almost universal appeal to period specific portraits, as is evident in their prominence in museums and noteworthy collections. The real brilliance of Mr. Huckins’ work is adding a lighthearted element to this gorgeous portraiture, giving the viewer permission to enjoy a piece of work that without the addition of text could seem stuffy or overly serious, […]
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Streets: Jeff Soto x Maxx242 (Riverside) – Part I

Like they have in the past (see Berlin & Luxembourg), Jeff Soto (interviewed) and Maxx242 are collaborating on a new mural in Riverside, California. The two friends and former studio mates go way back, even painting a wall together 25 years ago. A year in the making, the two are finally able to go big again in their hometown. Head over to University and Lemon if you are in the area to see them complete their joint effort later today. Discuss Jeff Soto here.
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Upcoming: “Triumvirate” & Mako Miyamoto – “Speculative Hunting” @ Gauntlet Gallery

Tonight (April 25th) in San Francisco, Gauntlet Gallery has two shows opening up – one a group exhibition, one a solo entitled Triumvirate & Speculative Hunting respectively. As referenced by the name of the show, Triumvirate sees Akira Beard, Alex Garant, Fab Ciraolo, Graham Curran, Jason Bryant, Justin Kane Elder, Phil Noto, Rebecca Adams, Roland Tamayo (seen above) and Sam Lamott were asked to create three works meant to be viewed as a mini-series. On a related note, at least to Tamayo’s work, the second exhibition (curated by AM’s […]
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Upcoming: “Endangered Species” @ Mya Gallery

Tonight in London (April 24), the Endangered Species group exhibition opens to the public at Mya Gallery where 20 artists were challenged to depict one species under the threat of extinction. Participants include Gent 48, Matt Small, Pam Glew, Labrona, Luke Cheuh (seen above assigned the Killer Whale), JADE, Shark Toof, SatOne, Andrey Adno, Angry Woebots, Eismann, Txemy, Jason Redwood, 3ttman, Pantonio, Fintan Magee, Odisy, SozyOne and Morik1, and Uriginal. Ten percent of the proceeds of each artwork sold will be donated to World Land Trust (an international conservation charity) who […]
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Upcoming: Joram Roukes – “The Great Beyond” @ StolenSpace

Coming up on May 21st, Joram Roukes will be opening a solo at StolenSpace in London witha new body of work entitled The Great Beyond. The fresh series of surreal oil paintings explores ideas of exploration and escapism, perhaps inspired by the move by the Dutch artist from the Netherlands to Los Angeles in 2013. His style is almost collage-like with complex layers and juxtaposed composition, drawing viewers in with their own interpretations. Discuss Joram Roukes here.
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Openings: Ben Turnbull – “Smells Like Teens Spirit” & Ramon Maiden – “Turbofaith, Ladies of the Night and Dandy Delinquents” @ StolenSpace

StolenSpace is currently presenting a duo show with British artist Ben Turnbull and Spanish illustrative artist Ramon Maiden through May 15th. A self taught artist with a U.S. obsession, Turnbull learned his skill working with craftsmen and artisans. Back in 2006, the various firearms he produced encased in facsimiles of red fire alarm boxes bearing ‘In Emergency Break Glass’ were featured at the Banksy Santa’s Ghetto. Continuing his series American History X, the exhibition Smells Like Teens Spirit focuses on the lone teen shooter phenomenon that has occurred in the US […]
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Aaron Li-Hill for Spotify

Recently, Aaron Li-Hill (interviewed) was asked to participate in a project for Spotify where he was commissioned to create imagery for a large conference table. The unique design for the company known for their music streaming service featured a combination of things seen in the versatile artist’s work – creatures from nature along with human forms in a state of motion. Created in three parts, the large table was assembled into an impressive finished piece. Discuss Li-Hill here.
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Previews: Brian Mashburn – “Contenders” @ Thinkspace

Opening this Saturday, April 25th, will be a small show from Brian Mashburn at Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles. Entitled Contenders, the new body of work will consist of six 6″ x 6″ paintings centered thematically on roosters. They look to be rendered beautifully in and in detail in the foreground contrasting nicely with the North Carolina-based artist’s recognizable backgrounds. Discuss Brian Mashburn here.
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