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Category Archives: Low Brow & Pop Surrealism

Showing: James Jarvis – “Transcendental Idealism” @ Nanzuka

Showing through this weekend, Transcendental Idealism is James Jarvis’ (interviewed) latest show with NANZUKA in Tokyo. Held partly at 3110NZ by LDH Kitchen in Aobadai Nakameguro, the exhibition will also include a concurrent presentation of the artist’s works at the gallery’s Shibuya space. Taking its title from the Immanuel Kant theory which “argues that the conscious subject cognizes the objects of experience not as they are in themselves, but only the way they appear to us under the conditions of our sensibility,” the new body of work from the British artist […]

Previews: Lola Gil – “Window Journey” @ Roq La Rue

Returning to Roq La Rue in Seattle, Lola Gil has a new show opening tomorrow night (October 8) entitled Window Journey. Continuing with a style she calls “Narrative Escapism”, the new works are filled with tension while mixing different painting techniques in the same piece. The influence of the anxiety and fear that grips our world is evident in the nine new paintings from the American artist, including some burning imagery that is surely influenced by the wildfires that seem to have affected different parts of […]

Upcoming: Josh Keyes – “Inside Out” @ Thinkspace

On September 19th,  Thinkspace Gallery will be presenting all new works from Josh Keyes (interviewed) in a new solo show entitled Inside Out. The latest piece revealed from the talented painter features a horse wearing a gas mask in full gallop, something that hits close to home with the current pandemic. Known for his focus on a dystopian future for our planet and their denizens (notably with a lacking of human presence), the Portland-based artist has surely prepared more pieces in the same vein judging from another released image of […]

Previews: Mark Ryden – “Anima Animals” @ Perrotin (Shanghai)

Three years since his last solo show The Art of Whipped Cream (covered) with Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York, Mark Ryden (interviewed) is about to open his long-awaited solo debut at Perrotin’s Shanghai space on July 3rd. Jointly organized by Kasmin and Perrotin, Anima Animals will be the Asian debut of one of our all-time favorites, a pioneer in his genre and an artist that blurs the boundaries between what we recognize as high and low brow art. The presentation will be solely focused on portraying the “enchanted characters […]

Releases: Jasper Wong – “POW! WOW! x HYPERFLY” Collaboration

Tomorrow at 10am, HYPERFLY will be releasing a collaboration with POW! WOW! founder Jasper Wong on their website. The collaboration between the Hawaii-based artist and the brand from the world of Jiu-Jitsu will feature a Gi, pants, rash guard and bag with the design inspired Wong’s studies in Kung Fu, as well as the saying, “catch a tiger by the tail.” Take a look at more photos below… Discuss Jasper Wong here.

Releases: Audrey Kawasaki Coloring Pages

For all the kids (and adults) staying safe at home, Audrey Kawasaki (interviewed) has released a new coloring page that you can download for free and print out. You can see the process video of how she created the image on iPad Procreate on her Instagram here. This new offering joins her first coloring page from a few weeks back. Please make sure to tag her @audkawa so the she can see your finished page. Discuss Audrey Kawasaki here.

Releases: James Jean – “The Editor – Cutaway” Print

On April 21st (10 AM Japan Time), James Jean (interviewed) will be releasing a stunning new print through Adachi Hanga with proceeds going towards the institute’s mission of preserving of the traditional art of Japanese woodcut printing techniques by training young artisans and holding workshops. Entitled The Editor – Cutaway and priced at 100,000 yen (framed) and 80,000 yen (unframed), the edition (limited to 100) is the fourth collaboration between the American artist and Adachi Hanga and is the result of a detail intensive process utilizing 8 hand carved wood […]

Previews: “Fantastical Beasts” @ Corey Helford Gallery

On April 18th, Corey Helford Gallery will be virtually opening a new group show entitled Fantastical Beasts featuring work from over 50 artists from across the globe (including Sarah Folkman – seen above). Focusing in on mythological creatures, the show lets the participants’ creative juices flow with their renderings and sculptures of beasts from their imagination. Take a look at more preview images below…                          

Previews: Eric Joyner – “Machine Man Memories” @ Corey Helford Gallery

This Saturday night (March 7th) in Los Angeles, Eric Joyner (interviewed) will be unveiling his latest batch of paintings featuring his reoccurring obsession with robots and donuts while drawing from an eclectic mix of inspirations (like David Hockney – seen above). Entitled Machine Man Memories, the exhibition at Corey Helford Gallery from the San Francisco-based artist includes 18 new paintings, some of which stray from his usual motifs and includes non-robotic figures such as Frosty the Snow Man, Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, The Wizard of O’s, and a dragon. […]

Showing: Mike Lee – “Sunny Days” @ Over The Influence (Los Angeles)

Currently showing through the end of March at Over The Influence’s space in Los Angeles, Sunny Days is Mike Lee’s debut solo with the gallery. Working through various stages of his upbringing through a series of rooms, his paintings and sculptures featuring his signature minimalistic and monochromatic renditions of human forms are meant to confront specific memories. Fleshing out some of his compositions typically only focused on the locally-based artist’s bulbous characters with some background elements brings more depth and richness to this new body of work, an […]