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LA Art Show ’16: Recap

Last week, the LA Art Show was in town for another go around bringing in more than 120 galleries representing 22 countries. The 2016 edition was the 21st iteration of the fair, but third year for a special section of the event entitled Littletopia (see 2014, 2015). Our coverage will mainly focus on this area, led off by the Jeff Gillette designed entrance inspired by his participation in Banksy’s Dismaland. Photo credit: Birdman Photos.

Previews: Alex Garant – “Wakefulness” @ Spoke Art

Coming up on February 4th, Spoke Art Gallery will be opening a new show from Alex Garant entitled Wakefulness. The Toronto-based painter is known for her double-exposed portraiture, lending a surreal quality to her subjects. This fresh collection of paintings utilizes a over-saturated vivid palette, part of her goal to overstimulate the viewer with her imagery. She further explains this new body of work – “I went through a big introspection as I was started Wakefulness. It has been suggested that human beings are not awake […]

Dan May – “Daily Creature Project”

The Daily Creature Project is a continuing series of studies that Dan May (interviewed) has been creating every day. Each one features one of the surreal, hairy subjects that the northern Michigan-based artist has been known to paint. The drawings are then posted to his online shop at a random time every day and available for purchase immediately. Take a look at some examples below… Discuss Dan May here.

Showing: Cleon Peterson – “Purity” @ The Space (Hong Kong)

For the entire month of January, Cleon Peterson has an exhibition open in Hong Kong at The Space in Sheung Wan (210 Hollywood Road) with the support of Over The Influence. Entitled Purity, the new body of work features his distinctive barbaric imagery of black and white figures fighting each other and among themselves. Although you may think the title of the show looks toward the light, the American artist actually thinks purity is one of the most evil things he can think of. He explains […]

Upcoming: Camille Rose Garcia – “Animus Chrysalis Mortis” @ Roq La Rue

Coming up in March, Seattle’s Roq La Rue will be hosting a new show from Camille Rose Garcia (interviewed). From what we have seen from sneak peeks on her Instagram, fans will be in for a treat as there are some large scale works planned all rendered with a eye-catching palette. The opening will be on March 3rd. Discuss Camille Rose Garcia here.

Previews: Eric Joyner – “Sweet Dominion” @ Corey Helford Gallery

On February 20th, robots and donuts will be making their appearance in scores at the Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles. They are of course the favorite subjects of Eric Joyner’s (interviewed) whimsical paintings and will be again for his new body of work entitled Sweet Dominion. If these metal automatons and classic American fried desserts are something something you enjoy, we’ll see you at the opening. Discuss Eric Joyner here.

LA Art Show ’16 // Previews: Copro Gallery

With this year’s LA Art Show fast approaching, Copro Gallery has prepared their booth with some works from artists on their roster including Mark Garro, Amandine Urruty, Laurie Lee Brom, Joe Sorren (seen above), Lola, Victor Safonkin, Kazuhiro Tsuiji, Jeff Gillette, Alexandra Manukyan, Mark Setrakian, Akihito Ikeda, Lauri Hassold, Robert Connett Paintings, Travis Louie, Olivia, Nikko Hurtado, among others. Take a look at some more preview images below…

Art Focus: DU Kun

This week’s Art Focus is on artist DU Kun and his surreal portraits of Chinese rock stars rendered as temples built into the sides of mountains and cliffs. The faces of each subject is assembled with a mystic combination of elements such as air, earth, and water leading to a god-like temple structures overlooking their own fiefdoms and worshippers (not unlike how recording artists have rabid fan communities). The series entitled Gods of Rock Festival can in part be attributed to his own interest in music […]

Releases: James Jean – “Year of the Monkey” Print

On January 26th, James Jean (interviewed) will be celebrating Chinese New Year a little early with the release of the Year of the Monkey print. The signed and numbered time-limited edition will be available available for one hour only, starting at 8:00 AM PST. The price will be $200 and for those interested, you can head over here to Jean’s webstore for more details. Discuss James Jean here.

Openings: Shag – “Jungle Drums” @ Corey Helford Gallery

Last week in Los Angeles, Shag (interviewed) brought a little retro chic to the new Corey Helford Gallery location with his latest solo entitled Jungle Drums. Along with his signature paintings featuring a nostalgic look back when mod characters hung out sipping martinis, the downtown LA showspace also featured tiki sculptures, a mid-century decor, as well as a large wall covered with his imagery. Photo credit: Birdman Photos. Discuss Shag here.