Saturday, April 05, 2008

Naked Ukulele Lady of 1890 & Guitar Woman of 1910

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Lee Moyer's New Website

My friend Lee Moyer in Portland, OR has a new website. He's a fantastic illustrator who hosts an illustrators' group up there. Lee can draw just about anything. I found this image in his poster section. I really love it! I'll get up there one of these days, Lee.
Have a look:
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Friday, April 04, 2008

Alex Gross Show Opens 4/5 at Jonathan Levine

The Mandolin, painting by Alex Gross
The Tragedy, painting by Alex Gross
Alex Gross has an art show opening in NYC on April 5 (through May 3, 2008) called "Mysteries and Manners". He has created some mysterious, surreal and complex new paintings.
Here's the link: Jonathan Levine Gallery
Alex Gross derives a lot of inspiration from the Shanghai advertising posters of the 1930's. I have blogged about these kinds of images many times before. His new show has some ambitious large-scale work in it. Here, I have selected a couple of the simpler pieces: a straight portrait of a woman with a mandolin and an absurd, yet wonderful, portrait of a floating woman with a tennis racket and four legs, getting ready to smack her ice cream out of it's cone. He is really using a beautiful selection of colors in these works and his technique is completely honed in. The faces of the people in his paintings are serious, yet there is an underlying humor to each narrative situation. I was lucky enough to see some Alex Gross paintings in person at Earl McGrath in L.A. back in 2004.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Mellart Blog

Mini-monkey by Amy Crehore

Mellart blog is written by Marco Milone of Italy. He's a comics journalist and poet. He blogged my Mini-Monkeys this week. (Thanks, Marco!) Check out his blog about art.
I am thinking about having prints made of these little monkeys which
were in the Blab show of 2006.

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

The Charm of Richard Doyle's Art

Moonlight Rider
Butterfly Chariot
Asleep in the Moonlight (click image for larger view)
The Fairy Tree (click image for larger view)
Richard Doyle designed the the famous cover of Punch Magazine that was used between 1849 to 1956. He started working for Punch in 1842 when he was only 19 years old. In 1851, he illustrated Ruskin's The King of the Golden River. Art Magick has a slide show of Doyle's illustrations (mostly fairies) and an explanation of each picture. I think they are beautifully rendered, completely charming and highly imaginative. Follow the link:
Art Magick

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Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Kahn/Selesnick Playing Cards

Kahn/Selesnick are having a show at Lisa Sette Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona - opening April 3-26th, 2008. I have blogged about their amazing surrealistic photos before. Today, I was thrilled to discover their hand-painted playing cards which show just how truly talented and imaginative they are as draftsman. Link to their show: Lisa Sette Gallery
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