Monday, June 15, 2009

NEW Crehore Dreamgirl Prints: A Lion and a Tortoise

"Song of the Sea" by Amy Crehore 2009

"Weed Smoker's Dream" by Amy Crehore 2009

I am releasing two new, artist-signed limited edition giclee prints of paintings from my "Dreamgirls and Ukes" L.A. solo show. One is called "Song of the Sea" and the other is "Weed Smoker's Dream" (which also happens to be the title of a song by the Harlem Hamfats, 1936).
These paintings feature a tortoise and a lion. One has a banjo-ukulele in it.
Printed on Hahnemuhle acid-free photorag 308 gsm paper with the finest quality printer using superior ultrachrome inks (by Sterling Editions). Comes in archival sleeve with free postcards and a certificate of authenticity. Each print is signed and numbered by me. Only 60 prints in each edition. Some orders will have small, signed, pencil drawings tucked in them (numbers selected at random).
They are $50. and $55, plus shipping and handling. Here is the link to buy:

P.S. I added some more drawings to my website drawing section.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Vintage Japanese Book Covers


A Journey Round My Skull Blog (one of my favorite blogs) has posted some incredible specimens of early 20th century Japanese Book Covers. The worn-out quality only adds to the appeal of these designs. I needed some inspiration today and this is it. The 1920's is my favorite period of design, illustration, music and fine art. Even in Japan, surrealism and art deco were flourishing. "These covers come from Bookcover Design in Japan 1910s-40s (ISBN 4-89444-426-7) edited by Masayo Matsubara. Published in 2005 by PIE Books, this incredible book is already out-of-print and becoming hard to find."
Please follow this link to view more extraordinary book covers from Japan:

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Big-Eyed Art

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Here we have some big-eyed, bug-eyed art. In the first one, the eyes may have been painted on the eyelids before taking the photo? Or maybe it's a doctored photo.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Nick Cave, Visual Artist

Soundsuit by Nick Cave
Soundsuit by Nick Cave

Soundsuit by Nick Cave

My favorite artist right now is Nick Cave. He's the sculptor/fashion designer/performance artist who created dozens of gorgeous outfits called "soundsuits" made with all kinds of materials like sequins and collections of antique objects (children's tops, knick knacks of birds and flowers). James Prinz photographed this little film. There are a couple of other films on YouTube as well- one with an interview of the Chicago artist.
Above, I posted a few stills from his recent show at
in NYC. Follow the link to see more. That exhibit also included sculptures made from lawn jockeys and little mammy figurines. There is another exhibit in S.F. going on right now at
called "Meet Me at the Center of the Earth" which runs until July 5, 2009. I might just have to make a trip down there to see this amazing art.
P.S. NIck Cave also trained as a dancer with Alvin Ailey and is the director of the fashion design graduate program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Man, they are lucky to have him. His talent and vision are nothing short of miraculous.

Wednesday, June 03, 2009

Posada - Yes!

Jose Guadalupe Posada (2 February 1852 - 20 January 1913) was a Mexican engraver and illustrator. Confetta has created a nice page on Posada here:
or check out her amazing flickr set on this man's art. I posted a couple of my favorites. This guy was the best.

Monday, June 01, 2009

David Lynch's Interview Project Starts Today

Every three days for a year, the Interview Project will be posting a new episode. First episode: They found Jess sitting by the side of the road in Needles, CA.
Here's the link to the video interview:

David Lynch also just opened a show of photographs at Michael Kohn Gallery in L.A. over the weekend called Dark Night of the Soul (a visual interpretation of the album by Danger Mouse and Sparklehorse).

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Dorthea Tanning's Long, Creative Life

Max Ernst and Dorthea Tanning 1948

Beyond the Esplanade 1940

Both of these paintings are by Dorthea Tanning. I love them. The first one looks like it may have been a costume design and the second one reminds me of Picasso. I know that Dorthea Tanning married Max Ernst in 1946 and that she drove Peggy Guggenheim crazy. I have her book "Birthday" in my book shelf. Maybe I should re-read it. I found these images on the Frey Norris Gallery website in their annex which houses a nice collection of surrealist art: here is the LINK
Some of her surreal works I don't like quite so much. But, these show a more classical sensibility. I just looked her up on wikipedia and it looks like she is still alive at age 98(!?) and she is still producing books and poetry. She has had museum retrospectives and designed costumes and sets for theater and ballet. She was with Ernst for 36 years.