Category Archives: Painting

Returning to Designer Con 2016

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I’m returning to Designer Con 2016, with new painted toys, prints, resins and more! Find me, along with boo-thmate Deth Becomes You “Undead Android” at booth#311!

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Coming to Vancaf 2016

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This coming Saturday-Sunday May 21-22 I’ll have a small selection of original artwork, comic sketch cover artwork, prints and merchandise at Vancaf – Vancouver Comic Arts Festival table I4. If you’re in the Vancouver area, come say Hi!

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New Releases for DesignerCon 2015

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I’m returning to DesignerCon Booth 1033, shared jointly with my Co-Conspirator Deth Becomes You, and bringing with me lots of new artwork, prints, resin & custom toys.

I’ve sculpted new Sleepymouse brooches, which will be offered with pin backings or as necklace pendents. 10 hand-painted Sleepymouse brooches will be available at my booth 1033 along with some single colour resin versions.

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Of the 10 hand-painted brooches, some are painted with iridescent or metallic paints. Each piece is 1-of-a-kind, and will retail between $35 for brooches and $55 for pendents on handmade necklaces.

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Also debuting at DCon are my original sculpt 2.5″ NoDrama Llamas. ¬†These resin cuties are fluffy and adorable, and ain’t got no time for drama! 1-of hand painted colorways will be available for $30ea, and single colour unpainted resin versions will be $18ea.

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I will have a very few hand-painted vinyl toys available at my DCon booth 1033. One painted Android Mini, titled “Ribbon Candy”, will be $85.

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Also at DCon will be a little collection of Five Nights At Freddy’s inspired Micro Munnyworld & 3″ Dunny. Foxy is a fond favourite ūüėČ

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I will have a collection of small oil on wood panel original paintings on display and available at my DCon table. These will range in price from $300-450ea. Among them will be new pieces such as “Thread Puller” and “I Used To Be Funny”.

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Some fine art prints will be available, along with goodies like button sets and stickers. Stay tuned for news on collaborative releases together with my co-conspirator, Deth Becomes You, debuting at DCon 2015!

Come visit my booth 1033, and if you can’t make it to the show, stay tuned for the launch of my new eStore after DesignerCon. Thanks for looking!

Cutepocalypse Exhibition June 13

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The cuteness is coming! Clutter Gallery hosts “Cutepocalypse” opening June 13 to shower us with adorable doom. ¬†Participating artists include

Andrea Kang, Aya Kakeda, Camilla d’Errico, Chima Group, Cody Williams, Devilrobots, Dolly Oblong, Eimi Takano, Flat Bonnie, 40 Threads, Hiroshi Yoshii, Horrible Adorables, Jen & Tony Bot, Jessie Cunningham, Mehgan Stratmen, Mr. Toast, Nathan Hamill, Odd Fauna / Emma Sanartier, One-Eyed Girl, Peskimo, Scribe, Tasha Zimich, Tesselate, Tweedlebop, Ume Toys, Valency Genis, Veggiesomething and Yosiell Lorenzo

I’m contributing a 6″ painted My Little Pony toy, ¬†which I think is pretty dandy! Ponies are cute. Tiny adorable fruits are cute. Tiny adorable bats that are also fruit are cute. ¬†Let there be cute!

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This little pony, “Fruit Fly”, will be available through Clutter Gallery beginning June 13th. Join the preview list here for Cutepocalypse works, or email info@cluttermagazine.com for details.

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Nightmare In Wonderland Part 2 Distinction Gallery April 11

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Nightmare In Wonderland Part 2 opens at Distinction Gallery April 11th, with a 6pm-10pm reception. Curator Ixie Darkonn and artists will be in attendance for opening night, if you are in the Escondido area, please consider joining for a lovely evening of dark and beautiful artworks!

Ixie was a valuable help in narrowing down my direction for the installment.¬†For this exhibition installment I have contributed an 11×14″ gouache, ¬†acrylic and ink painting titled “The Late Mr. Harrington”.

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This piece makes a nod to one of my favourite and first Burton films, Edward Scissorhands. When I considered the theme as The Colorful Show, the other Burton film that came to mind was his interpretation of Alice in Wonderland. The striking visuals stand out for me about that film, and seem as though he filled Wonderland with a dark brilliance. This is something I wanted to tap into for a contribution to Distinction Gallery.

The Exhibition opens April 11th, with reception from 6-10pm. For exhibition inquiries, please contact melissa@distinctionart.com Thank you for looking!

Twisted Mickey Exhibition at PIQ March 14th

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PIQ is hosting Twisted Mickey, a collection of artworks both 2D and 3D interpreting an old friend from many of our childhoods. ¬†Twisted Mickey opens March 14th at PIQ ‘s retail location in Grand Central Station, New York. Artists featured include;

Carson Catlin,Jeremiah Ketner, Patrick Wong, Daniel Fleres, Crummy Gummy, Dolly Oblong,Erick Scarecrow, Vincent Scala, Juan Muniz, Zard, Eric Orr, Hungry Ghosts, Scott Tolleson, Sugar Fueled, Dillon Boy, Brandon Sopinsky, SRIL, JFury, Candie Bolton,Melodreama, Tasha Zimich, Hamfx, Betso, Leecifer, Downtimer, BURN353, CrashOne, MikeDie, kHayl, Task-One, Arkiv Vilmansa, Lou Pimentel, Lana Wharry, JC Rivera, Maximilian, ChrisRWK and Jay222.

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I have 2 pieces submitted for Twisted Mickey, including 3″ Dunny “Five Nights At The House Of Mouse”. I took inspiration from a horror game series I’ve been enjoying immensely since last summer, Five Nights At Freddy’s. While not an exact recreation, I’ve had creepy homicidal animatronics on the brain!

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Also for Twisted Mickey is a 4×6″ Oil on Wood panel painting “Hide And Squeak”. I was keen to paint a more realistic mouse version too- Mickey’s version of being a real mouse.

Both pieces will be available through PIQ March 14th.

Nightmare In Wonderland Part 1 Mar 6th at Ayden Gallery

Nightmare in Wonderland Project Part 1 opens March 6th at Ayden Gallery in Vancouver, BC Canada. This showing features mini-solos from a small group of very skillful artists from around the world. Artists featured include;

Atsuko Goto, DULK, Eric Lacombe, Julie Filipenko, Kristian Adam, Selena Leardini, Yoko d’Holbachie, Vavje

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Guest curator Ixie Darkonn joins us for opening night March 6th, 7PM at Ayden Gallery Vancouver. RSVP here online, and check out the Project website and video here.

Nightmare In Wonderland Exhibition

 

 

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Curator Ixie Darkonn brings us Nightmare In Wonderland, a multi-part exhibition project project spanning 4 galleries in 3 countries. Nightmare in Wonderland pays silent tribute to one of the darkest filmmakers of our time. Project Part: 0 opens at Rotofugi Gallery February the 13th, themed as The Colorless Exhibition.

Nightmare In Wonderland is a tribute exhibition interpreting the characters and world of Tim Burton. Being a Silent Tribute, Burton is unnamed in exhibition promotion, but I’d like to share my thoughts on this very special project I’m contributing to creatively, and as Project Assistant.

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Tim Burton has been an influential creative figure to me ¬†since I could push my own VHS tapes in and press Play. Not surprisingly, many others feel similarly! I teamed up collaboratively with undead sculptor¬†Deth Becomes You to develop and fabricate a dynamic reinterpretation of one of our favourite, and one of Burton’s most iconic characters, Jack Skellington.

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Jack is known in death as Jack Skellington, or The Pumpkin King- the king of Halloween! But what was he like in life? Deth took up the challenge of fleshing out those old bones. The original sculpt incorporates visual ties to Jack’s later form; a wide notched skeletal grin, scalp burned smooth in a fire, and segmented neck represented through scar tissues. Jack is expressive, and Deth’s sculpt depicts a visage whose expression changes with the light and angle- from one of curious intrigue, to sinister delight.

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Deth has cast a bust of Jack in Latex, both for logistical purposes and to give the surface I would paint a realistic texture and appearance. We moved the depiction towards realism; Deth fabricated a canvas coat, and little baby bat friend for Jack in lieu of his necktie. We think, in life, Jack’s overbearing appearance belied a real soft spot for smaller creatures.

Materially, Latex is a really different ballgame.

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Painting latex posed brand new material challenges for me, in addition to keeping with the monochrome exhibition theme. In our piece, Jack is pallid and ghoulish, despite what must have been an otherwise very colourful life! Every scar tells a story, which we’re still unraveling. Deth’s sculpting continually blows me away, and his material tutelage has been invaluable. I’m definitely up for painting more latex!

The final piece is titled “A Sublime Trauma Of An Improbable Dreamer”, and stands around 12″ tall. This piece will be on display and available through Rotofugi Gallery February 13th, with preview list signups here. Exhibition updates will be posted to social media under #NightmareInWonderland #IxieDarkonn and #DBYTZ , or rsvp to the Facebook page here. Thank you for your support!

Feminamorphe Exhibition Wrapup

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Feminamorphe opening reception at Toy Art Gallery was a lot of fun! Thank you to everyone who came out, supported the show online, contributed with photos or blogging, and made the show possible. Candie Bolton and Okokume joined opening reception night, it was lovely to see them!

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Thank you to Gino and Toy Art Gallery for having us, we’re looking forward to next year! I owe many thanks also to friends who made it possible for me to attend opening, and came distances to join us for reception. Thank you!

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Some original artwork from the show is now available on Toy Art Gallery’s website here. Your support is greatly appreciated, and makes it possible for me to continue making and sharing new and bigger works!

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You can review exhibition pieces here until January 31st. Thank you for looking!

Feminamorphe Exhibition TAG Jan 10th

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I’m thrilled to announce my participation in the small group exhibition, “Feminamorphe”, opening at Toy Art Gallery January 10th! Feminamorphe explores processes of transformation and appropriation between female and animal forms.

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I will attend opening reception with the lovely Candie Bolton and other artists in attendance. If you’re in the LA Area, please join us for opening night January 10th! We’re exhibiting a body of both 2D and 3D works; drawings, paintings, custom toys and sofubi.

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Pieces begin in affordable ranges in many shapes and sizes. Please join us during reception, or follow along on Social Media #Feminamorphe as we reveal more works and details.

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