Friday, April 25, 2014

12" Otaku show in Tokyo

I am very happy to be part of this show, curated by Hellion Gallery and exhibiting in Japan. The concept of the show was to pair 20 Portland artists with 20 Japanese bands/musicians and have them create fictional album covers. My guy was Tavito Nanao. If you want an idea of his music, have a look at this video. This song in particular is the one I drew inspiration from in terms of the sound.

I call this piece "Feline Adrift" - 12" x 12" - India ink on paper - 2014

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The "Tall Trees of Portland" book release and exhibition

If you haven't heard, there's a new book in town and it's called, "The Tall Trees of Portland". Matt Wagner, owner and curator of Hellion Gallery here in PDX has put together a hardback publication featuring some of the best visual arts talent Stumptown has to offer. Each artist has a handwritten questionnaire in the book, as well as several pages displaying what they do best. I was honored and excited to be included among these fine people, many of whom I have gotten to know over the two years I have been here. There was an book signing just for the artists, and a first Thursday exhibition featuring work from all the people in the book. Below is a nice photo of all the artists (with a few missing) as well as some pages from my spread in the publication. Thanks again to Matt Wagner for undertaking such a large task and putting this thing together. Amazing! Definitely check out the book if you live in town or online such as on Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Spring update

Just wanted to give a quick update about what has been going on as of late. I finished two more album covers last month. One was for a band called Sincerity and their newest release, "The Authority". The other was for a show in Japan called "12 Inch Otako". For the show in Japan, Portland artists were given an artist or band, samples of their music, and then had to make a fictional album cover for that band or artist. Pretty fun idea! After I completed that, I needed to paint a skateboard for a show here in Portland. I've only done one other skateboard before, but it was more fun than the first one I painted. Still, a lot of hard work. I'm not yet a master of the brush (when it has paint on it). Anyway, that show will open next month. Now I am beginning a whole body of work for my solo show at Antler gallery at the end of August. Still in the ideas phase of things, which can be the trickiest part I find. Anyway, will be posting some progress pics of things as I move along. Keep an eye out on here (or instagram or tumblr) for that. Until then………    :)