First off, I apologize for the delay in postings the past few weeks. I am still here, and still determined to keep this site going for as long as I can. Work has been a little too hectic lately, but i’m working on getting back to posting more. So, with a bit of a delay, here is this years Halloween feature. Art from Jason Edmiston, Travis Louie, Dan Harding, Ego, Scarecrowoven, Ken Garduno, Jackie Gallagher, Tom Haubrick, Matthew Bone, Chris Mars, Jacob Bannon, Darwin Enriquez, Matt Buck, Patrick Fatica, Tom Bagshaw, Chet Zar, Apricot Mantle, Brian Smith, James Groman, and Fernando Carpaneda. Click on The Bride for the full feature.
Mike Correll currently has a Kickstarter campaign going in order to raise the funds needed to make his documentary on artist Chet Zar. Entitled “I Like to Paint Moonster”, this introspective look into the life and art of this inspiring artist, will give fans a closer idea of what drives him to create the work he does, and what it took to get there. The campaign is doing very well, and has around 21 days to go, with a closing date of October 12, 2012. Take a look at the video, and then head on over to the page to see how you can help.
Opening this Friday, June 1st, at the Stranger Factory Gallery in Albuquerque is three solo shows, the first of which is from Chet Zar. This new series of works is entitled Le Petite Mort and features 11, 5″ x 7″ oil paintings, each with a hand-cast resin frame. While these works are smaller, they show how a skilled painter and craftsman such as Chet Zar can make art of any size incredibly intense, detail rich, and most importantly continue to show why Chet is one of the best dark artists working today. Take a look at the preview images, and then keep your eye on the galleries webpage for the full show. If your in the area, the reception is June 1st starting at 6pm.
Jason Levesque (aka Stuntkid) was asked to co-curate a group show along with Heather Hakimzadeh at the Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art. Each artist was asked to customize blank soup cans, and these new cans would be shown alongside an exhibit of works by Any Warhol. The show, entitled I Like Soup, featured work by Glenn Arthur, Luke Chueh, Dominique Fung, Charlie Immer, JoKa, Sarah Joncas, KozynDan, Elizabeth Levesque, Jason Levesque, Jason Limon, Jim Mahfood, Dan May, Soey Milk, Buddy Nestor, Charmaine Olivia, Conrad Roset, Casey Weldon, Chet Zar, and many more.
Each customized can is now online to view, and for every can that is sold the proceeds will go to help benefit MOCA’s educational programs and the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia. Head on over to the site and check out all of the works, some of these cans are outstanding. JoKa and his toothpick painting style is always impressive, and Chet Zar Kozyndan, and Jason Levesque went all out and even added some sculptural elements to the cans.
Opening this week, May 10th, is a group show curated by Nathan Spoor entitled Suggestivism NYC. This new show will feature over 40 of the most exciting, intriguing, and talented artists in the contemporary art scene such as: Chris Mars, Skinner, Chet Zar, Dan May, Nathan Ota, Jeff McMillan, Rod Luff, Sas Christian, Colin Christian, Joe Vaux, Bob Schneider, Mia, Naoto Hattori, Bob Dob, Tom Bagshaw, Jason Maloney, David Molesky, Darren LeGallo, Michael Page, Kevin Peterson, Thomas Doyle, Sandow Birk, Heidi Taillefer, Yevgeniya Mikhailik, Brendan Monroe, Annie Owens, Eric Althin, Jason Limon, Joey Remmers, Chandler Wood, Martin Wittfooth, Eric Richardson, Francesco LoCastro, Nathan Spoor, Kathie Olivas, Brandt Peters, Scott Scheidly, NC Winters, Christian Van Minnen, Winnie Truong, Julian Callos, Heiko Müller, and Marco Mazzoni.
According to Spoor, Suggestivism “does not center around claiming a title for giving any movement a name, but for introducing a common creative thread amongst several disparate and unique voices within the modern art world.” Richard Chang once stated that Suggestivism has its roots in 19th century artist such as James McNeill Whistler, Georges Seurat and Arthur B. Davies. The show will run until June 30th, so if your in the area, make sure to stop by.
Opening this Saturday, April 21st, at the Copro Gallery in Santa Monica is a new group show entitled Twin Peaks; Fire Walk With Me
20th Anniversary Group Art Exhibition. A year ago in February, Clifton’s Brookdale hosted In the Trees: Twin Peaks 20th Anniversary Art Exhibition, which had some amazing artwork (seen here), and many of he artists from that round will be seen in this latest exhibition. Martin Wittfooth, Glenn Barr, Chris Berens, Brett Amory, Chris Mars, Dan May, Chris Buzelli, Billy Norrby, Nicoletta Ceccoli, Esao Andrews, Lori Earley, Brian Viveros, Ryan Heshka, Scott C, Chet Zar, Paul Chatem, Stella Im Hultberg, and many more.
There is some very strong work in this exhibition, I was especially intrigued with the paintings by Billy Norrby, Glenn Barr, and Dan Quintana. Stella Im Hultberg submitted another beautiful painting, and I was happy see a landscape by Chris Peters. The stand out piece for me was Deliverance by Lori Earley (seen first). I was a great surprise to see Lori submit a digital painting that had some oil, acrylic, and mixed media embellishments to it. The more I looked at it I could see her style peek out, but the overall work is a new direction that I really hope she continues with. During the reception there will be a limited edition print available of this painting, un-embellished, signed and numbered in an edition of 20. This is bound to be a mind-blowing exhibition, so if your in the area make sure to stop by, otherwise check out the preview images and then over to the website.
Opening this Saturday, January 21st at the Copro Gallery in Santa Monica is the latest installment of the Conjoined group show curated by Chet Zar. This show focuses on sculpture and 3-dimensional art by Colin Christian, Scott Musgrove, Kevin Kirkpatrick, Christopher Conte, Dave Pressler, John Cebollero, Charles Kraft, David Richardson, Paul Chatem, Jacob Roanhaus, Zombienose, Joe Sorren, Scott Radke, Shiflett Bros, Ron English, Chet Zar, Neil Winn, and many more.
It’s not often one gets to see so many 3-dimensinal works in one show, especially when all of the art is so amazing. If you are in the area make sure you stop by. While art always looks better in person, sculptures are one of those medium that really need to be seen in person to fully enjoy the space in which they occupy.
Chet Zar has just added a couple of new prints to his online shop, one of which is his American Gothic inspired painting Post American Gothic. The print is 11″ x 14″ on gallery wrapped canvas, signed and numbered in an edition of 100. The regular price is $125 but the print is on sale right now for $115. Love that idea that the print comes gallery wrapped alway, so all you have to do it pop it up on the wall no worries about framing.
Get it here: Chet Zar Store
Black Friday is here again, and along with the great savings comes sitting overnight in the cold, dealing with a crazy mob of people, and possibly getting pepper sprayed because you took the last xbox 360 (source). So avoid the mayhem, and support your local, small businesses and better yet artists. Many of your favorite artists are having black friday/holiday sales. This is a great opportunity to not only score some art, prints, shirt, and more, but you also know you are helping out a person and not some mega-corporation. Here is a short rundown of some of the artists/online stores you can save at, if you know any more add them to the comments.
Stella Im Hultberg has added some small originals to her shop for this years sale: Shop here
Need some horror shirts? Fright Rags is having a huge sale on mens tees, girly tees, posters and more: Shop Here
Spoke Art is having a sale on all inventory, prints and originals. Use SPOKEARTSALE, and save 10%, it ends Monday. Shop Here
Vannen Watches is having a 40% off sale, just use BLACK40 during checkout. Shop Here
WWA Gallery will be donating 15% from all sales to 1 of children’s charities. WWA Gallery
Gris Grimly is having a 50% off sale over at his online shop. Check it out here
Edith Lebeau added a bunch of new paintings to her online shop. See Here
Use LE2011 over at Cate Rangel’s shop and save 40% on all limited edition prints. Shop Here
Dan Harding is having a sale in his new online shop. Just use TURKEY and save 20%. Shop Here
Get a free print over at Tara McPherson’s Cotton Candy Machine when you buy anything online. Check it Out
Chet Zar added two new sculpture, Hammerhead and The Dead Pope, both on sale. Shop Here
If your in the need for some clothes, Disturbia Clothing is also having a sale this weekend. Shop Here
Save 30% on selected items at Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins online shop. Shop Here
Phone Booth Gallery is having a “mystery tube” sale. For $75 you tube Includes rare prints, blems, misprints, sketches, leftovers, extras, and more from all your favorite PBG artists!
Contact the folks over at Virtu Art Gallery for 50% off Lori Earley’s Annabelle print. Shop Here
Kelly McKernan is having a big sale over at her online shop, Check it out
Arabella Proffer’s first book is ready for pre-order, with a foreward by your truly… Get it here
Save 20% off everything at Gallery Nucleus. Just use GOBBLE20 during checkout. Shop Here
Save 30% off at Brian Ewing’s store by using COOKIES during checkout. Shop Here
At Steven Daily’s online shop save 50% on all paper products, and up to 50 on giclee prints. Shop Here
Opening this Friday, October 15th, to the Copro Gallery in Santa Monica is a three person show featuring the work of Chet Zar, Dan Quintana, and Mark Garro. You might remember that Chet Zar recently had a solo show, Faces of Death, at Last Rites Gallery in July. Even after a show that opened close to this one, Chet brings 13 oil paintings to this latest solo show entitled The Left Hand Path. Dan Quintana opens Tinsel, and Mark Garro brings more than 9 new works to Apocalypservice. This is an outstanding show, all three artist are insanely talented. If you have the ability to see this show in person, make sure you do. It will be up until November 5th. Copro Gallery has also released a new limited edition print by Mark Garro to coincide the show. The print is a 30″ x 26″ giclee on wood, varnished, framed, and signed and numbered in an edition of 30.
Opening tonight, October 7th, at the Meltdown Gallery in Los Angeles is a massive group show, over 100 artists, all taking inspiration from music videos for the first “I Want My Music Video Art Show” curated by Chris Marrs Piliero and Dave MacDowell. Artists such as Sarah Joncas, Aaron Jasinksi, Aunia Kahn, Apricot Mantle, Chet Zar, Dan Harding, Dan Quintana, Edith Lebeau, Jason D’Aquino, John Cebollero, Kelly Vivano, Larkin, Kolaboy, Nate Van Dyke, N.C. Winters, Paul Chatem, Scott G Brooks, Scott C, and many more have created art based on their favorite music videos. Oh, and yours truly also has a piece of art in this show (thanks to Dave for talking me into it). The reception starts at 8 PM and I have heard that a good majority of the artists will be there, so if you stop by make sure to say hi to the artists that made this show a must see. The exhibition will run until October 20th, so if you can’t make the reception you have a little bit of time to see the show.
I am very honored to be a part of this show, there is so many amazing artists. To be honest I was a little too nervous in the beginning and thought about not entering. I will stay with my original goal of this site and not show my work here, however I am proud of the piece and hope the viewers of the show enjoy it. Take a look the preview images of the show, and then check out the site below for some more images and video links.