Mitch McGee calls what he does "somewhere between painting and sculpture." First, he illustrates an idea and then he cuts, sands and stains individual wood pieces by hand. Then, he starts building - from top to bottom - assembling the final pop art piece, sanding and staining the exposed edges.
"The most challenging part of the process is figuring out the layering," he tells us. "The piece… Continue
Added by alice on September 26, 2011 at 9:30am —
If you love the look of retro posters, check out these by Justin Van Genderen. The Chicago-based illustrator has created a set he calls Comic Travel Locations
that show places like Gotham and Metropolis in stunning style.
“If superheroes really existed in this world we might see a poster like these in some old travel agency, all tattered hanging on the wall,” Van… Continue
Added by alice on August 29, 2011 at 9:30am —
Sacramento, California-based illustrator Jerrod Maruyama has a way of taking our favorite pop culture characters and turning them into cute and cuddly creations. He uses the term "kawaii" which he tells us is the Japanese version of cute. "The Japanese culture uses characters for just about everything," he says. "There is a real appreciation for cute… Continue
Added by alice on August 24, 2011 at 10:30am —
Now this looks like fun! Artist Nathan Stapley is coming back to Gallery1988 later this month for a new solo show. His first exhibition at their Venice gallery, "The Same Gang: Compartmentalizing Pop-Culture Iconography" will features all new works, where Nathan brings together our favorite pop-culture icons together by similar attributes.
Added by alice on August 23, 2011 at 10:30am —
Michael Myers, who you remember as creator of those vintage superhero illustrations
, has a few new sets and this time they don't just involve masked macho men, they involve George Lucas' famous Star Wars characters.
How did these sets come about? "I've always been a huge fan of pixel art, and my… Continue
Added by alice on July 13, 2011 at 11:00am —
Over a week ago, we told you about an exciting new group show in Los Angeles
that brings together some of the biggest and brightest names in the Lowbrow or Pop Surrealism art movement all together in one place. In celebration of their fifth anniversary, Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City asked 50+… Continue
Added by Eugene on July 3, 2011 at 8:00am —
Recently, the Internet went crazy over a picture of a couple kissing during the Vancouver riots. Was it real or was it staged? We all wanted to know...
just released a lengthy interview with the photographer who took the shot, Richard… Continue
Added by alice on June 17, 2011 at 11:00am —
If you love art and pop culture, you don't want to miss this show by Winchester, U.K.-based Olly Moss. (For Moss' past work see his stellar Star Wars posters
.) Moss has been called everything from a "creative genius
Added by alice on May 9, 2011 at 1:30pm —
Popstastic! That's the best word we could use to describe Andy Awesome's incredibly cool art. He's back with another fun and fresh set where he takes pop culture icons (think Sesame Street, Star Wars, etc) and turns them into magnificently minimalist characters squeezed into circles. (See… Continue
Added by alice on May 6, 2011 at 11:30am —
If you thought a craft like cross-stitching was just for your grandma, then you haven't seen these incredibly cool pixel people from Wee Little Stitches! The contemporary cross-stitch company knows how to make grown adults giggle with glee by featuring everything from the cast of Pretty and Pink
and Ferris Bueller's Day Off
to the just recently… Continue
Added by alice on April 12, 2011 at 3:00pm —
Seattle-based Japanese artist Yumiko Kayukawa is currently showing new works at The Shooting Gallery in San Francisco. By mixing pop culture references with more traditional Japanese imagery, the artist takes us on a strange and mysterious journey. Watch as her brave heroine becomes surrounded by an entourage of wild animals including bears, wolves, bunnies and deer.
From the press… Continue
Added by alice on March 16, 2011 at 10:30am —
Banksy makes us think with his satirical street art. TED prize winner JR inspires us with his soulful portraits. But it's only OakoAk who can make us laugh with his cute and clever pieces. Lately, the French street artist has been on a tear, turning park benches, stoops and dilapidated walls into wonderful and unexpected places for art. We love his take on… Continue
Added by alice on March 5, 2011 at 7:30am —
French street artist OakoAk sees the world through a very creative set of eyes. Inspired by pop culture icons and current social issues, he creates fantastically fun works in the unlikeliest of places...…
Added by Eugene on December 10, 2010 at 12:30pm —
If you're looking for one art show to attend this year, I'd like to suggest Thinkspace's upcoming 5 Year Anniversary blow out. Established in 2005, Thinkspace is one of the few galleries who doesn't follow trends, they start them. They've been a part of the contemporary art movement for years now, showcasing groundbreaking… Continue
Added by alice on October 29, 2010 at 3:30pm —
It's impossible not to be impressed by the work of world-renowned artist Todd Schorr. I remember seeing my first Schorr piece in person, it literally stopped me in my tracks. I could have spent hours looking at the insane amount of detail in it...
Schorr, who is based in Los Angeles, is a leading figure in the Pop Surrealism and Lowbrow art movements. He… Continue
Added by Eugene on August 11, 2010 at 2:30pm —
Awash with emotion, Joe Sorren's paintings will whisk you away to another world. He creates stunning scenes by carefully mixing muted and bright hues together. Carefully straddling the line between whimsical and foreboding, Sorren's paintings are filled with characters grappling with their surreal surroundings.
Joe Sorren is… Continue
Added by alice on July 23, 2010 at 10:30am —
If you dare to enter the world of Japanese artist Yosuke Ueno, get ready for a strange and surreal adventure. Ueno will take you on a magical ride, introducing you to everyone from a giant baby swan to what looks like Rainbow Bright's black sheep cousin. Weird, creepy but in a beautiful kind of way, Ueno's art stands out for its interesting juxtapositions and hidden…
Added by alice on June 29, 2010 at 11:30am —
Hailing all the way from Japan, Fuco Ueda is a super-talented artist whose paintings feature beautiful women in surreal situations. To create these intriguing narratives, Ueda paints with acrylic and powdered mineral pigments on paper, cloth, and wood.
By looking at her paintings, it's clear that there a few common themes which include music, as well as…
Added by Eugene on June 19, 2010 at 11:30am —
New York-based street artist Aakash Nihalani took to the streets of Brooklyn for his latest venture. Utilizing some of his classic geometric cutouts, Nihalani gives the ever-so-boring stop sign a new twist.
Bonus: In the video below, see if you can spot street pieces completed by Banksy,…
Added by Eugene on June 2, 2010 at 12:30pm —
After watching Exit Through the Gift Shop, you may have a hard time looking at pop art and seeing it as a true movement. We even had a discussion right here on theMET whether comic books were a true form of art. Today, I thought I would introduce an artist named Greg Gossel, an artist…
Added by alice on April 21, 2010 at 1:30pm —