Art Visionary Los Angeles: Live Painting by Chet Zar, Alex Grey, Saber, and More

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, July 09, 2008
The fantastically gruesome Chet Zar (okay, only his artwork is gruesome, he’s actually quite nice) let Juxtapoz in on a wonderful event going down in LA called Art Visionary Los Angeles at Club 740 on Friday, July 18th. Painting live at Art Visionary Los Angeles will be: Chet Zar, Alex and Allyson Grey, Guy Aitchison, Michelle Wortman, legendary graffiti master Saber, Wendy Klein, Jarrett DeMartino, and more. Art Visionary Los Angeles will also include a number of presentations and panel discussions before the main live painting performance, video art, music, and dance. If you know what’s good for you, you’ll jump on this rare opportunity to see some of the greatest contemporary artists of our time working their magic right before your eyes. Details and advance tickets at

Photos: Chet Zar's "Ugly American"

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, June 18, 2008
Monster master Chet Zar's Ugly American opened at Strychnin Gallery's London location on Friday the 13th of June (how appropriate!) The show features 13 original, and especially eerie, paintings by Chet (the designer, special effects make-up artist and animator behind movies such as Hellboy, The Ring, The Fantastic Four, and others.) Chet says the inspiration for the Ugly American title came from a recent visit to Berlin where he "kept having to apologize to everyone about America" and explain, "We're not all that bad." Ugly American runs until mid-July, but his artwork will live on forever in the photos right here…

David Stoupakis Site Update

Juxtapoz // Friday, December 14, 2007
David Stoupakis has recently updated his site with images of the paintings from his most recent show, A Quest For Better Dreams, which took place at Strychnin Gallery in Berlin this past September. All pieces in the show were created from notes and documents about the nightmares of a girl named Emily Backman at Rosewood Hospital in Massachusetts. The works are all in Stoupakis' traditional style except that they're black and white, and the subjects are a little stranger than usual (if you can believe that). The black and white may be due to the fact that most people's dreams are not in color, and the strange is probably just because dreams are always strange. We had one once from the perspective of a pickle at a cocktail party. See more of the beautifully rendered oddities from Emily's dreams at

Chet Zar's "The Talking Board Show"

Juxtapoz // Monday, October 22, 2007
Photographer Mark Weston sent us a link to his shots from The Talking Board Show which opened October 20th at Copro Nason Gallery in Santa Monica, CA. Chet Zar curated this group show of more than 30 artists serving up their own version of the infamously spooky Ouija Board, aka The Mystifying Oracle. Bunch of really intricate and well-executed pieces in this show. The show includes works by David Stoupakis, Carrie Ann Baade, Travis Louie, John Haley, Joe Vaux, a collab by Lola and Nathan Spoor, Chet Zar, Chris Peters, Ver Mar, Meats Meier, Colin Burns, Christopher Owens, Ed Benedetto, Kevin Willis, Eric Pigors, and more. More photos of the work are up on the gallery's website, And, LAist did a pretty good photoblog that includes pictures of the many attendees who were seemingly testing their Hallowween costumes.

David Stoupakis' Art Show Soundtracks

Juxtapoz // Monday, October 08, 2007
Fans of David Stoupakis' work can now treat their ears as well as their eyes thanks to the release of Masses. The music on the two-disc set was composed by Geoff Gersh for Stoupakis' shows Beyond the Rainbow (Disc 1) and Sheep Will Follow (Disc 2). Now you can delve deeper into the moods of David's work through the magic of audio, get that full sensory immersion into the darkness of each painting. Paint your nails black first, that will probably help even more. If you're going to do something, you might as well do it right. The CD is available for $15 from the merch section of David's site. It's a limited edition of 1000 so get yours before he runs out and you're back listening to Skinny Puppy, trying and failing to get the same effect.

New David Stoupakis Print

Juxtapoz // Monday, June 04, 2007
David Stoupakis has a new print available titled, "Flood". It's a limited-edition of 50, hand-signed and numbered by David on archival art paper. "Flood" is from the Sheep Will Follow series that showed at Corey Helford Gallery earlier this year. {moscomment}

David Stoupakis

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, March 07, 2007
Photos from Sheep Will Follow, David Stoupakis' solo show at Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City/LA CA. The exhibit opened February 24th and runs through March 17th, 2007.


Juxtapoz // Thursday, August 24, 2006
Photos from the opening night of artworks by Kathie Olivas, Chet Zar, and Naoto Hattori at Copro Nason in Los Angeles. Runs August 19th - September 9th, 2006. Photos by Greg Escalante

Odd: Lola and Chet Zar

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, June 13, 2006
Photos from the opening night of Odd, Lola and Chet Zar at Thinkspace Gallery in Los Angeles.
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