Chet Zar's "Ugly American"

Juxtapoz // Friday, July 25, 2008
Chet Zar’s catalog from his show Ugly American is now available for purchase! Okay, “catalog” may be what we’re supposed ot call it, but it’s areally more of a book. At 64 pages in 4/4 color, Zar’s Ugly American catalog-book-thing features all of the work from his stunning Ugly American show, as well as some past works. Also included is a foreword from Adam Jones of Tool. Grab your copy at chetzar.com

SDCC: Jeff Soto

Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 24, 2008
Sharing a booth with Murphy Art Books, Jeff Soto will be signing copies of his brand new book, Storm Clouds, as well as his new zine Brain Decay at San Diego Comic Con. Soto will also have some special sold out prints and originals on paper available this weekend. On top of all that, he will be taking part in the Superhero show tonight in San Diego at Warehouse Space, showing this great piece, The Purple Star. Beautiful, as always, Mr Soto. For more SDCC info, hit up jeffsotoart.blogspot.com

Jeff Soto's "The Beast Within"

Juxtapoz // Friday, July 18, 2008
Jeff Soto just released this disturbingly beautiful giclee print, the Beast Within. A signed and numbered edition of 50 prints and 4 artists' proofs are available. (Paper size of each print is 17'' x 17'' while the image area is 14'' x 14''.) In addition, Soto will be saving ten of these hairy bits of political commentary that will be available at the San Diego Comicon July 24-27. Grab your Beast Within at potatostamp.com

Jeff Soto's "Storm Clouds" Book

Juxtapoz // Thursday, July 17, 2008
Jeff Soto delivers his second fine art collection, Storm Clouds. The book, Storm Clouds, represents Jeff’s evolution beyond his signature robot vs nature motifs and features work from his politically charged solo exhibitions, Supernova, Cold Ice Age, and Storm Clouds created over the past three years. The Riverside Art Museum, with funding from the James Irvine Foundation, generously contributed the introduction to the book written by RAM’s senior curator, Peter Frank. Also includes essays by Jeff Soto, David Choe, and Mark Murphy. Storm Clouds features a hardbound, archival edition that matches the size and format of the sold out, Potato Stamp Dreams,” with over 154 pages. The standard edition features specialty printing on the cover and the Limited Edition will feature a custom printed box, signed book, with 4 archival prints and special touches. Available late July 2008. Please contact murphy@murphydesign.com for more info.

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 cosm.org

Zerofriends x Craola:

Juxtapoz // Tuesday, July 01, 2008
Alex Pardee's art and clothing company Zerofriends and Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins made this super limited Finders Keepers print available online. Zerofriends only has 50 of these gorgeous 16” x 20” prints, all hand signed, numbered, and loved by Craola. Here's a little on your new friend, Marcel: Deep in the darkest depths of the Well, Lives a mixed up sheep who's last name is Marcel. He dines on a diet of the of the most random things Spiders and strawberries and gooseberry wings. He is part of the brotherhood Known as Jeepers and Creepers If you are able to capture him, He's yours... Finder's Keepers. Now you can capture Marcel… just hit up zerofriends.com now. We dare you to not get distracted by all the other great stuff at Zerofriends. While you’re there, stab a bookmark in zerofriends too- as they are hard at work on collaborating with more artists for exclusive future releases.

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…

Photos: "TOYS!" at Gallery 1988

Juxtapoz // Thursday, April 03, 2008
We don’t trust anyone who doesn’t like toys. How could you not like mounds of colorful plastic fun? Can’t you tell from the look on Craola’s face in this photo? He totally digs his cars. The folks at Gallery 1988 Los Angeles seem to like toys a lot too. Probably because their recent opening of TOYS! featuring homage's to the toys of our youth (and adulthood) was a smash hit. View more photos of the opening on April 1st right here…

Sneak Preview: "Gag Me With A Toon"

Juxtapoz // Wednesday, April 02, 2008
You’ll be hard pressed to find an urban artist without a certain affinity for the animated iconography of the 1980s. In celebration of the consistent inspiration cartoons have provided for countless artists over past decades, Meltdown Gallery presents Gag Me With A Toon. Opening April 5th, and curated by artist Steven Daily, Gag Me With A Toon, is a new works exhibition that will showcase the work of more than twenty creative souls who have been tainted with the neon fruit stripe of Morning in America. Utilizing everything from the saccharine funk of Strawberry Shortcake to the disciplined fashion fervor of the Baroness of Cobra these artists will explore the sketchy in-betweens of animated femininity. Gag Me With A Toon features: Jon Schnepp, Roman Dirge, Nathan Cabrera, Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins, Chris Devious Gliebie, Matt Danner, Alex Pardee, Tomi Monstre, Kyle Ng, Jeff McMillian, Reginio Gonzales, Matt Bone, Gea*, Adam Hathorn, Jim Koch, Joe Benitez, Jonathan Wayshack, Steven Daily, Rygar, Gill, Jim Mahfood aka Food One, Mike Kelley, SPRFKR, and Les Schettkoe. Daily has been putting in long hours perfecting the exhibit, yet some how he found time to send us a preview of some of the sick work that will be on display. 

"TOYS!" at Gallery 1988 Los Angeles

Juxtapoz // Thursday, March 27, 2008
Gallery 1988: Los Angeles will open TOYS! this Tuesday, April 1st honoring the childhood gems we cherished before video games did all the work for you. This show will feature over 100 paintings and customized toys. With the folks at Mattel, they’ll be celebrating Hot Wheels' 40th Anniversary with over 40 artists customizing 9 x 5 inch white Hot Wheels vans. And as if that wasn't enough, they'll also have 50 artists contributing pieces to be hung on the walls, all inspired by their memories of playthings from their past! Artists in the show include: Greg “Craola” Simkins, Kathie Olivas, Brandt Peters, David Horvath of Ugly Dolls, Brian Despain, Matt Dangler, Allison Torneros, Noferin, and in his first gallery showing ever, Mark Brown, who made the amazing piece seen above! Another site not to be missed: a life size sports car Hot Wheel ready to take over the streets. TOYS! Will run until April 25th; details at www.nineteeneightyeight.com.

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