Man, there’s a lot of galleries throwing pop culture themed shows these days (and I should know because I’ve contributed to a fair few of them). The daddy of those galleries is the estimable Gallery 1988 who have been doing it best and the longest and they feel the same way.
So they trawled the pop culture landscape for films and TV shows that had slipped through the net thus far, and I, along with a roster of great artists, were invited to make pieces of art out of them.
I was tasked with committing to poster the most beloved movie of women who were teenagers in the eighties - Dirty Dancing, and as I have mentioned before, I love drawing dancers. So here you have Johnny and Baby (who I realised after I had sent it to print, is quite unintentionally in the corner), taking their moment in the spotlight.
This will be available to buy from Friday night at the opening of We Made Them Do It at Gallery 1988 West in an edition of 20 for $40, and online some time on Saturday.
Gallery 1988 are throwing another of their Under the Influence shows celebrating someone they think would make for great art and they have kindly invited me to take part this year. This time around the subject is the bespectacled East Coast master of neurosis - Woody Allen.
I don’t think you can really separate Woody Allen from his native city, so it would have been remiss of me to do anything but take it as a subject (and it sits quite nicely alongside this Hitchcock piece from last year). I tried a few new techniques and brushes on this, and while I wont be using them all the time, they turned out alright here.
(also, and this is of no real interest to anyone but me, this is my 100th tumblr blog - which works out at about one a week for the last two years. not too shabby, and hopefully more blogging this year!)
"I’m not in the meth business, I’m in the empire business"
I really really love Breaking Bad. It wouldn’t be a stretch to say it’s my favorite show currently on the air (and a contender for favorite ever). So when Jensen and the guys at Gallery 1988 asked me to contribute something to their Breaking Bad art show - which was itself the culmination of a whole summer of amazing print releases under the Breaking Gifs project - what was I going to say?
So here for your enjoyment are my two contributions. One, a take on the opening scenes of season three, with the mexican townsfolk crawling to pray at the altar of Santa Muerte. The other a home made shrine to the same saint, Heisenberg taunting her with his merry dance of chaos.
These will be showing at the Breaking Bad Art Project at Gallery 1988 Melrose until August 26th, and screen prints will be on sale on the website shortly (once again printed by the wonderful Parliament of Feathers).
yeah i almost never reblog, but Gallery 1988 lead with my picture so what else could i do? Steve Martin tribute show, opening tomorrow - if you’re in LA then get on down there…
This Friday at G1988 (Venice) we open “Excuuuuuuse Meeeeeeeee,” a group show paying tribute to one of the funniest people on Earth, and one of the most prolific art collectors around, Steve Martin. As seen in the Matt Taylor piece above, artists are creating pieces inspired by his movies, TV work, books and musical career.
This Friday, June 8th, from 7-10 PM, join us for the show’s opening reception. Have plans already? Look at these pieces and cancel them.
Michael De Pippo
I’m hoping for dozens more Three Amigos pieces!!
This show will run through the 30th, so make sure to swing by and see the show. It will be wild and crazy.
NEW ART KLAXON! NEW ART KLAXON!
I know it’s dramatic, but i do so much that i can’t share with you (although if you want to see something i worked on at my day job then you could have a look here), so it’s nice to have something of my own out there for public consumption.
Once again i’m contributing to a Gallery1988 art show extravaganza, this time themed around the films and other pursuits of Steve Martin. If i have to explain that this illustration is based on LA Story then you’re probably not the target market for this show, but i encourage you to go and have a look if you’re in LA next month.
Opening night is June 8th and this piece will be on sale as a two color screen print (once again printed by the good, talented and very patient guys at Parliament of Feathers) at the show and then online shortly after. Read more here.
Like art? Like movies? Then you should already know all about Gallery 1988 in its two Los Angeles incarnations because they hold the best pop culture themed shows, and if you don’t, seriously, where have you been? Aquaint yourself.
Which is a round about way of letting you know that they have a new show opening in a few weeks and that I have some work in it. And here it is. This time the theme of said artwork is the mighty Alfred Hitchcock (and his films) and I have made a piece of art paying tribute to North by Northwest, and the calm before the storm of the - still tense - finale atop Mount Rushmore.
The show opens on April 13th at Gallery 1988 Venice, and these prints (handsomely printed by the good folk at Parliament of Feathers right here in Brighton) will be on sale at the gallery and then online shortly after. Expect crowing about it when that happens…