Ringing in the new year has always been a pensive time for me. On the one hand a new year full of possibilities is rolled out in front of us. On the other hand the anxiety of where will my next gig come from? That is the new year tension that most freelancers can face, this was much more of a problem when I was starting out not so much now that I have been more established.
Making things happen is always the answer to these types of problems. Immediately contacting potential clients about projects, and creating art for gallery exhibitions, being proactive is the solution.
This year I have a few things going on, I'm out pitching shows again. I am working on the sequel to Back To School With Bigfoot, as well as prepping some gallery shows. I will be doing an art exhibition in Telluride Colorado this August, In February I have the Plus One Show at Art Share LA, and will be participating in a group show at Space Gallery.
There are several personal book projects I am chipping away on, as well as little R&D art pieces I am working on as experiments or proof of concept. One of the best gifts I received is the new Ralph McQuarrie Star Wars compilation art book from my step daughter. Ralph was the first production designer I became aware of. I was huge fan of Star Wars at 12 when it first came out and bought all the fan magazines that showed making of pics and articles. Even then I was way more into how it was made then consuming the mythology of Star Wars. Those Sci-Fi movie magazines "Starlog" "Fantastic Films" were my first glimpse into production design, creature sculpting, special effects. At the time I didn't know that artist were a big part of making movies. Looking at the early Ralph McQuarrie sketches and seeing how the work evolved into a finished character or environment turned the light on in my head about art & making movies.
Even now I find inspiration in those old drawings and paintings. There's always some new inspiration out there! Even if it's old.
Happy New Creative Year!
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
If you missed my Idea To Object Museum Exhibition this book is the next best thing! A Beautiful hardcover volume with hundreds of photos covering the 21+ years of my work. It is available at my website store. Just in time to give as a gift for the naughty and nice people on your list!
Sunday, September 2, 2018
Wow, in about 3 weeks the first day of fall will be here! Where did Summer go? This year I focused on the preparations for my show; Idea To Object for the Museum Of Art And History in Lancaster CA it is part of the larger Robot Show. This was an amazing opportunity to have a retrospective of art from the last 20+ years all on display in one room.
Preparing all of the large scale sculptures was what took the most time.
Fear of Failure Robot had to be hanging most of the time. Even when resin coated the foam is a bit fragile
Film Maker Patrick Nissim made an excellent documentary short about my work and philosophy about being a working artist. Also thanks to many of my art colleagues who were willing to give their time and contribute to the film. You can watch it here.
Next stop Designer Con in November we will be doing a mini Idea to Object display there.
Sunday, June 17, 2018
Very Exciting news; This August 4th is the opening of The Robot Show at the Museum Of Art & History in Lancaster California. My solo exhibition in the main gallery is titled; “Idea To Object” it is a retrospective of my art works from the last 25 years. The Show runs from August 4th to September 30th 2018. My narrative of the show is to demystify the creative process, show a glimpse behind the curtain How did that drawing / painting / sculpture / animation come to be created? As someone whose worked in all these mediums, I've had to figure that out a lot throughout my life. And that's the central question of my upcoming retrospective at MOAH: How does an idea become an object?
In addition to the art their will be a book and a documentary. Also I am recreating my home studio in the museum for the duration of the show It’s quite an amazing opportunity and an honor. There are also many other talented robot artists in the other gallery rooms.
The opening reception will be Saturday August 4th from 2 to 6 PM Hope you can make it!!!
Friday, June 1, 2018
My Idea To Object show is coming up in August, as part of the show I will be offering a 8 inch tall printed "Shut Up And Draw!" robot figure, Hand painted by myself and limited edition. Also with it's own custom Staedler Pencil.
The figure is digitally sculpted by Phil Ramirez and produced by Pretty In Plastic.
Information on ordering this figure will be coming soon! Also I am sculpting several large robots for the show, as well as a life size Shut Up And Draw! Robot.
There is still more finishing work to be done. Looking forward to seeing everyone at the show!
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
This August 4th The Museum Of Art And History in Lancaster California is having a big Robot Exhibition. They asked if I would participate and create an exhibition for the main gallery space. Quite an honor and a lot of work to be done, but I am doing it! The exhibition will include a retrospective of my artwork form the last 20 years, as well as my theme of demystifying the art process, and showing how through learning technique and hard work anyone who wants to can pursue art.
I am sculpting large scale robots, and creating a custom printed robot in partnership with Pretty In Plastic. The Shut Up And Draw! robot. This will be an 8 inch tall printed robot that will come with a custom pencil, it will be a limited edition all hand painted by me. There will also be a book of the show available as well as other special merchandise for the show that will be available at the museum.
For the duration of the exhibition I will move my home studio into the main gallery and work there on selected days. A celebration of whimsical robots It will be a fun time, more information on it's way!