The New Realism @ Thinkspace

This past Saturday night, Thinkspace gave us a little sneak peek of what to expect from their 2011 calendar as they presented The New Realism, featuring the talented works of Aaron Nagel, Jeff Ramirez, Jennifer Nehrbass, Linnea Strid, Nathan DeYoung and Pakayla Rae Biehn.  

Focusing on the photorealism genre (and coincidently the female figure), the paintings displayed the skilfulness, process and attention to detail for each artist.  From a direct representation of a photograph to an interpretation of double exposure, these stunning new works gave us a glimpse into the direction the gallery will be taking in the upcoming year. All six of these emerging contemporary artists will be showing in a larger capacity for their 2011 program

Enjoy the photos below, but be sure to check out the show in person if you’re in the neighborhood. Show runs until December 31st.

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‘Crooked Comfort’ @ C.A.V.E. Gallery

Last night, C.A.V.E. presented Crooked Comfort featuring English artist, CRAWW, and showcasing new works by Andy Haynes, Emma Overman, Jasmine Worth, Jennifer Springman, Marie Barr, Michael Page, Mike Maxwell, Paul Chatem, Roland Tamayo and Tatiana Suarez. 

CRAWW’s new series of works is a story without an end – a stream of consciousness  rendering dreamlike portraits of brooding, melancholy girls.  The group exhibit continued upon the theme presenting evening highlights from Marie Barr’s expressions of self epiphany and Paul Chatem’s interactive folk inspired pieces. 

If you weren’t able to attend the opening, enjoy the pics below.  Crooked Comfort runs until January 7, 2011 so be sure to check out the works in person if you’re in the neighborhood.

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‘Round the Hood: Joe Ledbetter

Joe Ledbetter

On my way to meet some friends for dinner at The Tar Pit, I saw these prehistoric gems by Joe Ledbetter near La Brea & 2nd Street.  Mmmm…sticky sweet.

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Travis Louie: ‘The Ghost of Delilah and Other Stories’ @ Gallery 1988

Travis Louie

Travis Louie’s latest exhibit The Ghost of Delilah and Other Stories is an eclectic mix of collaborative works featuring contributions from Lola, Dave Chung, Greg “Craola” Simkins, Molly Crabapple and Chet Zar (just to name a few). Known for his photo-realistic depictions of other worldly monsters, Travis’ latest body of work is a playful departure from his signature portraits. Based upon the artist’s personal dreams, from Philip Seymour Hoffman as a bulldog to swimming with mermaids,  each piece interacts with some of the best creative minds in contemporary art.

If you were unable to attend the opening, enjoy the pics below. Travis’ exhibit runs until December 24th, so be sure to check it out at Gallery 1988 if you’re in the neighborhood. For more info about Travis Louie and his artwork, visit

Travis Louie & Lola "They Met In A Magical Floating Place (North Dakota)"

Travis Louie & Dave Chung "Deep Krampus Thoughts"

Travis Louie & Fred Harper "Bill Finds An Awkward Friend"


Travis Louie & Greg Simkins "Travola"


Travis Louie "Victorian Hypno Doll"

Travis Louie "The Impossible Girl"

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David Chung: “Finger-Crab Helps Gillman Try On Mustaches For His Big Date”

Finger-Crab Helps Gillman Try On Mustaches For His Big Date

David Chung (aka The Chung!!!)  has a new print available on 1xRunFinger-Crab Helps Gillman Try on Mustaches For His Big Date was originally created for the group theme show HORRORWOOD and is now available as a one time run limited edition print.
One of the things I love about David Chung’s art is the humor he infuses into his work illustrating the awkwardness and humiliations we all experience through life’s journey.  David’s latest vibrantly colored creation translates this perfectly.


To purchase, visit  Hurry, because this print is only available through Dec. 5th.   For more info about David Chung and his artwork, visit

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Cleon Peterson’s ‘Daybreak’ @ New Image Art Gallery

The Art of Cleon Peterson

The graphic depictions of brutal violence in Cleon Peterson’s paintings have never been for the timid, and his latest work is no exception.  Daybreak debuted November 20th at New Image Art Gallery. The exhibition draws inspiration and its title from Nietzsche’s Daybreak: Reflections on Moral Prejudices. Like Nietzsche, Peterson presents a world in which contrasting schemes of morality result in eruptive hostility between social classes.

“The new work tells a story of social justice and people striving to create a new utopia. The beginning of a new era, a psychological and social revolution. I don’t see these people as different races but, instead as binary opposition as the individual. A dark side and a light side and the conflict between the two.” – Cleon Peterson

If you weren’t able to attend opening night, enjoy the pics below, but be sure to check out the works in person. Daybreak runs until January 8th, 2011.

Cleon Peterson and son


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Gary Baseman @ Sanrio 50th Anniversary Celebration

Gary Baseman's "Garden of Sanrio's Delights"

My good friend and pervasive artist, Gary Baseman, has been having fun and working hard in celebration of Sanrio’s 50th Anniversary.  Gary held a figure drawing workshop where he worked one on one with the lucky attendees drawing beloved Sanrio and Baseman characters.  To see photos of the class, check out Angelique Groh’s blog on Juxtapoz. Afterwards, Gary held a special print signing of his painting (pictured above) for the Small Gifts LA Art Show.   

This is the last weekend to experience Small Gifts LA before it heads over to Miami for Art Basel.  For more info, visit

Gary Baseman

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