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Posted on July 5, 2015
Merry Karnowsky Gallery held an event for the opening reception for Jeff Soto's "Nightgardens" and Masakatsu Sashie's "Blind Box."
This exhibition was Soto's first solo show back in Los Angeles in almost a decade. Although he exhibits regularly in New York, Europe and abroad, it has been many years since he has shown this close to home. The turnout for this show was great! Jeff Soto's pieces displayed many irregular shaped pieces, along with a series of new acrylic and watercolor paintings.
This vibrant, colorful owl piece stood out from the white walls of the gallery. This owl piece is a popular image often seen in Soto's work and many crowded around to examine this piece in full detail. In support of the show, friends from Jeff's grafitti days joined the crowd at the opening including Craola and Steven Daily. Other fellow artists attending the show included Lola, Natalia Fabia, Luke Chueh, Thomas Han and Sherri Trahan director of the Corey Helford Gallery.
Photo of Greg "CRAOLA" Simkins and Steven Daily
Photo of Natalia Fabia, Lola and Sherri Trahan
Photo of Jeff Soto with the founder of Trust Me Vodka, Mark Simo and his assistant Kristin Cervantes
Jeff Soto's art work was also featured on the bottle of the new vodka brand called Trust Me Vodka. Because Soto's work was displayed inside the clear bottle, it gave an underwater effect to Soto's unique creatures. Trust Me Vodka is organic and gluten free and we able to have a few sips during this showing. Above is a photo of Jeff Soto with the founder of Trust Me Vodka and below is a photo of the bottle itself.
Photo of Jeff Soto's Watercolors
Nightgardens captivates a mysterious and mythical landscape with nonexistent creatures; however, it displays real life problems and journeys. Soto makes combinations of familiar and unfamiliar creatures and creates an imaginary world, much like a daydream
Masakatsu Sashie's style is quite different, yet similar to Jeff Soto's. They both hold abstract thoughts, but expresses them in different ways. Sashie is well known for his intricately painted orbs. His paintings consist of manmade objects warped into an industrialized civilization.
Sashie's "Blind Box" showing had a recurring theme of a sphere which resembles life within a perfectly self-contained world. Sashie reconstructs forms from the past and the future as modern art, which is a similar concept as Jeff Soto's blend of fictional and nonfictional creatures.
We fell in love with Sashie's work at first sight at the end of last year when Merry presented a group show featuring all the artists that would be showing with her in 2015. This new collection of pieces from Sashie was no exception. We couldn't leave without adding another one to our personal art collection.
If you get a chance and live in the LA area, stop by the exhibit before it closes July 25th. To see these pieces in person is a treat not to miss.
For more information about the exhibit, please visit: http://www.mkgallery.com/
Posted on July 5, 2015
POW!WOW! is an art event that started off as a week-long event held in Hawaii, but has expanded globally over the years. This event has brought together hundreds of international and local artists to create beautiful murals and other forms of art. POW! WOW! has become a large platform for the global artists to network and organize art events such as, lectures, art schools, concerts, and live art installations around the world.
PHOTO ABOVE: MEGGS Wall Installation
We had the opportunity to attend the POW! WOW! week long event held at Long Beach. This week long event consisted of mural paintings by all the POW! WOW! artists in Long Beach, a screening of "The Deepest Depths of the Burrow," Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape exhibit, and a POW! WOW! School of Music Concert and much more!
Wall Installation By Alex Yanes
Although we were unable to attend all five days, we were amazed by the art work we were able to see at the Vitality and Verve: Transforming the Urban Landscape exhibit held in Long Beach Museum of Art on Friday, June 26, 2015.
Artwork By MEGGS
The Vitality and Verve exhibit examines the current developments in the urban contemporary art field. This exhibit consisted of stunning murals and multi-media installations created by the many emerging artists involved in the event. It was amazing to see these artists use their creative juices to change and transform the urban landscape.
Wall Installation By CRYPTIK
Soto Creating His Mural
On the way to to the Vitality and Verve exhibition at the Long Beach Museum of Art we stopped by Jeff Soto's mural at the Long Beach Convention Center. Jeff was in the midst of completing the mural when we stopped by, with his gallery opening the following night, he was busy getting as much done as he could before heading over to the Vitality and Verve exhibition. Next to Jeff's mural was the Low Bros mural, still in the works. These were just a few of the many murals created for the event around the city by Jeff McMillan, Benjie Escobar, Cryptik, Hueman, Madsteez, Tristan Eaton, James Jean, Aaron De La Cruz, Fafi, and Bumblebee. If you guys get the chance, go check it out. It is definitely worth seeing.
For more information on Pow Wow Long Beach, please visit: http://www.powwowlongbeach.com/
Posted on July 2, 2015
Luke Chueh is an L.A based artist who is particularly popular in the pop surrealism scene and part of the designer toy world.
We had the privilege to work with Luke Chueh, to print one of his most famous pieces, "The Soundtrack (To My Life)" on wood. This piece, created in 2005, is celebrating it's 10th anniversary with the release for this piece. The Soundtrack (To My Life) was a very important painting for Luke Chueh, as it resembled the beginning of his career and a reflection of himself as an artist. To know more about Chueh's story behind this piece, click the link below.
We strive to make sure every fine art print is printed as if it were our own. We believe working hand in hand with the artist personally puts depth and meaning into every art piece. Last week Luke stopped by the shop to sign the prints and check out the new frame option.
As Luke Chueh released these prints on Tuesday, June 23rd at noon, the time has finally come for those of you who have already ordered! These limited edition wood prints will be shipping out by this week. For those of you who have not ordered them yet, there are still a few left on our webpage linked below.
We were excited to announce our new frame option at Prints on Wood with this release. Luke Chueh was the first to use our frame feature with "The Soundtrack (To My Life)" print. The optional custom white frame can be added to the print for an additional $45. Not only is it available for this specific art piece, but it will also soon become an option available for every wood print on our create your own prints page.
You got to admit, adding a white frame not only makes it easier to hang on your wall, but it also gives it a nice sleek design.
Posted on June 30, 2015
One of the most rewarding feelings is having your work recognized by other people. Not only does it provide a feeling of acceptance and reassurance, but it also serves as great motivation to continue your work.
Here at Prints on Wood, we take pride in each wood print as if we were one of the many artists that provide us great art!
We came across a post on BoingBoing.com that featured one of our custom wood prints and we were stoked for the shoutout! The wood print in the post was “We See What We Seek” by the very talented Zelda Devon.
Photo: Jason Weisberger
The prints were for made exclusively for Beyond Brookledge, a weekend-long vaudeville inspired event with music, magic, and other entertainment held at the Mission Inn Hotel produced by Bob Self of Baby Tattoo Books. Zelda in collaboration with Prints on Wood gave each attendee of the event a wood print of “We See What We Seek” and it received great acclaim from its recipients.
We were pleased to hear everyone enjoyed Zelda’s work as much as we do, we are looking forward to working with Beyond Brookledge and Baby Tattoo Books again!
Here's the original post on boingboing by Jason Weisberger: http://boingboing.net/2015/06/02/this-amazing-print-on-wood-by.htm
Posted on June 19, 2015
One more week until Jeff Soto's exhibit in Los Angeles at the Merry Karnowsky Gallery. It's been long time since his last LA exhibit in 2006 and I don't know who's more excited, us or Jeff. The show titled, "Nightgardens" features themes of myth and the mysterious coupled with exploration into the contemporary landscape.
A few days ago we got to get a sneak peak of the pieces as Jeff was carefully varnishing some of the pieces for the show.
While up late finishing the final details on a piece for the show, Jeff, the consummate teacher, tells young aspiring artists, "Don't skimp....The details make all the difference."
Taking a break from painting fine art, Jeff completed a mural that will welcome guests to the LA show on La Brea and 1st Street. "The La Brea Owl" beacons, go ask for its wisdom and forgiveness.
photo credit: Jordan Ahern
If you haven't already, email firstname.lastname@example.org to rsvp for the opening night reception Saturday, June 27th from 7 - 10 pm. We will see you there!
Posted on June 19, 2015
Ten years ago this year Luke Chueh was asked by L. Croskey, aka Mr. Numbera of Cannibal Flower, to design a cover for his mix cd. What came out of that collaboration has resonated with so many including us. The Soundtrack (To My Life) is a homage to what DJ culture meant to Luke while at the same time connecting with us in a strikingly personal way.
In celebration of the 10 year anniversary of the piece, Luke is releasing a special wood print edition of 150 on Tuesday, June 23rd at noon PST. The 18" x 18" wood print will be hand signed and numbered by Luke Cheuh available at $250 each. For the first time, an optional custom white frame can be added to the print for an additional $45.
Posted on June 18, 2015
The life of a wood print is not easy, cutting, sanding, ink drops, UV rays, it's a rough start. But the good life begins when they meet "Brad."
Brad is one of the guys that has the privilege of sending the wood prints off to their forever homes, a feat he does not take lightly. If you have not had the pleasure of receiving a print on wood packaged by Brad, let me share an email we received from a recent happy customer "Pat".Dear POW,Thanks so much for the lovely finished product. I know my husband will love it, and I sure do. Much appreciated.I would be remiss not to mention the amazing packaging of the product you created. If we'd had a nuclear attack while it was in Caitlin's custody we might have lost Caitlin, but my package would have withstood the blast.Since this is a surprise for Cal, I hid the unopened box in my closet until he was busy in the garage. Then I tried opening the box with scissors. That met with frustration, so I went after it with a box cutter. Some inroads were made, but it was a slow, slow process, and I was crouched in my closet which didn't give me a lot of room to manipulate. I gave serious thought to going to the garage (where Cal was) to see if I could smuggle the power saw past him. Knowing that enterprise would fail, I once again employed the box cutter and stepped up the fury of my attack. I may have said "Die, box, die" a time or two, but whatever it took the now blunt and misshapen box cutter finally breached the many, many layers of sealing tape so I could wedge my hand into the ragged opening and work the wooden picture out. My right hand is a tad swollen, and I need to vacuum the bits of cardboard, sealing tape, sweat and skin from the floor of my closet. My hat's off to the guy from the Department of Un-openable Packages. I hope he gets a good salary. His talent need not be improved upon because he's reached the zenith of his career.Many thanks,Pat D.
No thank you Pat, your eloquence and praise are appreciated, we made sure each was delivered to Brad.
Now you can rest assured when you place your next order the package will arrive in sound condition even when you box looks like this:
Many thanks to the diligent focus and attention of our shipping department headed by the best in west, Brad.
Posted on June 9, 2015
If you haven’t heard of Taylor Swift you’ve probably been living under a rock. In the past decade, she has gone from your average Pennsylvania girl to one of the biggest musicians in the world. But this isn’t just my opinion...the numbers speak for themselves. With 31 million followers on instagram, 51 million followers on twitter, and 71 million likes on facebook, she is easily one of the most popular artists in the world.
So what amassed her all these fans? Her sweet smile? Her charming looks? Her golden voice? Its really a combination of all of these that have given her the rise to stardom, but of course her songwriting has an effect. Swift is highly praised for her ability to connect with teenage issues and teenage life, which initially got her followings and fans with her first two albums. Later on in her career, she has focused on more grown relationships but still holds on to past feelings and relationships with a through her music, making her even more relatable.
Releasing her 5th album a few months ago, she has once again capitalized on the formula that has provided her success: make songs about the interactions people have with each other and the problems that come from them to be relatable to as many people as possible.
Taylor Swift is going on a world tour for her 5th album, 1989, with 78 dates across Asia, Europe, and North America. For her world tour, her camp wanted signage to properly decorate the venue because what concert is complete without signage!
Sticking with the neon sign theme of the tour’s logo, we created a custom wood print of the tour name as a neon sign. Each word is connect to the next at the bottom or top of the last letter, making the sign one uniform piece instead of four different words. We also created banners for her world tour, as shown above, through our sister site banner4sale.com. We hope everyone enjoys Taylor Swift’s world tour on every continent she’s playing!
Posted on June 4, 2015
Have you checked your Facebook feed lately? Chances are it's been flooded with pictures from kindergarten graduations...college graduations...grad school graduations, moving out of your parents' house graduations...and on and on and on. To kick off the celebration season, (and save a few graduates) we came up with the top five worst grad gifts that are sure to be received with an awkward grin or a muffled "thank you."
(Names have been withheld to protect the innocent)
#5: A celebratory lunch- with a buy one get one free voucher
Or let's be specific: Cards without money. A graduation card without money is pretty much equivalent to wrapping an empty box and putting it under the Christmas tree for your child. Expectations are heightened then crushed at the big reveal.
#3: A copy of "Oh, The Places You'll Go"
You may think an inspirational children's book sounds like a cute, little way to say "congrats!" But So will 10 other family members and friends. Don't be the 11th.
#2: Forget the new iPad, good old "helpful" advice.
"These words of wisdom" usually begin with the graduate being dragged away from their celebration for a rambling speech and somewhat relevant anecdote about how life's a kicker and it's all down hill from here.
#1: Any sort of office supplies.
The only person that would be ecstatic to receive a red stapler would be the guy in Office Space. Just him.
There you have it! Our top worst graudation gifts! You might want to avoid these this graduation season...or any other, season for that matter!
While it's customary to slip your grad a hallmark card and some bills, this year, reward the graduate in your life with something they can cherish.
Whether it be a photo of a cherished portrait or their favorite piece of art, a special memory printed on wood is a sure, safe purchase and more importantly, the perfect gift.
Save 30% on your purchase for the special graduate with the promo code: GRAD30
We're also providing free shipping on all orders over $50!
Posted on June 1, 2015
Who can it be now? The Who! The Who is who it can be! One of the cornerstones of rock in the 20th century, The Who is definitely one of the most influential bands ever. Introducing Rock Opera to most of the genre, they were able to create their own unique style while still being able to relate to the issues their fans had.
This year marks the 50th anniversary of the band's creation, and they are celebrating in style! The Who is going on an epic 50th anniversary tour across North America and Europe as a celebration of their work but more importantly as a final send off.
With only 2 of the 4 members alive, this tour is to pay homage to the work the band has done over the years. Lead singer Roger Daltrey has been quoted saying this tour is the beginning of a long goodbye, making the tour that much more important!
We were lucky enough to do some signage and custom wood prints for The Who’s final send off tour, and it was an honor! For the VIP section, we created a collage of The Who using pictures from when they first started, through their rise to fame.
Custom wood prints were also created for The Who’s art director, Richard Evans. These prints had their 50th anniversary logo along with a short description of Richard Evans’ “The Who Series” and where to find more of his work.
Doing work for arguably one of the greatest bands ever is a tremendous honor, and we’re sure they will appreciate our work as much as we appreciate their classics! Don’t miss your chance to see them for the last time!