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Posted on February 5, 2016
Jason is no stranger to POW, as this is his 22nd -- yes 22nd -- release with the team. For obvious reasons, we love working with Jason and seeing what he has to offer with each release. This time around, we see Jason sticking in line with his always spectacular highly pigmented, colorized and fantastical style.
For "Orb Evolution," audiences are offered up what feels like a loving little orb ready to elevate to the next realm. Based off of mythology and mysticism, Jason Limon's paintings contain highly contrasted and expertly crafted mythological beings, all holding their own unique impression within the work. With 22 prints released through POW thus far, Limon has exercised many printing options, including a 12 inch tall, 3-dimensional, little friend named "Cat Creeper."
For "Orb Evolution," we're offered up a 6 x 12 inch print, printed on sustainable and highly durable birch wood. This cleverly designed piece is an ideal shape to input a beautiful vertical print into your wall art collection. Additionally, each print in this limited run of 20 will be signed and numbered by the artist. "Orb Evolution" is available now, so make your purchase before they're gone!
Posted on February 2, 2016
Valentine's Day is coming up in a couple weeks and I'm sure there are a lot of you who aren't prepared! We got you covered. Prints on wood make great gifts because they are personal and unique. We've been getting quite a few cute orders this past week, and if you're still trying to figure out if a print of you and your significant other is the right way to go, we hope a few of these examples help.
Developed photos are out and custom photo wood prints are in. You can print your wedding photos, anniversary photos, or any couple photos and we'll make sure they will turn out great! If you're all about quality over quantity, this is the right gift for you! A wood print may cost more than a photograph, but it will definitely last longer and it's the best of both worlds. Here at Prints on Wood, you can get your photos printed onto a wood canvas. We recently took over Plywerk, a different and new production process for the super aesthetically pleasing bamboo prints.
As long as you submit your measurements and photos into us, we'll print it for you in no time. It's that simple and easy. We also have the option to frame your gift with our awesome custom Italian frames, like the one in the photo above. Doing so definitely is the icing on the cake. We recommend ordering one soon because our webpage is currently having a discount on "Make Your Own" prints. Use the code LOVE25 and receive 25% off.
Posted on January 30, 2016
In celebration of the upcoming video game-centered PIXEL HEARTS exhibition taking place at Gallery 1988 (WEST) this Friday, we chat with curator and mastermind behind the event, illustrator and designer, Chogrin.
POW had the absolute delight of providing over 100 artists with pixel heart-shaped panels for the exhibition, and as expected, the outcome is too great, definitely something you have to see. This is one of the coolest exhibitions we've been able to be a part of stylistically, so we're super excited. Catch a sneak peak of the work here. And as promised, learn more about Chogrin and get hella nostalgic over 80s and 90s video game greatness, here.
1. Hey Chogrin. Tell me a little about your creative background; when did you begin drawing?
I've been drawing all my life. When I was about 12, I knew it was something that I wanted to pursue professionally and as a career. My creative background consists of everything I grew up with...From toys, children's books, comics, animated shows, video games, 80s & 90s movies, to the artwork on Trapper Keepers. My current style of drawing is a mixture of all these things, but also about 84% inspired by the works E.C. Segar, Ub Iwerks, and Osamu Tezuka.
3. Who are a few more of your favorite artists/creative influences?
So many people. I'd say artists such as Mike Mignola, Akira Toriyama, Frida Kahlo, Diego Rivera, Picasso, and Oswaldo Guayasamin. My creative influences have been Ub Iwerks, Osamu Tezuka, Jorge Gutierrez, Guillermo del Toro, Walt Disney and many more.
2. Can you tell me about your connection to video games? Do you remember your first console for instance?
I clearly remember my first console being the NES and the games I remember playing the most were Circus Charlie, Ninja Turtles, and Super Mario Bros. But it wasn't until the Super Nintendo that I really remember and absorbed the worlds, characters, and stories behind games like Super Mario World, which is what my piece is paying tribute to. In a way, video games grew up along with my generation.
4. Tell me about your upcoming group exhibition, PIXEL HEARTS; how did the overall idea come about?
I've seen a lot of art shows where artists paint on a specific shaped canvas and have always thought that a "PIXEL HEART" canvas was a great idea to do a video game, pop-culture art event. I'm pretty sure this is the first art show to feature this kind of unique canvas, which I'm pretty excited about.
5. How did you go about curating the art with the artists? What kind of directions or parameters were they asked to work within?
I have a specific group of artists that I work with on all my shows, but in each show I also try to bring some new artists that I haven't worked with and that I admire. One of the exciting things from these shows is to meet new artists and make new connections worldwide. For this show 100+ artists from around the world are paying tribute to video game culture in their own artistic interpretation. You will see artwork of anything video game related. EXAMPLES: The Power Glove, any video game console, game cartridges, etc. The show will be a mix of digital and traditional art. Giving artists the pixel heart canvas has led to some beautiful and unique art pieces that I can't wait for everyone to see. All I can say is that If you love video game pop-culture this is the art show event you've been looking for!
6. What other projects do you have on your plate as 2016 continues to unfold?
PIXEL HEARTS will be my only art show for 2016, and I don't know if I plan on doing anymore after that. If a good opportunity presents itself, I might do another one, but for right now I'm focusing more on my own artwork and other personal projects I've been wanting to take on. All in all, my whole experience in curating group art shows for the last 6 years has been very rewarding and I can't wait to embark on my next adventure!
Posted on January 29, 2016
Los Angeles' annual LA Art Show was in full effect last weekend, and Prints on Wood was in the building. Between Thursday, January 28th and Saturday, January 31st, the LA Convention Center was the spot to catch the 21st annual LA Art Show (LAAS), unveiling the event's very first year exclusively focusing on on Modern and Contemporary art-- designating a separate space completely for the LA Fine Art Show, where Traditional and Historical art will be on display.
We're really excited about this year's assortment of artists and exhibitors, and just had to give you guys a taste of the festivities.
Above, you can see a snippet of what the Daniel Rolnik Gallery cooked up for the event. Rolnik, photographed here, is hanging out chatting with an attendee as he tends to "Kilduff's Bakery." The set up is in collaboration with performance and visual artist John Kilduff, whose Youtube video series titled “Let’s Paint” showcases the artist painting food while on a treadmill. The antics have earned him the title of “the Most Inspirational Outsider Art Maniac You’ve Never Heard Of,” according to VICE.
At "Kilduff's Bakery," you can also expect Turtle Wayne’s snack packs, Ferris Plock’s pizza sculptures, Tripper Dungan’s hand-carved wooden donuts, Kat Philbin’s sushi paintings, Bwana Spoons’ boba-drinking-sloth toys and Porous Walker’s soda fountain drawings.
This year's Littletopia region of the show is a real treat. Here, you can see archway construction by artist Jeff Gillette, and a shot of Jeff signing his LAAS x POW exclusive print titled, "Castle Slum."
Castle Slum is a 16 x 10 in. print -- both signed and hand-numbered by the artist -- that we are so excited to have worked with Jeff to produce. You can still buy your copy of the print until Tuesday, February 2nd by clicking here!
A humble hello to the Juxtapoz booth also. Couldn't have had a better space for the POW booth to set up shop across from. As we mentioned earlier in the month, POW was also lucky enough to produce an LAAS exclusive with Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine founder, Robert Williams. Williams came correct with a thoughtful piece titled "Puppets Orchestrating Puppets," which you can view, learn more about as well as make your purchase, by clicking here!
Be sure to follow @PrintsonWood for more #LAArtShow coverage. Till next time!
Posted on January 28, 2016
Prints on Wood is lucky enough to hold an amazing place in the art world, constantly working with creative individuals and artists to make memorable work. For the upcoming month of love, POW has the pleasure of seeing the curatorial efforts of Ecuadoran artist, Chogrin -- plus a bit of a POW-infusion -- unfold in a unique and festive way.
As a designer, illustrator and curator, Chogrin is beloved online -- as well as the 4 dimensional realm -- for his creative works, utilizing the style and execution of both American and Japanese cartoons as his influences. His next curatorial adventure quite noticeably combines a staple of both cultures -- and a first love of many, many young artists -- as the underlying theme for the show.
Opening February 5th, "Pixel Hearts" is a group exhibition featuring over 100 artists from around the world, each paying tribute to the glorious aesthetic nature of video game culture. The event is set to take place at Gallery 1988 (WEST) , so you know it's going to be a star-studded night for the neighborhood.
The event is set to feature a total of 228 heart shaped pixel panels, supplied by POW, and customized by 100+ creatives from around the globe. Each artwork is printed on a 12x12" wood panel that's 3/4" thick, and cut into a pixelated heart shape design.
Video game and 8-bit lovers rejoice, this night is specifically for you. So next Friday, grab your girl and your art show shoes and make your way to LA.
"Pixel Hearts" opens February 5th at 7pm at Gallery1988 (WEST), located at 7308 Melrose Ave Los Angeles, CA 90046.
Keep up with Chogrin at www.Chogrin.com.
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#CHOGRIN #GALLERIES1988 #GALLERY1988
Posted on January 24, 2016
Prints on Wood aims to create a wood print that fulfills your needs. We like to think out of the box to create something special for you all. We don't just stop at wood prints. For example, we worked together with Sony Playstation to create an awesome working environment for their employees. We created custom wood signs in all sorts of sizes. Each print had an employees face, name and the year they started working there. Sony recreates and updates these every month or so. Now, how rad is that? On the back of the wood prints we added a magnet layer, so it is convenient for them hang them up and change them when needed.
It's always a pleasure working with Sony Entertainment Playstation because we always get super cool projects. We love how even for their working environment the creative juices flow overwhelmingly. Sony makes their employees feel special by having their own avatar stuck onto their metal cubicles. Within the Playstation office, they have a lot of metal walls where these prints can easily stick onto.
Creating a unique and comfortable working space for your employees influences and increases working performance, which is what you want! It makes employees feel special and welcomed in their work place, allowing them to not dread their hours. Sony does a great job personalizing each employee and making them feel like part of the Sony family. Wood prints make awesome office decor because they are unique and different from simple banners, or let alone no decor. Most offices don't have a whole lot of office decor, so revamping an office with creative wood prints will definitely make your space more lively. At Prints on Wood we love pulling strings to get what you want and need! We'll help revamp your space in no time with just a few prints. Below are the pieces we made for their employees, and they come in all sorts of sizes and colors.
Posted on January 20, 2016
Prints on Wood has teamed up with the LA Art Show, Littletopia and Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine to release two exclusive wood prints in honor of this year's LA Art Show, commemorating Jeff Gillette, the archway artist of the LAAS' Littletopia exhibition space, and Robert Williams, who is receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award.
Jeff Gillette is revered for his expertly crafted work examining the patterns of human settlement. Most intrigued by the shantywood slums of locations such as India and South America, he paints landscapes of these regions zeroing in on the raw persistence of the land and those that inhibit it in order the survive. Some of his most notable works include Hollywood Cliff (2010) and his iconic series Dismayland, which was an exhibition that opened at Santa Monica's Copro Gallery in 2010. Gillette was as well a contributor to Banksy's 2015 headline-making, expaaaansive installation titled Dismaland.
Robert Williams is most notable for being a skilled painter, beloved cartoonist and founder of none other than Juxtapoz Art & Culture Magazine. Williams is one of the most remarkable and innovative artists working within alternative mediums, having been a vital, vital participant in West Coast art culture as a whole. In 1979, Williams released his seminal book entitled "The Lowbrow Art of Robt. Williams." His style, aesthetics and philosophies on art further shaped the elements of the art world, and continue to do so today.
In celebration of both Gillette and Williams' iconic careers, POW has teamed up to release two exciting prints. Available now through February 2nd at Midnight, you can purchase Robert William's "Everything at Once," and Jeff Gillette's "Castle Slum," both photographed here, shown with or without frames.
Posted on January 20, 2016
Munk One has swum with the big fish; he's executed work for Warner Bros., created the art work for Snoop Dogg's critically acclaimed Snoopify app -- if you don't remember this, now is a good time to utilize Google -- and has been exhibited up and down the California coast, across the nation and back again. When chatting with such accomplished artists -- one who, let's say has been hired to paint a giant mural for Pearl Jam's famed 20 year anniversary concert on side-by-side billboards with friend Maxx242 -- it can be overwhelming. That's a lot of cool stuff to do in one lifetime. As such, Munk One and myself take it easy and chat about his first POW print titled "Everlasting Love" and shamelessly recap some career highlights thus far.
Hey Munk. Can you talk to me about your print "Everlasting Love." What's going on in that piece's imagery?
Sure. It shows an owl and a fox inside a cactus and the characters are holding hands. To me, it was a really personal piece. I think I was trying to express a feeling of love that's there without any distractions, or anything taking away from it; no matter what's going on, the love is still there. The owl is awake during the day; the fox is asleep. There are different elements that don't exactly go along with everlasting love, but they're still holding hands.
Why did "Everlasting Love" stand out for you as a painting to print on wood?[POW and I] talked about releasing some art work at some point and I kind of just felt like this one fit the wood element. It's an earthy painting in my opinion. I don't know, I really just had a good feeling on this one as far as the look of it. Also, the border has some wood element to it so I just thought it'd be really great for Prints on Wood.
A good feeling goes a long way. You've done a lot of really cool stuff in your career so far. Can you talk about a career highlight that comes to mind?
A think one of my career highlights as working on the Pearl Jam 20 year anniversary billboards Maxx242 and I did at their show. That was just great. I really enjoyed doing that. Plus, it tied in with something of historic value. I've had people watch me while I paint before, but never at that scale. There was just so many people there. It was a huge show and it was just so cool.
Nice. What are you working on currently? What're you in the middle of?
Right no I'm in the middle of working on more band prints and looking into doing more licensed work for different brands. Definitely a lot more prints; I'm still painting.
My paintings have been going in a bit of a different direction I would say. I'm moving away a little from the pop art I would say, and moving towards just painting my own characters and my own world. Whatever it is.
Are you painting characters that are laid out in your mind that you've been waiting to paint, or are they just kind of flowing out spontaneously once you sit down to work? What's going on with your process right now?
For me, a lot of it is just working and that's where my inspiration comes from. I can't just really sit and think about what I'm going to do; I just work, and it just comes through the actual process of creating. That's where I find different ideas and characters. For me, that just works for me.
I ask artists this question a lot and some will say they just kind of wing it or some will say they set up ten candles and do a seance, but do you have any routines that you practice or partake in while you're working?
I like music. Music keeps me focused when I'm working. If there's other distractions, I tend to get distracted pretty easily. Music kind of just tends to help me focus and keep going. I get into a groove. So I've noticed that music has definitely played a big part in me creating because other than that, I like silence, nd with my lifestyle, silence isn't always there. It's hard to find quiet time, so nighttime has usually been helpful, but, it just doesn't always work for me to be painting all night. So music really helps during the day.
What are you listening to these days?
Hhmmm, I can always fall back on classic Strokes. Diplo. MIA. Zaz, Ben l'oncle Soul, and Mathieu Chedid.
Nice. So what do you have planned for the rest of your day?
I'm working on a sketch for a poster. Hopefully, I'll get to the inking stage in maybe a day or two depending on the complexity of the design. But today I have a sketch, and I'm working on cleaning up that sketch. I'll probably do some painting as well later on.
What's your studio or creative space like right now?
I like having my studio space be wherever I am. I'll work from home, or I'll take a small little studio with me if I'm out painting. I recently started doing plein air painting, so I've reduced my materials and supplies I use for painting so I'll have like a sketchbook with me and some watercolors and maybe like a pencil or two, but it's really minimalist. I like to be able to get out of the house and just travel if i need to; just to go get out into the world.
Munk One's POW release, "Everlasting Love," will be available between January 21st and January 27th. To learn more about the print, and to make your purchase, click here.
Posted on January 19, 2016
Vivian Maier: Photographs from the Maloof Collection opened Saturday January 16th at the Merry Karnowsky Gallery in Downtown LA. Maier is noted as being one of the most iconic street photographers of the 20th century, having only come to the attention of the mainstream art world after her negatives were discovered by John Maloof at an auction house in Chicago in 2007.
Maier took more than 2,000 rolls of film and produced tens of thousands of negatives focused on street photography and architecture from destinations including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, the American Southwest as well as Manila, Bangkok, Beijing, Egypt, and Italy.
Having worked as a nanny most of her adult life, Maier was described by those she cared for as “a free spirit, but also a proud soul” - “a quasi Mary Poppins figure.” Although Maier became impoverished towards the end of her life, several children she'd once cared for pooled their resources together and paid for an apartment, and other necessities for Maier in her later years. Unbeknownst to them, a storage locker that contained a slew of negatives taken by Maier had been secretly hidden away.
The Maloof collection is comprised of roughly 90% of Vivian Maier’s work, which has been meticulously reconstructed, archived and catalogued. The collection consists of 100,000+ negatives, vintage 'lifetime' prints, hundreds of rolls of film, home movies, audio-tape interviews, cameras, documents and various other items.
Vivian Maier: Photographs from the Maloof Collection exhibits a selection of over 65 exclusive and existing photographs, including modern silver gelatin prints in limited edition of 15, modern color prints, and a rare selection of vintage ‘lifetime’ prints. There will also be a special display of ephemera on view including cameras and other personal items of the artist's.
Maier died in 2009 at the age of 83, before the extent of her legacy had been fully understood or revealed.
Vivian Maier: Photographs from the Maloof Collection is on view at the Merry Karnowsky Gallery between now, and February 27th.
Posted on January 19, 2016
Over the weekend, Corey Helford Gallery unleashed a beautifully curated group show at their new downtown location titled "Asymmetrical Diptych Party," consisting of POW artists such as Luke Cheuh.
The exhibition features a series of diptychs -- a piece of work broken into two separate parts, but functions as one conclusive work -- created specifically for the exhibition by the show's stellar roster of contemporary artists.
Participating artists include: Andrew Brandou, Annie Owens, Beau Stanton, Billy Norrby, Brandi Milne, Brian Donnelly, Caia Koopman, Cathie Bleck, Greg Gossel, Jennybird Alcantara, Joe Hengst, Kent Williams, Lola, Liz McGrath, Luke Chueh, Mandy Cao, Mikael Takacs, Michael Mararian, Michael Page, Mike Stilkey, Nicomi Nix Turner, Shawn Barber, Soey Milk, Travis Lampe, Van Arno, and Yumiko Kayukawa.
The show will be on view now, until February 13th. Check out some of the work displayed, below.