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  • SALE SUGGESTIONS

    For the first time ever Prints On Wood is excited to announce our very first Fine Art Sale! Save 20% Off* of your favorite P.O.W. Artist Releases when you use the promo code LOVEART at checkout!

    With hundreds of prints to choose from, order some of our favorites that are still available (while supplies last) but act now, because these will go fast!

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    Ben Mendelsohn Raccoon - Renee French / Available in 30"x30" and 10"x10"

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    The Nose Knows - Luke Chueh / Available in 30"x40" and 10"x15"

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    The Dark Side - Matt Gondek

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    Balducci the Marvelous -  Joe Ledbetter

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    Totem -  Joe Ledbetter

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    Hello Hero Hero Hello - KMNDZ

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    Keith Morris - Edward Culver

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    Kiss Teletubbies - Ron English

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    Quiet Company - Dan May

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    Early Bird - Nathan Ota

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    Snow White Revere - Jennybird Alcantara

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    *Offer not valid on Treason Gallery / Obey Table Print releases.

  • Designer Con 2014

    It would be hard to find a person that has not heard of ComicCon, well at least in Southern California.  You know, that little convention in San Diego with an attendance of over 130,000 people.  Well, it wasn't always that popular, just a few years ago it was a relatively modest comic book and science fiction/fantasy convention.   It was also a place were up and coming, along with established pop artists could show and sell their latest work.

    In recent years, because of the rising booth space costs and the expense, not to mention hassle, of attending ComicCon, many artists and vendors began to look for other options.  Two of those vendors being October Toys (Ayleen Gaspar) and 3D Retro (Ben Goretsky) who happen to be the co-producers of.....yep you guessed it, DesignerCon.

    DSC00867 Considering they are both manufactures of collectable toys, it made sense that DesignerCon initially focused on collectable toys and figures.  Within a few years, pop art found its way in through a natural crossover as so many contemporary artists release both toys and prints interchangeably.

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    We found out about DesignerCon or more commonly know as "DCon" just after the 2013 convention.  After a few enthusiastic reviews, we couldn't wait for DCon 2014!   With months of planning, booth building, print making behind us, on Friday, November 7th we were ready for DCon!

    Setting up the booth:  Here is where the fun begins!  We roll into DCon and see Jeff Soto setting up his booth right behind us and To Die For setting up on the other side, we could not have asked for a more perfect combination of neighbors....umm well uhh.. asking helps too. (thanks Ayleen and Ben!)  Not sure if Soto will be as excited to be our neighbor next year after he pulled out the longest sliver I have ever seen.

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    Sorry Jeff, that looks like it hurt, good thing it wasn't your drawing hand.

    Immediately we begin uncrating and setting up the booth walls, hanging the art and in no time the booth begins to take shape.  Before we finish Luke Chueh swings by, after fighting a few hours of Friday night LA traffic to sign his Boba prints and the marquee print.

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    I think he was just as excited as we were about the release the next day.

    Before we go, Jason Limon finishes signing the Catcreeper figures and Berrytop Swirlpapa.  He is jumping back and forth from setting up his booth to taking care of the print release with our booth.   That's after a 20 hour drive from Texas the day before!  Your amazing Jason!

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    As they begin to kick everyone out of the hall we are the last to leave, but at long last, the booth is done!

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    DAY 1: D-Day is here and we are ready...well almost!  Before the show opens Chris Ryniak stops by to sign the official DCon prints, with not much sleep, I won't mention how many times we lost count signing the prints.  My brain definitely needs a few hours to warm up when computing large math problems like 12 plus 1.

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    As if right on cue, in comes the beautiful Tara McPherson ready to sign her release of Umibozu Lake.  A little Starbucks and a silver sharpie is all she needs to get through 100 prints in no time flat!

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    Once those are done, we are ready to roll!  Oh wait, where's Jeff Soto??  His booth is right behind us... we steal him over for a few minutes to sign his prints.

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    Nathan Ota comes by and creates the perfect photo opp with Jeff and the big marquee prints.

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    Then Nathan grabs a chair and begins to draw on the back side of each print in his DCon release of Early Bird.

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    It was amazing to see first hand his immense talent and desire to give each print a special touch, making each one a sort of original.

    Boba! Boba! Boba!  For the first hour of the show it was the most used word and for about two hours, Luke was busy signing and doodling on the back of the prints.

    DSC00835Just like Nathan, Luke Chueh took his time to draw a unique sketch for each fan who patiently waited in an line that stretched on for over an hour.

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    Luke was busy signing prints for over two hours until he had to run off to another booth that was releasing his vinyl toy. Around that time Johnny KMNDZ Rodriguez was there to pick up where Luke left off.  Johnny's print "Nothing New Under the Sun" was his first release with us, we were pumped to premier it at DCon.

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    Maybe we just got lucky but every artist we worked with at DCon was gracious, down to earth and most of all generous with the time they spent with each fan that came to visit them at the booth.

    In between signings we broke away from the booth to walk around the convention, do a bit of shopping ourselves and meet some of the other vendors.

    One of the first stops was at one of our favorite artist's booth, Jason Limon.  His hand made figures were incredible, we couldn't leave with out taking home one of the strange creatures.

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    IMG_6438This ^^^ lucky fellow has a new forever home with us.

    But our home was not complete with out a few other peculiar looking creators to keep him company. IMG_6460

    The only problem is you can't take just one, you know.. they get lonely.  Yep, we have a pair, not identical twins, fraternal, they have the same momma, Circus Posterus.

    By the time we got back to our booth To Die For was hosting an artist signing with Craola and the line was overflowing down the isle.  Afterwards he stopped by our booth to sign his marquee print, "Puppets Pathos“.

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    Always incredibly friendly and polite, it was great catching up with Craola before he had to leave to another event that evening.  Which also marked the end of Day One!  And an unbelievably great day at that!

    DAY 2:  One of the best part of Sunday was opening the convention at 10 am, but the next best thing was opening with Jason Limon signing at the booth.

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    The release of our first dimensional art piece, The Catcreeper, was the brain child of Jason.  The first sketch was drawn on this plane ride home after his first visit to Prints on Wood.

    catcreeper-1We love to experiment with new ideas and materials so we jumped at the opportunity to try something new.

    Speaking of new, Jeff Soto's marquee piece, The Soto Fish, was a collaborative print/original piece where we alternated printing and painting on the medium including a bit of hand laid gold leaf on the tooth of the "fish".

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    This was a test run for a smaller edition of prints coming soon in 2015.

    For DCon, Jeff re-released "The Guitarist Seeker" in a limited edition larger print, twice the size as the original 6x6 release.  DSC00971 IMG_6466

    Probably the most sought after print at our booth was the little Soto Fish prints that were given away for a IG post and mailing list sign up.  By Sunday afternoon over 400 Soto Fish prints had swam into the arms of happy DCon attendees and most of them signed by the artist himself.
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    Rounding out the day, Tara McPerson came back to a line of fans eager to meet her.

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    Her marquee piece "Supernova II" was a personal favorite and may be a release coming soon...

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    At the conclusion of Designer Con 2014, we were extremely pleased with the whole experience and cannot wait until next year to raise the bar further. We already have tons of ideas floating around to make the event even better (Hint: double the size?). We would also like to sincerely thank our artists and buyers for their continued support. Without all of you this could not have been made possible. Thanks to you, we are able to successfully create art that embraces style rooted in sustainability.   See you next year!

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  • Prints on Wood x DCon 2014

    In just a few days Designer Con 2014, other wise know as "DCon", is coming to Pasadena Convention Center.  No longer a one room convention with a few toy vendors, DCon has grown to over 300 artist and toy vendors including yours truly.   Beginning on Saturday, November 8th, the doors will open at 9:00 am with a admission price of just $5 per person per day.  No wonder the hype and anticipation of this event is growing each day and hour as we inch closer to Saturday!

    For those planning to attend DCon, we have nine exclusive print releases that will be available beginning Saturday at 9 am with signings by each artist through out the weekend.  In addition our booth with feature a single (1/1) large print by each artist that will be available for sale at the show.

    Don't have extra cash but want a cool print on wood? Come by our booth #512 and receive a free Jeff Soto mini print*.

    The following is a list of each print release and the time of the artist live signing at the booth.

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    The Guitarist by Jeff Soto

    Signed and numbered, 12" x 12", $100

    Jeff Soto live signing: Sunday 12:30 - 1:30 pm

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    Umibozu Lake by Tara McPherson

    Signed and numbered, 12" x 12", $100

    Tara McPherson live signing: Saturday 9:30 - 10:30 am and Sunday 2:00 - 3:00 pm

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    Pico the Whale by Greg "Craola" Simkins

    Signed and numbered, 5" x 7", $60

    Greg "Craola" Simkins live signing: Saturday 1 - 2 pm

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    Boba by Luke Chueh

    Signed and numbered, 9" x 12", $100

    Luke Chueh live signing:  Saturday 12 - 1 pm

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    Berrytop Swirlpapa by Jason Limon

    Signed and numbered, 11" x 14", $120

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    Catcreeper by Jason Limon

    Signed and numbered, dimensional print, $125

    Jason Limon live signing: Sunday 11 am - 12 pm

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    Nothing New Under the Sun by Johnny "KMNDZ" Rodriguez

    Signed and numbered, 11" x 14", $75

    Johnny "KMNDZ" Rodriguez live signing: Saturday 2 - 3 pm

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    Early Bird by Nathan Ota

    Signed and numbered, 8" x 8", $65

    Nathan Ota live signing: Saturday 11 am - 12 pm

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    Signed and numbered, 8" x 8", $40

    Chris Ryniak live signing: Sunday TBD

    *receive Jeff Soto mini-print free by tagging or following @PrintsonWood

  • Art Happenings: Gallery Nucleus + Merry Karnowsky

    This past weekend was busy around LA area for a league of talented artists.

    A Prints on Wood favorite, Cuddly Rigor Mortis, was at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra on Saturday welcoming us to her solo art exhibit titled “Happy as Kings.”  The show was inspired by a poem titled “Happy Thought” by Robert Louis Stevenson, and features brightly drawn characters blissfully enjoying what makes them most happy.

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    "The world is so full of a number of things, I'm sure we should all be as happy as kings."

    - Robert Louis Stevenson

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    King Nori by Cuddly Rigor Mortis

    You may not be able to notice from the pictures included in this article, but the amount of detail that went into creating every single one of these delightful characters was superb! Every piece is titled as “King (Name)” including “King Dunkin” and the uber cute “King of Z’s”.

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    King Dunkin by Cuddly Rigor Mortis

    If you recall last month, POW did a limited time release of Cuddly’s “Mr. Good Morning Waffle” print that was extremely popular. Well now you can catch the little waffle guy in all his glory in the “King Grand Slam” piece!

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    King Grand Slam by Cuddly Rigor Mortis

    The exhibition runs through September 21st at Gallery Nucleus located at 210 East Main St, Alhambra, CA. It’s definitely not worth missing!

    For more information on purchasing pieces from the show, please visit: http://www.gallerynucleus.com/

    On the same evening at the Merry Karnowsky Gallery, a group exhibition called “Parallel Universe” featured more amazing talent.

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    Toxic Birdie by Nathan Ota

    We ran into more Prints on Wood artists, Nathan Ota and Travis Louie, who both had two pieces in the show.

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    Tree Spirit by Travis Louie

    Travis and Nathan joined Caleb Brown, Hello O’ Monsters, Masakatsu Sashie, devNgosha, and Seonna Hongall with their incredible pieces, creating quite a crowd to see their pieces up close.

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    When we found this piece by Masakatsu Sashie, we immediately were struck by the attention to detail and interesting mixture of landscape and objects to make up an almost "Death Star" effect in his piece.

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    Oneway by Masakatsu Sashie

    A Prints on Wood piece was also at Merry Karnowsky Gallery, although it wasn't an artist print, per-say. Merry recently asked us to print her new logo on wood, "KP Projects", a custom size wood print on bright white finish.

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    “Parallel Universe” runs through October 6th, at the Merry Karnowsky Gallery located at 170 S. La Brea Avenue, LA, if your in the area, stop on in and see the pieces first hand.

    For more information about "Parallel Universe" please visit: http://www.mkgallery.com/

  • ComicCon 2014

    Embarking on our first Comiccon experience, we had little idea of the madness that was about to consume the entire downtown Gas Lamp District of San Diego.  Well over 300,000 people convened at the 4 day convention to honor all manners of comic book and pop culture genres.

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    Thankfully we had a few friends who had been down this road before and prepared us what was to come!  But somethings you can't prepare for...

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    Our first stop was Tara McPherson's booth, who had sold out of the Inerita and Cosmic Serpent wood prints during the first few days of ComicCon.  Stay tuned for two more wood print releases in August with Tara both featuring art from her Merry Karnowsky show opening August 2nd.  If your in LA come by the gallery on Saturday, RSVP to RSVP@mkgallery.com.

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    At 3DRetro's booth we found Nathan Ota signing a new toy release, Suited Birds, of which we could not pass up the opportunity to make sure we got one of these cool figures.  Those who missed the opportunity to get one at ComicCon, a few are still available at 3DRetro.com

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    A few steps away we found the booth belonging to Prints on Wood gallery artist Jose Emroca Flores, who was having a very successful first show at ComicCon.  Jose will be the next featured artist interview where we will here more about his ComicCon experience.

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    About now our 8 year old son was pleading to head over to the LEGO booth to learn all about the NEW LEGO BATMAN 3 - BEYOND GOTHEM video game.  He was more then thrilled to be one of the first to play the unreleased game, but frosting on the cake was listening to one of the creators of the game talk about the new levels and characters introduced in this version of the game.

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    After several hours of video games and lego building we were back to the fine art and toys section where were found Jeff Soto's new stackable toy by DKE Toys.  There were only a few left, if you hurry you may be able to get one too!

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    On our way out, we stopped by Scott Tolleson's booth and picked up this little zombie character.  In the end, I guess the zombies weren't that scary after all.

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    Until next year ComicCon...

  • CHOPPING BLOCK: NATHAN OTA

    There are few things more humbling then when an artist comes back to release more prints on wood with us and none more amazing then Mr. Nathan Ota.

    We are thrilled to announce an upcoming timed release of On My Mind by Nathan Ota.  This 3/4" thick, 24" x 24" square print on bright white finish for $250 will debut on Wednesday, July 16th around noon PST.

    This week we were able to grab a few minutes from Nathan to ask him questions about life, art, teaching and why he is called a "hard-ass" by his students.

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    POW: Geometric shapes seem to appear in many of your works, including “On My Mind.”  Was this born out of your early graffiti days?

    Nathan: Although geometric shapes appeared in my early works as graffiti artist, the box that appears in this painting and reappears in others derived from the idea of being confined in a box, my studio.  Most of all my work gets done within the 4 walls that make up my studio and always thought of it as a comfortable safe space where I can be creative and not bothered.  I do still use elements that appeared in my early works as a graph artist like drips, bubbles, clouds, circles and sparkles.

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    POW:  I read that your passion for traditional arts did not come quickly, it wasn’t until college that you really started to get “inspired by the masters.”  Why do you think you were resistant to traditional arts at first?

    Nathan:  I was always intrigued by popular culture and even though the traditional arts was always looked at and admired, artists like Olivia, Robert Williams and Street Art kind of took precedence over the traditional.

    POW: Was there a moment or a particular artist/teacher that ignited the passion for traditional arts in you?

    Nathan: Yes, it wasn't until I took Art History in college where the stories and the backgrounds of the artists were talked about where I really started to take an interest.

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    POW: It is interesting that you credit your college years as the most formative years of growth as an artist/illustrator, and now you dedicate so much of your time to teaching.  Is this a coincidence?

    Nathan: I never thought I would see myself as a teacher.  I'm a really quiet person by nature and it all came unnaturally at first but when I started to realize that these students really wanted to hear and learn what I know, then it became a little more comfortable.

    POW: In student reviews, your classes are described using the words: demanding, challenging, rewarding, A LOT of work, hard-ass, helpful and fair.  But every review gave you high scores, does this surprise you?

    Nathan: I take teaching very seriously. The ride I took in my college years was so strenuous, serious and demanding but it trained me to be a professional with good work ethics.  When I get students that think what I do is simple, I get offended by that.  Those are the ones that I have the most trouble with.  This is not a field that you can let up in, one day you can be hot and the other, totally forgotten.  That's a scary thought and what I try to teach them is to stay hungry and always thrive to do better.

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    POW: If you could say one thing to an aspiring art student, what would it be?

    Nathan: Be very passionate with what you do.  Don't forget that this all started with a love to create.  If you can make a living doing what you love that's great but if you can't, will you stop creating?  I think every artist should ask themselves that question, students or not.

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    POW: We are excited for the upcoming Prints on Wood release of “On My Mind”, which originally debuted at your La Luz de Jesus solo show in November, 2012.  Can you tell us more about this piece and why it was chosen for a print on wood release.

    Nathan: This was a new type of piece for me.  I'm always getting people telling me to do a female character, this one was my answer to that.  It also got a lot of attention at my show.  This print will be printed exactly the size as the original and am really excited to see how it all comes out.

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    On My Mind will be offered as a 6 day timed release of up to 50 signed and numbered prints starting on Wednesday, July 16th around noon PST and continue until Tuesday, July 22nd at noon PST.

    For more information on Nathan, please visit his website at:  http://www.nathanota.com/

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