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Solo Show: Rivals in the Ring at the LAAC

Thrilled to announce that I’ve been invited to participate as the featured artist of the Los Angeles Athletic Club’s “Rivals in the Ring” event for 2015.

My solo show at last year’s event went incredibly well, and I am honored to be invited back once more.

“Rivals in the Ring” is a ticketed event, and will feature live boxing, whiskey, cigars, and a whole bunch of art by yours truly.

For more information: http://www.rivalsinthering.com/

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New Studio, New Shows, the LAAC, and Upcoming Exhibitions

Photo taken during a recent studio visit by Eric Minh Swenson.

Photo taken during a recent studio visit by Eric Minh Swenson.


My studio mate’s dog, Lucky, hanging out in the gallery as it was getting prepped for our next show.

First of all, I am thrilled to announce that I am now happily settled into my new studio out in Ontario, California. I have a gorgeous live-work loft that can only be described as an artist’s dream. Complete with wooden floors and tall ceilings, it’s also connected to a gallery that features an art exhibition every other month for the local art walk. Plus, it’s got a decent view of the mountains, which is a major plus in my book. As someone who has had quite the collection of studios over the years, I have to say that this one absolutely takes the cake on all fronts.


I enjoyed a packed opening of “MAS 8,” hosted at the San Diego Art Institute in February.

I have a handful of exhibitions that I’ve participated in since the beginning of the year, including the killer show, “MAS 8,” which took the San Diego community by storm. Artra Curatorial and the Art Institute did an incredible job with the event, and the opening got some great coverage in the press. I also participated in the “Traces of Gesture” show at the Torrance Art Museum, curated by Susan Lizotte, as well as the “From Her: 2015” show at the Pico House Gallery in Los Angeles (which will be on display until March 22nd).


Opening night of my “Rivals in the Ring” solo show back in November. (Photo taken by Roxy Adlesh)


First time meeting with Gerald Washington at the “Rivals in the Ring” opening.

I’m also happy to report that my solo show, “Rivals in the Ring” that I had back in November at the Los Angeles Athletic Club was not only a huge success, but it also connected me with undefeated heavyweight boxer Gerald Washington (featured on the right). I have to thank my curator Teale Hatheway and the LAAC staff for the opportunity that brought Gerald and I together, because he’s since agreed to be my model for a series of drawings I’ve been developing, and I’ve even gotten the chance to visit him during his training sessions at his gym out in Burbank. He’s been an an absolute inspiration to work with.


An in-progress shot of “Studies of a Boxer.”

Shortly after meeting with Gerald, I was invited to participate in the “Nude Survey One” exhibition, opening at the Jamie Brooks Fine Art Gallery in Costa Mesa in April. Curated by Los Angeles art scene photographer Eric Minh Swenson, this exhibition has a fantastic list of artists involved, and I am thrilled to be included among them. One of my larger drawings of Gerald (clipped to my drawing board on the left) will be featured there, and a catalog of the show will be available at the opening.

“Nude Survey One” opens on April 3rd from 6pm-11pm at the Jamie Brooks Fine Art Gallery in Costa Mesa, and will be on view for the month of April. More info can be found here [link].

In addition, I will also be participating in the opening of the “The Telephone Game,” a collaborative artist project opening at the Prohibition Gallery organized by Essi Zimm in Culver City in April

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A Solo Exhibition and Two Upcoming Shows

RivalsInTheRingThere has been a host of exciting news at the studio this month, and I am thrilled to finally be able to share it.

First of all, I am delighted to announce that I have been offered a solo show, organized and curated by Teale Hatheway, at the Los Angeles Athletic Club for their “Rivals in the Ring” fight night in November. It is an honor and a privilege to hang my work in such a beautiful and historic building, and especially to have my paintings shown in the company of the club’s extensive art collection.

Needless to say, I’ve been caught up in a whirlwind of preparations for the show, and I have a handful of never-before-seen pieces that will be making their debut at the opening. I cannot think of a more appropriate event for my boxing paintings to be shown, and look forward to sharing my new work with you.

For now, here’s a sneak peek of what I’ve been up to:

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SacredMemories2014_EmailerMy work will also be featured in the “Sacred Memories” show at the Pico House Gallery in Los Angeles, opening Thursday, October 30th. The exhibition explores the world’s rituals that venerate the departed, and boasts an impressive list of artists.

Additionally, I will have work included in “MAS 7,” organized by Torrance Art Museum Director Max Presneill and Artra Curatorial, opening in December at the Santa Monica Airport Art Studios.

I am also excited to share that I’ve been looking over a lease agreement for a new studio, which I will update you on when the paperwork is finalized. These are exciting and busy times.

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Upcoming Exhibition: RIBBA 500

CE“C.E. (Critically Endangered)”
ink and watercolor on paper

Just finished, framed, and delivered this piece to the Coastline Art Gallery in Newport Beach. The drawing depicts the sixteen animals listed on the WWF’s “Critically Endangered” list, and will be featured in the “RIBBA 500” show, opening on September 12th, and running until October 11th.

I also made a stop-motion animation video detailing the process of this drawing, which can be viewed here: [link]

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Artist Book Show

Page from “Beast: 32 Prints of Teeth and Claws”

I will have two artist books (including this one) on view at “Artists’ Books and Cookies 3,” presented by Fundación Alumnos47, For Your Art, and Oooga Booga, opening this Saturday at 356 Mission in Los Angeles.

The exhibition focuses on the collection of and community surrounding artist books, and will be accompanied by presentations from artists, historians, curators and critics on the history and future of these bound artworks. Hope to see you there!

Show info: http://foryourart.com/2014/06/artists-books-cookies-3/

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Release of Pavo, Finding New

Thrilled to announce that “Pavo, Finding New” is published, printed, and finally available! I must say, holding the book that you’ve poured so many hours (and tubes of paint) into is a remarkable feeling.

Working as the illustrator for “Pavo, Finding New” has been a remarkable journey, and I couldn’t ask for a more capable and inspired author. Alexandra Hofmeister-Daly has managed to weave a beautiful tale about the vibrance of youth, and how the young can breathe new life into aging family members through the power of storytelling.

Apart from being available online here, the book is already being sold at Nantucket Crossing in Rolling Hills Estates. We’re planning on holding a few book signings where the original illustrations (and prints) will be debuted, so stay tuned!

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Upcoming Exhibitions

I am thrilled to announce my participation in two upcoming shows in Los Angeles this month.


I will have two pieces included in “For Her: An Exhibition By Women About Women,” opening tonight, March 21st at the Pico House Gallery in Los Angeles. The show focuses on what it means to be a woman in modern society, addresses how female roles have changed over the years, and investigates modern and historical female impact. The show will run from March 20th – April 6th, and more information on the exhibition can be found here: [link].


The second show I am participating in is “(En)gendered (In)equity,” opening March 29th at ForYourArt Gallery in Los Angeles.  The show features posters made by an impressive list of artists that are investigating the pervasive inequality of gender representation in Los Angeles and New York galleries. The project has been spearheaded by the prolific Micol Hebron, and the exhibition will run from March 29th-April 25th, and more information can be found on ForYourArt’s website [link].

It is very exciting to have the opportunity to exhibit with such accomplished artists in two wonderfully organized and curated shows.

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Bothe-Napa Valley Trip & A New Book

IMG_2974I took a break from the studio this weekend to go on a camping trip up at Bothe-Napa Valley State Park. I was able to get a few gouache sketchbook paintings in, which was a nice break from the children’s books I’ve been working on, and the new series of paintings I’ve been developing. The weather was lovely and the trails were so short that we decided to combine all of the trails into one big loop. It made for a fantastic day hike, and now I am back in the studio refreshed, and ready to get back to work!

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Of Painted Ponies and Dandelion Dreams Book Cover

Of Painted Ponies and Dandelion Dreams Book Cover

I am also delighted to announce that I have completed the illustrations for “Of Painted Ponies and Dandelion Dreams,” a collection of poems written by JC Camij.  The book has been published and is now available on e-readers. The project posed the new challenge of illustrating a collection of poems, which I enjoyed immensely.

I also had the opportunity to collaborate with an animator to develop a short animation to promote the book, which can be found here: [link]

For more information on the book, please click here: [link].

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Coachella Valley Art Center Opening

PoppyMagazineSeriesI am excited to announce that these illustrations will be featured in the California Poppy Collective’s latest zine, the “Revolution of Oz,” and will be included in the “LA n CV” exhibition at the Coachella Valley Art Center, opening this Saturday. The show itself will run February 6th – February 28th.

This collection of drawings depicts the various native plants traditionally used by the Cahuilla tribe in the Coachella Valley. Starting at the top left and moving clockwise, we have the Brittle-Bush shrub (Encelia farinosa) which was used relieve toothaches and chest pain, the Yerba Santa plant (Eriodictyon californicum) which was used as a cough medicine, the Beaver Tail Cactus (Opuntia basilaris) which was used as a source of food, and Honey Mesquite tree (Prosopis glandulosa) whose beans were processed into a flour.

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