Martin Lawrence Galleries Presents New Paintings by Robert Deyber

Posted by The G on June 24, 2013 under Artsy Fartsy, Encounters with G | Read the First Comment

Photos by G.  Art by Robert Deyber.

Dress Code by Robert Deyber

Dress Code by Robert Deyber

I love Robert Deyber’s paintings.  In addition to the realist visuals you see when looking at his work, each painting is the depiction of a play on words.  He is currently showing a new body of paintings at the Martin Lawrence Galleries in New York, all of which will make you smile at their cleverness.  A fun fact about Robert Deyber – he made the cover art for Tom Petty’s “Highway Companion” album.

Baseball Bat II by Robert Deyber

Baseball Bat II by Robert Deyber

I told you!

Club House by Robert Deyber

Club House by Robert Deyber

At the opening night reception, one of the desperate housewives of (insert city here) reality tv shows were filming at the gallery and moments before I spoke with Robert Deyber, I witnessed him signing his life away in consent forms (half kidding).  It was quite amusing.  Robert was extremely cool and posed for a photo with me.  You can see it after the jump.  We can only assume that he also posed for photos with the desperate housewives.  Hopefully they bought some art!

This exhibit will be up through July 2013 and this location of Martin Lawrence Galleries is at 457 West Broadway in Manhattan.

Rock Paper Scissors VIII

Rock Paper Scissors VIII

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“ahatfulofrain” by Richard Butler at Freight + Volume

Posted by The G on April 19, 2013 under Artsy Fartsy, Encounters with G | Comments are off for this article

Photos by G.  Art by Richard Butler.

noisymouth by Richard Butler

noisymouth by Richard Butler

New York!  Make sure you head over to Freight + Volume to check out a new collection of paintings entitled “ahatfulofrain” by Richard Butler.  Yes, the same Richard Butler of the band Psychedelic Furs!  Being a fan of his music and his paintings, it’s so exciting to see a new body of his works on canvas because it shows off  a completely different side of the artist and you will see just how prolific he is.

Richard Butler - ahatfulofrain

Richard Butler – ahatfulofrain

His paintings, all inspired by his daughter, have a quality of mystery and darkness to each work and like I did at his last exhibit, I stood in front of each painting and imagined a back story as to what went down before the moment was captured.  My imaginary stories differed, but recurring theme stood out and that is, the person in these paintings have been through some crazy stuff!

Richard Butler - hatfulofrain

Richard Butler – hatfulofrain

Create your own backstories at this really cool exhibit, which is on display though May 25, 2013.

extreme closeup

extreme closeup

I spoke with Richard Butler at the opening night reception and as always, he was a very nice guy.  His art really moves me and I was able to express that to him as well as asking him if all of these works were created since “hypochondriacatthegrammercyparkhotel” which exhibited in 2011.  He told me yes, that all of these paintings (and some more that are not on display in the exhibit) have been created in the last 2 years!  So impressive.  Even more impressive was that I asked him if he paints on the road. Psychedelic Furs have been playing a lot of shows in the last few years and he told me that it’s too difficult to bring the supplies on the road and create the art.  Obviously, his time management skills are impeccable and I have even more respect for him than I already did.  Thanks again Richard.  I love your art (both music and paintings) so much!  It was really great to talk with you.

Richard Butler and Geoffrey Dicker.  Photo by Richard's friend.

Richard Butler and Geoffrey Dicker. Photo by Richard’s friend.

“ahatfulofrain” by Richard Butler is on display at Freight + Volume (located at 530 West 24th Street) in Manhattan through May 25, 2013.  Don’t miss it!

“A Rolling Stone” at Porter Contemporary (NYC)

Posted by The G on April 13, 2012 under Artsy Fartsy | Comments are off for this article

Photos by G.  Various Artists.

A Rolling Stone

"A Rolling Stone" now showing at Porter Contemporary in New York through May 26, 2012

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of one of the greatest rock and roll bands of all time, The Rolling Stones, Porter Contemporary Gallery in New York has put together a group exhibit of paintings inspired by the Stones.  “A Rolling Stone” features works by he exhibition will include works by artists Jason Bryant, JaH- HaHa, Naoto Hattori, Jennifer Murray, Adam Normandin, Johnny Romeo, and TWOONE.

"Tounging" by Naoto Hattori

 Porter Contemporary is located at 548 West 28th Street, 3rd Floor.  “A Rolling Stone” is showing until May 26, 2012.  Get some satisfaction!

In The Studio With Ari Lankin

Posted by The G on June 29, 2011 under Artsy Fartsy | Comments are off for this article

Photos by G.  Art by Ari Lankin.

Ari Lankin Studio

Inside Ari Lankin's New York Studio

Ari Lankin is not just an artist.  He’s a fountain of creativity.  I recently discovered his work and it was love at first sight.  After a visit to his New York studio, it’s very clear that Ari Lankin is a name you’ll be hearing about for years to come.  If you don’t know his work, it’s nearly impossible to categorize as he does everything from sketches to collage to abstract and realist paintings to sneaker design!  It’s often intimidating to be around someone as creative as Ari Lankin, but from the moment I walked into his studio, he was down to earth and extremely interesting to talk to.  Over the course of a couple of hours we talked about everything from spirituality to street art to our shared love of Picasso and our personal experiences meeting the singer Bjork.  Lankin is extremely well read, well experienced and he has new ideas flowing constantly.

Partial view of Ari Lankin's studio

A walk through Ari Lankin’s studio is the equivalent to going into a cleverly arranged art exhibit as there are paintings from ceiling to floor varying in size from small to extremely large with abstract paintings hanging side by side with collages.  While eclectic, it all fits perfectly because Ari wants the viewer to escape into another world, even if just for moments at a time.  Your mind will not only take the trip into Ari’s world, but if it’s anything like the experience I had, it won’t want to come back.

Madison Square Park and Plensa's Echo by Ari Lankin

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“Celluloid Constellations” by Joshua Petker

Posted by The G on June 8, 2011 under Artsy Fartsy | Comments are off for this article

Photos courtesy of Joshua Petker’s official website.

Veronica by Joshua Petker

Los Angeles!  Save the date.  On June 11, 2011 at the Corey Heford Gallery, a gala reception for Joshua Petker’s mini-exhibit entitled “Celluloid Constellations” will be taking place.  Joshua Petker is paying tribute to Hollywood legends such as Audrey Hepburn, Dorothy Dandridge, Veronica Lake and Fatty Arbuckle.  As always with his paintings, you have to expect the unexpected as Joshua is notorious for subtlety infusing vivid colors that take his subjects into another dimension.  Every time I look at his paintings, I find myself contemplating the back stories on the figures he’s painted.  In this exhibit, we already know the back stories on the subjects or at least we think we do.  When you examine these paintings, you’ll see a darker and more vulnerable side to these legendary beauties.

Audrey by Joshua Petker

The Corey Helford Gallery is located at 8522 Washington Blvd. in Culver City.  The mini-exhibit “Celluloid Constellations” by Joshua Petker will be on view from June 11 – June 30, 2011.  The opening night reception is on June 11, 2011 at 6 PM, so I expect you to represent!  Joshua is a very cool guy, so please say hello him on opening night.  Tell him G sent ya!

For people that live outside of Los Angeles, I have a special treat – after the jump, see a few more images from “Celluloid Constellations” by Joshua Petker!

Dorothy by Joshua Petker

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