Friday, December 24, 2010

Drawings by T.S. Abe

This is the best pencil work i have seen in AGES. Born and raised in Brixton, South London, T.S. Abe is only 21 and has been featured in Dazed and Confused and had a solo show at the Electric Blue Gallery in Shoreditch, London, when she was only 19!
       I can't get over how rich her work is, the textures of the hair and skin is so striking, the work renders a great mixture of classical and contemporary influences where figures are often cocooned by whirling streams of  fabric or  baroque-style patterns.
     Sometimes I prefer looking at sketchbook work rather than actual finished pieces which is why I have been glued to Abe's  Blog for days now, its really beautiful, just pages of sketches and studies that really shows how hard she works and the strength of her ever growing versatility. Look here to see her website also.
Merry Christmas everyone!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Lowrider Tattoo Studios

One of my most recent hobbies and addictions is hunting for incredible tattoo artists. I have been doing my research for awhile now and I have recently come across the artwork of Lowrider Tattoo Studios. They have three tattoo studios in California and have a portfolio of artists that is just mindblowing.
These guys are not just tattoo artists...These are fine artists, realist tattooist, and have incredible style. Two artists really stood out to me, Jose Lopez - who im assuming is one of the shop owners and Jun Cha- an incredible multi talented artist from flesh to canvas.

A bit about LowRider Tattoos, they are Recognized internationally as one of the best tattoo studios in the world, They have received international acclaim from magazines worldwide and their work speaks for itself along with the 150 awards they have won internationally.

Please have a look for yourself, I promise you will not be disappointed. Go Here!


Subism......some seriously talented artists!

"Subism is a multi faceted independent creative business with its roots in street art. It started with the online gallery and shop, to showcase and sell artwork from established and up and coming contemporary artists from around the world. more about us..."

Most recently they have taken over a central London location right before the holidays and Curated the space in their own unique and individual ways. Each artist bringing something different to the space and its corners. If I was not literally sick in bed all weekend I would of made it and can not tell you how gutted I am that I did. Here are some photos of what these talented artists put together.
I recommend you start following their BLOG to get all the photos and progress shots from their recent adventure.

SHAG and TURF ONE- two new shows at Jonathan LeVine Gallery

Recently opened at Jonathan LeVine Gallery in New York are two great exhibitions, The Rising- a series of new and older works by Parisian-born, Montréal-based artist Jean Labourdetter or better known on the streets as Turf One, and Ambergris, new works by Southern California-based artist Josh Agle (aka Shag) .

The exhibition opened on December 11th 2010 and will be on show until January 8th 2011.
Visit Jonathan LeVine for the images fomr the complete exhibition and opening night.
Go Here!

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Victor Castillo & Luke Kopycinski/ Plus (wtf is) Lowbrow..Opening this Friday at London Miles

Opening on Friday, December 10th at London Miles Gallery is the end of the year showcase. Its our final exhibition of the year and Im happy to say we are finishing off 2010 on a high. It has been one incredible year.

On show will be a collection of original paintings and limited edition prints by Chilian artist Victor Castillo and Austrailian artist Luke Kopycinski.

Also on show is a group show we have put together titled, (wtf is?) LOWBROW- a showcase of illustration, paintings and limited edition prints from a collection of pop surrealist, comic, dark surrealist and illustration artists...a mix of everything coming out of the "new contemporary" / "lowbrow" art genra.

The work of Victor Castillo strikes like a swift blow to the stomach and stirs the innards of a popular iconography fed by comics, illustration and television. His drawing produce slogans on daily consumption and monstrous beings enslaved to flesh and money. This production, consumption and digestion of statements reveal the violence of everyday life and denounce the universality of rationality incarnated by diabolical figures of animals or humans.

Luke's work is intriguing, dark and has an underlying current of something very human. Best described as Dark Noir, his subject matter is of the beautiful and the melancholy, aspects of the people around him, both what they project on the outside and what they keep inside. His oils are a mix of realism and impressionism, a mixture of strong soft shining lights and heavy sharp shadows that centre the focus of the pieces.

(wtf is?) LOWBROW

Exhibiting a selection of limited edition prints and original art from the New contemporary/ lowbrow/ pop surrealist art world...or what ever you want to call it..

Original artwork on display from Nom Kinnear King, Xue Wang, David Marsh, Alex Young,
Dave Pressler, Scott C. Limited edition prints by Fine Grime featuring Silvia Ji, Carles Gomila, Tom Bagshaw. Also London Miles prints of Kukula, Jade Klara and many more...

Join London Miles on Friday, December 10th from 7pm to 10pm for a end of year celebration.
It will be another unforgettable opening reception at London Miles Gallery.

Visit for more information.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

'Never Judge...?'- Current show at the StolenSpace Gallery

   I went to see 'Never Judge...?' today at StolenSpace. In order to
celebrate book cover art, the gallery has worked in conjunction with Penguin to exhibit works from over 100 international artists. Each one has been asked to create cover art (keeping it to the traditional size of a Penguin book), using their medium of choice, for a book of their choice,  whether it be one that inspires them, or one which they've treasured from childhood. ROA, Shepard Fairey, Mike Stilkey, Andy Council and Tara McPherson are a few of the artists featured. 
   It was interesting to see artists I respect, create art for authors I respect and I think the show is absolutely relevant since 'With the advent of the iPad it's now questionable how long the printed novel and its cover will be around, just like the album cover, it'll be resigned to a thumbnail on iTunes' (press release)
     The show  runs until the 19th of December, you can see it all on the StolenSpace website but i recommend seeing it in person!
A few of my favourites:  (above right) Hellovon's 'Metamorphosis'  (graphite on Arches Aquarelle) Author: Franz Kafka.
(below left)-  An Under Pressure Art production ( mechanical sculpture)
 of '20,000  Leagues Under the Sea',  Author: Jules Verne.
 (right) ROA- 'The Ugly Duckling'- (Black Chinese ink and        
White posca on wood) Author- Hans Christian Andersen


Monday, November 29, 2010

Subtleties of Character curated by Dan Berry.

"subtleties of character" curated by Dan Barry opening on Friday, December 10th 2010 at WWA Gallery located on 9517 Culver Blvd Culver City, CA 90232

Including artworks by: Ana Bagayan, Glenn Barr, Becca, Jana Brike, Edward Robin Coronel, Matt Dangler, Richard J. Frost, Jittagarn Kaewtinkoy, Jeremiah Ketner, Norbert H. Kox, Daniel Lim, Tiffany Liu, Luis Lorenzana, Mia Mäkilä, Elizabeth McGrath, Buddy Nestor, Nouar, Graydon Parrish, Kevin Peterson, Saratoga Sake, Kim Scott, Scott Stevens, Fred Stonehouse, David Vecchiato, Cliff Wallace, Peggy Wauters, Barnaby Whitfield.

Get a sneek peek here :

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Thursday, November 25, 2010

Illustrations by Christina Mrozik.


Christina Mrozik is a Michigan based illustrator and sculptor. I'm really taken by the level of texture and  itricate detail, it takes me back to the styles of Arthur Rackam or Edmund Dulac.    
Reality and anomily merge to create hybrid species of animals, often depicting them in very human situations. I think of  them as a sort of whimsical take on anatomy drawings. Almost  makes you wonder what it would be like to I live in the beak of a pelican, or on the top floor of a giraffe's neck ! 

Christina uses mediums such as pen, ink and water colour, here is an exerpt from her statement: 'Yet in truth, animals make choices, have feelings, laugh and share. They garden and babysit, they mourn their dead. We discover these things that we want to declare as being strictly human to be part of glorified nature every day. The divisions we hold in our minds are being constantly broken down by science, man's most honest invention'
You can take a better look at her work HERE.

Monday, November 22, 2010

In the spotlight: Nate Frizzell.

Nate Frizzell (featured in Hunt and Gather-discovering new art) is celebrating the recent success of his sold out solo show at Lebasse Projects in Culver city, plus a new print release with A Paper Tiger. His career as an artist has seen a steady growth since the start, he has greatly improved in his style and technique and today I would happily say he is one of the top new contemporary "realist" painters around.

Here is a nice text about his current solo show:

"Since his first solo show at LeBasse Projects, Nate Frizzell has been experimenting with different techniques and media, making a switch from acrylics to oils. The switch amplifies Frizzell’s already beautifully rendered figures and animals resulting in gorgeous coloring, clarity, and depth. His themes of self-discovery and examination of the human condition return in the winteresque environment of his solo exhibition ‘I Should Know Who I Am By Now.’ 'To See Her Like You'd See A Star' was one of our favorite pieces from the show and we are very happy to bring you a limited print, exclusively at Paper Tiger."

Watch a video about "behind the show" from Nate's most recent solo at Lebasse projects in Culver city LA. Have a look at the show HERE

Nate Frizzell 'I Should Know Who I Am By Now.' from Jeremy Asher Lynch on Vimeo.

Check out his website for more work and info at /

Legendary New York graffiti artist DUSTER UA comes to London for a one day seminar at London Miles Gallery

London Miles Gallery is hosting an afternoon with New York subway artist Duster, on December 4th, 2010. Curated by Paul 'Don' Smith, Duster will be traveling outside of the USA for the first time in his life, to give a talk about his legendary career as a New York subway graffiti artist during the 70's and 80's. The afternoon will include an exhibition of original and rare photographs from Henry Chalfant and Martha Cooper, authors of the graffiti and subway artists bible 'SUBWAY ART', an exhibition of limited edition prints and original artwork by Duster, and a one hour Q and A with the artist as he talks through his experiences as a Bronx, New York train writer.

Visitors to the event will enjoy a private screening of STYLEWARS; the original Hip Hop documentary directed by Tony Silver and co- produced with Henry Chalfant. The film was awarded the Grand Prize for Documentaries at the 1983 Sundance Film Festival. STYLE WARS is regarded as the indispensable documentation of New York street culture and subway art of the early '80s, the filmic record of a golden age of youthful creativity that exploded into the world from a city in crisis. A percentage of all ticket sales for the event will go to the STYLE WARS restoration fund. For more information please visit

Saturday, December 4th 2010. Starting at 2pm. At London Miles Gallery,Westbourne Studios, 242 Acklam Road, London, W10 5JJ. Ticketed event: £25.00 (get your tickets here:

New work by Nom Kinnear King

 This girl is one of my favorite new artists coming out of the UK. She is just incredible, her work is captivating and actually addictive. So beware..

Every week or so I get the urge to have another look at her work and be reminded of its beauty. If you havent heard of her yet, then I ask you to take a moment to introduce yourself to her work. You can get some affordable prints on FineGrime as well..

She will be having her first London solo show next year with London Miles Gallery, around spring.

Have a look at her website/blog-she updates it often, seems she has a new painting almost every week.

Alex Young keeping busy..

Alex Young.

Illustrator. graffiti artist. fine artist. sculptor. tattoo artist. heavy metal hard ass and creative genius.
Alex Young has been keeping very  busy, from doing wall paintings for Converse in Brighton, to monster sketches, to repainting Alphonse Mucha' paintings...he is unstoppable and incredibly entertaining. Make sure to follow the wonderful and wild life of Mr. Young on his weekly updated blog:
You will be seeing much more of this talented Londoner in the near future.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Five Year anniversary at Thinkspace Gallery, Culver City!

Thinkspace Gallery celebrates FIVE wonderful years of being LA's finest  contemporary art gallery. They have exhibited basically everyone, put on incredible artshows and have given the whole of the New contemporary art movement a platform to launch from. I have been a personal fan and follower of the gallery since their first year of opening, and its been a wonderful journey to watch them grow and even have the honor to work with the fine fellows that run the gallery.

To celebrate their 5th Birthday, they have an incredible line up of artists that they have exhibited in the past years and a few new ones...You will see an ALL STAR group show, with works from Audrey Kawasaki, Amy Sol, Joshua Petker, KMNDZ, Sarah Joncas, Natalia Fabia, Sylvia Ji, Gaia, Chet Zar and so many more- its just jaw dropping.

The celebration starts on Saturday November 6th, from 7pm to 10pm at their
lovely location on Washington Blvd. in Culver City.
Get all the information at

Monday, November 1, 2010

Greg Simkins' 'Storyteller'- Gallery 1988

Greg 'Craola' Simkins will exhibit his new body of work entitled 'Storyteller' at Gallery 1988 in L.A. which opens This Friday, the 5th of November.
 The exhibition will be accompanied by the  realease and signing of his new book- 'Drawn From The Well'. The book is 300+ pages, documenting Simkin's infinite imagination through sketches, doodles and drawings that give the reader insight into the more technical side of his composition process.
     Even the flyer looks ridiculous, SOMEHOW he manages to outdo himself technically with each series of paintings. Simkins was the main feature of last month's JUXTAPOZ, which contained a  brilliantly written essay and interview. Here is a one of the many fascinating things Simkins' revealed about the story behind 'Storyteller', following the wonderous adventures  of the little protagonist Ralph:

'It was during these times he yearned for spring days that the pages of these books took new life and exploded from the compartments in Ralph's mind where they had been carefully filed away. They would attach themselves with ferocity to the billowing  clouds and not just resemble a white tiger surrounded by bowls of tropical fish, but would become this scene, at least to Ralph.'

Visit Craola's website:

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Idol Hours- more than 30 artists recreate Iconic historical artworks

Its almost time! The Idol Hours opens at London Miles Gallery on November 12th 2010 and will be on display until December 1st 2010. For those of you that do not know, I am the curator of London Miles Gallery- this exhibition is the largest group show I have ever personally organized and am super excited about it as its a wonderful theme and the artists taking part are from a wonderful fresh contemporary art movement Im proud to exhibit in London.

Many for the first time! All the artists have been asked to take inspiration from a piece of art from before WWII and recreate it in their own way. As we take a look back in history, we are not only paying homage to the great master painters that have inspired us, but also shinning the spotlight on a new generation of artists that are truly as talented.

(left image: Tom Bagshaw)

We are doing a lot of work to make the opening night one to remember, and I encourge you to be there! Not only will you get to see a collection of wonderful, unique pieces of artworks, but you will be able to take part in the making of our own historical moment.

Exhibiting artists:

Nom Kinnear King, Robert Marquez, Elizabeth Winnel, Jenny Bhat, Joe 2H McSween, Chris Murray,Ken Keirns, Justin Fry, Mad Steez, Kevin Earl Taylor, Ann Marshall, Dave Pressler, Tanner Goldbeck,Jim Mahfood, David Macdowell, Alex Garcia, Angry Woebots, Claudia Sabe, Yosuke Ueno, Tiffany Liu, Plastic God, Stella Im Hultberg, Yumiko Kayukawa, Matthew Bone, Travis Lampe, Zoe Lacchei, Scott C.,Scott Belcastro, Sergio Mora, Alex Young, Bob Dob, Joe Ledbetter, Lost Fish, David Marsh, CarrieAnn Baade,Tom Bagshaw, Luke Chueh, Carles Gomila, Xue Wang, Michael Forbes.

 (left image: Ken Keirns)

Visit London Miles Here! 

Hope to see you at the opening on November 12th from 7pm to 11pm at London Miles Gallery
242 Acklam Road. Westbourne Studios.London. W10 5JJ.

If you have any questions about the exhibition or want to be on the online preview list- email me!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Moniker art fair: Herakut setting up their exhibition space.

Yesturday, I went along to Moniker Art Fair. Had a nice look around and really enjoyed the amazing project spaces they had a few selected artists create. Here is Time lapse video of Herakut setting up their installation as part of the fair. They also painted a wall outside of the fair all afternoon. Its an impressive sight to see these two talented artists in action.

Exclusive time-lapse video of German street art duo Herakut setting up their project space at Moniker Art Fair in London (October 14 - 17 2010).

David Choe paints "the scariest thing ever"

As part of Lazarides Gallery's Hell Half Acre exhibition in Waterloo Tunnel, here is a short video of David Choe's piece of his version of Hell.... Classic Choe Style.

David Choe paints "the scariest thing ever" and explains his own unique vision of hell. The work is part of Lazarides Galleries' 'Hell's Half Acre' show, deep in the labyrinthine tunnels under London's Waterloo Station. The show is open to the public from 12 - 17 October 2010, and is a reinterpretation of Dante's nine circle of hell by a roster or artists including Jonathan Yeo, Conor Harrington, Vhils, Mark Jenkins, Polly Morgan and many more.

Friday, October 15, 2010

What is Lazarides Gallery up to?

One of the most incredible venues for art in London- The old Vic tunnels under Waterloo station.
Lazarides in collaboration with The Old Vic Tunnels invites you to our newest off-site exhibition, Hell's Half Acre.

The labyrinth of tunnels beneath Waterloo station will be converted into a large-scale evocation of Dante's Inferno. Visitors will explore a unique interpretation of the nine circles of hell through the vision of your very favorite Laz artists plus additional contributions from outside the normal roster including: Conor Harrington, Vhils, George Osodi, Antony Micallef, Doug Foster, Todd James, Paul Insect, Mark Jenkins, Boogie, Ian Francis, Polly Morgan, Jonathan Yeo, Zak Ové, David Choe and more.

Hell's Half Acre will be open for viewing 12th - 17th October from 6 pm to 11 pm Tuesday through Thursday with extended hours over the weekend. Entry to the exhibition will be free, but as space is limited please book ahead. To book tickets, please click here.

For more information, please read the press release.
Visit www.LAZINC.COM for more information.

Also at their Rathborne Place gallery location in London they currently have on show Terminal Five -
8th October 2010 - 18th November 2010
Terminal 5 is group show featuring the prodigious talents of JR, Vhils, David Choe, Conor Harrington, Jonathan Yeo and Antony Micallef. Following a marathon of sensational exhibitions at our temporary gallery in Los Angeles this summer, the project finally returns home to London, combining highlights from each of our Stateside shows all together under one roof for the very first time.

The exhibition is open to the public from 8th October - 18th November 2010, Tuesday - Saturday 11am - 7pm.

Lazarides Rathbone | 11 Rathbone Place | London | W1T 1HR | 0207 636 5443