Last Fall I was fortunate enough to be part of En Masse’s biggest project yet! 30 artists got together to take over one whole room at the Museum of Fine Art of Montreal! It was a huge success and loads of fun. Check out this sweet video that Fred Caron from put together.
Pop art not dead. Akira Beard is the artist responsible for these wonderful artworks done in watercolor, acrylic, paint marker, ink, and graphite on paper. Beard lays down a lively energy which appear to be taken from the pages of his sketchbook.
What immediately attracted me to Beard’s work was his use of punchy colours, his raw approach to portraiture and his mash ups of pop culture. In other works you can find hop hop Picasso hand signaling the west coast, mother Theresa sporting some bling or Alfred Hitchcock with a hand gun. Beard’s work surrounds pop icons and consumer life in America, or more so a critique of them. His mixed media technique, cultural iconic figures, lettering style, scribbles and poppy colour palette give this work a young, fresh feel that appeals to a whole generation.
Check out more of Akira Beard’s work on his Flickr stream.
This Saturday November 6th, at Thinkspace Gallery in Culver City, California, is the “Thinkspace 5 Year Anniversary Show,” and Dave Macdowell is one of the immensely talented artists to exhibit. His paintings are mash ups of all kinds of pop culture references, joining characters and themes from one pop scenario and plopping them in with obscurely related environments or characters. The paintings are incredibly creative, fun and humorous, historical and socially relative, and all done in a classic cartoon like fashion. If you like pop culture, his work is a wealth of endless enjoyment. Check out more of his work!
If you’re near LA this weekend, check out the show, you won’t be disappointed.