The Abominable Snow Cone has won Toy of the Year at this year's Designer Toy Awards. The Designer Toy Awards (DTAs) is the leading award honoring excellence and innovation in the Designer Toy art field. Established in 2011, the DTAs are presented by the Clutter Studios — a leading informational organization within Designer Toys, a community that after more than a decade has become a prominent and legitimate form of artistic and commercial expression as well as a leader in global trendsetting.
Tomorrow, Friday, September 23 at 1pm Central, I will have a few new small original paintings and some prints available on my website shop. With this group I continue to explore letters, old objects and expanding on details within small areas. I've been eager to get to some larger pieces, but in the meantime here are the small ones that'll be up tomorrow.
Beside the originals here are the prints that will be available:
Fine Art Print Ace, $25 plus shipping
• 8" x 8", 10" x 10" including 1" border
• Canon Lucia Archival Inks
• Hahnemuhle Photo Rag, 21 mil, 308 g/m²
• Signed and Numbered edition of 40
• Certificate of Authenticity, unframed
My friends at Prints on Wood will be doing a print release of my recently completed painting Meridiem. It is a timed release and will only be available for seven days, so please grab one while they are up. Each print is 9 x 12 in. (22.86 x 30.48 cm) in size on 1/2" sustainable Birch, hand signed/numbered, and ready to hang with a keyhole on the back side. Each will be $60 with an optional custom white frame for $22 more. These prints will only be available from Friday, August 5th at 11:00 am PST and will end on Friday, August 12th at 11:59 pm PST. Visit PrintsonWood.com for information and to purchase.
Royal Paper four color print now available in the shop:
• 16" x 20" (41cm x 51cm)
• Four Spot-Color Screen Print
• Mohawk Via Vellum, 100 Cover, Warm White
• Edition of 75, Signed and Numbered
• Each $40, plus shipping
This year has been a slow start in the ways of creating art. Mostly because, as some of you may know, my family and I recently purchased a home which I've been renovating. That, as well as doing a lot of thinking about my life with art in general: where it came from and where does it go from here? In these past few weeks I've reflected on my earlier work. There are a lot of elements in those older images that I got away from and didn't realize how much I missed. Typography has been something I've enjoyed from a young age. That and geometry; not the math end, but the arranging of shapes and parts that come together to make a whole. I used to do quite a bit of that, from filling a piece with letters to making a painting that almost worked as a puzzle. Somewhere along the way those things slowly vanished. For the most part it was because I started to tell a different story, one that was somewhat darker and didn't seem to need those elements. I've always done my best to grow as an artist and let the art go where it wants. Right now it is calling to revert to a time in the past, to a moment that wasn't so dark and to move forward with that lighter tone in mind. So if you notice the shift in mood, you know where it comes from.
With that said, I have some new paintings with this all in mind. It's a little series I'm calling Three Letter Words. The idea is fairly simple, to envision a complex image for a small word. In this group I focused on five words (dud, ask, fox, car and key) to create five 8" x 8" paintings. Though these images are still a bit different from those in the past they do bring a flashback of positive notes. I am looking forward to creating larger and more complex pieces with these same feelings in mind in the coming weeks. In the meantime I will have these five new paintings available in my shop this Thursday, April 7th at 3pm (US Central Time). Along with the original paintings I will have prints available, each an 8" x 8" with an inch border, signed and numbered in an edition of 50. Each print will be $25 or $100 for the set of five, plus shipping costs.
I painted this Quiccs Zero1 figure with my earlier artwork in mind. I have a few more paintings coming up with the same thought. This piece is for ToyCon UK in London coming up on April 9th and will be shown in the Martian Toys space among the pieces done by other artists. If the figure remains available after the convention you can find it on martiantoys.com.