‘Helikon’ – Solo Art Exhibit Featuring the Sensational Poster Art of Artist Chuck Sperry

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The New York-based art venue Spoke NYC will be presenting ‘Helikon’, a new solo exhibition featuring the works of the legendary San Francisco-based artist Chuck Sperry. The show will not only have on display a new set of screen printed posters from his ongoing ‘Muses’ series, but will also have a selection of rare gig posters from the artist’s personal collection.

In addition to the these, a new monograph titled ‘Helikon’ will make its debut at the exhibition. The book will be a fascinating compendium of the artist’s works over the years, which — with their psychedelic art nouveau style — have garnered him legions of raving fans.

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Each image in the book is paired with the prose or poem — from Homer to Nick Cave — that inspired each. Over a dozen photos by Shaun Roberts gives the reader an intimate portrait of the artist at work. Over a dozen photos by Shaun Roberts gives the reader an intimate portrait of the artist at work. Forward by New York Times’ bestselling author, Charles Bock, Beautiful Children, Alice & Oliver (Random House), and Best of NYC Culture 2016, Village Voice.

The show will have its opening today night, November 19, 2016 from 6 to 9pm. The exhibit will be on view until December 11, 2016.

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The Amazing Impressionistic Oil Paintings of Brent Estabrook

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Dream Team - Painting by Brent Estabrook

Dream Team Closeup - Painting by Brent Estabrook

If you can dream it - Oil Painting by Brent Estabrook

If you can dream it Closeup- Oil Painting by Brent Estabrook

Three Amigos - Oil Painting by Brent Estabrook

Far too many of us have sacrificed our dreams on the altar of harsh reality. It’s hard out there for anyone, and even more so for a creative person to follow their dreams. But, it’s heartening to know that there are always a brave few who never give up and keep fighting.

American artist Brent Estabrook, who despite being a qualified dentist (with a large school debt), decided to give it all up and began to chase his love of painting. He went through some difficult patches — which included spending an year sleeping on an air mattress in a studio apartment shared with other people — but he never once stopped painting during that period.

“I have given up a life of comfort and dullness to pursue a life of uncertainty and excitement… All I know is that I need to paint… that is it.” – Brent

Warm and fuzzy - Oil Painting by Brent Estabrook

Warm and fuzzy closeup- Oil Painting by Brent Estabrook

His latest series of oil painting “Perpetual Recess,” was inspired by his pursuit of the internal passions which drive us in the face of overwhelming odds. The playful series, tinged with nostalgia, takes us back to our childhoods where we were free to dream without any of the fears which hold us back now. Using an impressionistic style of painting, Brent has masterfully used colors, contrast and textures to create his works. The effect is quite stunning as the paintings looks photorealistic when viewed from a distance.

Brent Estabrook was born in the year 1985 in Arizona, but spent most of his life in Seattle. He graduated with a Fine Arts degree from the University of Arizona, before getting a Doctorate of Dental Surgery from the University of Louisville. He is currently based in San Francisco, and has had his works exhibited at numerous exhibits in America.

You can visit his site and/or follow him on Instagram to see more of his work.

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“Old Wise One” – Stunning Painting of Jedi Master Yoda by Rich Pellegrino

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One of my favorite contemporary artists Rich Pellegrino has released art prints of a brand new painting of Yoda, arguably the greatest Jedi master in the Star Wars universe. Titled “Old Wise One,” Pellegrino has faithfully captured Yoda’s sageness and twinkling eyes in his own distinctive artistic style.

The 11” x 14” prints are limited to a run of only 200, and will come signed and numbered by the artist. You can buy the prints at The People’s Printshop at only 19.95 each.

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Exciting New Art Prints Inspired by Pop Culture

The UK-based print house Vice Press will be at the Thought Bubble Comic Festival in Leeds, England, on the 5th to the 6th of November, 2016, where they will be releasing their latest art prints. British illustrator Raid71’s Judge Anderson print from his official 2000 AD magazine series, and artist and Vice Press co-founder Matt Anderson’s prints inspired by films like John Carpenter’s They Live; Laika animation studio’s Kubo and the Two Strings; and Star Trek Beyond will be on view at the festival.

All of the prints will be available at the Vice Press booth, table 11 and 12 in the ComiXology Marquee at the festival. The remaining prints will be made available online from 6pm UK time on the 7th of November 2016 at Vice Press.

Kubo and the Two Strings Art Print by Matt Ferguson

Kubo and the Two Strings by Matt Ferguson

Edition of 50

18" x 24" inch, 6 Colour Screen Print

Printed by Lady Lazarus on 100# French Madero Beach Paper

£40


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Anderson by Raid71

Edition of 75

18" x 24" inch, 5 Colour Screen Print

Printed by VGKids on Pop-Tone Banana Split paper

£30


They Live Art Print by Matt Ferguson

They Live by Matt Ferguson

Edition of 120

18" x 24" inch, 6 Colour Glow In The Dark Screen Print

Printed by Lady Lazarus on 100# French Cement Green

£30


Star Trek Beyond Print Blue Edition by Matt Ferguson

Star Trek Beyond by Matt Ferguson

3 different Colours, Each an Edition of 30

18" x 36" inch, 5 Colour Screen Print

Printed by Lady Lazarus on Speckletone Paper

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‘Triscele’ is an Art Project Across Sicily by Italian Artists STEN LEX, Martina Merlini and Moneyless

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Triscele’ is an art project “created, curated and performed by” artists STEN LEX (previously on JazJaz), Martina Merlini and Moneyless. The word ‘Triscele’ is a motif representing three bent human legs (or three curved lines), and is known to be an ancient symbol of Sicily. The union of three diverse artistic styles of the artists led the group to choose the word as the name of the project.

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Triscele will be a journey of a group of artists looking for a connection with the Sicilian landscape and a contact with the time and history that nature holds and tells through its outlines. The artists will create graphic overlappings to recall the Sicilian landscape, blending past and present, an artist with the other in order to produce unique works as unique was the symbolism of the Triscele.

The group traveled through the island of Sicily for one month, and visited remote locations and crowded cities to create their works. Starting from the streets in the district of San Berillo, Catania, they moved to the rugged, volcanic landscape surrounding Mount Etna which formed a incongruous backdrop to their contemporary art. The second part of the project took them to the city of Ragusa where they continued to find abandoned locations for the project.

Link to the website.

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