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Posted By Chet on August 11, 2014
Hero Complex Gallery presents the show “I Am The Law/A Life of Crime” opening Friday, August 15th. The show pays tribute to both cops and criminals across a wide spectrum of films and pop culture. My submission draws upon the fond memory of my first viewing of “Bullitt.” Director Peter Yates’ iconic car chase down the hills of San Francisco was beautifully choreographed. The sequence was highlighted by Steve McQueen’s ultra cool demeanor as he confidently glided his Mustang GT over the paved hills and valleys in pursuit of the hitmen in their Dodge Charger.
Posted By Chet on August 8, 2014
If you’re in or around the Austin area next weekend, make time to attend the third annual Austin Craft Riot Summer Show. Packed with creative goodness, shop from among almost 70 unique local artist’s works. Located inside the air conditioned Austin Music Hall, it’s the perfect way to enjoy a summer weekend. Food trucks will be on hand, along with a DIY station, cash bar, gaming area and massage therapists. ChetArt will be a part of the fun, offering a wide variety of new merchandise.
Posted By Chet on July 31, 2014
The Gallery of Heroes is a collection of Eight Steampunk Monkey Nation personalities, presented in a paper portfolio case. Each 5″ x 7″ piece is printed on heavy duty linen card stock with portrait and gear on one side and short story on reverse. Portfolio label includes gold foil stamp detail and Steampunk Monkey Nation stamp on the back.
Set includes: Genevieve Octavia Starksparrow, Samson Meriwether Riddlewitte, Mordecai “Gunny” Gundersonne, Angus Wakefield McCrackendish, Cornelius Watson Pinionbolt, Penelope Lavinia Obscura, Calpurnia “Flywheel” Camberforge and Gabriel Warwick Thorncastle.
Posted By Chet on July 30, 2014
Guzu Gallery presents an art show titled “Children of the 80s” with an opening on Friday August 1st. My contribution, titled “Pee Wee and Mr. T” pays homage to a host of Pee Wee Herman offerings, including “The Pee Wee Herman Show,” “Pee Wee’s Playhouse” and the movie “Pee Wee’s Big Adventure.” I saw his HBO special and on stage live in the 80’s and immediately became a fan of his irreverent humor.
More about the show:
Ah, the 1980s…that most outrageous and colorful of decades. The excess and overindulgence of the 80s was unavoidable. It was reckless. And it was soaked in neon hues. This was no more evident than in the fashion, pop stars, movies and television of the time. That isn’t to say there was nothing consequential or more far-reaching happening in the world. The war against drugs was in full swing, as was the Cold War and the Iran-Contra Affair…but for the children who lived it, breathed it…everything that was important about the 80s, everything that mattered, happened on Saturday morning. So many awesome cartoons! So many awesome toy commercials! Every cartoon had a toy line and every toy line had its cartoon (yes, kids actually played with toys a very, very long time ago). It was a magical era for sure…and Guzu intends to serve up a slice of that nostalgia this summer at our art exhibition titled Children of the 80s. Join us as we celebrate the cartoons and toys from the raddest decade ever!
The opening reception will be on Friday, August 1st from 7 to 10pm and the artwork will remain up through August 30th. Be sure to sport your best (or worst) 80s attire! Blue eyeliner, leg warmers, hair by Aqua Net and Members Only jackets are encouraged (as is wearing your sunglasses at night). There will be a live performance and 80s/Synthwave DJ set with retro visuals by Who Ha on opening night. Complimentary beverages will be provided by Miller Lite, featuring the original white can (for added old-school authenticity). We will also be featuring an array of vintage toys from the collection of Outlaw Moon Games & Toys. Admission is free and all ages are welcome!
Guzu Gallery welcomes everyone to the show but if you can’t make it out, the artwork will be available for purchase in our online store.
Posted By Chet on July 30, 2014
The 2014 San Diego Comic Con was a non-stop whirlwind of fun this year. With 4 hours of preview night on Wednesday and 4 full days through Sunday, we saw lots of familiar faces and made loads of new friends.
We arrived on Tuesday. From the front door of our hotel was a view of the swaying palm trees, the Assassin’s Creed display being set up and the convention center in the background.
Our hotel was designated as Terminus. Fortunately there were no train box cars behind the hotel that we were led to after checking in.
The day before set up we took the opportunity to meet up with our good friends from Curio and Co., Cesare and Kirstie. Heading over to Ocean Beach, we enjoyed a burger at Hodad’s before a leisurely stroll on the pier to view the sunset over the water.
Attendance for the show maxes out at 130,000 and we saw our share of folks. Preview night started off strong for us. So strong we asked our neighbor and friend Jen Sorensen to ship us more product the next day. It was a good decision, as we would have sold all the “Childhood” books by Saturday if we hadn’t received her generous help.
Along with lots of sales, we had the pleasure of seeing long-time friends, fellow artists and loyal fans, topped with a surprise visit from April Winchell (who has no Regretsy(s) over retiring her wildly popular web site and concentrating on gracing us with her incredible voice work.) I was approached by several people with interest in some high profile projects. Stay tuned for those that may pan out in the coming months. Much to my surprise, my “Grumpy the Hutt” print that was purchased by our wonderful friend Jane Ezratty was then gifted to David Glanzer, the director of marketing and public relations for San Diego’s Comic Con International. The word came back to us that he considered it the best gift he’s received in ages. Here’s hoping it’ll fill a little bit of “NO!” on his wall somewhere. (A big thanks to Jane for gifting and Dustin Romero for passing along the news.)
What follows are a sampling of photos taken from the convention floor. Click each for a larger view.
Posted By Chet on July 17, 2014
This year San Diego will be hosting its annual International Comic Con from July 23rd-July 27th, (preview night on the 23rd from 6PM-9PM.) ChetArt will be represented in the Small Press Pavilion in booth O-01 (across from the Oni Press booth.) This year’s offerings will include the Childhood book and prints from the series, the new playing card set titled Steam Ark, along with a trading card set version, vinyl stickers, a variety of tribute prints, new leather key chains and a lot more.
Posted By Chet on July 10, 2014
July 18th marks the opening of Ltd. Art Gallery’s “Fantasy in the City” show. Artists will present their concepts of characters from various worlds of fantasy placed in modern day surroundings. My contribution (above) is titled “Sauron’s Raiders.” Visit the official Facebook event page HERE for more.
Posted By Chet on July 8, 2014
“Coin Operated” (a.k.a. Lil’ Cthulhu) measures approx. 4″ x 3″
“Big Wheel Turning” measures approx. 4″ x 3.5″