Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Interview Het Parool

(Dutch only):
Dagblad Het Parool publiceerd op 30 december, in de laatste kunstbijlage van het jaar, een artikel over mijn werk. Niet online te lezen, maar dus old school te koop in de winkel.

Snowy Amsterdam

I was never much of a fan of snow in the city because usually it snows only moderately and turns into brown sludge in no time. But these past days it snowed a bit more and I liked it. I enjoyed walking through town -especially at night; the echo of city sounds that die down in the powdery blanket, people having snowball fights, dogs playing in the snow, the sound of snow crunching under my feet and all that jazz. While I'm writing this, the snow is already melting but a fresh supply is supposedly on it's way. My snowboots and me will be ready.

Roq La Rue Exhibition, Seattle, December '09

Since I got back from the US I fell right into 'relax mode' so I'm a bit behind on things. But behold; here are some behind-the-scene-snapshots of my (sold out) show 'Bonjour, Dachshund!' at Roq la Rue Gallery in Seattle, WA.

Cold weather and clear blue skies over there at the West Coast. At first I laughed at everybody complaining about the cold -I was very amused by an item on the news about the fishmongers at Pike's Place Market 'not having to use that much ice to cool the fish!', brought by a reporter chattering from the cold- but after a few days I had to admit it got to me too!

My stay was short but sweet. I had the pleasure of seeing some artist friends again like Robert Hardgrave, Chris Crites and John Brophy. It was also great to meet Jane Kenoyer, Scott Musgrove, Yumiko Kayukawa, Christian van Minnen, Gooby Herms and of course Junko Mizuno, who I shared walls with. And as always, it was lovely to see my pals Kirsten and Kenny once more!

(And as I mentioned on Facebook before) thanks to everyone who dropped by at the gallery or at the Fantagraphics Store, to buy my artwork or my book Rock Candy or to say hi. You're a swell bunch of folks.
(First Photo's: Seattle city centre, and (R) the Cinerama. I love that logo).

Oh, hello! It's Mr. Nix.. err, Mr. Obama. And that guy with the guitar.

The gallery's neighbour enjoying the sun on the roof and (R) Jane and Kirsten putting up the names.

Friday December 11, opening night! Top: my work. Below: Lisa Petrucci, Jane and Junko.

The opening night crowd.

L to R: Junko, Gooby, Kenny, Kirsten, me and Jane.

The last day in Seattle: Sunbathing and (R) Gooby, Jane & me being touristy at Pike's Place Market.

Having our futures read at Madame X's Fortunes!

L: My last evening in Seattle: visiting the anniversary party at the Fantagraphics Store and Gallery. I was signing books all night and didn't take a single snapshot. R: Fishy Air at Seattle Tacoma.

-Thanks Jane, for letting me post some of your photo's!
-Gooby also shot some nice pic's of the show: Click here

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Don't Wake Daddy #4


Feinkunst Krüger is one of my favorite galleries. Located in Hamburg, Germany, it not only shows the work of German artists like Till Gerhard, Henning Kles and Anke Feuchtenberger (a personal favorite of mine), but also international names like Jay Ryan and Van Arno. Owner and founder Ralf Krüger presents art from mostly young and unconventional artists who create work in bold techniques or pieces that are based on stories or lean on popular culture concepts.
I'll be returning to Krüger's to join in a shared show next year May, but I will also have a piece in the upcoming 'Don't Wake Daddy' group exhibition which opens December 5th. This forth edition of DWD will feature solely drawing work. All, but one. Ralf will tell you about that particular piece on the night of the opening. Wish I could be there!

Above: 'L'Equipe De Nuit', graphite on paper. My drawing for the DWD exhibition
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'Don't Wake Daddy'#4, The Drawing Show. Opening: December 5th, 6-11 pm at Feinkunst Krüger, Ditmar -Koel-Str. 22, Hamburg, Germany. The show features work by Anthony Ausgang, Eric White, Fred Stonehouse, Gary Baseman, Heiko Müller, Jason Limon, Marcus Schäfer, Mark Elliott, Martin Wittfooth, Travis Louie, Van Arno and many more!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Bonjour, Dachshund!

Two weeks from now I will find myself with my feet on Seattle soil to be at the opening of my third show at the Roq la Rue Gallery. The show is named 'Bonjour, Dachshund!' and will feature new paintings and some of my framed giclée prints. I'll share the walls with the cool creations of Junko Mizuno. On the night of the opening, December 11th, I'll also sign my book Rock Candy at the gallery. The next night you can find me at the Fantagraphics Store for the second book signing. Hope to meet you at Roq's and/or Fanta's!
At this moment I'm working on the last pieces, like 'Death of a Ghost' (detail above). Keep an eye on the Roq website, all the new works will be posted there just before the opening.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Thank you!


Dear ABC book signing visitors,
The signing yesterday afternoon was a blast! Even though everybody had to wait for a little bit it all went rather smooth and the atmosphere at ABC was wonderful. People took the time and effort to drop by (even traveling from the other side of the country) which I appreciate a lot. At the end of the day I walked on air because of all the kind words and praises. Thanks so much you all! You truly made my day.
Below some photo's for you to enjoy. (Cheers, Bo!)
First Photo left: Hey, it's Ingrid, José and Leendert!

Left: My pal Saskia dropped by too (with injured hands from a nasty fall on gravel... oof). Right: My sister and my nephew Nigel.
Left: Miss A & miss C! (Note Cindy's shoe's; she's almost ready to rock the Halloween night as Maneki Neko). Right: Jeroen from Lamelos, looking sharp.
Left: my dear friend Martin, me, and Rick from ABC. Right: The gang from Amersfoort; Jacqui and her son Milan.

Left: Mr. Draawer from Singapore. (Thank you for the kind gift pack!) Right: Sweet Jo and Floor.
Left: Jo and Chico know. Right: After the signing I noticed that 'Fangoria', 'Sexy Butts', 'Eisner' & Robert Pattinson had been watching over me.

(My next signing will be in Seattle, WA, in December. The first is on Friday the 11th, at the opening of my next shared show at Roq la Rue and the next is on Saturday the 12th at the Fantagraphics Bookstore. Details will follow asap, keep an eye on this blog or my website).

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

A Reminder

Before you dive into the Halloween festivities this upcoming Saturday evening, be most welcome at the American Book Center in Amsterdam for the first book signing of my book Rock Candy. The signing starts at 3pm. Drinks are provided by the publisher Fantagraphics. And my fine Art Giclée prints (framed and unframed) will be for sale.
Hope to see you there!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

ABC Window

This morning I made a window display at the ABC to promote Rock Candy and the upcoming book signing. My lovely pal Ingrid was so kind to help me out. Dodging halogen window lights, squeezing ourselves into the tight window space and ignoring the back of the shop shelves we made a composition of some of the dolls, animals and other characters from my personal collection of 'bric-à-brac':
First photo: my bike with all my stuff crammed on it in front of the ABC store.

Ingrid.

Me.

The scene at night (with electrical waxlights. Very gezellig).

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

I'm A Killer

Today I'm going to have wooden panels nuked to make them woodworm free... in this machine:
Now I feel even more like a murderer.
(Photo: Megades)

Radio Interview 'De Avonden'

(This is a post about a radio interview in Dutch so therefore written in Dutch).

Vorige week ontmoette ik de sympathieke Anton de Goede van de VPRO voor een interview over mijn werk en mijn boek Rock Candy. Normaal gesproken heb ik weinig last van zenuwen voor interviews of presentaties maar dit maal sprong de stress bovenop me als een groep dolle vlooien vanaf het moment dat de microfoon aanging. Dus met enige vrees ga ik vanavond luisteren naar het resultaat. (Ik excuseer me op voorhand voor de kromme zinnen en het gestamel. Dat eh... doe ik anders nooit).

Radio 6, De Avonden. Klik hier!
(Foto: De Rock Candy's bij American Book Center!)

Monday, October 5, 2009

Haniwa Is Here...

...and it turned out so amazing! Pressure Printing, home of high quality print editions, made a fine art intaglio print of my drawing Haniwa, a scene about an underground tea party involving Japanese funerary characters. (Haniwa are terra cotta clay figures which were made for ritual use and buried with the dead during the Kofun Period). The etching is framed with a delicate embossed border and is hand printed on Twinrocker paper. Yeah, how cool is that!

Pressure printing also kept a photo journal of the process.

- Drawing exclusively made for Pressure Printing
- Edition: 100 pieces, signed & numbered
- Size: 12.75 x 8.75” (22.5 x 32.6 cm)
- $150,- This price includes shipping for the US. International shipping: $ 10,- flat.

For close up's of the print and ordering; click here.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

This Is An Update

Hello all! Summer is over and hectic times are here. This is an update of the sweet things to come:

First, the date of the ROCK CANDY book signing at the American Book Center has been set on Saturday, October 31, 2009 at 3 pm. Part of the shop walls will be reserved for an exhibition of my fine art giclée prints. The (unframed) prints will also be for sale on the day of the signing. I hope to see you there on Saturday! Also, on October 22 I'll transform one of the shop windows of ABC into an inspirational Rock Candy wonderland.

Second, the print I made for Pressure Printing is nearly finished and can be ordered any day now! The result is truly amazing. My hart skipped a beat when I saw the preview. The tones of the black & white intaglio fine art print are soft and velvet-like and the image is framed with a delicate, detailed embossing. Brad Keech of Pressure Printing kept a photo journal of the process of this project and will post it on his blog once the print can be ordered. (Here's a link to the journal of the making of the Travis Louie print. Nice!) I'll keep you updated about release dates and such.

Last but not least I'm working on new paintings for the upcoming show at my gallery Roq la Rue, Seattle. Previews will follow later this year.

(ABC photo ripped from Amsterdam Unlike)

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

ROCK CANDY pre-order!!

...Rock Candy can be pre-ordered! I'm so thrilled! Rock Candy is ready and is available for pre-order as I type. This book is the first publication of my artwork with pieces from the past years which includes sketches, drawings and inspiration examples. Designer Jacob Covey added many lovely details to the book which all match perfectly with the atmosphere of my work.

Go to the Fantagraphics website to pre-order your copy now!!



Also, Fanta's Jacob Covey send me this photo of a pile of books someone bought at the San Diego Comic Con. It shows Rock Candy, cozy club sandwiched between James Jean, Bwana Spoons and Dave McKean (and 100 girls on cheap paper). ...Sweet!!

(Fantagraphics had some advance copies of Rock Candy so a few lucky Comic Conners already got a copy!)

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Darling, Cheese head

I often like to sing along with music and sometimes I look up the lyrics of a track. Today I heard 'The Israelites' on the radio. I don't feel the need to really know that one because I enjoy singing the alternative version of Desmond Dekker's 1989 hit much better.
(At that time I even thought The Israelites was a Bob Dylan song because of the Subterranean Homesick Blues quote. "...Hmm, Bob Dylan sure is versatile!').

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Lowlands Buttonmania

This weekend (August 22 & 23) I'll be making custom badge ('button') designs at the Lowlands festival again. Imagine just how sweet your muddy, beer stained shirt will look with a personal touch like that, ey? Come look for me at the Buzzworks booth to get a wearable original of your own. Artists friends like Erik Kriek, Ingrid Bockting, Luuk Bode, Flo -and many others- will be there too.
(LL pic's by Buzzworks Peter Giljam, 2006).

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

The Apocalypse Show

Copro Nason Gallery in Santa Monica will be hosting the next BLAB! show (with an amazing line-up!) which is themed 'The Apocalyptic End of the World'. Joy! Opening: Saturday August 8th, 8 pm. Wish I could be there...
(The frames of my Apocalypse works 'начало' & 'конец' were handmade by Leon de Groot).

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Portrait!

This is a sneak peek of one of the portraits FotoFloor shot for the press release of my book Rock Candy (which will be released next month). She made a fab serie with different looks and styles, all with a high dose of tongue in cheek. I love each and every one of them!

Update: All portraits can be found on the FotoFloor website.

Friday, July 17, 2009

Bulldog

When I almost absent minded sketch away I often like the result the most. Like this jolly Bulldog head for example. (Dogs are one of the characters that will play a role in the pieces I'm making for the BLAB exhibition).

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Suprise

Yesterday I passed a small flea market on my way to town and -of course- I had to take a look. Most of the antiques were of the 'new-old' category, given an aged feel with dark shoe polish or machine made damages. But between the new-old mess I discovered an antique embroidery of a burning heart and a nice Baroque styled frame, both in pretty good conditions.
When I got home and opened the Baroque frame to remove the badly drawn flower painting that was in it, I found a photograph of a woman tucked between the backing board and the painting. In a soft, slightly dramatic lighting, she self-assured poses for the shot, wearing non matching jewelry and octagonal shaped glasses. I wonder who she is (or was). She had to face the back of a bland flower painting which only makes me even more curious. Was she a forgotten family member? Or perhaps an insufferable hag? Deceased?
Not only do antique frames tell a story of their own, a tale of a certain age or style, but sometimes they reveal even more of their origin, like this frame did. (Even though this one still leaves me with questions). That's why I love antiques.

Monday, July 6, 2009

El Optimista

Hello all!
Due to some busy weeks (and a much needed break) my blog has been un-upated for a while. My schedule is still hectic but I do have this sneak peek of one of my recent works to share with you. It's called El Optimista and it's for the group exhibition 'Scribble 08' that's curated by author, publisher and designer Mark Murphy which can be seen on San Diego's Comic Con. My work will be in the company of many wonderful artists like Tim Biskup, Christian and Rob Clayton, AJ Fosik, James Jean, Mark Todd, Martin Wittfooth and many more.

Where and when: Wonderhaus, 1600 National Avenue, San Diego - July 23, 6:30PM – 11:3 AM. Click here to go to Mark Murphy's website and here to the digital homeland of Comic Con.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Fred Stonehouse Interview

Another interview? Yes, but this time it's about artist/swell guy/fellow flea market fanatic, the remarkable Mr. Fred Stonehouse -who's work I admire since I was an art student. He was asked a few questions for the 'Accidental Mysteries' blog. It's just a short chat about his work, but since I'm a fan I wanted to share it with you anyways. Examples of work included of course. Go there!
Image ©Fred Stonehouse

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Surrealist Soup in Amelia's Magazine

UK's Amelia's magazine, a fab e-zine about art, fashion, music and earth issues, asked me some questions about my work. I enjoyed the interview a lot. It can be seen/read right here!

Friday, May 29, 2009

Matchbox scrapbook #2-3

Japan, part deux! These are some of the more 'wilder' designs of the Japanese matchbox collection. This is the sixth matchbox cover post.

My favorite cover is the one with the kangaroo above. When I practiced illustration on a regular basis I had to make studies of a kangaroo for a character assignment. I never drew a kangaroo before and when I started sketching I noticed what a peculiar looking animal it actually is. If you alter the head too much it quickly looks like a dog or a rodent. The latter might just have happened to this matchbox cover with the three little kangaroo's in the mother's pouch; they all have rabbit like faces.
I love this illustration for its appealing colours and the nice 'blobby' shapes. And I think those (barely noticeable) question marks above the baby kanga heads are quite funny. (And their summary facial expressions too!)

The 'barber' covers are also great. Their simple imagery reminds me a little of those African barber signs. The poulterer cover below that looks a bit odd composition and illustration wise but my eyes are always lured to it. Perhaps its weirdness is what makes it interesting to me.