Saif Azzuz' and Jack Graydon's work acts as a reflection of growing up as a spawn of the analog television generation and 90's cartoons. As we transition into a fully digital world many of those mark making and line drawing techniques have vanished and are being taken over by newer ways of accomplishing drawing and animation. The pieces in circling the drain are the artists' attempt at revisiting old cartoon tropes and bringing them into a more modern light.
Ian Anderson - Ian Michael Anderson has been a Portland resident for over three years, originally hailing from Salt Lake City, Utah. Much of his work is based on subconscious narratives in which a sort of personal mythology is manifested with few ties to the natural world, if only through metaphor.
Craig Brown - Craig Brown is a tattoo artist and painter. He works at Historic Tattoo. His paintings are bold, colorful and inspired by his craft in tattoo.
Guy Burwell – Growing up in St. Louis, Missouri, he started his commercial art career providing illustration for local newspapers, murals in nightclubs, and posters for underground rock clubs. Moving to Portland provided a more dynamic, progressive and supportive artistic landscape and his work flourished. His client list is impressive and includes: Flight of the Conchords, My Morning Jacket, Kings of Leon, K2 Snowboards, Dark Horse Comics, Nemo Design and Guitar Hero, just to name a few.
Adam Crispin – Adam graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1997. Adam moved to Portland Oregon in 2005 and continues to develop in the Pearl District, where he focuses on the abstract while retaining an element of landscape.
Blaine Fontana – Blaine was born in Seattle, WA and raised on Bainbridge Island. In 2003 Blaine left his Art Direction position for the title of self – employed artist and designer. He is represented in numerous galleries across the United States. His work can be described as “Urban-Organic Contemporary Surrealism” Paintings.
Mark McCormick – Mark has been riding bikes, drinking beer and listening to metal while creating posters and illustrations since 2003 or so. He is an illustrator, graphic designer and screen-printer now based in Brooklyn, NY although he grew up in Oregon and used to call Portland home.
Ashley Montague - Ashley Montague has worked in the medium of acrylics and mixed media techniques since his youth. His paintings are direct extensions of his ideas and feelings, sometimes trailing concepts for weeks. He currently works and resides in NE Portland, OR at his home studio.
Martin Ontiveros - Martin is a self described painter and a legend living in Portland, Oregon. He has produced posters for the Portland metal band Red Fang, shown work at Giant Robot, and provided cover art for Willamette Week and Portland Mercury.
Jesse Reno - Jesse Reno was born in 1974 in Teaneck, NJ and now lives and works in his home studio in Portland, Oregon. He is a prolific painter and muralist and also works as an illustrator and designer. His work explores his personal mythology and often references the connection between humans and nature.
Joe Shea - Shea was influenced at an early age by the art of the Catholic Church, classic sci-fi film, the pride of the Boston Celtics, and the music and posters of punk rock. His work is always handmade in mixed media with a recycled twist, combining influences of folk art, assemblage art, and all forms of street art.
Clae Welch – Clae Welch is a tattooist, painter and printmaker originally from the Bay Area. He now works out of his own studio, Historic Tattoo in South East Portland. His tattoo work has been featured with great praise in the following magazines: International tattoo, Northwest Tattoo and Tattoo Revue.
Munk One grew up in Southern California and studied Art History and Illustration at Pasadena Community College. However, his real education came through his work experience at a silk-screen and merchandise company while still in high school. Trained in traditional media, computer arts, and in the art of tattoo, Munk One’s work has taken on a variety of forms. His client list includes bands such as Avenged Sevenfold, Bullet for my Valentine, Korn, Red Hot Chili Peppers and No Doubt. Apparel companies that boast Munk One designs include Upper Playground, Tribal Gear, True Love, False Idols and more. Munk was also featured in Juxtapoz magazine earlier this year.
Music, popular culture, politics and personal experience make up the elements of Munk One’s inspiration. He pulls icons directly from what inspires him, communicating clearly and directly with his audience. Themes in his personal work have incredible range, from dark and grotesque, to bright and optimistic, to ironic and humorous- all while retaining a gorgeous aesthetic very specific to Munk’s innovative style.
Born in 1981, in Pomona, CA, Zamora graduated from California Institute for the Arts in 2005. A painter by trade, his work can be seen mostly on the West Coast, but he has shown in New York, Miami, and Copenhagen. Zamora also works as an apparel designer for companies such as Vans.
His work is a direct product of his inspiration, which includes urban conditions, the chaos of city life, awkward moments, skateboarding and the working class. Using a pen and brushes to draw, his process begins by constructing an environment from photographs. Figures are then conceptualized and added to fit his vision. The result creates a beautiful and complex tension between humankind and the urban landscape.
For this show Zamora will be working on a community interactive installation project. An edition of 200 of Zamora’s screen-prints will be traded with the public for objects that will then be used to create a sculpture that is reflective of his recent paintings. In other words, Zamora gives participants a print and takes what they are willing to hand over, be it junk, or something of great use, hence the show’s title “Give and Take”. Objects of significant size will be greatly appreciated. This installation is intended to be about items we accumulate over time that are collected and experienced. The resulting collaborative sculpture will be unveiled at the opening of the show.
Getting his start by scattering photocopies and handmade books of his work throughout the Bay Area, Alex released his first professionally published book, My Book of Colours, in 1999. Since then he has kept himself a busy man, releasing more books, including the beloved comic book series BunnyWith, and The Ugliest Fairy, to name just two. Apparel companies Hurley and Upper Playground, Rossignal Snowboards, Twenty Twenty Skateboards, and toy makers Kid Robot all boast Alex Pardee designs. He has illustrated album covers for various artists on hip-hop label Def Jux, as well as for bands including The Used and In Flames. Alex also teamed up with Warner Brothers for the 50-minute animation project CHADAM, all while painting murals and showing work in galleries across the U.S.
Alex creates grotesque and monstrous characters through a process in which ambiguous shapes come to life through application of morose, fantastic and bizarre details. These characters, absurd and tormented, are part of Alex’s ever-expanding dose of self-medication. He describes his latest creation best…
"Throughout the years, my reality and my imagination have occasionally blurred, causing me to misinterpret memories of various characters that I have met in my life: The grocery bagger with braces who constantly coughed on my apples; the old woman who had a heart attack in front of me at the bank; and the overweight man with arms growing from his head who yells at me for taking his parking space at work. Some are real, and some...I only THINK are real. Nonetheless, I wanted to create portraits, stories, and emotional representations of some of my favorite characters that continue to wander through both my imagination and my reality.”
"Shadows of the Unrealm", a 3-D installation from a psychedelic nightmare…Paintings, sculptures and mixed media mayhem created by artist Skinner with the simple vision of destroying mankind forever.
Skinner’s art, like the best of Heavy Metal music, provides the audience with a fantastic array of sensory and intellectual stimulation. There is nothing subtle about his art which confronts the viewer, if not totally attacks them, literally leaping off the wall. Skinner’s canvases are a visual representation of off-the-chart bpm double bass, raging guitar solos and operatic wailing lasting four measures long. While this carefully composed visual mayhem entertains, the underlying message illuminates. Skinner’s subject matter is more than simply a vicious warrior battling a neon monster spewing multicolored blood from its severed head- after a closer look; you will find these are stand-ins, metaphors for struggles both personal and social. The conflicts in Skinner’s art are universal but the decision to work them out in a psychedelic/fantasy/D&D/metal fashion is his own. You can learn from this kind of art- that art can and should be fun and engaging. That when up against a giant monster with snake arms and lasers shooting from its eyes representing oppression and racism it’s not a bad idea to bring a flaming broadsword with a plus 2 to hit and an extra roll of a four sided dice to damage.
"Back For Seconds" a collection of paintings and illustrations by N8 Van Dyke.
-Born in 1979, he started drawing at age 2 and apparently hasn't stopped since.
-Nate does not confine himself to one discipline. Mediums include pencil, ink, marker, watercolor, gauche, acrylic and oils. He jumps from pen and ink, to complex paintings, to mixed media illustrations.
-For his day job, he works as a video game concept artist, though he doesn't own a game system. He does not get the same satisfaction from commercial work as his personal work.
-Recent subject matter includes heavy themes on mortality. He attributes this to the real human skull he acquired and has been drawing from as well as his mother's battle with cancer.
-There is social commentary and personal depth to the work, what Nate calls "art snobby shit" but he feels most are lost on that part of his work and only see the surface.
-He recently met a real chimp, totally changed his perspective on shit. He wants to "do them justice".
-He only uses Photoshop in his commercial work and only real media in his personal work. Never mixes to two.
-He once kicked in a cab windshield in San Francisco. Don't mess with this guy!
Mel Kadel, born in 1973, grew up in the Pennsylvania suburbs and graduated with a B.F.A. from Moore College of Art in Philadelphia, PA. She has been living and working in Los Angeles, CA. for the last 10 years. Mel started out in LA by showing work in small galleries and cafes, and working with bands on their record covers. Mel's drawings are made using stained or found paper, tiny pens, q-tips, coffee and glue. She recently designed a series of wine labels entitled Strong Arms Shiraz, and she is represented by the Richard Heller Gallery in Los Angeles.
Travis Millard, born 1975 in St. Joseph, Missouri, grew up in Olathe, Kansas and graduated with a BFA in Illustration/Printmaking from Kansas University in 1998. He founded the Fudge Factory Comics operation in 1997, and has been producing small run zines, prints and comics under the umbrella since then. Travis' work has been widely exhibited, and published in books and journals. Narrow Books released "Hey Fudge", a 240 page solo collection of personal comics and drawings, distributed by Last Gasp.
Michael Sieben lives and works in Austin, Texas, with his wife Allison, and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin with a BFA in Studio Art in 1999. He fills his days by designing skateboard graphics for Roger Skateboards, writing and illustrating articles for Thrasher Magazine, operating Okay Mountain Gallery, working on various freelance projects with the Volcom Art Loft, painting, drawing, skateboarding, participating, and smiling.
FIFTY 24PDX Gallery presented "Save My Life”, an exhibition of drawings, paintings, screenprints and site specific installation by Chicago-based painter Cody Hudson. Known for his commercial art and graphic design contributions under the name Struggle Inc., his graphic work and paintings have been exhibited throughout the US, Europe and Japan including the Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), Rocket Gallery (Tokyo), The Reed Space (NYC), The Lazy Dog (Paris), & Bucket Rider Gallery (Chicago). Cody’s work has been featured in numerous magazines and publications including idN, Arkitip, Anthem & Juxtapoz.
Continuing on the theme of the human condition, “Save My Life” explored the concepts of both euphoria and impending doom. The exhibition coincided with the summer release of his show catalog of the same title, published by Upper Playground.
fliers, images, and descriptions of exhibitions from 2006-present