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Lord of the Thrones at Spoke Art SF

I grew up playing Dungeons & Dragons and filling my sketchbooks with rough imitations of Frank Frazetta and Boris Vallejo art. I lived on a healthy diet of fantasy novels and dreamed of becoming an illustrator worthy of my idols. Life took me down a different path but recently I was able to relive my childhood aspirations when I agreed to contribute two pieces to Spoke Art's upcoming Lord of the Thrones group show.

Lord of the Thrones is an art show tribute to the legendary works of George R.R. Martin and J.R.R. Tolkien. Featuring paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints by over 60 international artists, Spoke Art has organized a "dazzling display of character portraits, elaborate environments and iconic themes and motifs from both series." My contributions (seen above) depict two iconic "bad guys" from the film and television adaptations of both series. On the left is The Night's King (Game of Thrones), the leader of the White Walkers, created by the Children of the Forest to fight the First Men. On the right is Lurtz (Lord of the Rings), the leader of the fighting Uruk-hai scouts responsible for the death of Boromir and capture of Pippin and Merry. Both watercolors are small, measuring 6"x9" (15.25x23cm) each and matted and framed in dark gray and deep brown. 

Lord of the Thrones opens tonight, Thursday, June 2nd, in San Francisco. The opening reception is from 6-10pm and will remain on view through Saturday, June 25th. More information about these pieces or others from the show can be found HERE, or by contacting Spoke Art directly, HERE

Other participating artists include: Stuart Whitton, Bruce White, Justin VanGenderen, Geoff Trapp, Maria Suarez-Inclan, Deangus, Meghan Stratman, Nick Stokes, Paul Shipper, Fernando Reza, Allison Reimold, Rebecca Rose, Michael Ramstead, Rich Pellegrino, Ruel Pascual, Lily Padula, Johannah O’Donnel, Chelsea O’Bryne, Reuben Negron, Joseph Murdach, David Moscati, Guillame Morellec, Zach Meyer, Brighton Metz, PJ McQuade, Jeff McMillian, Kelly McKernan, Kemi Mai, Dave MacDowell, Adam Lister, Nan Lawson, Conor Langton, Caia Koopman, Alex Kirzhner, Tim Jordan, Sarah Joncas, Paige Jiyoung Moon, Jeremy Hush, Primary Hughes, Christine Aria, Justin Hager, Gene Guynn, Sam Gilbey, Monica Garwood, Alex Garant, James Eads, Matt Dye, Emily Dumas, Max Dalton, Rhys Cooper, Michelle Coffee, Tracie Ching, Keith Carter, Sandi Calistro, Adam Caldwell, Joshua Budich, Robert Bowen, Eric Bonhomme, Cory Benhatzel, Oliver Barrett, Derek Ballard, Mia Araujo, Brianna Angelakis, Paul Ainsworth, Bungaloo, Epyon5

Gauntlet Gallery's 4th Annual 12X12 Exhibit

I'm happy to announce that my work will be included in the 4th Annual 12X12 exhibit opening tomorrow evening at San Francisco's Gauntlet Gallery. Every year, Gauntlet Gallery, now in partnership with Analog Tattoo Arts Kollectiv, brings together an eclectic collection of art by some 40+ internationally recognized artists. There are no restrictions place on theme, medium or format save for the 12 x 12 inch size constraint. The result is a group show of varied and diverse small works that survey the landscape of new contemporary art. 

The piece I will be showing (above) is the first in a new body of work that will continue to develop over the coming years. I'm excited to have it out in the world as a calling card for things to come as I transition away from the topics explored in This House of Glass and into something far more personal and revealing. 

12X12 opens tomorrow, the 11th of March and runs through the 1st of April. The opening reception will be from 6:30pm - 9:30pm and is open to the public. If you are in the San Francisco Bay Area or traveling there over the next month I highly recommend checking it out. 

All questions and inquiries can be directed to Luke and Rowan at  

Adam Caldwell
Adam Ziskie
Beau Stanton
Ben Frost
Brian Batt
Brian Mashburn
Chad Pierce
Chad Wys
Christine Wu
Eric Inkala
Evan Venegas
Frank Gonzales
Horyon Lee
Ian Reynolds

Jason Bryant
Jesse Ozar
Jet Martinez
Johnie Thornton
Jose Mertz
Joseph Grazi
Josie Morway
Justin Hagar
Katy Ann Gilmore
Kelly Ording
Kenta Torii
Kieran Collins
Lauren YS
Michael Reeder
Mikael Takacs
Niagara Detroit

Pam Glew
Reuben Negron
Sasha Ira
Serge Gay Jr.
Sergio Garcia
Ted Lincoln
Tes One
Tracy Piper
Valentin Fischer
Victor Solomon
Wiley Wallace
Yang Cao


“La Couleur de l’Étrangeté” - An Art Show Tribute to the Films of Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Marc Caro

I am excited to announce that I will be part of Spoke Art's “La Couleur de l’Étrangeté” - An Art Show Tribute to the Films of Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Marc Caro.

The exhibition, which opens Saturday, May 9th and runs through May 30th, features paintings, sculptures, and prints that re-interpret and re-imagine the cinematic work of Jeunet and Caro, which includes such films as Amelie, City of Lost Children, and Delicatessen. Spoke Art is also teaming up with the historic Roxie Theater for a double-screening of Amelie and City of Lost Children on Saturday, May 23rd.

For more information please visit Spoke Art or contact them HERE.

“La Couleur de l’Étrangeté” - The Color of Strangeness
An Art Show Tribute to the Films of Jean-Pierre Jeunet & Marc Caro

Opening reception : May 9th, 6pm - 10pm 
On view: May 9th - 30th, 2015

Participating artists include:
Adam Ziskie, Lauren YS, Helice Wen, Thomas Walker, Von, Justin Van Genderen, Chris Valkov, Delphyne V, Mandy Tsung, Jonny Trousseau, Jess Suttner, Maria Suarez Inclan, Tatiana Suarez, Dean Stuart, Meghan Stratman, Conrad Roset, Ridge Rooms, Michelle Romo, Matt Ritchie, Fernando Reza, Bill Rebholz, Michael Ramstead, Simon Prades, Audrey Pongracz, Rich Pellegrino, Van Orton, Chelsea O’Byrne, Reuben Negron, David Moscati, Tessa Morrison, Guillaume Morellec, Scott Mitchell, Joesph Martinez, Michael Marsicano, Kemi Mai, Adam Lister, Nan Lawson, Conor Langton, Bartosz Kosowski, Caia Koopman, Tim Jordan, Sarah Joncas, Aaron Jasinski, Primary Hughes, Godmachine, Sam Gilbey, Serge Gay Jr., Monica Garwood, Little Friends, Jayde Fish, Valentin Fischer, Jessica Deahl, Joseph Crone, Johnny Crap, Charles Clary, Dan Christofersson, Matt Chase, Keith Carter, Sandi Calistro, Bungaloo, Ivonna Buenestro, Ryan Berkeley, Anne Benjamin, Jill Bencsits, Kelsey Beckett, Derek Ballard, Christine Aria, Ana Aranda, Oriol Angrill Jorda, Brianna Angelakis, Epyon5