Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Art Whino is used for Markys New Music Video to air on MTV and VH1

I was approached by Six from Cool Kidz Forever Films to use Art Whino for a video shoot for one of Kenny Burns artists from Studio 43. The artist name is MARKY. It was a lot of fun. Keep an eye out for the video on MTV an VH1. The song name is Shiela. The premise is that he meets a girl and then he hops in his Lamborghini (You know like most 18yrs do) and then he rolls into Art Whino to check out the dopest Art in the nation which happens to be at the Nations Capital. Hells Yea.

Interview with Art Whino Artist David Foox

David grew up as quite the wild child in New Zealand. He was living alone and far away from his parents at a very young age. Other than getting into heaps of trouble, he developed a creative personality that is one of the largest contributor to his style. When he moved to New York he started painting miniatures with a professional career model painter who worked for DC Comics. David painted with him everyday in his studio and obtained a certain style from all of his 3D practice. The highlights and line work in his paintings come directly from the many hours he spent painting miniature models in the small Brooklyn studio.

When canvas became David's second medium he started out mostly painting women. Women he was chasing, women in different sexual position or orgasming. Most of these paintings are part of the secret collection that only his closest friends own. His more well-known work explores broader and less taboo topics such as the samurai, lucky number 8, the Buddha, certain types of weaponry and assorted foreign currencies. His most recent work, the Scary Money series is a product of his obsession with foreign currency. It is by far his most fascinating work and he will continue to grow this series much more in the near future. He also plans to paint more erotic material this year to give others a chance to collect these breathtaking and sometimes shocking pieces.


What drew you to become an artist?
When I look at something beautiful I get a really good feeling inside. I guess you could call this a feeling of joy or happiness. I have responded this way to beautiful things ever since I was very young. It impacted my early choices in toys, games, girls and now my paintings. That and the limitless ability to create things 2D and 3D.

Who or what has made the biggest impact on you and your art?
I think my art carries with it a certain youthfulness (like playing with GI Joe or Star Wars) but also a very distinct political and socially responsible message. I try to make everything so subtle in this regard that it is almost un-noticeable. So to answer the question, I like toys and toys have massaged my style. But I also like the numbers "88" and "18" and of course Buddha.

What is your medium of choice? One of two things: 1) acrylic on RIVES paper 2) sculpy and no.8 wire (for 3D creations)

If you were asked to paint a self portrait what would it look like?

HA! I have thought about this a lot and I have a few ideas of what I would want to convey. Prolly the one I have settled on is as follows: A bare-chested, well-muscled, warrior type character from either around 800 AD or much much earlier in history wearing a white sheet around the waist with some brown leather extras. In my right hand I carry a sword made of Damascus steel and wrapped around my left arm down to my hand is a brown leather strap 1 inch fat and lined around my left arm. On my head a halo of light and my face serious with concentration. Magic would surround me and a sense of strength would imbibe the viewer. My other idea is a lot lighter.... I thought it would be cool to create a self-portrait of me as a MUNNY Toy!

What projects are you working on now?
Whew! Too many to list. Ok... Organ Donors by FOOX (this is a toy line that I've developed that is coming out in October), developing the "Scary Money" series into something bigger both in terms of storyline, my personal message, and mediums. Painting for solo shows in Houston (Oct), NYC (Nov), Vegas (Mar '09), and SF (Apr '09). And then some secret projects!

Do you have any art available in shows/galleries at this time?
I am actually out of stock. I really tried to stick with only doing original pieces for as long as I could, but I think we will be starting a print run for certain pieces pretty soon. I really want to try doing a run with a laser etching machine.

There are still a couple of paintings available right now at at www.kungfoox.com but it is mostly my older work. There are three specialty shops in Los Angeles that carry some fun products that have been made out of my work like stencils and skins. You can find them at Lab 101, Black Maria and Black Market, all in LA. Also, I am dedicating the entire next month to painting for a few upcoming solo shows. So the pieces for those shows will be available for purchase at the events. The first is in Dallas at the G-Star Raw Store in Victory Park for a one night only event September 18th. At the end of October I'll have a lot of work done because I am doing a solo show in quite a large space in Houston and then in November I will have a large body of small pieces prepared for a one night only show at the Mansion in NYC curated by P
aper Magazine. I'm really excited to get some new work out for these shows.

Do you think formal training or not having formal training helped your art?
I have strong opinions on this. I will try to answer it diplomatically. An artist is not created in a school, an artist is born. Art schools are great for churning out clones of old masters or photocopies of their teachers. I think practice, dedication, desire, and observation are stronger teachers of art than any school. Just looking at life, the characters that come in and out of the frame, and your good old fashioned imagination are the greatest tools available. Use them! Having said that, I did do a quasi-apprenticeship under a well-known miniature painter. Learning to paint models and monsters first has certainly allowed me to develop my brand of shading and shadowing.

Can you give us a description of an upcoming project that is still only being developed in your head (a project in progress).
No. Well. Alright. I want to re-brand the State of Texas. Recently, my wife and I were in California for Comic Con and we were rolling in our signature black on black on black on black Chevy Beast (with Texas license plates) and at the light some douche yelled out "Go Back to Texas You Fucks". I just wanted to drive the Beast over them but that is not allowed. :) So I thought about WHY Texas has such a bad rep abroad. And the answer lies in a combination of Republican backlash, backlash against Pres. Bush, and a shift in geopolitics. Well I love Texas and I love it for the reasons that make it unique and distinct. Open roads, little traffic, friendly people, big hats, big trucks, cheap(er) gasoline, the cowboy history (Remember the Alamo), the Lone Star, Sheriffs and Deputies, Texas summers, the Piney Woods, billboard signs advertising firearms ("Invest in Peace of Mind"), and border towns all make for a pretty interesting story and one that I want to explore - but only from the positive aspect - unfortunately the negative is already well advertised!

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Inked Souls - The Kicks and Canvas

Click on the images to see a close up!

Jessica Zadlo, Erik Abel, Mandoe MaK, Martin Wittfooth

Indie 184, Cope 2, Bat, Brandon Hill

Adam Russell, Noek One, Robots will Kill Col+ Veng, Cameron Tiede

dust, Rich Salcido, Kareem Rizk, Papermonster

Scott Altmann, Aro, David Foox, Paulo Arraiano

Shawn Huddleston, Morten Andersen, Jazirock, Adam Harteau

Tim Conlon, Annie Owens

Inked Souls Video

Art Whino Gallery x TAGUR (Inked Souls) Group Show from PaperMonster on Vimeo.

Video Footage by PAPERMONSTER!

Inked Souls!

Thanks to everyone who came out and made this show a SMASHING success!

A SEVERE storm knocks out the power at the Harbor 15 Minutes before the show. So what is a gallery to do? Roll up a Escalade, grab a 100 foot extension cord and power up the show!

DJ Lil'e Working on limited Escalade Power BLOWS IT UP all night long with some ipods and her Laptop. She is truly a Black Belt Level 4

Art Whino Artist Adam Russell, Wife Kelly and son Sage.

Papermonster, Adam Russell and Mr. Whino

Scott and Friend

Palmer Studios In the House

Superstar IAN cooling off with paper towels

Art Whino Artist Brandon Hill Posing in front of his Pieces

Luz, Chris and Corrie

Bat in front of his kicks

Adam, Bat and Peter

Tim Conlon in front of his kicks

Adam Russell admiring Veng + Col's Piece

Shane from Art Whino, Wesley from Tagur and Art Whino artist Peter

Anthony, Joshua and Chris

Susannah and Corrie

Shawn Huddleston with his kicks

Papermonster and happy buyer of ADM SKATEBOARD Featuring Papermonster. ONLY $65. Hit us up if you want one! We have one for you!

People checking out the permanent rotating gallery

Shane and Adrian from Dissent Display

Daniel Barojas, Shawn and Mr. Whino

Dave and Kristy

Alexus striking a pose with Patrons

4F in the house!

Art Whino Artist Bat throws down

Art Whino artists Peter Chang says HOLD UP

Peter breaking the sound barrior

Papermonster working the room. His number is on the back. Wink.

Art Whino artists Mark Jenkins and Tim Conlon

Bringing Sexy Back!

Striking a pose for Inked Souls

Shawn, Alexus, Weds, Susannah, Shane, Corrie and Peter

One of the breakers from 4F Crew.
Damn. That looks just like my abs!

Alexus and Mr. Whino.

Anthony and Mr. Whino thinking about the next show.

Don Fransisco, Mr. Whino and Juan.

Art Whino Artists JAZIROCK with his piece

Happy Buyer BUD and his new kicks.

Mixcast in the house. Tear it up Sean! Video coming soon

Dave and Jazi

Imani and her live Customization!

More Happy buyers of Papermonster's boards. You know you want one!

Midnight...........Shows over. Yea right.

Bill and lovely friend striking a pose!

Drew and Jenna

4F Crew. Flying Fists from the Floor!

What are these Whipper Snappers doing in there!

Kicks......... so fresh....... so clean.........