Badass Fanarts: Pop Art with Attitude

tohad 00Looking for some fun dark humor pop art?  Check out French artist Sylvain “Tohad” Sarrailh’s Badss Fanarts page.

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This is Not a Toy – An Exhibtion on Urban Vinyl Toy Art

this is not a toy coverIf you are new to the seen of vinyl toys and don’t know what the fuss is all about, then you might want to travel to Toronto, Canada for the “This is Not a Toy” Exhibition on urban vinyl toys.

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Cool Street Art by Benedetto Bufalino

street 00Artist Benedetto Bufalino does art in away that says something about our world and a touch of humor.  And this is what we need as this crazy Holiday shopping stress, family madness and all out craziness, we all need a dose of Bufalino street art.

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Famous People as Toy Action Figures

michael coverIf you’re in the New York City area head to the Jonathan LeVine Gallery to check out the works of artist Michael Leavitt’s “Empire Peaks.”  If you like toy action figures and pop icons put together, then this is it.

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Art by Vincent Tomczyk

What is this chair made out of?  Wood?  Plastic?

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Wrong. Wrong.  It’s made out of paper!  Paper?  The paper art series is by LA-artist Vincent Tomczyk and no digital technology was used.  Vincent hand-crafted all the paper and paint.  All the objects have rich detail and look amazing.

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Artwork Giving Me the Creeps by Wolfgang Stiller

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German artist Wolfgang Stiller calls this his “Matchstickmen” series.  He came up with an idea of creating large-scale wooden matchsticks with burnt head molds.  It’s creative and a little creepy.

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Silhouettes from Popular Culture by Olly Moss

You’ve probably seen his artwork floating around the World Wide Web, email links from friends saying take a look at these cool movie posters, or seen his box art for the PS3 video game Resistance 3.  If you don’t know who Olly Moss is, well you should take notice now with his first collected art book by publisher Titan Books – Silhouettes from Popular Culture.

This book collects Victorian art of silhouette portraits with Olly’s own style, with a sense of fun and wit.  Flipping through the pages, you will be amazed at the various silhouette portraits of pop culture characters from comics, films, TV, cartoons, anime, and videogames.  Olly started this small project as a way to put up nerdy art that his girlfriend would like in the house and since ballooned to around 300 “paper cut” silhouette pieces.  With only 144 pages in this book, Olly picked his favorite silhouettes to be in this collection.  When you look at the various silhouette art pieces you might be wondering to yourself, how the heck did he get so precise with just scissors?  Well, he admits to using industrial laser cutters.

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The Great Showdowns by Scott Campbell

Have you ever watch a movie and then a great scene appears on screen with an actor and thought to yourself, man that was an epic moment or just an iconic scene that will resonate in your brain forever?  Well artist Scott Campbell thinks so, and his “Great Showdowns” series celebrates cool moments in films of various genres, from the classics, thrillers, romantic-comedies, action flicks and even documentaries.

The art book collects over 130 paintings of “Great Showdowns” and showcases Scott’s eclectic taste in films like The Roman Holiday, Alfred Hitchcock’s Birds and Psycho, Kickass, Black Swan, Say Anything, and others.  The art style is simple and whimsical and will surely put a smile on your face.

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Interview with Luke Chueh

bearingtheunbearablebookHere at Retrenders I had the pleasure of interviewing Luke about his just released book, The Art of Luke Chueh – Bearing the Unbearable published by Titan Books, and got to know a little more of the painter and graphic designer.

RTNDR:  I see this book is a great collection of your paintings, acrylic statues, and even showing your skateboard art, but we know you have an amazing collection of vinyl work. Will we see a book highlighting your vinyl art?

LUKE:  I think creating a book of my 3-D work would be a great idea. Maybe in couple years after I’ve built up a large enough portfolio.

RTNDR:  How would you categorize or characterize your art or should we even categorize art?

LUKE:  Years ago, I used to spend time thinking of new names for the genre of my art. I always felt “Lowbrow” had demeaning connotations and “Pop Surreal” only told a part of the story. Word combinations like “Post Brow”, “Idealized Art”, or “Contemptorary” became labels I threw around. But lately I’ve sort of “come to terms” with Lowbrow & Pop Surrealism. To dismiss these would be to dismiss the artists whose work inspired label, and if fans and critics consider my art to be of the genre, then whom am I to tell them they’re wrong? But to be completely honest, I would prefer having my work simply recognized as “contemporary art” (ie. Art that is characteristic of the present).

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