Paul Frank’s Spectacularly Silly Soft Sculptures

Who wouldn’t love to see one of Paul Frank’s wacky characters sitting on their desk, staring at them in the face? Frank is an artist best known for his colorful clothing line which is often adorned with the face of Julius the Monkey, one of Frank’s best-known creations.

Since November 2005, Frank has not been affiliated with Paul Frank Industries (you can read the long and bitter story over at Vanity Fair), but he has stayed true to his art roots. Starting May 14th, Paul Frank will be exhibiting Characterrific, a show that will be Frank’s largest art exhibition in a decade.

It will feature many of his soft sculptures encased in custom boxes as well as drawings, paintings and special Paul Frank products made especially for the show. Paul describes his fine art pieces as a 3-D form of his character art. He creates soft sculptural forms by using traditional techniques such as sewing, sculpting, painting, woodworking, screen-printing, and other elements of handcraft.

The solo art exhibition will run from May 14th to June 4th at Copro Gallery in Santa Monica.

January 15, 2017

Timeless Photos Capture the Dreamy Villages of Cinque Terre

The Cinque Terre, a string of rustic coastal villages along Italy’s Ligurian Coast has long been an inspiration for travel photographers. With plunging cliffs and dramatic vistas, the small towns are ripe for postcard perfect photography. But when Slovenian photographer Jaka Bulc traveled to the Cinque Terre, he immersed himself in a different side of the towns. The result is a set of timeless images that peel back the layers of the well-loved vacation spot.

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January 14, 2017

Portraits of Legendary Musicians Painted on Vinyl Records

For years, Arizona-based artist Daniel Edlen has created show-stopping works of vinyl art. Inventively using records as his canvas, Edlen has redefined “album art” with his painted portraits of iconic singers and beloved bands. To create each masterpiece, Edlen applies acrylic paint directly onto the record’s vinyl. Stark, black-and-white tones enable each singer’s portrait to dramatically pop from its black background, and delicate, dappled brushstrokes reminiscent of pointillism emphasize the surface’s unique contours.

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