Friday, November 22, 2013

AMC's The Walking Dead

Also belated. below are a few images from the AMC's The Walking Dead show at Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles. 

Daryl Dixon drawing by Joel Daniel Phillips
Daryl  |  42x94in  |  2013  |  Charcoal and Graphite on Paper

For the show I created a lifesize drawing of Daryl Dixon, played by Norman Reedus. It was a blast working on this show, and I was able to be at the opening in person and meet some amazing Los Angeles art aficionados and Walking Dead fans.

Daryl Dixon drawing by Joel Daniel Phillips

Daryl Dixon prints by Joel Daniel Phillips
Limited Edition prints of the Daryl drawing

Hero Complex also made a 40 piece limited edition series of 12x24" prints of my piece for the show. In an exciting turn of events, Norman Reedus (the wonderful actor behind the character as well as Boondock Saints) saw the piece on the interwebs and stopped by the gallery for a print. As of this writing there are a few prints left, located here.

A big thanks to the folks at AMC and the fabulous Adam Smasher of Hero Complex Gallery for inviting me to participate. Stay tuned for more shows with them next year!

Belated Beyond Eden

Far overdue, but better late than never! Here's a quick walkthrough of October's Beyond Eden Art Fair in Los Angeles with Hashimoto Contemporary. The fair was a blast, and included artists from Hashimoto ContemporaryThinkspace GalleryCopro Gallery and C.A.V.E Gallery

Blue with a Bicycle | 60x65in | Charcoal and Graphite on Paper | 2013

Blue is one of the most present members in the social fabric that makes up my neighborhood. Always cruising around the block on his chosen mode of transportation, the 6th and Mission mainstay is a delightful combination of gruff and humor-filled. I met Blue through the talented artist Hugh Leeman, who recently showed an interactive mural work that Blue participated in. Blue and Sam's tent, (below) was a part of the exhibition and gift from Hugh after the exhibit. 

Sam in a Tent | 60x80in | Charcoal and Graphite on Paper | 2013

Sam, Blue's partner, balances Blue's gruffness with a quiet calm. During the initial photo-shoot while Blue danced around swinging his bicycle chain and grinning his ears off, Sam watched quietly with a patient smile. My goal with this diptych was to capture the dynamic interplay between the two. 

Clarissa, Sleeping | 18x24in | Charcoal and Graphite on Paper | 2013

Bernard, Sitting | 16x24in | Charcoal and Graphite on Paper | 2013

For the show I also created two smaller-scale pieces continuing the same series as Sam and Blue. The series, titled Home, is an ongoing exploration of the way Homeless individuals use objects to retain a sense of ownership of their spaces. Feel free to read the full series statement here.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Califas opening at Intersection for the Arts

I was recently asked to participate in a really exciting show at one of San Francisco's oldest art spaces, Intersection for the Arts. Califas, a group show exploring the communities that make up California, opened on October 2, and runs through December 21st. 

For my part of the show I brought three life-size works - a new drawing as well as two pieces created last spring. 

(L) Heather, 2011 (Center) Napalm, 2013 (R) Unknown No. 1, 2011

About the show:

If California were a country, as of 2012 it would have been the 9th largest economy and the 34th most populous nation in the world. California is the most populous state in the United States, home to 1 out of 8 Americans. This exhibition is inspired by the countless stories and people that make up the state – from the Homeless Garden Project in Santa Cruz to residents a block away on the corner of 6th and Mission Streets, from a senior synchronized swimming team in Orange County to a youth Scraper Bike Team in East Oakland. Califas features work by Andrea Blum, California is a Place: A Documentary Project by Drea Cooper & Zackary CanepariMia NakanoJoan OsatoJoel Daniel PhillipsSF Postcard Project, and Jenifer K. Wofford & Kyle Herbert.

More information can be found here.

Napalm, 42x94in, Charcoal and Graphite on Paper, 2013

Heather, 42x94in, Charcoal and Graphite on Paper, 2011

Unknown No. 1, 42x94in, Charcoal and Graphite on Paper, 2011

The pieces are a part of my ongoing series 'No Regrets in Life', (see and read more here) exploring the fragmentation of society and the way individuals deal with ostracisation.

A big thanks to Intersection for the Arts for including my work in the show and to Ken Harman of Spoke Art Gallery for his generous lending of Heather for the exhibition. 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Self portrait after Leloir: NSFW

I recently completed this drawing after some 4 months of it hanging in process on my studio wall. It was a bit of a labour of love as it's not particularly for any show/body of work, but more of a technical and emotional exploration.

A third of the way into the drawing the paper fell off the wall and was too damaged to repair so I had to start over - subjecting my poor studiomates to a couple more months of seeing my me naked (twice) every time they walked in to the loft. Sorry, guys.

Drawing by Joel Daniel Phillips
Self Portrait After Leloir, Charcoal and Graphite on Paper, Approx 6x8ft.

Alexander Louis Leloir
Jacob Wrestling the Angel, Oil, Alexander Louis Leloir, 1865
Drawing by Joel Daniel Phillips
Detail. My favorite bit ended up being the hand on the chin and the cast shadow from the forearm. 
The drawing is lifesize, (approx 6x8ft) and was an attempt to explore the tension between current and past understandings of faith and religion. The image is a loose recreation of Alexander Louis Leloir's incredible panting Jacob Wrestling the Angel (1865).
Drawing by Joel Daniel Phillips
Detail 1. My favorite bit ended up being the hand on the chin and the cast shadow from the forearm. 

Drawing byJoel Daniel Phillips
Detail 2

It was a really fun technical exercise to do a self portrait, it'd been a while since I'd done that. I photographed me wrestling my younger brother and then changed his face and differentiated features to my own when drawing. 

My sincere apologies if my nakedness scarred anyone. 

Friday, April 19, 2013

Martin Scorsese & Robert De Niro

Travis Bickle has a way of taking over the room.
Ken Harman, curator over at the fabulous Spoke Art Gallery, asked me a couple months back to make some work for the gallery's upcoming Martin Scorsese tribute show in New York.

Scorsese: an art tribute opens tonight at Bold Hype gallery in NYC, and runs through the weekend.

For the show I made two pieces. First, a lifesize charcoal and graphite drawing of Robert De Niro from Taxi Driver.

Turns out De Niro has nice lats. 

The original will be accompanied by a limited edition run of 12x24in prints, available first at the show and then after via Spoke Art's website.

Stoked on how the deckled edges of the prints turned out. 

Robert Di Nero
At the opening

Drawing by Joel Daniel Phillips
Humbled to be in such illustrious company

75 artists contributed work resulting in a total over 150 pieces. Wish I could have seen it in person. 

The second piece was a bit smaller. I decided to try and tackle a portrait of Martin Scorsese himself, while attempting to avoid the standard sort of approach taken to images of him.

Charcoal & Graphite on paper,  19x24in 

Word on the street is that Scorsese may actually stop by the show! If you live in the vicinity of NY, the show will be a total blast and you should stop by and check it out. Details are here.

Thanks to Nicolas Guerin for the reference material.

**Addendum: Mr. Scorsese himself did indeed stop by the show. He also generously purchased my portrait of him. 

Monday, March 11, 2013

Everything isn't bigger in Texas. (But it's a damn cool state)

The fabulous guys over at the art blog Empty Kingdom flew me and three other artists out to Austin, Texas this past weekend to participate in their event ReCreate ATX as a part of the SXSW music festival.

The event was a blast, and involved working with artists from all over Texas to make art on an abandoned apt. building foundation overlooking downtown Austin.

(The view from the top of the hill at sunset on Sunday)

Hugh Leeman, Derek Gores, David Young and I spent all day Sat and Sun soaking in warm Texas rain and cooking in the blazing Texas sun getting our work up. We braved ants, bees, sunstroke, Texas shaped waffles and delinquent teenage Austinites day and night. 

(Panorama of the entire space. Empty Kingdom had the walls on the far right and left)

I brought down a 90% finished life-size charcoal and graphite drawing of a lovely lady I met in the Civid Center BART station in San Francisco. She calls herself Moon Baby.

(Text at top: "I was a backup singer for Joan Baez. My husband and I had a house in the lower Haight until he died - I couldn't afford it after that so now I live in my van down by the tracks. Nobody bothers me there.")

(Empty Kingdom's wall with (L to R) David Young, Derek Gores and me. Also included is an Australian woman flipping me off.)

Thanks to Empty Kingdom for sending me out to Texas for a kick-ass weekend. Ya'll should donate to their funding campaign for the event - they paid for the expenses out of their personal pockets and are dedicated to art like few people I've ever seen.