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.