Most of you probably didn’t notice, but I took the day off last Friday. Why? Because I was so excited by the artwork of Craig Drake.
Drake’s work should be recognizable to most. He’s got a very distinctive, technical approach that blurs the line between minimal and expressive, with a heavy dash of graphic ’80s style. He places iconic images on a simple, flat background, and makes them explode off the wall. He’s had posters at Mondo, Bottleneck, Ltd. Art and others, but this week marked his first solo show. And as is the case with any artist finally given their own exhibit, he wanted to do something amazing. He succeeded.
Drake’s show, which is on display the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles, turns his trademark style up to eleven. Not only is he tackling a ton of popular pop culture properties (Star Wars, Die Hard, Aliens, Cowboy Bebop, Lord of the Rings, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Escape from New York and others), he’s doing so with a newly found depth and passion. Each piece is better and more detailed than the last. Plus, Drake took many of the pieces and blew them up double the size of a normal poster. These “Mega Metals” make the whole show feel like an interactive experience.
Below, we’ve got images of all the art in Craig Drake’s show, which is on display through April 27. Read More »
Please Recommend /Film on Facebook
For decades, Stephen King‘s words have conjured up images to captivate and terrify millions. This weekend, artists will bring those images to life. The Hero Complex Gallery presents King For a Day, an art tribute to the work of Stephen King. It opens Friday March 21 in Los Angeles and remains on display through April 6.
While the show spans all the mediums of King’s eclectic career (books, television, movies) we’re chosen just a few of the movie-related pieces to highlight. That means The Shawshank Redemption, Stand By Me, The Shining, The Green Mile, Misery and more. Check them out below. Read More »
This week might have started with the Super Bowl, but it’s ending with a weekend of super art. Five art shows in four major cities open tonight and tomorrow. If you’re a fan of pop culture art, this is like Christmas. Here’s the breakdown.
- Thursday February 6: UnReal Estates III by Tim Doyle at Spoke Art in San Francisco, CA.
- Friday February 7: It Came From 1984 group show at Bottleneck Gallery in Brooklyn, NY.
- Friday February 7: The Art of Laurent Durieux at Mondo Gallery in Austin, TX.
- Friday February 7: Such Pixels by Aled Lewis at Gallery 1988 West in Los Angeles, CA.
- Friday February 7: Adventure Show by Nicole Gustafsson & Meghan Stratman at Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles, CA.
We’ve already written about each of those shows at those above links but, below, we’ll once again give you the info and feature a few new pieces from each show. Read More »
When you think of filmmakers who build unique, vast worlds, five that certainly come to mind are Guillermo del Toro, Terry Gilliam, Stanley Kubrick, David Lynch and Ridley Scott. Which is why the Hero Complex Gallery chose those five men as the subjects of Imagined Worlds, their latest exhibit at the Los Angeles based art gallery. Dozens of artists from around the world have chosen some of the filmmaker’s films to interpret through their own vision, creating a unique blend of creativity straddling the line of fandom and homage. The show opens Friday January 17 and remains open though February 2. Check out some images below. Read More »
Sheriff Brody might think Quint’s gonna need a bigger boat, but you’re gonna need a bigger house. “Why,” do you ask? How else could you possibly accommodate all of the incredible art in this week’s Jaws themed art show, “Smile You Son Of A Bitch?” It takes place for three days only, November 1-3, at the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles, CA. Proceeds go to PangeaSeed, an activism group which raises awareness for the preservation and conservation of sharks.
Below we’ve got more info on the event including your first look at over a dozen of the almost 100 different works based on Steven Spielberg‘s 1975 blockbuster, from artists like Craig Drake, Marko Manev, Joshua Budich, Cuyler Smith and many more. Read More »
AMC’s Breaking Bad might be gone, but their highest rated series comes back this week. We’re talking, of course, about
Low Winter Sun The Walking Dead. The bloody zombie apocalypse drama returns Sunday October 13 for its fourth season and we’ll finally find out what happens when Woodbury and the prison are forced to co-exist, with the Governor somewhere on the outside.
Continuing an ongoing trend, AMC has allowed a small gallery to host an official art exhibit to celebrate the premiere of the latest season. So, on Friday October 11, the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles will host a show full of art based on AMC’s The Walking Dead. We’re proud to exclusively reveal the first wave or art. Pieces below include work by JC Richard, Paul Shipper, Cuyler Smith, JJ Harrison, Evanimal and others. Check it out below. Read More »
Most of the time, art galleries do either group shows with a single theme or one artist’s complete vision. The latest exhibit at the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles is a bit of both. The Young Guns of Print features the work of 18 individual up and coming artists, each of whom did two to fifteen pieces on a specific theme. That means instead of one cool piece for a film or filmmaker you like, you get multiple takes by artists who are still being established. Some examples of theme are superheroes, Tim Burton; the guns of Harrison Ford; Los Angeles; Harry Potter; and Lord of the Rings.
The exhibit opens Friday September 20 in Los Angeles and will go online Saturday September 21. Below, check out a sampling of work including an amazing series of Cloud Atlas posters by Paul Shipper. Read More »
Click on your calendar app and put a note on November 1. That’s when the Hero Complex Gallery in Los Angeles will host a special three-day art event called Smile You Son Of A Bitch, An Art Tribute To Jaws. Sixty plus artists will present work based on the classic 1975 Steven Spielberg thriller. Over the course of the exhibit, there will be attendance from stars of the movie, displays of original film memorabilia, discussions with leading shark experts and more. It sounds like a can’t-miss event for fans of Jaws.
But November 1 is so far away, how can you get some Jaws art sooner? Leading up to the event, artist Craig Drake will release four limited edition pieces called The Lost Trading Card Set. Each piece looks like an old school Jaws trading card featuring the stars of the film. The first one, which you can see above, goes on sale Friday August 16. Even cooler? A portion of the proceeds go to PangeaSeed, an organization that raises awareness for the preservation and conservation of sharks. Read More »
Cool Posts From Around the Web: