quentin vs coen

In 2011, the Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco, CA came up with the great, simple idea for an art show. Take the wildly varied films of two of the most eclectic and revered filmmakers out there, and mash them together. The result, Quentin vs Coen, opens yet again Saturday July 5.

Quentin Tarantino and The Coen Brothers are obviously successful, talented filmmakers. But what makes them so similar to each other is how different they continue to be. From film to film to film, audiences never know what they’re going to get when they sit down for a Tarantino or Coen Brothers film. A film noir masked as a stoner comedy, a murder mystery set in Minnesota, a series of stories told out of order, a near four hour samurai movie. The sky is the limit.

And that’s reflected in the art show, too. The huge scope of films made by these filmmakers, filled with iconic imagery and classic characters, is paradise for an artist looking to do something different. Below, we’ve got a small sampling of what’s in store for the show, as well as information on how you can attend and buy online. Read More »

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Rhys Cooper - Maleficent header

Are you a fan of badass women in pop culture? Well then you should check out Spoke Art in San Francisco this weekend. They have the first solo show ever of Australian artist Rhys Cooper called Femme Fatale and Cooper has reimagined the women of comics, fantasy and literature in stunning, evocative color and detail.

The show opens May 31 and remains on display through June 21. Check out some images below. Read More »

Wes Anderson painting

Every single day, artists make art based on films they love. It’s a little more rare for that art to influence the filmmaker it was originally about.

In 2010, the San Francisco art gallery Spoke Art debuted an exhibit called Bad Dads, based on the films of Wes Anderson. The exhibit featured work based on all of Anderson’s films up to that point. Since then, Bad Dads has become an annual event. It even gained the interest of Anderson himself, who said the following about the show in 2012: “Seeing somebody make artwork inspired by things in my movies is one of the most exciting things to me in a very selfish way. I feel like it’s a communication to me almost, even though they probably don’t intend it that way.” In one case, Anderson actually turned that communication into something quite literal.

In Anderson’s latest film, The Grand Budapest Hotel, paintings are part of one of the major narrative threads; several original paintings are essential to the story. To create one of them, Anderson contacted artist Rich Pellegrino, who first gained the director’s attention at the aforementioned Bad Dads show. Pellegrino made a piece in the film called “Two Lesbians Masturbating,” and told /Film he was contacted specifically because Anderson liked his work in Bad Dads.

It’s a crazy case of pop culture art not only piquing the interest of the original subject, but inspiring that artist in his own work. Below, read the story of how the whole thing went down. Read More »

Tim Doyle - Springfield regular

Austin-based artist Tim Doyle has been making posters of The Simpsons for years. Most of them are part of his three Unreal Estate exhibits. Today, he’s released what could potentially be his final look at the legendary show. He and Spoke Art have released “Springfield,” an 18 x 24 inch screenprint available either in either a regular or glow in the dark edition. It’s on sale now, but don’t rush. It’s an open edition. They’ll print them as long as people buy them. Check out all the images below. Read More »

Feb 14 Art

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 »

Tim Doyle - Lost

For two years, Austin based artist Tim Doyle has been proving locations on television are as essential as the characters. The Kwik-E-Mart on The Simpsons; the RV in Breaking Bad; Castle Greyskull in Masters of the Universe; these locations are as important to their show as Homer, Walt or He-Man. Now, for the third year in a row, Doyle emphasizes that point with the art show UnReal Estate III, which opens Thursday February 6 at Spoke Art in San Francisco. The artist has once again made iconic locations from popular shows into beautiful art.

In the past, Doyle’s tackled The Sopranos, Sesame Street, Downton Abbey, Doctor Who and so many others. This year, we’re proud to exclusively debut Doyle’s takes on Game of Thrones, Pee Wee’s Playhouse, Lost, Adventure Time, Six Feet Under and The Munsters. Which is only a fraction of the show. Check it out below. Read More »

Maryanna Hoggartt - Fantastic Mr Fox

There couldn’t be a better time for Spoke Art to launch its fourth annual tribute to the films of Wes Anderson. The director is fresh in the public’s mind thanks to an amazing new trailer for his new film, as well as interesting new behind the scenes videos, and a hilarious new parody of his work. Now it’s time for Bad Dads.

Over 100 artists from around the world have once again created brand new art inspired by the growing oeuvre of writer/director Wes Anderson. This year, the show opens with a costume party on November 1 and 2 followed by a triple feature of three Anderson films: Bottle Rocket, The Royal Tenenbaums and his most recent release, Moonrise Kingdom, on November 3.

Below, check out a small sampling of work in the San Francisco based show and all the particulars. Read More »

Joel Phillips - Scorsese - header

Put Martin Scorsese up against any filmmaker and the native New Yorker has a fighting shot. Hawkes? Ford? Kubrick? Hitchcock? Spielberg? All legends, but Scorsese is undeniably in the same league. And this weekend marks one of the first full gallery shows specifically dedicated to his films.

Spoke Art has taken over New York’s Bold Hype Gallery for Scorsese: An Art Show Tribute, featuring work based on films such as Goodfellas, Raging Bull, Taxi Driver, The Departed, Gangs of New York, Casino and many more. Artists such as Scott Campbell, Joshua Budich, Dave Perillo, Fernando Reza, Jayson Weidel, Jessica Deahl, Jon Smith, New Flesh, Paul Shipper, Rhys Cooper, Rich Pellegrino and Sam Smith have all contributed to the show, which is open Friday April 19 through Sunday April 21.

Check out a small sampling of the work below. Read More »

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