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 »

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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 »

Tim Doyle - Making Your Banana Stand Header

One of the most famous lines in Arrested Development is “there’s always money in the Banana Stand.” It’s a line so well-known, based on a location well-liked by fans, Netflix used it as a viral marketing tool to promote the fourth season of the show.

To celebrate all things Arrested Development (and bananas) fan and artist Tim Doyle has allowed us to exclusively reveal his third print based on the series. It’s a companion piece to the original banana stand image called “Making YOUR Banana Stand.” The image features of G.O.B. and Steve Holt’s competing Banana Shack from season three and it goes on sale later today. Check out the full image below, along with the original sketch, the old prints and enter to win one for free. 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 »

Location is essential to the medium of television. Unlike movies, which can use a location and move along, TV recycles the same places over and over to conserve time and money. The result is that places on television become characters themselves.

That was the idea behind Austin-based artist Tim Doyle‘s first solo art show, UnReal Estate, in early 2012. Now the sequel is upon us. UnReal Estate II opens Thursday February 7 at Spoke Art in San Francisco, CA. Just like last year, Doyle has immortalized some of your favorite locations from our favorite TV shows. A few examples include the ship Serenity from Firefly, the TARDIS in Doctor Who, the model home on Arrested Development, and Downton Abbey from, well, you know where.

Below we’ve got the entire show and will tell you how to see it in person as well as buy prints online. Read More »

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