If you grew up in the past half century, then your childhood was probably filled with toys made by Mattel. My childhood was filled with a ton of He-Man figures and those M.U.S.C.L.E. minis could be found all over my room. I always wanted the Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots and a Mattel Overboard from Back to the Future Part II and childhood me would probably be shocked at which one of those officially released Mattel products future-Peter ended up owning.
A new art show will be opening up at Gallery 1988 next week called Mattel: A Tribute To 70 Years Of Toys. The show, curated by artist Dave Perillo, is a small group show that features different artists take on some of Mattel Brand most iconic toys from over the past 70 years. Hit the jump to find out more, see some artwork from the show, and learn what great artists (such as Dave Perillo and Tom Whallen — yes, thats his kick-ass Masters of the Universe piece above) are involved.
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Friday May 22 is one of those great days to be a pop culture art collector. In Los Angeles, Gallery 1988 has Joshua Budich’s Fictional Food as well as Hero Complex’s Craig Drake Solo Show II. Then in Austin, the Mondo Gallery is opening Pulp Menagerie, a solo exhibit by one of our favorite artists, Tom Whalen. We’ve already run a few images from the ultra-varied show but we can now reveal what’s sure to be one of the show’s most popular posters. Whalen did a slick, super cool poster for Back to the Future. Check out the full reveal below. Read More »
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Mondo has released an early look at their next gallery exhibit. It’s by /Film favorite Tom Whalen and is called Pulp Menagerie. The screenprint poster show opens May 22 at the Mondo Gallery in Austin Texas and, below, you can see the first few images centering on the subjects of Batman, Godzilla and more. Check out the first images from the Tom Whalen Mondo Gallery solo show. Read More »
Screenprinted movie posters continued to explode in 2014. I drool over so many posters every year, it’s very difficult to pick favorites. With movies, at least you know what you like and you don’t like. Why something works and why something doesn’t. Physical art is more subjective. Some art just hits people one way and others another. Such it is with pop culture posters. Maybe I love one subject more than another and that makes the art seem better. Maybe the art is absolutely incredible but, if I don’t connect with the subject, it’s harder to appreciate. Long story short, ranking them in any definitive ways seems futile.
That said, we figured it would be fun to at least call out a few of coolest screenprinted movie posters of 2014. Fifteen personal favorites that stand out, for one reason or another, to me. Posters are are beautiful, unique and make me remember their subject in a new, vivid way. Check out my favorite screenprinted movie posters of 2014 after the jump. Read More »
Have you ever heard of this character Batman? I hear he’s pretty popular. They’ve made a few movies about him, a few TV shows, and apparently a few comic books. 2014 is the 75th anniversary of this incredibly obscure, niche character, which apparently is why the team at Mondo is doing a full gallery show of original art and posters based on him and his gallery of characters.
75 Years of Batman opens Friday October 24 at the Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas and the first batch of art has been revealed. There are some heavy hitters here: Kevin Tong, Tom Whalen, Craig Drake, Phantom City Creative, Alex Pardee, Scott C., Jason Edmiston and this is just the first wave. Check out the Mondo Batman posters below. Read More »
Philadelphia-based artist Tom Whalen just keeps getting bigger. But, for his latest show, everyone is getting smaller. Whalen is extremely well-known as one of the work horses for Mondo. If there’s a Disney property being turned into a poster, Whalen is usually doing it. But he’s also tackled such iconic films as RoboCop, Terminator 2, The Iron Giant and Army of Darkness this year alone. His bright, geometric style is recognizable and universal, leading to a steady rise in ppopularity
Even before that though, Whalen was working for Gallery 1988 and this week, they’re giving him a solo show. It’s called Bust’d and is comprised of 35 8×8 inch art prints showing the busts of character from all walks of pop culture. There are big, recognizable characters, fun supporting characters, characters from movies, video games, anime, there’s something for everyone. Plus, the size and cost makes them incredible easy to frame and affordable for everyone.
We’re excited to exclusively debut just a handful pieces that’ll be in the show, which opens Friday October 3 at Gallery 1988 West in Los Angeles CA. Check them out below, along with more specifics. Read More »
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A sure-fire contender for “limited edition movie poster of the year” will soon be available. The movie is the 1953 classic The War of the Worlds, and the poster is by talented artist Tom Whalen. The prints are being sold by Dark Hall Mansion and will first become available to fans who purchase a subscription to a new Twilight Zone print series by Whalen and others. See the full version of both editions of the poster below. Read More »
Who doesn’t love a good infographic? The ability to absorb knowledge, and look at something cool, fit together beautifully. Normally though, when we post stuff like that, it has to do with superhero movies or continuity errors. A new exhibit has almost no links to pop culture, but it’s by two of our favorite artists so we hope you’ll be as interested we are.
The exhibit is called InfoRama and features brand new screen printed infographics by Tom Whalen and Kevin Tong. Both artists are well-known for their work at Mondo, Gallery 1988 and more but this show is at the Phone Booth Gallery in Long Beach, CA. It’ll feature 13 brand new pieces based on a variety of technological, scientific and naturalistic topics. Below, we’ve got more info on how the show came to be, some hints of what to expect, and four pieces, including two exclusives, from Whalen and Tong. Read More »