• Art,  Los Angeles

    First Art Book Documenting the Most Prolific American Painter of All Time

    Merge Records co-founder & Superchunk singer/guitarist Mac McCaughan interviews SK for Talkhouse
    “Play “Cut Your Hair” as you read…this is a great book about a great artist. His paintings sell out, but he never has…one of the season’s outstanding art books.” – Bookforum

    “This guy must be the most prolific artist of all time.” – artist Shepard Fairey

    “[Keene is an] assembly line Picasso” – TIME

    “By some measures, Mr. Keene […]
    is one of the most successful artists in the world.” –
    New York Times

    “Whether they realize it or not, most rock fans of the past 20-odd years, 
    especially indie rock fans, already know the work of artist Steve Keene.” – Variety

    “This is a wonderful book…
    it’s a real keeper, it’s a work of art itself.” – Jim DeRogatis, Sound Opinions

    “A ’90s icon of contemporary art in his own right, 
    Keene’s work remains revered well into the 21st century.” – Consequence

    “Warhol claimed he wanted to be a machine,
    but Keene IS a machine.” – artist Ryan McGinness

    “…slapdash yet distinctive. The brushstrokes thick, the figures he replicates en masse
    compelling and relatable.” – Brooklyn Magazine

    Last Tuesday of June 14th, The Steve Keene Art Book (#SKartBook) — the highly anticipated, first ever published collection featuring the work of one of America’s most beloved and affordable artists, Steve Keene — is out via Hat & Beard and Tractor Beam. Documenting arguably the most prolific and collected American artist of all time, the book arrives after a successful Kickstarter campaign with over 600 backers, and has seen support from Forbes, Variety, Billboard, Consequence, Sound Opinions and beyond. Nearly the same size as the LPs that Keene is so very fond of, The Steve Keene Art Book is more than simply a love letter to the prominent vinyl fan and cultural icon.

    Perhaps best-known for his deep ties to the 90s indie rock scene — thanks to work with Pavement, The Apples in stereo, The Silver Jews, Bonnie “Prince” Billy and more — Keene is a legend amongst music and art fans both for his vibrant, automated style, and his everyman prices of just $5 – $10 per painting. After producing over 300,000 hand-painted original pieces over the last 30+ years, he’s earned his reputation as the art world’s “Johnny Appleseed,” allowing thousands to become art collectors and challenging the notion that “good art” has to be expensive art along the way.

    Produced by Daniel Efram over a span of six years, The Steve Keene Art Book came to fruition from efforts to document a 2016 exhibition at legendary artist Shepard Fairey’s Subliminal Projects gallery, but expanded to include original works sent in from dozens of Keene collectors and Kickstarter supporters. The book includes long-form essays and insight into Keene’s life, space and process from rock stars like Chan Marshall (Cat Power), Will Oldham, and members of Superchunk, as well as anecdotes and personal stories from artists like Ryan McGinness and Fairey, journalists, collectors, art-world insiders and devoted fans around the world. Alongside a dazzling collection of 277 of Keene’s works, Efram takes readers into Keene’s utilitarian chain-link “painting cage” for an all-access pass into the artist’s fascinating systemic technique.
    For more about Steve or to see some of his work, click on this video documentary playlist: https://bit.ly/3KFzebN

    Specific details of book:
    $95 // Hardcover // 264 pages
    Published by Hat & Beard and Tractor Beam
    Official Pub Date: June 14 / Available online only via Hat & Beard https://bit.ly/3IsEfCu

    From July 28 August 12, Steve Keene will also be making his return to Los Angeles for his first art show since 2019 at the newly opened Palm Grove Social (1902 S. Palm Grove Ave. Los Angeles, 90016), curated by Hat & Beard Press.

    The multi-room exhibit will include both new and old artworks from various collections, and will feature selections from the personal libraries of Efram and The Apples in stereo’s Robert Schneider and Eric Allen. Plus, in much the same way that the book was curated, LA locals are invited to post their Steve Keene collections on Instagram with the tag #SKartBook #SKartShow in order to be considered for having their pieces included in the show.

    Keene’s long-awaited return to Los Angeles follows the show that proved to be the inspiration behind the book: his 2016 “Modular Synthesis” month-long stay at Shepard Fairey’s Subliminal Projects gallery, where Keene sold 550 pieces on opening night and saw lines stretch out the door and around the corner in Echo Park.

    Photo Credit: Daniel Efram 
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  • Art,  Gift Guide,  New York,  pet,  San Diego,  WorldWide

    The blank page isn’t daunting with 10-Step Drawing: Cats and Dogs

    Featuring illustrated tutorials for drawing dozens of animals, Ten-Step Drawing: Cats and Dogs break down each subject into ten simple steps. All you need to get started is a pen or pencil and a piece of paper! Learn to draw more than 50 cat and dog breeds, including American Shorthairs, Persians, Maine Coons, Golden Retrievers, French Bulldogs, Great Danes, and many more!

    Learn to draw your favorite cats and kittens, step by step, with Ten Step Drawing: Cats.

    The blank page can be daunting, but the fun and approachable books in the Ten-Step Drawing series offer a quick and easy starting point for any doodler, illustrator, or aspiring artist to be creative. Featuring illustrated tutorials for drawing a variety of different animals, flowers, plants, and people, each book in this appealing series breaks down each subject into 10 simple steps. And all you need is a pen or pencil and a piece of paper!

    Handy prompts help you learn to draw by encouraging you to express creative individuality, while helpful general drawing tips enable you to try out your drawing skills on other subjects not featured in the book. The projects feature instructions for graphite pencil, ink, and colored pencil, for a well-rounded introduction to drawing.

    Learn to draw more than 50 cat breeds, including:

    • Ragdolls
    • American Shorthairs
    • Persians
    • Siamese
    • Sphynx
    • Maine Coons
    • And many more!

    The perfect reference for your first steps as an aspiring artist, Ten Step Drawing: Cats is sure to give you the courage to break out a pencil and paper and draw to your heart’s content!

    Learn to draw your favorite dog breeds, step by step, with Ten Step Drawing: Dogs.

    Learn to draw more than 50 dog breeds, including:

    • Labrador Retrievers
    • Golden Retrievers
    • French Bulldogs
    • Pugs
    • Poodles
    • Chihuahuas
    • Great Danes
    • And many more!

    The perfect references for your first steps as an aspiring artist, Ten Step Drawing: Cats and Dogs are sure to give you the courage to break out a pencil and paper and draw to your heart’s content!

    Designed especially for aspiring illustrators, doodlers, and art hobbyists, the fun and approachable books in the Ten-Step Drawing series encourage new artists to get acquainted with the basic principles of drawing so they can learn to create art with confidence. They are sure to encourage even the most reluctant artist to break out a sketchbook and doodle to their heart’s content. Other subjects in the series include Flowers, Animals, People, Nature, Manga, and Everyday Things. Ten-Step Drawing: Cats and Dogs both publish December 14, 2021.

    Justine Lecouffe is an artist, illustrator, and graphic designer based in London, UK. She creates digital and traditional hand drawings encompassing fashion, beauty, architecture, and travel for clients in a wide range of industries, from book publishing to branding for jewelry and fashion designers. Her work has been published in a number of books, including Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls, and her major clients include Apple, O2, National Trust, NHS, Redbull, Nivea, and Pandora. If you’d like to find out more information or see further examples of her work, find her on Instagram @justine_lcf.

  • Art,  Gift Guide,  Los Angeles,  San Diego

    Take your art in a bold new direction—go gouache!

    Take your art in a bold new direction—go gouache! In Creative Gouache, artist Ruth Wilshaw shares her step-by-step techniques for creating brilliantly vibrant effects with this easy-to-master medium, a perfect companion for transparent watercolor.

    In this comprehensive guide to gouache, you’ll:

    • Get an overview of essential materials and surfaces.
    • Learn basic handling and coloring-mixing techniques, including layering, creating blends, and adjusting opacity, plus troubleshooting tips for common challenges, such as dealing with shifts in color and value from wet to dry.
    • Explore how to paint fun, simple motifs, flowers, butterflies, landscapes, and lettering.
    • Discover fun gouache techniques, such as adding texture and painting gradients and blends.
    • Learn how to incorporate other mediums with gouache, including paint pens, colored pencil, and watercolor.
    • Use what you learn to create inspiring projects such as dimensional artwork, clay décor pieces, and cheerful banners.
    See what you can create with gorgeous, wall-to-wall color with Creative Gouache!
    Perfect for creative beginners, the books in the Art for Modern Makers series take a fun, practical approach to learning about and working with paints and other art mediums to create beautiful DIY projects and crafts.
    About Ruth Wilshaw:

    Ruth Wilshaw is a self-taught gouache artist who loves to encourage others to give this quirky medium a go. She enjoys painting modern landscapes and creating art inspired by nature. Ruth shares tutorials and videos with her growing number of fans and followers on Instagram and YouTube, giving tips and advice on painting with gouache for artists of all levels, especially beginners. Her videos have been viewed more than 10 million times. Originally from the UK, Ruth lives in Texas.

    Instagram: instagram.com/ruthwilshaw
    YouTube: youtube.com/c/RuthWilshaw/videos
    Website: moderngouache.com

  • Art,  Gift Guide,  Los Angeles,  San Diego

    See the beauty in the everyday—and how to capture it with paint

    With Paint Every Little Thing, you can learn to paint your favorite everyday items using watercolor, gouache, ink, pastel, and more.

    From food and kitchen tools to clothing, gardening supplies, home decor, cosmetics, and more, this book will show you how to see the beauty in the everydayand how to capture it with paint as well!

    Start by learning about the supplies you will need with the help of the tools and materials section; then peruse the painting and mixed-media techniques, which include layering, blending, glazing, and more. You’ll also learn how to mix colors.

    Once you’ve learned the basics, it’s time to dive into the creative prompts and step-by-step painting projects. Covering fun, appealing subjects, these include:

    • food (your favorite foods, ingredients, restaurant items, and more)
    • kitchen tools (what you cook with!)
    • clothing
    • random things from around the house
    • outside items (gardening tools, plants, and so on)
    • and much more!

    Throughout the book, find beautiful, original artwork. The creative prompts will inspire you to create art of your own with more open-ended suggestions, while the step-by-step projects feature complete instructions for painting in professional artist Kristine Lombardi’s trademark loose, beautiful style.

    The Inspired Artist series invites art hobbyists and casual art enthusiasts to have fun learning basic art concepts, relaxing into the creative process to make art in a playful, contemporary style. Following closely after the successful first book in the series—Draw Every Little ThingPaint Every Little Thing is the ideal resource for artists of all skill levels looking for a creative outlet in their everyday lives.

    Also available from the series: Block Print for Beginners and Watercolor Painting at Home.

    Kristine A. Lombardi is a professional illustrator who began her career in advertising and promotions before leaving the corporate world to focus on design and illustration. The author and illustrator behind Nature Painting in Watercolor and Paint Every Little Thing (both from Walter Foster Publishing), as well as several children’s books, Kristine has also worked with a variety of well-known clients and teaches art classes at Montclair Art Museum. She lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with her cat, Boo. Learn more at kristinelombardi.com.

  • Art,  Gift Guide,  WorldWide

    East meets West as Dodelande and Cheng launch luxury book, Chinese Art: The Impossible Collection

    International collector, John Dodelande has joined forces with prolific name in the global art scene, Adrian Cheng to create the ultimate volume in Chinese art.

    Chinese Art: The Impossible Collection is a beautifully curated, 194-page monograph looking at present-day Chinese art and society – a dedication to nearly half a century of the country’s greatest masterpieces.

    Building his collection for over ten years, Dodelande has worked with many of China’s most noteworthy artists. The publication of the book is highly personal. He says: ‘This is not an encyclopaedia of contemporary Chinese art. It is a personal anthology of works that we love and admire.”

    As a crucial part of his method, Dodelande travels to meet artists who become part of his collection, with the belief that art is a universal language, possible of building meaningful connections between East and West. Dodelande continues: “‘To be in their studios, observe their body language, and feel their internal force – that helps me make sense of the art.”

    The choice of works in the book allows for an exploration of artists’ key role as observers, participants and commentators. That singular function of art is further interpreted with scholarly introductions and captions written by art historians Philip Tinari, Alexandra Munroe and Karen Smith.

    Partner in the curation of Chinese Art: The Impossible Collection, Adrian Cheng is one of the most influential people in the art world with positions held at some of the leading galleries, institutions and museums across the globe. He confesses that the book was a labour of love, which was not always simple to compile. He says: “It was a near impossible task to winnow the selection down to just a hundred. The discussions were long, deep, and sometimes heated – and people may be surprised by some of the choices we have made.”

    The oversized volume is part of publisher, Assouline’s Ultimate Collection and gives homage to the art of luxury bookmaking. It is hand-bound using traditional techniques, with several of the plates hand-tipped on art-quality paper and housed in a luxury clamshell, to respectively exhibit the works of art in the best, most elevated form.

    The price tag reflects the enormous care and craftsmanship that has gone into this fabulous book: it retails for $895 (€820, £695).

    For more information or to order a copy of Chinese Art: The Impossible Collection, visit: https://www.assouline.com/products/chinese-art-the-impossible-collection

    About the authors

    John Dodelande is a European entrepreneur and art collector who has been growing his collection since his early twenties and owns works by many of China’s most significant living artists. He is convinced that art, as a universal language, is one means to forge a new Silk Road, a meaningful web of connection between East and West. Website: https://www.johndodelande.com

    Adrian Cheng is a prolific and dedicated collector of contemporary Chinese art, and a powerful force on the global art scene. In 2020, the journal ArtReview ranked him twelfth in its list of the 100 most influential people in the art world. That influence is due in part to his K11 Art Foundation, a non-profit organisation that promotes emerging artists internationally. Cheng also holds positions with some of the world’s leading art institutions, among them the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Met in New York, and the Royal Academy in London.

    Praise for Chinese Art: The Impossible Collection

    ‘Adrian Cheng’s exciting new publication Chinese Art: The Impossible Collection is urgent. It is wonderful to see this polyphonic volume of creativity from those who for many years have championed and supported the voices of a new generation of artists in China, ensuring their work reaches both local and global audiences.’

    Hans Ulbrich Obrist, director of the Serpentine Galleries

    ‘This book encapsulates the continuity between pre1970s Chinese art and the contemporary art circle. This is something not widely understood. But John Dodelande, on his many journeys through China over the years, has grasped the inner connection between these two phases: he clearly apprehends the unfolding of modern Chinese art. So this book shares a new perspective from Dodelande’s own cultural standpoint, and also contributes to an understanding of the inner consciousness of Chinese culture as a whole.’

    Wang Guangle, leading Chinese artist

  • Art,  New York,  San Diego,  WorldWide

    Finding Inspirations from The Nature, Fun Art Project to Do in This Upcoming Holidays

    No matter where you live, whether the climate is tropical, arid, humid, oceanic, or cool, you likely have a great spot to observe nature, and you will find yourself feeling more peaceful. There really is beauty everywhere you look! In this upcoming holiday season, doing arts with your partner or your family is a great idea. Let’s fall in love with art, and having fun in the life.

    In Nature Painting in Watercolor, the focus is all on the great outdoors—specifically, the plants that grow there. Beginning and aspiring artists can learn to create their favorite ferns, leaves, trees, florals, as well as animals, using the popular watercolor medium. Start by learning about the tools and materials needed to paint in watercolor; then dive into a thorough and fun painting techniques section, which covers washes, glazes, how to add detail in watercolor, and much more. If you’d like to spend more time outside (who doesn’t?), check out the section on finding inspiration outside for tips on viewing and gathering natural painting subjects, such as trees, grasses, flowers, and many other plants.

    And if you can’t get outside, we’ve got you covered as well, with suggestions for where to find images online and photos to use as references. Also learn to sketch and keep a detailed sketchbook—skills that will help you when you get started on the step-by-step painting projects in the largest section of the book.

    The step-by-step projects cover popular natural painting subjects, including the ones already listed here as well as rocks, mushrooms, buds, blooms, big and small trees, and forest animals. All are illustrated and painted in the author/artists’s signature contemporary watercolor style.

    Nature Painting in Watercolor offers a fun, refreshing look at painting plants for today’s artist.

    About the author:

    Kristine A. Lombardi is a professional illustrator who began her career in advertising and promotions before leaving the corporate world to focus on design and illustration. The author and illustrator behind Nature Painting in Watercolor and Paint Every Little Thing (both from Walter Foster Publishing), as well as several children’s books, Kristine has also worked with a variety of well-known clients and teaches art classes at Montclair Art Museum. She lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with her cat, Boo. Learn more at kristinelombardi.com.

    The Art of Paint Marbling takes you through all the tools, techniques, and tips you need to create your own marbled artwork. Closely following the successful The Art of Paint Pouring and its follow-up, The Art of Paint Pouring: Swipe, Swirl & Spin, The Art of Paint Marbling features a similarly easy-to-follow format and appealing aesthetic. Paint marbling is a contemporary technique with a long history. What started hundreds of years ago has evolved into a fun, modern art form that’s popular on YouTube and has been hailed as a trend by The New York Times.

    Nowadays, paint marbling uses a base of thickened water, onto which paint is poured and then swirled. Dipping paper directly into the paint creates beautiful, abstract art that’s easy to do at home using minimal, affordable supplies.

    Using step-by-step projects with thorough instructions, artists can use a variety of techniques to manipulate colored paint into intricate patterns and create marbled artwork on a variety of surfaces, including paper, cloth, and wood panels. Large, beautiful, and colorful photos accompany all of the projects and techniques. Paint marbling serves as a fun hobby for beginners, a new art form for more advanced artists looking for alternative techniques, and a family activity perfect for artists young and old.

    With The Art of Paint Marbling, you can learn to use paper, paint, and water to create your own on-trend artwork!

    About the author:

    Rene Eisenbart is a Portland, Oregon–based artist. She spent 25 years creating botanical illustrations for The Oregonian and now teaches painting workshops locally and in Europe. Rene paints from her classroom studio and likes to incorporate watercolor, collage, acrylic, and more into her expressive paintings. She is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, the National Watercolor Society, and the International Society of Experimental Artists. Learn more about Rene on her website: rene-art.com.