The Best Art Prints on the Web: Creep Machine's Josh Curates His Top 5 of the Week
Josh from the blog Creep Machine covers art you can own every Tuesday for "All Shook Down" the SF Weekly's Culture Blog. Our fav this week, doomy campfires. Thanks, Josh. -d2
A self-taught artist living in Los Angeles (by choice she declares) Amanda has very nostalgic style. She has produced a line of products that you can get at your local Disneyland USA. Much like Nate Wragg, she uses dry brush techniques and some seriously eye catching color palettes. I love how simple her figures are, yet they have so much emotion in them. In this print, all of those kids are so happy to be roasting mallows, but that one kid knows that some bad news is coming any minute. This print is hand signed and numbered, and does not have hand painted additions to it, but will come with an archival sleeve. It helps if you choose to store your print.
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Camille Rose Garcia "Owl Addict"
This week seems to have come out a showcase of creepy/alternative illustration. So to top it all off I have Camille Rose Garcia with a beautiful framed print from Pressure Printing. Camille has a great surreal, disturbing style, and I think this style of printing fits her art very well. This piece is already sold out on the Pressure Printing homepage, so all that is left is from galleries such as Excellent Virtu. This print is one color, with a hand applied color wash. It's from a limited edition of 50, and I know this will sell out very soon. No telling when she is ever going to make a print like this again. I really like the frame as well, often the wrong frame is chosen for the piece, but you know that this frame was made for this piece.
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Andrew Bell "The Immediacy of Reincarnation"
You might know Andrew from his daily drawings for "Creatures in My Head" or his custom toy outfit DYZPLASTIC, if you don't make sure you check his daily site out. Born in England and now residing in Brooklyn, Andrew has a very unique style. I look forward to seeing the new daily creatures he comes up with, they seem to never end, it's really astounding that he can come up with that many. This print is from the "Hot Curry" show that was in Chicago, and comes with all sorts of goodies. It's signed and numbered, hand detailed so each one is special, hand deckled edges, and comes framed with UV reducing acrylic to protect it all. It's limited to 20 prints, and is quite cheap for all what you see above.
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Mark Bodnar "Pac Man Flag"
Currently living in Los Angeles, Mark has worked for The New York Times and National Geographic Adventure. He is also working on a new project for the Cartoon Network, which I think will be released soon. This piece was from the latest "I Am 8 Bit" show at the Gallery 1988 in L.A. I really think it captures that feeling of being a kid and having a game consume you, for me it was Metroid, man was I hooked on that game. I would have proudly walked with a Metroid flag. All of those 8-bit games seem to hold on to us, even when the graphics are getting more intense, I really love how this new art is capturing those old feelings. This one is signed and numbered, and limited to 30.
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Nate Wragg "Yeti"
A character designer that works for Pixar, Nate is one of the artists that worked on the Ratatouille movie. This specific print comes from a show at the Nucleus Gallery that was for a book entitled "Ancient Book of Myth and War", in which Nate was one of four artists. I like the piece a lot, it reminds me of the work that Amanda Visell does, a dry brush look to it. The style of the characters reminds me of those old Rankin/Bass "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" television shows, although the Yeti in this piece looks far more nutty. Get It Here