Artist Interview: Mark Licari

Mark Licari
A couple of weeks ago, we featured Mark Licari on the B/D blog, and the response was so positive that we decided to catch up with the man himself and ask him some questions about his work, squids, and life in LA. Licari’s world is full of sea creatures, crawling bugs, exploding volcanoes, and the degenerative force that turns a clean room into a big fat mess. In addition to his vibrant works on paper, elaborate lithographs, and hilarious sculptures, he also creates dramatic wall drawings that will make you ‘ooh’ and ‘ahh’ like a little kid. His show at the Monterey Museum of Art is on view through February 14th, so go check it out!

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William Emmert

emmert williams 1Ever wondered what to do with all those baseball cards you collected as young squirt?  William Emert has a good solution.  Instead of selling his collection at the local sports memorabilia store, he decided to turn his old trading cards into art. 

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Aaron Nagel

aaron nagel 3Hey kids, you don’t need to go to art school!  Look what self-taught painter, Aaron Nagel accomplishes without formal training.  This specific series of paintings feature beautiful women, who almost seem to be martyrs, against a dark abyss.  In a strange way, the portraits feel religious and slightly sacrilegious at the same time.   Aaron has upcoming shows in San Francisco and Florida.

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Dear Van Gogh

mike mak Dear Van Gogh 1Whether you’ve already had your morning coffee or not, here’s a mug full of satire from Mike Mak.  The ear is made of silicone, so you can stretch and play with it. Yummy! If you ever wanted to channel the spirit of good old Vincent, now there is officially a way you can do that.

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Lauren Perlstein

lauren perlstein forest Photographer Lauren Perlstein serves up a hot dish of variety from forests to tatted up hooligans strapped on the toilet. Check out her Flickr account.

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Andres Guerrero

Andres Guerrero
Former White Walls Gallery owner Andres Guerrero has been making some epic skull and currency infused paintings that really pop. He has a show going up at Subliminal Projects in LA from February 6th through March 6th, so make sure you go check it out!

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Klaas Van der Linden

Klaas Van der Linden
Mysteriously dark images from Belgian artist Klaas Van der Linden. Almost all his paintings are set against a black background, and many are self-portraits. The obscured nature of this work reminds me a little bit of paintings by German artist Henning Kles.

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P.Williams

P.Williams
If you like funny looking faces, then you’re gonna love what P.Williams has going on. A little bit of Crumb mixed with some Barry McGee, throw in some Spongebob Squarepants and we’re starting to get a little bit closer. Great selective use of color and text too, it looks like this guy fills up an entire sketchbook every week!

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