To be honest, the annual coaster show at La Luz de Jesus gallery caught on in a way I never thought it would. As a collector it seems like it just wouldn’t work: flimsy medium, relatively high price point, coaster stigma (“Look at my sweet art coaster collection” said no one), but I was wrong. The show draws a huge crowd, and it’s a great way to get small pieces from up-and-coming artists.
That being said, the big names are not around anymore because the show has been changing. In short: instead by being by invitation, it’s open submission. However, the big names always sell out opening night anyway (if not before) and all most of us can do it pout about it, so it’s not the end of the world. Here are a few of my favorites from the show. All of the pieces from the 5th Annual Coaster Show can be found online; I assume you email to purchase since there’s no direct checkout option at the moment, and it doesn’t look like there’s going to be.
Warning! If you click through (direct links to art existed briefly, but have been removed), a lot of the coasters are extremely sexual/graphic, which I don’t really want to see (maybe you do, idk), so fair warning.
Jack O’Lantern Demon by Ally Burke sold out opening night or before, and I can easily see why. This wonderfully terrifying piece packs a tremendous amount into a 4″ circle, and I am especially enjoying the detailed ghost background. Burke is pretty much the art queen of Halloween though, so no surprise that this piece is awesome.
Last year I did a Handmade Halloween post and I really enjoyed it, so I thought I’d do it again this year. This time I’m featuring an artist whose work I’ve been collecting for a few years now and who has a wonderfully creepy vibe: Ally Burke aka Dead Spider Hands.
This spooktacular print of Haunted House ($20) features a sort of Frankenstein’s monster-inspired woman with a ghost filled house in her hair, complete with planchette hair clip. I really enjoy the minimal use of color in this piece, which was from Burke’s Inktober 2016 series. I’m also almost positive that this was inspired by Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House, which I just finished reading.
If you’re in the market for original art, Burke has a number of pieces available. Above is Spookyberry Twins ($100) and it’s done in her newer style. Since I’ve collected her work for a few years it’s been really interesting to see how it’s changed, with more detail, color, and shading being added over time. I really like how the black lips are shaded on the left of the two faces.
Junko Mizuno’s newest show, “Ravina the Witch?” at Gallery Nucleus, includes artwork used to make her book of the same name. It runs from August 5th to August 20th 2017 and features both paintings and graphite drawings, as well as a limited edition print and signed copies of the book. Below are some of my favorite pieces from the show and my thoughts on them.
Above is a cover study for “Ravina the Witch?” I almost bought the drawing of this piece before ultimately deciding on the one I got, but this piece is really fun. The original painting and graphite studies have all sold.
Camilla d’Errico has announced a huge and really exciting release for August 4th 2017 at 9 AM PST in collaboration with the Planet Bee Foundation. The Bee Release will feature prints, clothing, original artwork, and one of a kind printed plates. The plates are custom printed and are quite lovely, I’ve chosen some favorites that you can see below with a full gallery at the bottom of the page.
One of the most striking plates from this release features d’Errico’s painting “The Beekeeper” which will also be a signed, limited edition print for the event. The plate chosen for it is perfect, and I love the use of blues in the piece.
Another lovely plate is “Lemon Drop” which I’m seriously considering making a move for. The lemon flower with the bumbling bee atop it is too cute to resist, and the plate, again, is just perfect.