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March 23, 2017

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Currently untitled, 30″x40″, acrylic, pencil, ink, and colored pencil on panel. See it in person April 29 for the opening of Architecture of Resilience at the Cathedral Building in Oakland.

March 23, 2017

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I’m really excited to announce my next solo show, opening April 29 at the Cathedral Building here in Oakland. Architecture of Resilience will explore our internal structures of resistance and strength, how they are shaped by adversity, and how we can persist and thrive in spite of the dark clouds overhead.

Featuring new paintings, drawings, and sculptures, I’m turning my focus outward, in contrast to 2015’s Ballad of the Broken Body, with portraits of friends and strangers, depicting their interior space by threading flowing forms through architectural elements.

The show will be in one of Oakland’s most exciting new DIY venues, located in a beautiful apartment with great views of Downtown and lots of space for viewing and schmoozing. More info to come in the next few weeks, mark your calendars!

March 23, 2017

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Amongst a heap of murals, commissions, and design work, last year marked the completion of the biggest indoor project I’ve ever done – these panels are 12 feet tall and are constructed from the same rough cut pine boards that were used to form the concrete walls of their location, creating a tangible connection between materials and place.

The panels are installed in a beautiful Tom Kundig designed house located in Saratoga, CA. The home combines subtle elements of Japanese architecture with really thoughtful details to create a very livable and visually striking environment, frankly I couldn’t have asked for a better setting in which to work.

I’d like to extend a huge thanks to Monty and his wonderful family for this opportunity, thank you to Ryan and everyone else at Faultline Artspace for putting up with these giants for months, and a big thank you to Shawn HibmaCronan, Mario, Julio, BJ, Jack, and Gustavo and his crew – I couldn’t have done it without you guys.

January 28, 2016

HandsNPants

Now on display at Faultline Artspace in Oakland, the latest installment of Hands & Pants. The brainchild of Oakland art O.G. John Casey, Hands & Pants is a broad collaborative venture, employing 100+ of John’s artist peers in a unique artistic exchange. An invited artist was given the hands and/or pants and asked to complete the figure in any way the artist saw fit, with the intent to create a collective storyboard using this motif. However, the returned collaborations have gone far beyond John’s expectations in sheer artistic variety, producing an extended family of unique, individual beings. Here’s my contribution, there’s another 130 amazing artworks on display. Come see the whole crew during Faultline gallery hours, the show runs through the end of February.

January 28, 2016

IllWill

Once again, it’s time to make space for a new year and new projects – help me clean out my studio and get great discounts on original work. Take home this 12″x12″ for just $180, reduced from $250, this one and all my other available work is in my store, ready to ship! Local Bay Area pickup is also available, follow the link for details.

January 28, 2016

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Working on getting some new merchandise in my store, including button packs and a handful of smaller originals, prints, and laser cut items – check out what’s currently available right here. Stay tuned for more, I’ve got some exciting collaborations coming up this year as well!

November 24, 2015

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After getting some really positive feedback on the smaller flash sheets I did last year, I decided to do a series of 4 full size sheets. Inspired by traditional tattoo iconography and drawing from my own library of symbolism, they are a collection of designs from the past two years, refreshed and refined. Number 4 is sold, but the other three are currently available in my online store. These will likely go fast, so if you’re interested in taking one home don’t hesitate!

November 24, 2015

Magpie_DP

Very excited to share these with you. Thanks to the awesome crew at Faultline Artspace, my Magpie Study from earlier this year is now available as an 8″x10″ print, in two limited editions of 50, on French 100# cover paper, and on Faultline’s signature maple ply panels. Get yours here.

November 24, 2015

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Long overdue update, here’s some shots from my most recent mural project in Downtown Oakland. Big thanks to Athen B Gallery and Weinstein Local for putting this together, check it out in person on the west side of Franklin St., between 14th and 15th, or online at AthenBGallery.com.

July 15, 2015

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Thank you to everyone who came out for preview and reception for Ballad of the Broken Body, the response was so positive and I feel really lucky to have such a great audience for my work. Special thanks to Betti Ono and their awesome team for all their hard work. Also, a big thank you to Nastia Voynovskaya for the great feature about the show in the East Bay Express, check it out here if you missed it.

This Saturday we’re hosting an artist talk from 2-3pm, with a Q&A and refreshments until 5pm, plus a limited print release from Illustrated Antics. Visit my Tumblr for photos of the whole show, but if you live in the Bay Area, get to Betti Ono before July 25 to see it in person!