Just caught this on the Corpses From Hell MG blog: they're offering five, that's right, only FIVE signed and numbered tracker screen prints by Maxwell Paternoster. You've seen his unmistakable subversive style on everything from DicE covers to that cool packing box from Lowbrow you haven't the heart to throw away. They're hand-printed on 300gm Lana watercolor paper, and they just might look better hanging on your wall than that box would.
If you've ever had the pleasure of exploring an old farm, you might find the experience of looking through Stenson's work to be quite similar: from unearthing a few hand-painted signs tucked away behind an old cultivator, to uncovering a dusty box of magazines stashed inside the leaning pump house. His work captures that same sense of adventure and discovery, and embodies an era when advertising relied upon the talent of under appreciated artists to grab the public's imagination. But that's not all: Stenson even manages to capture the weathered planks of the farm structures themselves!
This month, the epic Show Class Magazine has debuted it's new larger format with a wrap-around cover by Stenson. Stop by and grab a copy, and add some of their new leather patches, buttons, stickers, and t-shirts to your cart as well. They also have, at the time of this writing, a limited run of 69 signed and numbered screen prints of Stenson's killer cover. Better grab one now before they're all gone!
Frank Frazetta was one of the greatest artists to have ever walked this earth. Even if you don't know his name, chances are you've seen his work at some point in your life. His book covers were so popular that publishers would buy up the rights to any paintings he had lying around, and then hire novelists to write a story around them. Kids were known to even rip the covers off the books, stuff them down their shirts, and sneak them out of the store (or maybe that was just me).
There's no denying the power of his work. It's immediate. Breathtaking. Both beautiful and frightening. Frazetta has the ability to lift you up from your chair and drop you right in the middle of the action. He leaves you wanting to know more. Your mind is left spinning, trying to fill in all the details, wondering what the hell could have led to this?!
Frazetta's work caught the public's imagination like no other artist before or since, and his influence is incalculable. During the seventies, he was a fucking rock star!
Frazetta defined the aesthetic of the heavy metal and hard rock genres. His album covers for groups like Molly Hatchet brought them a level of success they never would have imagined; people bought up their stuff without hearing a note! It reached a point where Frazetta's art began to define who you were. Every stoned dude wanted a Frazetta-style mural on the side of their van, bikers craved his imagery for their choppers, and every artist with an airbrush was more than happy to oblige.
Starting today, I'm going to reserve every Friday here on Doom Cycle as "Frazetta Friday". Each week I'll be sharing some of the incredible work he accomplished during his career, and giving you a little insight behind the man. So, let's get a few of his most famous pieces out of the way, sound good?
David Lozeau's (pronounced Low-zo) character-driven style is a quirky blend of Mexican folk art, 1950s cartoon cell-animation, traditional tattoo imagery, and pure southern California Lowbrow. Lozeau's work features his unique perspective on life, death, and all the gory stuff in between. His paintings have appeared in galleries across three continents, he's collaborated with Disney, Harley-Davidson, and his work has been featured in tons of books and magazines.
Check out his site and grab some cool prints, original paintings, or if you're interested in having a unique piece for your bike, shop, or the walls of your living room, give him a holler: firstname.lastname@example.org
Evel of Guadalupe
The Harder the Conflict, the More Glorious the Triumph
Let's start this week off with Frazetta's 1967 oil painting "The Sea Witch", which some of you younger types will recognize as the cover for Wolfmother's debut album. The band, who finally have a new album out next month, have also used his paintings on their singles and other assorted merchandise. Check 'em out.
Last week I mentioned how influential Frazetta's work was/is, but did you know that the skimpy iron-bikini Princess Leia wore in Return of the Jedi was inspired by Frank? Yes, it sure was (according to costume designer Aggie Guerard Rodgers). Makes sense now that you think about. Pretty cool!