Sunday, March 29, 2015

Grotesque Is in the Eye of the Beholder!

Artwork copyright © 2015 Aeron Alfrey.
Get an eyeful of Grotesque from Aeron Alfrey @ Monster Brains!
It's scary but delightful, gruesome but enchanting.
Aeron Alfrey is a modern day Hieronymus Bosch.

Monday, March 16, 2015

More Bang For Your Book! Part 1

Scans and photographs copyright © 2015 Ten Speed Press / Warren Dotz, Jack Mingo, and George Moyer.
Firecrackers: The Art & History by Warren Dotz, Jack Mingo, and George Moyer for Ten Speed Press reads more like a reference book than an art book. It puts the firecracker in historical perspective. From the firecracker's humble beginnings in small manufacturing shops in Ancient China to its modern day overblown (pardon the pun) commercial success worldwide, the firecracker has impacted our lives. It is no longer just a noisemaker to warn off evil spirits. It's also a money making product that changed Old Europe and the New World.
Firecrackers is brightly illustrated from cover to cover with label art and photography that will light your fuse. There are insightful anecdotes peppered amongst the chapters by people of importance who noted and quoted the visions of their times in reference to firecrackers and their usage. The spiritual and patriotic side of firecrackers is explored in all its splendor.
Firecrackers: The Art & History will show you how firecrackers are manufactured and distributed back in the olden days of China and how some of these processes have changed little to our present day.  There are insightful tips on how to collect fireworks with warnings to the wise of the ills and spills of collecting way too much. Caution: This book may be hazardous to your heath if you don't use common sense in engaging and lighting firecrackers properly. Safety 1st!

So what is the "appeal" of collecting firecrackers and their label art? Why anything... and everything one finds of interest can be appealing in these powder packed pieces of paper. From childhood memories of playful mischief to the aesthetic value one as a collector finds in collecting labels of various themes like Animals, Patriotic Wars, Folklore, Movie Monsters, and even Cowboys and Indians. Firecracker labels have lasted throughout the decades and are on display in this book which is a must for the avid collector or curious spectator.


Firecracker: The Art & History will make you explode with joyful exuberance!

Authors Warren Dotz, Jack Mingo, and George Moyer are all experts in the collecting of firecrackers and their label art. Each one brings to this book his pyrotechnics knowledge as authors, technicians, and collectors in the making of this somewhat explosive book.

For a free look and a place to buy, check out Firecrackers: The Art & History @

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Deep Zoell Searching!

Artworx copyright © 1968 Bob Zoell and clients.

My illustrator friend Leo Pando sent me 5 old images by designer/illustrator Bob Zoell who looks like he was influenced by Heinz Edelmann's Yellow Submarine and Milton Glaser's worx.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

Toys 4 Thoughts!

Artwork and designs © 2015 David Kirk and Hoobert Toys.

Have quite a few toys that I bought or were given to me for my daughter designed by illustrator/designer David Kirk.
David's toys for Hoobert Toys are delightful and can be viewed @
Great artwork on the boxes to match. 
Those Stacky Skellies are Tops!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Mullin' Around!

Artwork copyright © Martin Mull / Samuel Freeman Gallery.

Recent worx by Master Artist Martin Mull @ The Samuel Freeman Gallery.
Nothing WOW"S me more than Mull's Surreal Suburban America paintings. And yes, this is Martin Mull the comedian/actor of Fernwood 2 Night!

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Speaking in Tongues!

Artwork and photos © 2015 Jacob Lewis Gallery.

Jacob Lewis Gallery is pleased to present A Different Language, an exhibition of new works on canvas by identical twins Raoul and Davide Perré, better known by the moniker How and Nosm. 
This is the artists’ inaugural exhibition with Jacob Lewis Gallery, on view from February 20—April 4, 2015, with an opening reception: 
February 19, 6-8pm.
521 West 26th Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10001

How and Nosm were born in the Basque Country of San Sebastián, Spain and grew up in Dusseldorf, Germany. The pair began experimenting with aerosol spray paint and tagging as teenagers. Upon moving to New York in 1999 they developed their signature style and unique reputation for bold and highly detailed murals.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Man at Work!

Artwork copyright © 2015 Nigel Buchanan.

Slick and stylish illustrations by Nigel Buchanan from Sidney, Australia @ and