Joe Ledbetter @ Corey Helford Gallery Culver City

TONIGHT! June 4th 2010 .. catch the opening reception for Joe Ledbetter’s “Magnus Maximus” at the Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City CA!

Opening Reception: June 4, 2010 from 7‑10pm
On View: June 4 – June 23, 2010
A solo exhibition of different stripes, “Magnus Maximus” is an epic travel adventure based on Ledbetter’s journeys through Europe and beyond.For his first solo show at Corey Helford Gallery, Ledbetter creates an extraordinary collection of new paintings and drawings, filled with engaging narratives and bold visuals that are as autobiographical as they are a classic hero story. A true tale of wretched victory, “Magnus Maximus” is a character study in twists of fate and fortune, power and privilege. Continue for more after the jump:

Recognized worldwide for his combinations of cute and cuddly creatures with unfortunate — albeit humorous — situations, Ledbetter takes his work to new heights for the exhibition. Pushing his craftsmanship and design aesthetic further than before, he employs a lighter color palette of pure whites and pale hues on blonde wood panels, and he introduces baroque embellishments, inspired old world European architecture and design.

For “Magnus Maximus”, Ledbetter’s artistic career culminates in an unforgettable body of new work, which he explains “represents an artistic odyssey. The preparation for all my solo exhibitions have been journeys in their own right, ripe with adversaries, angels, self-doubt, sacrifice, bliss, despair, hope, stress, rapture, joy, shame, blood, sweat and tears. But the Magnus Maximus art journey went well beyond any previous show.

For me, it has cumulatively epitomized everything I’ve been working toward for the past 9 years as a painter. Personal narrative, sardonic or humorous undertones, familiar scenarios, strong shadowed bold lines, bright colors, limited palette, and hopefully great characters one can sympathize and fall in love with.”

Open to the public, the reception for “Magnus Maximus” will take place on Friday, June 4 from 7 to 10pm, and the show will be exhibited until June 23, 2010.

beinArt International Surreal Art Collective Group Exhibition “Metamorphosis” at CoproGallery

If you are in Los Angeles, this show is not to be missed!

beinArt International Surreal Art Collective Group Exhibition “Metamorphosis” at CoproGallery.
Opening Reception, Saturday, June 5 – 8:00 – 11:30 p.m.
Exhibit runs; June 5 – June 26, 2010.

Participating Artists:

Ron English, Shawn Barber, Chris Mars, Chet Zar, David Stoupakis, Viktor Safonkin, David Bowers, Peter Gric, Ray Donley, Scott Musgrove, Karl Persson, Jason Jacenko, Vincent Castiglia, Saturno Butto, Heidi Taillefer, David Choquette, Fred Einaudi, Carrie Ann Baade, Laurie Lipton, Paul Rumsey, Katherine Blackwell, Jason John, Artur Golacki, Brian Viveros, Dan Quintana, Jon Jaylo, Ben Tolman, Heather Nevay, James Zar, William B Hand, Dariusz Zawadzki, Mikel Glass, Isabel Peppard, Mark Powell, Lily Mae Martin, Beau White, Larkin, Alex Garcia, Chrystal Chan, Matt Martin, Stephanie Henderson, Leslie Ditto, Christian Van Minnen, Jon Beinart, Andy B Clarkson, Jeff Christensen, Luis Lorenzana, Michael Ryan, Fred Harper, Chris Peters, Sean Chappell, Erik Alos & more.

Each artist has been chosen for their ability to express themselves imaginatively with exceptional technique and un compromised individuality. The works will cover many themes that are central to the human experience portrayed with a surreal, dreamlike and often nightmarish aesthetic.

‘Metamorphosis’ will be testimony to a huge international movement of figurative artists who have resisted current trends in the art world and remained true to their artistic vision.

Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave, Unit T5,
Santa Monica, CA 90404, USA.
Ph: 310/829-2156

See the preview here!


R.I.P Frank Frazetta

we can be grateful that such a legendary talent came into our world and inspired us in our own lifetime … but it’s still a sad day to say farewell.

R.I.P Frank Frazetta

frazettaFrank Frazetta 1928 – 2010

tribute on youtube
Los Angeles Times in memoriam

Mari Inukai @ Copro in Santa Monica, here is the preview!


ST contributing artist Mari Inukai will be showing @ Copro Gallery in Santa Monica CA, artist reception is tomorrow Saturday May 8th .., but if you can’t get there you can see the beautiful preview here!


Check out Ana Bagayan’s new giclee prints!

Ana Bagayan just dropped two new giclees in conjunction with her upcoming show at Mondo Bizarro Gallery in Rome.  Though the prints will mostly be available at the show, Ana has decided to release a small portion to her US fans who will be unable to attend the Italian opening.

See more here on Hi Fructose!

Luke Chueh Beginnings / Endings (And Other Worthless Epiphanies)

ST contributing artist Luke Chueh will be unveiling his new body of work on May 8th at Copro Gallery in Santa Monica. If you’re going to be in LA, I highly recommend you stop in and check it out!

Here is a word from the man ….

My upcoming solo exhibition of new works, Beginnings / Endings (And Other Worthless Epiphanies), begins Saturday, May 8th at Copro Gallery in Santa Monica, and runs till May 29th. The show will feature upwards to 18 paintings, and also showcases another Chueh “remix” of a popular piece of modern art. Last year, I remixed Francisco Goya’s “Saturn Devours His Son”. This year I’m paying tribute and remixing the Francis Bacon masterpiece, “Figure with Meat.”

Beginnings / Endings… features a range of work that many of my fans will be happily familiar with. The show is meant to be, as the title suggests, a stylistic bookend before Luke begins to explore and experiment with themes inspired by my love/hate relationship with “contemporary” art. For more information concerning these future projects, sign up to my mailing list.
You can join at

For more information, go to Copro Gallery
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 8th, 2010. (8pm-11pm)
We hope to see you there!

For those of you in England, I’ve contributed an original painting to the upcoming Art from the New World exhibition. Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery, in collaboration with Bristol’s City Museum & Art Gallery, are presenting a diverse range of 45 artists, spanning a spectrum that ranges from pop surreal and neo-figurative to street art in this international exhibition. Originally set for an earlier date, Iceland’s volcanic ash spew, saw to a new date for the opening reception is on Saturday, May 15th, 2010.

A limited edition, signed and numbered giclée print of the painting I contributed and will also available for sale at the Bristol’s City Museum & Art Gallery.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Josh Agle (Shag), Jason Shawn Alexander, Chris Anthony, Van Arno, Gary Baseman, Ray Caesar, Colin Christian, Sas Christian, Luke Chueh, Coop, Dave Cooper, Ron English, Natalia Fabia, Korin Faught, Sarah Folkman, Melissa Forman, AJ Fosik Camille Rose Garcia, David Hochbaum,  Sylvia Ji, Eric Joyner, Dave Kinsey, Kukula, Joe Ledbetter, Henry Lewis, Lola, Travis Louie, Michael Mararian, Elizabeth McGrath, Mia, Brandi Milne, Buff Monster, Michael Page, Marion Peck, Joshua Petker, Carlos Ramos, and many more….

Anyways, that’s all for now. Take care, thanks for your support, and I hope to see you at the show!


-Luke Chueh

Shawn Barber Tattooed Portraits: Chronicle @ Joshua Liner NYC April 24 – May 22

Painter, tattooist and Sketch Theatre artist Shawn Barber will be showing new paintings in his tattoo series at the Joshua Liner Gallery in Manhattan from April 24th to May 22nd.
the exhibit called Tattooed Portraits: Chronicle, is Shawn’s first solo show in NYC featuring twenty paintings and eight works on paper. Reception Saturday April 24th from 6-9pm

For more on the show and Shawn, check recent interviews in ChinaShop Mag and Arrested Motion

– L.

Molly Crabapple 03 debut, and release of her collaborative work with Neil Gaiman on a limited edition giclee print!

I just debuted a gorgeous third installment from the unstoppable force Miss Molly Crabapple! I hope you dig this video with a cool track from the new Ravonettes album….

Molly Crabapple 2010

and to sweeten the pot and make this a really great day for Molly fans, she also just released this!

Neil Gaiman Poem Print
“Last year, my favorite author, Neil Gaiman blew my mind by hiring me to illustrate one of his poems via twitter”

Now, you can buy the result, signed, via my Etsy.

A matte, archival, 10″ x 21″ limited edition art print based on Neil Gaiman’s poem “A Desert Wind.” These posters are produced by Neil Gaiman’s merchandising company, Neverwear, and come signed by me. Probably my favorite illustration ever. Designed by Nicola Black

Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins second sketch installment!

I recently caught a rare moment with Greg “Craola” Simkins at his South Bay studio here in LA. We had a lot of fun catching up on life, art, rabbits, and how to keep your friends even after giving them a bad tattoo! Craola shouldn’t have any trouble keeping friends in any case, he is one of the nicest guys you could ever meet, and truly a rare talent. While there Craola brought to life his second sketch video installment for ST. He has also been preparing for his upcoming solo exhibit at Joshua Liner Gallery in NYC. I was privileged to see the nearly finished body of work before it is shipped off and I have to say it is stunning! His paintings are just gorgeous and everyone will be doing themselves a big favor to go see this show when it opens, such beautiful imagery.

I can tell you that this piece, which Craola created for the camera’s of Sketch Theatre will be one of 18 original drawings in the exhibit for sale. The show will open June 5th 2010 and run through July 1st. Check the gallery website here for updates.

And of course check out sketch video installment 02 here!


🙂 L.

“The Accursed Gift” by Steven Daily, a limited edition print release!

Hi All! Here is a treat for all fans of classic Disney villains and ST artist Steven Daily! Disney Underground has just released a new limited edition print, Steven Daily’s gorgeous modern interpretation of Maleficent, arguably the most evil witch in all of Disney history, the self-proclaimed “Mistress of All Evil” whom in her key role for the “children’s film” Sleeping Beauty fired off some pretty notorious quotes…”Now you shall deal with me, O Prince, and all the powers of HELL!” whoa…  Yea I’m a fan…

Here are the details, pick this evil beauty up!

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Mark Ryden time lapse of his latest painting "Incarnation" from his upcoming NYC exhibit, neat-o!

Watch Mark Ryden painting “Incarnation” from his new Exhibition “The Gay Nineties Show.”

Click to watch the 4 minute 27 second time lapse video

“The Gay Nineties Show”
opens on Thursday, April 29, 2010, and runs through June 5th, 2010. at Paul Kasmin Gallery in New York, NY.

Dress in your best “Olde Tyme” outfit and come to the Opening Reception: Thursday Evening, April 29, 2010, from 5 to 8 p.m.

Paul Kasmin Gallery
293 Tenth Ave.
New York, NY 10001

Spring has arrived, get out there and see some art!

Finding inspiration by seeing art in a book, watching a video, camping out here on Sketch Theatre (or any of the other awesome art sites and blogs available) is great, but if you don’t get out once in a while and let the breeze hit you in the face so you can stand before an admirable artists’ blood, sweat, agony, joy and tears … well then you’re not sharing in the full experience. Here are my picks!

🙂 L

Los Angeles

lola artnews revised final

Lola “Ipsum Factum”
link to the preview is here
on view to the public, Saturday, March 27th through April 14th 2010
Corey Helford Gallery
8522 Washington Blvd.
Culver City, CA 90232
310 287 2340

Cannibal Flower
Sat, March 27th 9PM-1AM ($8 at the door)
2808 Elm Street in Los Angeles
Huge Group Art Show featuring Asylm, JoKa, Michael Pukac, Nicole Bruckman, Paul Torres, Cate Rangel, Elizabeth Caffey, Jimmy Bell, Kelly Berg, Ted Von Heiland, Anna Chung, Crystal Sylver, Atiba Andrews, Prince Parise, Steven Lopez, Gustavo Rimada, Donna Letterese, Alex Chiu, Ben Brough, Paul Garcia, Peter Adamyan, Kelly Thompson, Dennis Pomales, Timimonster, Jeffrey Vincent Parise, Yuki Miyazaki, David Cooley, Snow Mack, Eban Lehrer,Brian Smith, Nate Seubert, John P. Wales, Sylvia Lizzaraga, Nicolas Shake, Richard Arthur, Eric Staniford, Chrystal Walker, John Culqui, L. Croskey, Jeffrey Page, Carlos Ulloa, MEQ, Michele Waterman, Shahid Brown, Booleep, Art Weeks, Brendan Tierney, Ubaldo Miranda Villa, Max Kauffman, Brian Robertson, Hilary Bond, Dion Macellari, Louie Metz, Alicia Papanek, Sam Graham, Marie Rim, George Saavedra, Ahh’d Art, Yvette Marie Ulrich, Kelsey Livingston, Max Kauffman, Kristy Sandoval, Clairfoster Brown, Adrianne Walker, Alex Gonzalez, Sarah Ramirez, Genie Melisande, Terri Berman, Mykal Brutal, Annie Liu, Heidi Spring, Lynn Marie Greaves, Anna Silvey, Eric Eyeball, Dan Joyce, Adam Smithmada, Wen Alarcon, Liane Shih, Jennifer Gonzalez AKA JenGi Creations, Kimberly Kite, Kevin T. Williams, Amy Bernays, Laura Brody, Lefty Joe, Rie Nasu, Aorta VI – Jared Blunk, Pj Kneisel, Sam Graham, and more with live painting from John Culqui and Steven Lopez and caricatures done by Lefty Joe with featured artist N.S. David and live music from Magna and Beats Curated by Patrick Icon from C.A.V.E. Gallery, X-Point, and Mr. NumberOnederful with a Special Rope Bondage performance from TomFoolery

New York


Chet Zar – “Endarkenment”
limk to the preview is here
March 6th through March 28th, 2010

Solo exhibitions of new work for both Chet Zar and Ewelina Ferruso open on Saturday, April 10th, 7-11pm at Last Rites Gallery, 511 W. 33rd Street, between 10th & 11th Avenues (3 blocks from Penn Station), 3rd floor, New York, NY 10001.


Mark Ryden “The Gay 90’s” Old Tyme Art Show”
April 29th through June 5th, 2010

California based painter Mark Ryden has a new show opening in New York City April 29th. “The Gay 90’s” will be open to the public at the Paul Kasmin Gallery in Chelsea through June 5th. Ryden combines fairy-tale like settings with doses of the grotesque, such as raw meat and fetuses, with references to classical traditions like Rococo décor and the notion of the Venus figure. This is his first solo show since his “Snow Yak” show in Tokyo.

preview link is here
Paul Kasmin Gallery
293 Tenth Ave.
New York, NY 10001
Phone: 212.563.4474

San Francisco

LeBasse Projects ‘Showcase: SF’ – A four-day group exhibition in San Francisco
For a special four day only exhibition, Los Angeles based contemporary galleryLeBasse Projects expands its horizons to the Bay Area. LeBasse Projects’ temporary exhibition offersSan Francisco a collection of work by some of the gallery’s best and brightest talent. The second’Showcase Series’ exhibition presents the gallery’s penchant for innovative and diverse artistsincluding:

Seonna Hong, Herakut, Yoskay Yamamoto, Edwin Ushiro, Alexandros Vasmoulakis, Andrew Hem,Melissa Haslam and Nate Frizzell.

Artists Reception: Friday, April 2nd, 7-11pm – Thursday, April 1st: 7-10pm — Gen Art Collectors Circle Private Event – Friday, April 2nd: 7-10pm — Artist Reception and Opening – Saturday, April 3rd: 7-10pm — MYX TV Hosted Reception

The Exhibition will be open to the public Thursday to Sunday, 12-6pm daily.

LeBasse Projects SF
1746 Post St. 3rd Fl.
San Francisco, CA 94115
(New People Bldg. in Japantown)

Please contact the gallery at 310.558.0200
or for general questions.

Check out Sketch Theatre in the April issue of Inked Magazine!

On news stands now is the April issue of Inked Magazine, and their awesome editorial team was kind enough to give a nod to Sketch Theatre! I was so stoked to do this little interview for them where they focused on the efforts ST makes to bring artists from all genres into the spotlight including some of the top tattooists we feature here the site, such as Nikko Hurtado, Corey Miller, Adrian Dominic, Nick Baxter, and Shawn Barber!

Here is the cover …



please pick up the April 2010 issue and check out the feature!



Lola's 'Ipsum Factum' opens March 27th at Corey Helford Gallery!

If you enjoyed watching Lola’s debut sketch video here on Sketch Theatre, then you will surely love seeing her beautiful paintings up close and personal. All Angelenos need to come see this show!

“Ipsum Factum” at Corey Helford from March 27th to April 14th 2010.
opening reception Saturday, March 27th from 8pm to 11pm.


sneak peek…..


see you there!


New Shops opened by some ST favorite artists, Greg “Craola’ Simkins and Gene Guynn!

For those of you with great taste here are a couple of ways to decorate your home and yourself!
Two great ST artists Greg “Craola’ Simkins and Gene Guynn have recently opened up their own artists’ web shops where you can find some really great prints and T-shirts.
Check out the links below and support!

Gene Guynn’s Rhino Barking Sparrow online store

click photo to enter store

Greg “Craola’ Simkins online store

click photo to enter store