Monday, December 28, 2009


Our friends at Cartoon Brew ran a story about the upcoming "Under The Influence: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" show and figured we'd share it with you. Not to mention it gives you a nice little peak at Chogrin's piece. And why stop there? Here's the whole piece...

Back to paradise...


Thursday, December 24, 2009


I'm currently enduring the last 10 minutes of the LOST Underground Art Show (and its accompanying year and a half of work) - and the last 10 minutes of my work year for 2009 here at the gallery. At 4 PM PT, we will close up for 2009 and take our yearly Holiday break both in LA and SF. Been an incredible year where our industry has taken a major hit (along with anyone selling basically anything), but with some crazy unexpected turns, we've had our most successful year yet. We couldn't be more thankful, and more specifically we couldn't be happier to be closing 2009 with the LOST show here in the gallery.

And before we take off, as Katie and I both will be spending some time in Mexico (albeit separate cities), we wanted to remind everybody about our HUGE show on January 8th, Friday night, opening from 7-10 PM. With our partners at Mattel, we'll be opening our annual "Under The Influence" show, this time honoring the incredible 1980's toy and cartoon property, He-Man and the Masters of the Universe. The work for this show is mind-numbingly awesome. I can not believe how EVERY artist has stepped up to pay tribute to such a fun honoree! Figure some last minute peeks were in order...

Ken Garduno takes a swing at the notorious bad guy, Skeletor.

While Gabe Lanza built up both sides in his own toy-making vision.

Johnny Sampson poses with Skektor, who is striking quite the pose himself.

Ayami Kawashima makes her return to G1988 after selling all her Crazy4Cult pieces, this time taking aim at the high flying Sorceress.

Actual Garbage Pail Kid artist Layron DeJarnette channels two 80's icons into one, with his GPK-inspired depictions of Beastman and Trap Jaw. I'd be lying if I didn't tell you guys this is a serious dream come true.

N.C. Winters continues to just get better, and totally blow my mind.

Again, write the date down! January 8th, 7-10 PM. We're also transforming the gallery into Castle Greyskull with Mattel and Pretty in Plastic, so you have no excuse. It's going to be awesome.

Have a great Holiday Season! And remember, both galleries will be closed through January 8th, when the LA gallery with open the Masters of the Universe show. But you can email us at for LA inquiries or for the SF location.


Wednesday, December 23, 2009


We've hid these off the website/blog/anything purely because you CAN ONLY BUY THEM BY WALKING INTO THE GALLERY, but we just got another 150 total of these LOST shirts in the gallery for purchase, in all sizes. They are designed by the amazing Olly Moss. The only way you can get one is by buying it in person, and we'll be open today until 6 PM and we'll be open Christmas Eve from 11 - 4 PM.

See you then?


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

G's Up

G4 posted their video of the opening night of the LOST Underground Art Show and it's a pretty incredible 8 minute clip! What a great group of media-saavy artists in this one!

The Power

2010 is so close. I can feel it. Which means we're just a few weeks away from our newest installment of "Under The Influence," the annual show where we work hand-in-hand with a major influence on the artists we work with to create a tribute show in their honor. Past honorees have included the Walt Disney Company, Stan Lee and Beastie Boys - and this year we partnered with Mattel to tribute He-Man and the Masters of the Universe! Still can't believe this is happening!

The show will open Friday night, January 8th with an opening reception from 7 - 10 PM and it will NOT want to be missed, TRUST ME. We're working with Mattel to create quite a Grey scene in the gallery for the show. And the artwork is incredible - and so many new names in the show to introduce you to.

Bill Carman

Alessandra Fusi

Audrey Pongracz

Jeff Boyes (print)

Our friends at ran a story about the upcoming show today....

CLICK HERE for that article, which features almost 20 more pieces that will be seen in the show!

You should not miss this show. It's a wonderful way to kick off 2010 with your sword to the sky!


Kid Robot Love

Big shouts to good people at Kid Robot for nominating us for "Outstanding Art Gallery" in their year-end poll! We are stoked and would love it if you guys voted for us, as we're up against some pretty stuff competition (and places we love too!).
Please CLICK HERE to put in your vote, and make sure your voice is heard in all the categories. And you can vote for our friends at LOST for Most Addictive TV Show!


Monday, December 21, 2009

OK, last one...

CLICK HERE for TV Guide's coverage...

Always brings such a smile to my face to see our genre and movement being covered in media outlets that have never covered these artists or shows in Los Angeles before, and never planned on it. Keep it moving.



CLICK HERE for Flavorpill's coverage with an interview with me...



CLICK HERE for Entertainment Weekly's coverage of the show, which includes video as well!


More Coverage of LOST

JensEn Karp

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Lora Zombie

We are so thrilled to be putting together Lora Zombie's first ever art show at the Clandestine Industries Landmark Store in Chicago. It opens tonight at the Clandestine Holiday party, running from 6-10 PM. Russian born artist Lora Zombie is an incredible emerging talent who already has a Hollywood who's-who of buyers, and that's all been without even having a traditional gallery show. Luckily, you'll be seeing her a lot at Gallery1988 in the next year, so let's kick it off here in Chicago tonight! 

And you blog readers can preview, and purchase, the new Lora Zombie artwork at

Some GREAT holiday gifts in there at affordable prices.

Hopefully see some of you tonight, as I'll be at the store from 6-10 PM as well bringing in the Holiday cheer. And being in snow for the 2nd time in life. 


Thursday, December 17, 2009

Not Calm

We still haven't stopped working around the clock for the Lost Underground Art Show, which opened Tuesday night, with what was our largest opening reception to date. With fans sleeping outside the gallery overnight (sticking line for over 27 hours), we opened the show, unveiling 20 original LOST-inspired paintings and debuting the 16th poster from acclaimed artist Tyler Stout seen below (which was released 24 hours later and sold out in less than a minute).

Executive Producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse didn't stop signing autographs the entire night, and we sold a ton of artwork! You can see the whole show by CLICKING HERE. Writers like Adam Horowitz, Eddie Kitsis, Liz Sarnoff, Gregg Nations, Melinda Hsu and Jeff Pinkner also attended, as the show's creation and loyal fan base were celebrated in one big room. But don't take my word for it....take CNN's.

Paul Scheer, who kicked off the whole project back at Comic Con, as well as Damon and Carlton, surprised those waiting in line earlier in the day with Limited Edition Supra shoes (based on LOST's "Expose" episode) and the limited edition resin 4-toed statue figures that were also customized by artists in the show. Both of these items have less than 50 produced in total.

Soon I hope to break down everything that Gallery1988 has been doing with LOST over the past year, but that time is not now, as we are soooo tired and that will be one seriously detailed report. And tomorrow morning I'm off to Chicago for Lora Zombie's solo show at the Clandestine Landmark Location. It's in Wrigleyville, and the party is Saturday night, 6 - 10 PM.

I'll be hanging out, some come say hi. Here is a peek at some of Lora's incredible pieces.

Her work is so incredible and so affordable! Stay tuned to the blog, as we'll put all the work on here as well for you to peruse. You won't want to miss her first solo show.

Until then, stop by the LA gallery anytime between now and Christmas Eve. We'll even be open Sundays 12-4 through Christmas Eve for your Holiday shopping convenience.

In closing...we'd like to thank EVERYONE at LOST and ABC Marketing for working with us for over a year on the intricate and ground-breaking LOST Art Campaign. Damon, Carlton, Samantha Thomas, Noreen O'Toole, Mike Benson, Barry Jossen and everyone who believed in us creating this project from the ground up in the most organic way. And we want to thank all the other integral people who helped with this project like Johnny Cupcakes, DJ AM (I'll never lose the excitement we shared over working on this), Steve Aoki & the team at Dim Mak and Deckstar, Ron Herman, Crumbs Cupcakes, Spin NYC, Fall Out Boy, 88-Keys, 44th Ward in Chicago, the University of Arizona bookstore, the list literally never ends. And to every poster artist - thank you for your enthusiasm and incredible work - the frenzy is over your work as much as it is LOST. As well as the artists who created paintings and customized toys for this - it's appreciated that you participated in something I had to keep so secret for so long.

Again, it's all so greatly appreciated.


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

EW (but in a good way)

CLICK HERE for the full article about tonight's LOST Underground Art Show.

Also, you can pick up this week's Entertainment Weekly magazine (Sandra Bullock is on the cover giving herself a creepy hair moustache) and check out an article about the campaign and art show on page 24!

15 people slept outside all night for the art show that opens at 7 PM tonight. THESE PEOPLE RULE!


Monday, December 14, 2009

Help Me?

Been here all day. Finishing up the LOST Underground Art Show. And it's brilliant. And just such an amazing way to cap off a project that has been shrouded in secrecy for so long. But I've been so proud of every aspect and want to tell everyone about it. And after tomorrow night comes and goes I hope to post a thank you to those who helped and gave so much to this project. But until then, I'm here alone. Looking at all this stuff on the walls. All the work and surprises. For what was my favorite TV show even before they came calling. It's kind of one of those moments where you think The Secret might actually be real, even though I usually hate anything Oprah endorses (t-shirt sheets excluded OBVI).

There's nothing I can show you really. All I can do is just tell you that the sold out 16 posters you see on will all be displayed in one room for the first time (and yes, I know you only see 15 on the website). There will be original artwork based on the television series. And there will be surprises. A few surprises.

Until then...

So you know. I'm making this face because we are a little under 24 hours away from the opening of the LOST Underground Art Show and I just found out we already have a line outside. Shit.


Friday, December 11, 2009


You can see all of the amazing new work in our Paper Pushers show NOW!

Here is the link to the available artwork...

Thursday, December 10, 2009


We are releasing three brand new prints today, all exclusive to Gallery1988!

Lawrence Yang
"Tree Triptych"
giclee print on Epson Ultrasmooth Fine Art Paper
16 x 20 inches
limited edition of 50

Martin Hsu
"The Audacious Rooster"
giclee print on fine art paper
12 x 24 inches
limited edition of 30

Pat Kinsell
"Super Plumber"
giclee print on fine art paper
11 x 14 inches
limited edition of 35

These prints are available now! To order, please call or email the SF gallery
(415) 409-1376 /

Or visit us in-store at 1173 Sutter St. in San Francisco.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Paper Pushers - Sneak Peek!

Paper Pusher 2009 opens this Friday! Here are a few sneak peeks...

Ben Walker

Lawrence Yang

Irma Rivera

Megan Kimber

Ahren Hertel

Martin Hsu

Dan Goodsell

JAW Cooper


Isaac Pierro

Tuesday, December 8, 2009


N.C. Winters
"I Am Jack's Broken Heart"
giclee print on fine art paper
12 x 16 inches
limited edition of 35
(inspired by "Fight Club" from Crazy 4 Cult:3)

Dave McDowell
giclee print on fine art paper
14 x 11 inches
limiter edition of 50

Scott Campbell
"The Exciting News"
giclee print on fine art paper
10 x 8 inches
limited edition of 30
(based on Kevin Smith's SModcast #42)

Take advantage of our holiday sale through Dec. 23rd,
and receive 10% off these prints when purchased in-store at G1988 Los Angeles. Or receive free domestic shipping on print orders over $125.00 via telephone or email.

To order these prints, please contact our Los Angeles location:
(323) 937-7088 /
Or visit us in-store at 7020 Melrose Ave., LA, CA 90038.

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Best For Last

December 2009 / January 2010 is easily the most exciting 2 month span in Gallery1988 history. With SF opening Paper Pushers, 88point5 rolling out with 1988 fav Chris B. Murray and Los Angeles opening Vivisect Playset, The LOST Underground Art Show and our annual January Under The Influence show (more on that later in the week) -it's what many would call a busy time of the year. But December 2009 will also mark our first art show at the Clandestine Industries Landmark store in Chicago, Illinois. With Clandestine Industries owner Pete Wentz, Gallery1988 will be orchestrating and curating art shows every once in a while over in Chicago, hoping to bring some of our west coast flare out to the Midwest. And our first Clan Art Show will open December 19th, introducing Russian artist Lora Zombie, a promising name you'll be seeing a lot of at 1988 in the next few years.

Lora, who's work was recently seen as the iTunes art for Fall Out Boy's new single "Alpha Dog," is an extremely talented young artist making her US debut at the Clandestine Landmark store. Already creating quite the buzz on the Internet, Zombie is ready to breakout - and now is the time to pick up her work while it's still affordable. Here are a few examples...

Lora's art show will be part of the Clandestine Holiday party, which will also mark the first time clothes from the "Death of Neon" collection (which includes a Lora Zombie designed shirt) will be available in the store. Exclusive Clandestine jewelry and a new Lora Zombie Landmark exclusive shirt will be first available during the event as well. And I'll be visiting!

Stay tuned to the blog, and our website, for previews and ways to pick up Lora's artwork - as we'll be selling the work through our normal avenues. And those in Chicago, we'd love to see on December 19th.


Friday, December 4, 2009

Two New Shows!

Ok, so we have two new shows opening that we need to announce. The first is a solo show with Chris Murray, which starts tomorrow (Dec. 5th)!

"Autopsy" - one of Chris' pieces from the new show

Chris did an amazing job and you can actually see the entire show now! We'll start taking orders tomorrow, but here's the link to see all of the available work...


And one week from today, Paper Pushers '09 opens!

Paper Pushers is one of my favorite shows of the year because it features all works on paper, including sketches and drawings! The work is super affordable and just in time for the holidays! Here are a few previews from the show...

Allison Reimold

Veronica Hebard

Juri Ueda

Ewelina Ferruso

Dan Goodsell

Chet Zar

So, two great shows to look forward to! Remember, Chris Murray opens tomorrow and Paper Pushers opens on Dec. 11th!

G1988 SF