Saturday, January 30, 2010

More Previews!!

The new work has started to arrive for our new SF show that opens next week! I'm sad to take down Krista Huot's solo because her installation was so beautiful. But this next show is a great one to follow up with.

May Ann Licudine

May Ann Licudine

Roland Tamayo

Roland Tamayo



Kendra Binney

This is turning out to be a great show! Stay tuned for more updates this coming week. The show opens this Friday, Feb. 5th. We're also working on a new print with May Ann of one of her pieces from the show (not the ones pictured above), which unfortunately won't be ready for the opening of the show, but we love her new work so much that we had to make some prints!

Friday, January 29, 2010


It's your last day to see the He-Man Tribute show....oh, how we'll miss it.

Check out this incredible feature from our friends at Electric Playground.


Wednesday, January 27, 2010

New Print Release!!

Tomorrow, we are releasing a brand new Sean Clarity print of his piece from last year's Crazy 4 Cult show! The piece was inspired by Fight Club and was defintiely a favorite from the show.

Sean Clarity
"Jack's Imaginary Friend"
giclee print on archival paper
18 x 10 inches
limited edition of 50, signed and numbered

To order, please call or email our Los Angeles location...
(323) 937-7088 /

These new prints will be available for sale starting Thursday, January 28th.


We have a GREAT show coming up in SF next week. We'll have new works from Roland Tamayo, Tin, Kendra Binney and May Ann Licudine! I have a few preview pics from the ladies in the show, and will post more pics as they come in. Enjoy!




Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Entering the final week of "Under The Influence: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe," is a tough time to be working in the gallery. The fact that we built Greyskull in here is pretty special, and I'm having trouble letting it go. But yes, it will all be gone this Friday. But before then, we wanted to point out another great press clipping from this weekend. This one from AOL's Asylum...

You can read the article, which includes quotes from artists Johnny Sampson, Ben Strawn and Kiersten Essenepreis, by CLICKING HERE.

Another thing that does ease the pain of destroying Greyskull88 - it makes way from the Grass Hut invasion!

"Glass Hat," an exhibit that will feature artists from the collective "Grass Hut," will open on Thursday, Feb 4th, with an opening reception from 7 - 10 PM. It will feature artwork from Grass Hut artists, Bwana Spoons, Martin Ontiveros, Le Merde, Apak, Justin "Scrappers" Morrison and Arbito, but also feature GH affiliates Shanggs, Shawn Wolfe, Gargamel, David Horvath, Kiyoshi Nakazawa and John Black. Going to awesome! Wanna know more about Grass Hat and the show? I asked the guys to break it down for us...and here's what I got:

Imagine a club house (or hut) made of beards, fluorescent paint,
driftwood, plastic toys, beat up skateboards, swimming suits, colorful
string and bottle caps. That's Grass Hut!

It all started with Bwana Spoons. He made art that inspired us all. He
invited us to show art with him, he's the reason we came together.
Scrappers, Le Merde, Martin Ontiveros, and Apak have come to be know as
Grass Hut.
These artists have helped Grass Hut grow by curating group shows, teaching
each other how to make toys, making websites for each other, painting
murals, working the shop counter, shipping, answering email, making each
other laugh with fart jokes, and by having the kind of fun that informs
the work we do.
Grass Hut is a gallery/shop/studio located in Portland, but all the
artists involved have turned it more into a colorful wildfire of
creativity that has spread throughout the tubes of the internet connecting
artists from around the world.
Beyond the brick and mortar of the Portland location, Grass Hut grows in
the work done by it's extended family: Arbito, Snaggs, Shawn Wolfe,
Gargamel, David Horvath, Kiyoshi Nakazawa, John Black and You make this
whole thing more important then the people involved.
Now it's about the spirit of stoking each other's creative fires and
making art that reminds everyone to have fun.

Glass Hat is a mistranslation of Grass Hut from a translation site our
friends in Japan used. The first time I got an email from Chanmen (of
Gargamel) and it said Glass Hat I shit myself with laughter.

Glass Hat at Gallery 1988 is our chance to take all the fun we've had
making Grass Hut a creative playground and explode.

Expect fresh original paintings, one-of-a-kind custom painted toys,
special print editions, and collaborations of all shapes and sizes.

Told you....sounds awesome, right? This week I'll get you some previews too. In the meanwhile, just imagine goodness.


Saturday, January 23, 2010

Anne-Julie Aubry

I have one more piece to show from our last Paper Pushers exhibit. It arrived a little late so not many people have seen it...

Anne-Julie Aubry
crayon, watercolor, and acrylics on Arches paper
6.5 x 9 inches
10.5 x 13 inches (framed)

Anne-Julie was inspired by the fairy tale Snow White. I'm definitely in love with her work!

If you are interested in purchasing, please call the SF gallery at (415) 409-1376 or send us a message via email to

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

More Press

Wanted to just do a drive-by and mention two of my favorite new pieces of press about the "Under The Influence: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe."

The LA Times gives the shout-outs and a nice nostalgic walk through the He-Man brand. You can read this by CLICKING HERE.

Do you know German? Cause I don't. At all. So if you do, let me know if this article loves, or hates us. You can read it, or just stare at it in confusion, by CLICKING HERE.


Friday, January 15, 2010

Krista's Installation

Arrested Motion did a nice write up on our current Krista Huot show, with some GREAT pics of Krista's installation. Krist painted the walls of the gallery to look like a storybook forest and we get compliments on it daily! She did such a wonderful job with the entire show.

Check out the Arrested Motion pics here...

Thanks Arrested Motion!!

Thursday, January 14, 2010


We have a VERY exciting new series of work available from Ayami Kawashima!

"Can't Give Up"

Ayami Kawashima is a Japanese painter from Tokyo and a current senior student at OTIS College of Art and Design. She began learning classical ballet at the age of three, and studied abroad at a notorious art school in Boston as a ballet major from fourteen. She went through a succession of injuries and surgeries, and a particular painting of a ballet dancer that was created during her rehabilitation was highly appraised by the principal of OTIS, which led to her admission to the school.

Ayami's has exhibited at the La Luz de Jesus Gallery and Gallery1988.

The show is now online, however it has not officially opened yet. We will begin to take orders tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 15th at 12PM PST. But you can view all the work now, at the following link...

Wednesday, January 13, 2010


Things have been crowded here at "Under The Influence: Masters of the Universe," with tons of people coming and in of the gallery everyday, wanting to check out our version of Castle Greyskull. Figured I'd swing by the blog quickly and give my favorite examples of the massive amount of press we've gotten for this show.

One of my favorite websites, LAist, marked the exhibit as one of their weekly must-see's. You can read that by CLICKING HERE.

LOVE the LA Weekly blog article about the show. You can read that by ">CLICKING HERE.

And as I've said before, my favorite press to get has always been in outlets that never cover art shows in our genre. And a perfect example of that is popular gossip site, PinkIsTheNewBlog. Trent swung by, picked up some amazing pieces and talked about it. Thanks, Trent! You can read that by CLICKING HERE.

Anyway, there's more press out there, but these are just some of my favs. Google away if you want to see more. And make sure to swing by this month and hang out in the Castle.


Saturday, January 9, 2010


Holy cow! Last night's opening reception for "Under The Influence: He-Man And The Masters Of The Universe" was insane! There was literally a line for 2 blocks ALL NIGHT LONG. For the first time in our 6 year history, we stayed open almost an hour after the advertised closing time, purely so we could get everyone into the gallery.

We are stoked people thought the gallery's transformation into Castle Greyskull was as awesome as we thought it was. Here are some pics...

This show will be up through January 29th, so you have some time to stop by and hang out in the Dungeon.

And if you haven't seen the show online yet, you must! Lots of incredible paintings and prints still available. You can see the entire show and availability of the pieces by CLICKING HERE.

We will be open tomorrow, Sunday, from 12-4 PM, which is rare because it is (and probably still should be) our day of weekend rest. But we have the power!


Friday, January 8, 2010


Installation almost done!

See you tonight, 7-10 PM at Gallery1988:LA


Thursday, January 7, 2010

Artwork Preview!

It has been a CRAZY week with He-Man opening in LA and Krista Huot's solo show in SF. We have Krista's preview now online, so definitely check out her amazing new work. She put together a beautiful show centered around storybooks and fairtales, a perfect combination with her style!

See the entire show here:

The opening is this Saturday, Jan. 9th at G1988 San Francisco. Krista is in town, so stop by and say hello!

G1988 SF


Literally too tired and spent to do more than this...

A sneak peak at Todd Slater's Skeletor screen print. It's insanely dope.

Remember, Friday night, 7-10 PM, "Under The Influence: Masters of the Universe" will open with a reception at Gallery1988:LA. Come hang out in Greyskull.


Wednesday, January 6, 2010


So, the installation just started.


Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Bring The Walls Down

Back in the gallery installing our next show "Under The Influence: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" which will open THIS FRIDAY night, from 7-10 PM. And the entire gallery will be transformed into Castle Greyskull, which is most likely something that no one has ever said before. That whole process starts tomorrow. In the meantime, figured what better time to give you more previews.

First up, in addition to Alex Pardee's big Skeletor piece which was unveiled during Comic Con, the man himself created a handful of small watercolors depicting some of his other favorite bad guys. Here are 3 of my favs...




Fresh off her awesome 88point5 show, Allison Reimold depicts her version of the classic good vs. evil battle - He-Man vs. Skeletor. This one is incredible in person...

And fresh off his outstanding success during the LOST Underground Art Project with his Crash poster, Eric Tan switches up the style with an edition depicting Battlecat. This is an INCREDIBLE print and they'll sell out fast. TRUST ME.

For the first time at Gallery1988, artist Project Detonate delivered a fresh piece of everyone's favorite pest, Orko. We hope to work with Detonate more in the future, cause this is one of our favorite pieces in the show.

Kiersten Essenpreis is basically batting 1.000 at this point. Every piece is more witty than the next. here she shows us what He-Man and Skeletor might do on their days off, focusing on some major grooming tough spots...

Another new-to-1988 artist, Australian Meggs, has contributed a stunning piece - as this isn't the first time the artist has pulled influence from the toy line/cartoon.

Staring at these pieces, and MANY more, sitting on the floor right now, waiting for Greyskull to be built, is a pretty fun way to past the time. I tell you. All for this Friday! More news coming about this show, including a possible toy reveal that involves one of your favorite shows on a certain network that airs cartoons.

AND, one last thing. We want to thank everybody who voted and Kid Robot, as their 2009 Robo Award Winners were announced and Gallery1988 was named "Outstanding Art Gallery" of the year!

We are total flattered and stoked. Thank you guys and we hope to have 2010 not let you down (win, it won't, wink).


Monday, January 4, 2010

Happy New Year!

I'm sure most of you returned to work this morning, just as we did after some well needed days off. It's always a little difficult to get back to work, but we have a show to start of 2010 that will chase your back-to-work blues away! Gallery1988 favorite, Krista Huot, has created a solo show titled "Nepenthe," which is a greek word that literally translates to "the one that chases away sorrow." Krista's new show centers around the world of storybooks and fairytales, so the new work is sure to bring a big smile to all of our faces!

The show opens this Saturday, January 9th at Gallery1988 San Francisco! Stay tuned for preview pics throughout the week.

Happy New Year!

G1988 SF