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Pulp Illustration + Sculptural Assemblage of the Desert

Dave Lebow _ Mikal Winn

Dave Lebow _ Mikal Winn

Hey Art Nerds!

You’ve only got three more days to check out the current show at La Luz De Jesus – a double show of works by Dave Lebow + Mikal Winn.

 

Dave Lebow is a representational painter and illustrator from Oklahoma. He has a BFA in Painting from Boston University and an MFA in Experimental Animation from Cal Arts. He studied privately with Burton Silverman and at the Art Students League with Daniel Green, David Lefell, Robert Phillip, and Robert Brackman. He has exhibited and sold his work extensively in the Mid West including the Museum Of Fine Art in Santa Fe and shown his films in US and Canadian festivals. He has created illustrations and animations for the entertainment industry including Showtime’s Dexter, The Food Network’s “The Secret Life Of…” and illustrations for Paramount Television’s Medium, ABC’sOctober Road and the History Channel’s Strange Rituals. He was awarded in the California Open Juried Exhibition for his painting “Mad Love” and he recently completed a portrait commission for Tanya Haden and Jack Black. He lives with his wife, daughter and two cats in Venice, CA.

“I want my images to grab you and drag you if not willingly, then kicking and screaming into my picture . I’m inspired and interested in imaginative storytelling pictures that evoke an emotional response. I’m attracted to subject matter from the world of pulp illustration, other worldly realms of fantasy, drama and horror as well as classical illustration and realism.”

 

Dave Lebow – Young Girl With Genie Oil on canvas, 12×20″

Dave Lebow – Young Girl With Genie
Oil on canvas, 12×20″

 

Lebow - Evil Genie

Dave Lebow – Evil Genie Oil on canvas, 27×21″

 

Mikal Winn is a high desert artist, with a studio in 29 Palms just past Joshua Tree. “I’ve been pretty lucky with my work getting out there,” he says sitting outside his fantasy world showroom/studio underneath a giant gilded leopard. “I loved the Indiana Jones movies as a kid, those gleaming chests of gold and gems seemed so exotic and really inspired me. “ After a few years of art school in Columbus, Ohio “I almost lost all interest in it there” he admits, he moved to California and started shopping around his gem studded belt buckles. A showroom picked them up and they went like gangbusters.

His work has graced the pages of fashion rags Elle, Lucky, Teen Vogue, and country star Keith Urban even wore his work on the cover of Playgirl. Since then, collectors have included Halle Berry, Britney Spears, and a slew of other high priced human mannequins. For this exhibition, Winn has been working on giant jeweled animals – boars, deer, coyotes and snakes. Using real and faux gemstones, crystals, fossils, vintage chains, buttons and frames, he creates over the top beasts of beauty, striking and funny and jaw-droppingly weird, “I wanted to take something kind of scary and make it fun, something I would want to see if I was a kid. Take something people may think of as ugly and make it beautiful.”

 

Mikal Winn – Sarah 16x34x17″

Mikal Winn – Sarah
16x34x17″

 

Mikal Winn – Beefy 27x48x39″

Mikal Winn – Beefy
27x48x39″

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