The All New CKirkart.com Is Now Operational

Hello again dear art lovers,

I hope you’ve all had a great week thus far!

I’ve finally finished building a new website to exclusively feature my new series APOKO – LIPS.

For me, the ongoing series Apoko – Lips is an attempt to take an impartial look at contemporary culture, the velocity of information and life lived online through high-tech touch screens. Actions and movements interrupted by glitch, are emphasized in the work as a “Note to self” or memento of the physical body and the external world. The Apoko – Lips series asks two questions. Are we detaching from fundamental components of our humanity with each new technological advance; or are we simply experiencing the awkward, embarrassing growing pains of evolution while propelling ever closer to a new golden age?

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 I invite you to visit and explore my new site.

 Welcome to the new ckirkart.com

Until next time,

Ckirk

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New # 15: An Intriguing Nude Triptych

Hello again art lovers,

I just stopped in to share my new triptych titled Apoko – Lips # 15.  This set took a while to finish.  I think we did the photo shoot over a month ago, for christ sakes!  Some of you may recognize the figures and props from an earlier and very popular blog post.  If not, and you’re interested in seeing the pre processed photos just click  here.  Anyway, I really like where the 2015 work is headed.  It’s still focused on contemporary culture, technology and action interrupted by glitch, but with this piece, I’m looking at old ideas and pairing them with the modern equivalent.

I uploaded a large image of the full triptych and each individual section of the piece below.

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Apoko – Lips #15

Acrylic, emulsion, transfer pencil, graphite, micron pen, oil pastel on watercolor paper, 2015

Enlarged Adaptation

UV inks on metal.

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#15 Section 1

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#15 Section 2

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#15 Section 3

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In other news, the all new ckirkart.com will be operational next week and will exclusively feature my new series Apoko – Lips.  For the next 7 days, I am offering you free shipping on any purchases of art created prior to 2014.   This offer ends March 25th at midnight.  If there’s a piece you’ve been considering, now’s a good time to grab it.

Click here to see what’s available.

If you see anything you like, email info@ckirkart.com and we’ll be happy to help.

Until next time,

Ckirk

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APOKO – LIPS Balloon Prototype Party

Hello again art lovers,

Things are going well.  Last week, I sold a piece from my 2009 “Monochrome” series titled “Halo 4“.  I’m also really excited because over the weekend, I started a prototype for a sculpted version of my APOKO – LIPS balloons. Well, it wasn’t just me.  A had an old friend who I used to sculpt with and my 5 year-old on hand.  We had an Apoko – Lips Balloon prototype party. It’s still far from done, but I’m having to spread my time between projects a lot lately.  That being said, I’ve realized that the APOKO – LIPS series has become a process that is much more complex than me simply painting alone in the studio.  The work is going to take longer.  Thankfully, I’m not beating myself up too much about not being able to finish every piece right away.

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“Halo 4”, Monochrome series 2009

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 Detail scan of a 2014 piece featuring the Apoko – Lips balloons.

Until next time,

Ckirk

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“There & Back Back Again By Dildo Braggins”

Hello again dear readers,

I hope the year is shaping up well for all of you.

It’s been a while since I published a new blog.  In fact, this is my first entry of 2015. Initially, the lack of documentation was from post holiday fatigue.  Distancing myself from work came to an abrupt end soon after 2015 began.   Fortunately, my new year started off with the sale of quite a few original works and some pretty large limited edition print orders.  Commissions from designers, political hopefuls and others started to roll in as well.  It’s great when the new year kicks off with tons of elated interest in your work.

The good fortune is especially welcomed after last year.  I spent most of 2014 strengthening my body, exploring consciousness expansion through natural means, and developing new techniques for art which I have committed to evolving over the next few years.  I don’t think anyone would argue that the above list of activities are all good, healthy exercises for a human being to engage in.  The problem is, the funds I had accumulated during the previous year  were steadily disappearing.

I eventually and very briefly sought gainful employment but I quickly realized I wasn’t as crafty at conning my way into jobs as I was ten years ago and that I would rather continue making money on my own terms.   A much older artist told me that he believed once a person had been a working artist for a certain length of time, they basically become unemployable in the conventional work environment.  I don’t know if that’s true or not, but it doesn’t really matter.  Opportunity cranked up again just when I really needed them to.  Is it possible that Universe has picked up the phone and  it’s time to work again?   Yeah, it’s possible.

That being said, there has been renewed interest in my 2013 “Gozer” limited edition print.  I’m glad I held a handful of them back.  Strangely enough, the newly purchased “Gozer” editions are headed to separate art collectors in London with very similar names.

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Photo of the original mixed media canvas “Re-Imaging Gozer”, 2009 -2013

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The “Gozer” limited edition of 10, created by the print dynamos at Static Medium in Los Angeles.

 

I also, very recently, sold both my “Soft Machine” canvas’ from 2011 to separate collectors.  The smaller “Soft Machine” companion piece was purchased when a long-time collector brought some friends to my studio for a visit.  A polite married couple are the new owners.  The larger “Soft Machine” canvas is now owned by an art lover in London.  The Londoner also purchased a handful of other originals.  

I love it when someone acquires multiple pieces!

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“Soft Machine” mixed media canvas pieces from 2011

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Photo of the “Soft Machine” companion piece requested by new owners.

In conclusion, the new year thus far, has oozed good fortune.  I have much more news about sales, commissions, and also updates on my latest body of work APOKO-LIPS but I’ll save that for later and stop here.  If I don’tthis blog post could quickly transform into a sociopathic bragging session and/or stretch on to an annoying length.  Maybe it already has.  If fact, I’m sure that it has.  I think I’ll call this entry

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“There & Back Again by Dildo Braggins”

If anyone else is interested in original art, commissions, or the gritty cartoonish-realism of the 18 x 24″ limited editions of “Gozer”, Feel free to email me at info@ckirkart.com 

Until next time,

Ckirk

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I’m A Thief And A Shitkicker, And, Uh, I’d Like To Be Famous

Hello again dear readers,

I hope everyone had a good weekend.

I did.  I was pretty busy.  I finished up a few pieces I’d been working on for a while.  I also picked up a very interesting commission recently and acquired the imagery for the upcoming work over the last few days.  I’m now tasked to produce a composition featuring and focusing on five separate vaginas.

I’ll post some photos when the commission is complete.

In other news, I decided a while back that I wanted to reproduce a few of my minotaur as avatar-themed pieces from 2013.  The original three that I presented to the world were watercolors.  Two sold quickly, so I only have one left. I suppose the concepts aren’t through bouncing around in my head just yet because the new, reworked pieces simply HAVE to be part of my ongoing series “Apoko – Lips”.

Anyway, like Picasso, I’ve always been fascinated with Ovid’s minotaur from Greek mythology but I’m not sure how important the bull-headed creature actually is to the composition.  I feel like the idea embodied in the work could be more important.   Speaking of, the concept behind the painting “One Day There Will Be Theme Music Everywhere I Go” reminds me of

Devine’s line from the John Waters Film “Female Trouble”.

The line is

“I’m a thief and a shitkicker, and, uh, I’d like to be famous.”

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Picasso wearing his minotaur mask.

That being said, the original 2013 piece was created using only watercolor and micron pen.  The current reworking was came to fruition by way of acrylic, emulsion, micron pen, oil pastel and Elmer’s glue, but photography played a huge role, as it always does with all my new “Apoko-Lips” pieces.  Without shooting the photographs of my pose, my paint covered pallet and the green oil paint smeared across canvas, it wouldn’t be the same.  I also made a composite from a handful of re appropriated photos to create the balloons and boom boxes.

 The original was extremely popular.  It was even selected for The Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series last year.  The event was held in the African-American Museum in Dallas, Texas.  You’d think the piece’s popularity would’ve cast a huge cloud of doubt in my brain when I first decided to recreate it, but fortunately it didn’t.  I posted the insanely popular 2013 version of “One Day There Will Be Theme Music Everywhere I Go” and the current embodiment of the concept below.

I hope the new version is received as well as the original but who knows if it will be?  I sent an image of the new painting to the collector that purchased the original and he fucking loved it!  He’s attracted to the “Explosive” quality the 2014 version exudes.

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“One Day There Will Be Theme Music Everywhere I Go” 2013

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“One Day There Will Be Theme Music Everywhere I Go” 2014

Feel free to let me know which version you like better and why.

Until next time,

Ckirk

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“There are days I feel like making up a silly alias and spray painting giant dicks all over the city”

   Hello again everybody!

I hope all you guys were  fellated at least once last week and that Oprah gave all the gals a new luxury car!

Now that that’s out-of-the-way,

check out my latest handmade print!

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“There are days I feel like making up a silly alias and spray painting giant dicks all over the city”

Size yet to be determined
Emulsion, acrylic, oil, graphite & oil pastel on watercolor paper, 2014

The statement it’s self is something I mumbled last night before brushing my teeth. The idea for the props I used during the photography stage  came from somewhere else.  An artist pal of mine named Joey Seeman posted a section of an old Avengers comic on facebook a while back.  Apparently the phrase “Straight dick” used to mean something else entirely.  Anyway, you can see how it all naturally came together.

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Until next time,

ckirk

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Krampus L.A. @ Copro Gallery + New Hand-Made Print “Omega Effect”

Hello all,

I received word that I will be included in the “Naughty or Nice” group exhibition with Krampus L.A. which will be held at Copro Gallery.  There are a ton of artists exhibiting including Chet Zar, Bob Dobb, Luke Cheu, Travis Louie, and even Tim Burton!  I’m excited to be involved and have already began formulating ideas for my piece..that I have yet to paint.  I better get started.

In other news, I finished up a hand-made transfer print titled “Apoko – Lips Omega Effect”.  The inspiration for this piece came from reading the DC crossover event “Final Crisis” which I felt had so much potential yet disappointed me terribly.  Anyway, the print is one of a kind and is on 11 x 15″ 140lb acid-free watercolor paper.  The inspiration for this piece came from reading “Final Crisis” which I felt had so much potential yet disappointed me terribly.

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“Omega Effect” is pretty sweet and is available HERE.

Until next time,

ckirk

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