Posts tagged “art

Science Fiction Double Feature: What’s Left

Full report on the show still to come, but in the meantime, here’s a breakdown of what paintings are still available. If you’ve got Star Wars and/or Star Trek fans on your shopping list, or if you’re one yourself, have a look at what’s here and get back to me.

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Enterprise: 12×24 inches, $650.

(Note: prices do not include shipping.)


Cyber Monday

A few Cyber Monday art sales for you:

20% off everything (shirts, etc.) in my Design By Humans store, + free worldwide shipping. Code is BFCM.

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50% off my brand-new book, Heartbreakers. Code is BEST50.

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20% off all my Rebubble calendars, including my latest, Pinups.

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20% off all my Redbubble leggings.

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Cheers.
Bret Taylor
Vancouver, BC


We’re losing so many artists this year.

And now Steve Dillon is gone, too. One of the finest comic artists of the past 30 years, a man whose skills may have seemed a bit low-key on the surface – particularly in the mid-90s when style was valued so much more than substance – till you noticed his real strengths, which were legion. Garth Ennis, the Irish writer who teamed up with him on Hellblazer and The Punisher, and created Preacher alongside him, talked about how he didn’t write thought balloons for his characters, because you could read their thoughts from the expressions Steve put their faces. That was a pretty fucking revolutionary idea 25 years ago. Steve and Garth weren’t by any means the only creative team to do such a thing, but they certainly led the way.

The Hellblazer run is often overlooked, but it was incredibly powerful. So violent, so dark, but with moments of such grace, light, and clarity that they would break your heart (disclaimer: my heart breaks pretty easily, so I might not be the most reliable arbiter of such matters. But still). Two issues in particular really touched me – the first was John Constantine’s 40th birthday party, a flawless piece of storytelling that captured everything there is to capture about a transcendent night of what Steinbeck would call “heroic” drinking, and a pivotal moment in a man’s troubled life (much as it pains me to admit it, I was in my 30s when that issue came out, and now I’m actually older than the man of the hour). The other was a spinoff one-shot called Heartland, which dealt in absolutely unflinching terms with infidelity, abuse, war, and nasty family politics, using Northern Ireland as its titular heart and soul.

What Steve and Garth did on Preacher built on that, at least partially because it was a purely creator-owned book, with very little editorial influence. What they created in the span of a few years remains to this day my alltime favourite comic series ever, although Hellblazer has some moments so powerful they’ll change your whole life.
Steve Dillon was a legend.


The Summer 2015 Studio Sale

So it’s midsummer already. No idea where that year went; between work and shenanigans, I’ve been busy as hell, though.

I’m also, once again, up to my ass in paintings. My studio walls are covered, my couch is buried in them, every spare bit of space in my bedroom (which isn’t necessarily a lot) is crammed. This, obviously, will not do.

So hey. You wanna buy a painting at a bargain price and give me a little more space to paint more stuff?

Sure you do.

Here’s what’s up for grabs this year:

If you have your eye on a piece, drop me a line (howyadoin@gmail.com) and refer to the sale in the email title.

Fine print:

Prices are in effect till Friday, July 17, 2015. Prices do not include shipping.

New & Old Area Code Skulls.

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A few years ago I designed a tattoo for myself – something to show how much my adopted home – Vancouver – meant to me. When I showed the design around, I immediately got requests to feature it on t-shirts. Since then I’ve developed more designs, primarily based on the East Coast (trivia note: I’ve also lived in all of the Atlantic Provinces).

Now I want to expand the options available, and so I’ve added shirts for Ontario, Manitoba and Alberta so far, with more to come.

You can find the shirts here, in my Redbubble store. And kids’ sizes are also available.


Joystick – the Official Recap.

A few words of introduction: I had my first show at EXP in August of 2013, and by every possible yardstick, Ka-Pow! was a smashing success – even leading to a series of top-secret commissions by a certain prominent visual effects company. Brian Vidovic is the driving force behind the restaurant, and he and I talked back then about a potential videogame-themed show. In my head I could already see Pac-Man and Space Invaders paintings.

At that point I figured the show would focus entirely on the oldschool games. But as time went by and I talked to more and more people about it, I decided not to limit myself to any particular era.

(Especially since I did a set of Final Fantasy paintings for EXP earlier in 2014, and got an idea there of just how much untapped potential there was.)

Some of my previous shows have required an enormous amount of work to pull together, but this time around the process was pretty painless – two meetings (and when I say “meetings” I mean getting together for drinks), a few emails, and the pieces just fell into place.

The only tough part after that was finishing the paintings in time for the show. Which is par for the course; the final Dinosaurs piece, for instance, was finished just 3 hours before I hung it.

But I digress.

Joystick (my eleventh show) happened on kind of a shitty late-November night, and a weeknight to boot, but the turnout was still great – as were sales, thankfully. And everyone who did show up was enthusiastic and supportive. Lots of seasonal illnesses going around, which of course knocked some potential attendees out of commission. Not Donna Jaggard Fox, though. She showed up despite being extremely pregnant, and even bought a painting. Because she’s a champ.

The rest of us had a hell of a time drinking many Jameson Dark & Stormies courtesy of the always-awesome Simone Kelly, the instigator behind several previous shows’ signature cocktails. All that ginger beer made me feel like I was drinking some sort of health beverage.

The night got a little blurry there for awhile, and oddly enough, nobody thought to take many photos. Myself included.

More like an oldschool, pre-social-media sort of party.

Eventually things wound down, as things must. We had a final shot of Irish whiskey for the road, and another art show was done. By that point the rain had stopped, so a few of us wandered back to the West End together.

The next few days were spent meeting with buyers and with friends who weren’t able to make the show (and when I say “meeting”… I think you know where I’m goin’ with this).

Now. How ’bout some photos?

And finally, the obligatory but heartfelt words of thanks:

To Brian Vidovic (the master of ceremonies), Simone Kelly (the ambassador), Annie Friesen (the maker of buttons), and Chantal Michaud (the namer of names).

To Cristina Weir (who brought her parents to the show), Aida King, Kyle Reid, Meghan Kilner, Ian MacKinnon, Chris Schneider, Melissa Jones, Donna Fox (who inspired two of the paintings), Alison Tedford, Chris Magar, and Shamil Meghji, all of whom ponied up their hard-earned cash for the fruits of my labours.

To Stephanie Hogan, Scott Graham, Stu Hunter, Brenta Vatne, Jeff Hornby, George Smeltzer, Lee Harris, Jay Holtslander, Ned Tobin, Nick Salmon, Dan Fox, and Chris, who also braved the aforementioned shitty weather to show their support.

And as always, to Jaime Purgavie.


Biker Shirts

Well, hey. I guess this is the first big art news of the new year. As you may have noticed, I released a motorcycle calendar in the fall. And it seemed like a natural outgrowth of that to put out a line of bike shirts, too. Here’s a preview of the nine different designs:

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As usual, you can find ’em here, in my Redbubble store.


The Second Annual Boxing Week Sale.

If you know me, you know I’m a pretty big fan of tradition. Last year, as a way to clear out old stock and to say thanks for supporting my art career, I decided to have a Boxing Week sale.

There are paintings from Hot Pink, Ka-Pow!, Bugs, The Koi Show, Cocktails, Dark Valentine, plus a couple random pieces that weren’t featured in any specific exhibition.

Here’s what available. As you can see, pricing is not what you’d call consistent. Instead it’s based on a complex algorithm that takes into consideration the age of a piece, the size, the process, and whether or not I still want it in my life.

These prices are in effect from Friday, December 26th to Thursday, January 1st. After that, the paintings revert to their usual pricing. Also, prices do not include any shipping costs.

Happy Holidays.

Bret Taylor
Vancouver, BC
December 2014


Joystick – What’s Still Available.

So the Joystick show was a blast. This isn’t the full-on, official report on the show; that’ll come later. But for now there are a few pieces left, and it occurred to me that with Christmas looming on the horizon, maybe some of you have a gamer on your shopping list.

Maybe that gamer is even you.

Anyway, here are the goods, complete with sizes and prices. If you see anything you’re interested in, drop me a line at howyadoin@gmail.com

(Prices listed do not include shipping charges.)

Lightcycles: 8x8 inches for $100, or 6x6 inches for $65.

Lightcycles: 8×8 inches for $100. 6×6 inches: SOLD.

Mario Bros. Icons - 8x8 inches, $100

Mario Bros. Icons – 8×8 inches, $100

Mario: 8x8 inches, $100 Luigi: 6x6 inches, $65 Yoshi: 6x6 inches, $65 Mushroom: 3x4 inches, $40

Mario: 8×8 inches, $100
Luigi: 6×6 inches, $65
Yoshi: 6×6 inches, $65
Mushroom: 3×4 inches, SOLD

Controller: 8x8 inches, $100 Tempest: 6x6 inches, $65 Pac-Man: 3x4 inches, $40 Zelda: 3x4 inches, $40

Controller: 8×8 inches, $100
Tempest: 6×6 inches, $65
Pac-Man: SOLD.
Zelda: SOLD.

Gears of War Sonic Mortal Kombat All 6x6 inches, $65 each.

Gears of War: SOLD
Sonic: 6×6 inches, $65.
Mortal Kombat: SOLD.


Motorcycles and Bold Statements.

Okay, I’m gonna make a bold statement here. I like drawing motorcycles more than I like drawing women, cars, or guitars.

There, I said it.

I can’t even put my finger on the reason why; I just know it’s really fucking fun. Partly because motorcycles are just inherently badass, but there’s something else there, too. I’ve always liked perspective drawing, so that’s part of it. And figuring out how the parts work, doing the research… that’s pretty huge, too.

I decided back in January that this year’s calendar theme would be motorcycles, and I’ve spent almost the entire year doing research about cafe racers, trackers, scramblers, bobbers, choppers, street fighters…

Once it came time to start the actual work, I learned about sidecars, perimeter brakes, superchargers, even bikes I’d never heard of before. Crockers, for instance.

As I write this I’m on the penultimate bike, a Kawasaki KZ900. Once that’s done, I have to do an Indian – most likely a board tracker.

And then the calendar will be ready for release, and all will be right in the world.

Wanna see some in-progress stuff? If you follow me on social media, you may have seen some of these already. Not all of them, though: