Antipodes Project

Hot off the drawing table, a new ink drawing for the Antipodes Project originally started by artist Ben Tolman. Visit Joe MacGown’s blog for a good background on the project. I really enjoy creating these intensely packed drawings.

I should also mention that my drawing Hypnos is on display this weekend at Copro Gallery as part of the Underworld show. Contact the gallery for information.

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Hypnos, 2017, ink on paper, 11″ x 8″

Nameless Larvae of the Other Gods

Here is my piece for the In the Depths show to be held at Copro Gallery in August. The show is curated by Cris Velasco and features works themed  around the writing of H. P. Lovecraft.

I always associate the works of Lovecraft with the doldrums of summer. I was barely a teenager when I discovered Lovecraft, thanks to a rich vein – that reeked of the last owner’s cigarette smoke – in a nearby used bookshop. It was a discursion from  Tolkien, Verne and Peake, my other favorites at the time.

It is pointless to pretend that his lush writing did not have an influence on my developing artistic aesthetic. All those strange cities and damp gardens, and of course the monsters, had a way of sticking in the mind and resurfacing at unexpected moments.

Maybe one day someone will hire me to illustrate a Lovecraftian edition, until then, I’ll leave you with the Nameless Larvae of the Other Gods. If you are interested in purchasing this piece from the show, please contact Copro Gallery.

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Nameless Larvae of the Other Gods, 2016, ink on paper, 14″ x 10″

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Opening Doors

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The Fish Parade, 2004, ink on paper, 10″ x 14″
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Moon Gathering, 2015, Pigma ink on paper, 11″ x 15″

“I tell you, there are more worlds, and more doors to them, than you will think of in many years!”
― George MacDonald, Lilith

 I’ve been thinking of doors to different worlds for many years. Or maybe its the same world, just many different doors. The first drawing was done in 2004, the second this summer. The theme is similar, a child accompanied by fantastical creatures on a journey to somewhere. The earlier one was done when my daughter was small. It’s a portrait of her. The second was from a photograph of a Victorian child, in somewhat different circumstances than I have depicted here. I wonder what the adult, which the child later became, would have thought of my drawing?

On a technical note, the top piece was brush and ink on heavy Arches hotpress paper. The bottom piece was my first largish work done with Micron Pigma pens. The inks are designed for archival purposes, so I felt secure using them. All in all though, I prefer my carbon black Liquitex.

PS. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that Moon Gathering is currently available from Copro Gallery in California. It was part of the Roadside Attractions II show, curated by Cris Velasco.

The 4th annual beinArt Collective exhibition

beinart-copro-flierHere is some information about the show opening this weekend at the Copro Gallery from the beinArt newsletter:

“The beinArt Collective 2013 group art exhibition will be the 4th annual beinArt Collective exhibition at Copro Gallery, curated by Jon Beinart. This exhibition will showcase new work by over 50 artists. All participating artists have been chosen for their exceptional technique as well as their natural leaning towards strange, surreal and often subversive subject matter.

Participating artists include: Chet Zar, Chris Mars, Kris Lewis, David Bowers, Christian Van Minnen, Ana Bagayan, Scott Scheidly, Jana Brike, Scott Brooks, Brian Despain, Charlie Immer, Madeline von Foerster, Chistopher Ulrich, Santiago Caruso, Shawn Barber, Peter Gric, Carlos Torres, Ewelina Koszykowska, Matt Dangler, Jeff Christensen, Richard A Kirk, Saturno Butto, Dan May, Jessica Joslin, Kevin Kirkpatrick, Dariusz Zawadzki, Roberto Ferri, Agostino Arrivabene, Sarina Brewer, Vincent Van Dyke, Dietmar Gross, Sam Wolfe Connelly, Ville Löppönen, Tom Kuebler, Leo Plaw, Maya Kulenovic, Sandra Yagi, Karl Persson, Heather Nevay, David Choquette, Lucy Hardie, Erik Alos, Carrie Ann Baade, Lee Harvey Roswell, Maura Holden, Kikyz 1313, Mark Garro, Amanda Sage, Ben Tolman, Paul Rumsey, Caitlin Hackett, Matthew Levin, Annie Owens, Xiaoqing Ding & Erik Thor Sandberg.

Opening Reception: Saturday, November 9th, 8pm – 11:30pm.
Exhibit runs: November 9th – November 30th, 2013.

The beinArt Collective was formed to increase public awareness of strange figurative and representational art, in galleries, online and in print. Each artist has been selected for their ability to express themselves imaginatively with unparalleled skill and uncompromising individuality. The beinArt Collective is testimony to a huge international movement of figurative artists who have resisted current trends in the art world and remained true to their artistic vision.

beinArt Collective: http://beinart.org

Copro Gallery – Bergamot Station
2525 Michigan Ave, Unit T5, Santa Monica, CA 90404
Ph: 1.310-829-2156
E-Mail: copronason@msn.com
Web-site: www.CoproGallery.com

Lamentation for the Last Drop of Honey

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Detail from Lamentation for the Last Drop of Honey, a work in progress.
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Here’s a vignette from a new piece that I’m working on called Lamentation for the Last Drop of Honey. I always have fun with the title of my pieces, but this drawing had at its heart a serious concern: the devastation we’ve seen in honey bee populations. I’m not a scientist, I am an artist, and so my response is through art. It’s not a message. It’s more a reflection or meditation. The finished piece will appear (in reproduction) in TOME II Melancholia and (the original art) the November beinArt show at Copro Gallery next month.

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Moss and lichen from a nearby bog.
© Richard A. Kirk 2013

The weather has been remarkable this past week. I was able to get out to take some reference photographs. This one was taken in a nearby bog.

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