I headed down to New Image Art gallery Saturday, January 28th to catch Rich Jacobs' Look Into It – If You Know How, which also featured a mini move group show including Sandy Yang, Tobin Yelland, Aya Muto, Jeff Canham, Billy Sprague, Orion Shepherd, Kelly Nicholson, Jordin Isip, Simone Shubuck, Erika Borboa, Clint Woodside, and Tim Kerr.
Rich, known for his colorful, loose and sketch-like character faces, had tons of new works, ranging from new abstract pattern pieces to larger works painted on wood. Another highlight of the show as well was when Harry Wirtz Elementary School assignment winner Terrence Barr and his mother stopped by to show Rich and folks his drawings, some of which were inspired by Rich's paintings. Here are some photos from that evening.
Rich Jacobs in front of his large piece. He was down for the new show as well as to work on a mural in Paramount at Harry Wirtz Elementary School, which was put together by teacher Erik Caruso.
New Image Art is located on Santa Monica Blvd just a couple storefronts from where it was previously. The new gallery is definitely more spacious and inviting. I always like seeing hand-painted titles for the show. Here's Rich's.
Works by Rich Jacobs.
More works by Rich Jacobs, who I first got to meet in Brooklyn for that time they were decorating all those skate ramps and etc. at the House of Vans.
Here's a piece by Austin-based artist Tim Kerr.
More of Rich's works.
Rich and Chris Johanson fighting over the same cup of water.
My creeper shot of Tobin Yelland. Isn't that what zoom is for?
My buddy EJ visiting from Montana checking out the works at the show.
I really dig Rich's new abstract stuff.
Street Dog arrives to the show with Jay and Ruth and immediately the whole place goes aaawwhhh.
Mel, Travis, and Jay Howell . . . again Street Dog being the cute weird dog he is steals the attention of all of us.
He's way bigger than when I first saw him . . well, longer. I'm still thinking he's part Yeti and wolverine.
Street Dog giving me a nibble.
Shot of the gallery and the folks.
Close up of one of the many faces Rich did on some pieces of wood. Admiring his mustache.
Terrence Barr and his mother Yolanda Long stopped by the opening. Terrence had brought his portfolio to show Rich and Chris. Pretty awesome to see his excitement. I believe they hung one on the wall at the show.
Terrence Barr and Rich Jacobs. Working with Erik Caruso and Harry Wirtz Elementary School, Rich designed an assignment for some students, and Terrence's assignment was chosen.
I haven't been too many shows as of late . . so it was nice running into random folks I haven't seen. Nicola and artist Gavin Bunner who I haven't really seen since we played farkle and made burgers on my George Foreman grill.
Jim Dirschberger of EightyFourFilms and his lady Mel arrived to the show, shaming all of us with his suit. Looking sharp buddy.
Jay and Street Dog who is enjoying the cold concrete on his stomach.
I recently had met graphic designer Shawn Higgins, so it was great to see him at the show.
Mel, Jim and Rich.
Artist Tim Kerr who had been working on his mural at Harry Wirtz Elementary stops by.
Amber Abramson from New Image Art visiting from Austin, TX
The McCaw-Becker family–Genevieve, Audrey and Charlie.
Shot of those wood pieces
Hadn't met him till the next day, but there's teacher Erik Caruso holding the kid. Awesome teacher who got the Rich, Tim and other artists to mural at the school.
Sculptor/artist Charlie Becker and Rich Jacobs.
A few more works by Rich Jacobs.
Rich and NECKFACE.
Anyhow, a really good show and hopefully if you're in Los Angeles before February 18th you'll check it out.
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