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Big Daddy Roth revisited

This Labor Day weekend saw the opening of another art show at “Creature Features Gallery in downtown Burbank, CA. This show is called “MonsterFink” and it celebrates the grotesquely beautiful Monsters and Cars art created by the legendary Ed “Big Daddy” Roth and the slew of imitators to come after him. The walls were lined with paintings and sculptures all sporting day-glo paint jobs. The art may have been low brow but the quality was high! In addition to the visual delights, the band “Boss Fink” rocked the crowd while a slew of hot rods cruised Magnolia Ave thanks to the good folks at “Autobooks” next door.

Do check out the show if you can. There is a lot of fun stuff to take in! All the art is for sale. However, if you are operating on limited funds, you can also buy prints of the amazing work, including MINE! Speaking of which, here it is!


"Hybrid Fink" 18 x 24. Acrylic on Masonite. © Mark Tavares

“Hybrid Fink” 18 x 24. Acrylic on Masonite. © Mark Tavares


Thanks for looking!


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H.R. Giger

Greetings once again!

Well, the “Godzilla:All Art Attack” group show has been a success. The opening brought in a huge crowd, and the event was chronicled on several important websites. Taylor and Eric should be very proud. I am very happy that I am included in such a fun event. Of course, that has made coming up with something better for the next show, “Planet of the Apes: The Evolution”, a much harder task. I have the “bones” for several decent ideas. The problem is that I can’t, as yet, quite figure out how to properly assemble those bones into a decent painting.

Just to give my mind a break, I thought I might work on something else for the moment. As you may have heard, noted Swiss Surrealist painter and sculptor, Hans Ruedi Giger, passed away last week at the age of 74. In case there is someone reading this who might NOT know, H.R. Giger is probably most famous for designing and helping to create the titular creature from the 1979 horror film “Alien”. Many considered his work to be genius. I am not sure about that. It was, however, intense, fascinating, and inspirational to generations of creature creators and nightmare designers.

I had thought about doing a tribute piece that involved his most well-known creation, but there are plenty of those on the Internet already. Instead, I chose to do what I always do and focus on the man himself. Giger himself was as intense and surreal in appearance as anything he created with his airbrush. A most interesting character indeed.

Mark Tavares's painting of H. R. Giger

11 x 15. Acrylic on Watercolor Paper. © Mark Tavares


Rest in Peace.



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Godzilla All Art Attack art show

Hello all! I hope you had a wonderful Sunday honoring the Mothers in your life! In addition to being thankful for the Mothers in my life, I am also quite proud to announce that a new art show in which I have taken part opened this weekend. The “Godzilla All Art Attack art show opened to the public on Sunday. The show is being presented by “Creature Features” on Magnolia Blvd. in Burbank, CA, to commemorate the opening of the new “Godzilla” film this Friday, May 16. There is a huge display of artistic talent on display and I am honored to be a part of that crowd. Here is my piece entitled “Steve Martin’s Impending Regret”.

My Godzilla painting "Steve Martin's Impending Regret"

28 x 22. Oil and Acrylic on Masonite. © Mark Tavares

The original is listed for sale in my “Current Work” portfolio. I have also made prints available through Fine Art America. Simply click on the “BUY PRINTS” link and it will take you right to the store.

If you find yourself in the Burbank area during the month of May, do yourself a favor and check out the show! (BTW, it’s FREE!) Click HERE for info!

Thanks for looking!


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Planet of the Apes Art Show

There are a couple of fun things to report. I am joining a group show in June, and possibly one in May! They are both being held at the same place, Creature Features in Burbank, CA (www.creaturefeatures.com). The show in June takes on the “Planet of the Apes” film franchise and features all manner of Planet of the Apes Art. It coincides with the release of the new film “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes”. I have a couple of ideas for paintings, one of which will feature the makeup artists who were responsible for creating the groundbreaking look of the original series characters, as well as inspiring folks like me to pursue makeup as a career. Here are the first sketches. There will be more to come as I progress.

Painted sketch of Makeup Artist John Chambers

7 x 9. Oil and Acrylic on Masonite. © Mark Tavares

7 x 9. Oil and Acrylic on Masonite. © Mark Tavares

7 x 9. Oil and Acrylic on Masonite. © Mark Tavares

I did mention another show, didn’t I? Well, Creature Features is also doing a group show in May to coincide with the release of the brand new “Godzilla” film. Exciting stuff! I wasn’t aware of the show until recently. I was going to bypass it and put all my energy into the “Apes” project. However, a few ideas have popped into my brain for that show as well. Stay tuned! It’s going to be a busy couple of months!

Thanks for looking!


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Barack Obama wrapped in Red Tape

Hello again!

I am back with another portfolio piece to demonstrate my range beyond the Hollywood celebrity portrait. This is “Barack Obama wrapped in Red Tape”. It’s not a statement of any political belief or party affiliation. It is simply another type of image I might be called on to create for the cover of a Monthly News Magazine. As we are always approaching a new election cycle, it is good for me to show I can handle a Politician’s likeness.

Painting of President Barack Obama surrounded by Government Red Tape

15 x 20. Oil and Acrylic on Gessoed Illustration Board. © Mark Tavares

I hope you like it! Thanks for looking!!


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Happy New Year!

While looking for a way to ring in the new year, I was reminded of a classic episode of the t.v. series “M.A.S.H.” entitled “A War For All Seasons”. For those of you too young to remember, the events of an entire year are compressed into one half hour episode. It starts and ends with a New Year’s Eve celebration. During the party, Colonel Sherman T. “HORSE HOCKEY!” Potter dressed as Father Time gives a somber toast, hoping that this is the year the war will end and they can all go home. Of course, that wouldn’t happen for at least another two seasons.

Originally, I planned to recreate the Potter/Father Time image and post that as my “Happy New Year” card. As I thought about it some more, I came to the conclusion that, while it is a memorable image from a great series, it would just be too much of a bummer on which to launch a New Year. So, I went with a more hopeful, happy version of the 4077’s curmudgeonly C.O. offering a toast.

"Harry Morgan" 10 x 15. Acrylic on Illustration Board.

“Harry Morgan” 10 x 15. Acrylic on Illustration Board.

“Here’s to the New Year. May it be a damn sight better than the old one.”

Amen, Colonel! Save me some Scotch and Fig Newtons please!

Happy New Year! May it bring you everything you desire!


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New Stuff!

Hello again!

I apologize for the posting gap here. I am happy to say that it is because I have been busy. Lots of hush-hush Halloween product design stuff for favored clients, as well as some brand new artwork for my design company, AND a home remodel project have all kept me very active. That is not to say there hasn’t been a moment or two, here and there, where I can slow down and work on something personal.

Speaking of which, I have uploaded a couple of new things to the “Caricatures” portfolio page. Please check out my versions of “George Lucas”, “Steven Speilberg”, and “Alan Arbus” (noted photographer and actor who portrayed Dr. Sidney Freedman on M*A*S*H) and let me know what you think.

More to come soon!

Thanks for looking!



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New Stuff!

Good afternoon!

I just wanted to put out there that I have recently scanned and added some new material from the Mark Tavares vaults. Some of it is on display on my official Facebook page. Of course, since you are reading this, you should just head over to the portfolio pages and check them out for yourself!

New material is available for viewing in the following areas:





Please check them out and tell me what you think!



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