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Ode to Justified

This was something about which I had to keep my trap shut. Now, all can be revealed.

This season is the final one for the FX network show, “Justified”. This show has been a favorite of mine from the get-go. It has great characters, crackling dialogue, and like most of the original programming on FX, it pulls no punches. I highly suggest Netflix-ing it if you don’t already watch.
 
A few weeks back, I was approached by my friend, John Harrington, who is the Prop Master for the show. It is customary for cast and crew departments to exchange gifts at the end of a series. John wanted to do something unique. Knowing my fondness for caricature, he hired me to create this painting. John wanted something a little reminiscent of Jack Davis in style and humor, but not as kinetic. I sketched up a few ideas and we went with a portrait of the main characters hanging out in Johnny’s Bar.
 
Even though we decided to limit it to the main cast, I had to try and get some of the other terrific characters from the show into the painting as well. I included as many “shout outs” as possible in the background, not the least of which being author and creator of Raylan Givens, Elmore Leonard. ..and yes, just like on the show, everyone is packing heat! Prints were made and are being distributed to the cast and crew even as I type this post. I do hope they like them. It was a tremendous honor and pleasure to be able to give something back to one of my favorite shows on television!
"Ode to Justified" 18 x 24. Acrylic on Masonite. © Mark Tavares

“Ode to Justified” 18 x 24. Acrylic on Masonite. © Mark Tavares

 
The even better news is that once the cast and crew get theirs, I can offer prints for sale through my Fine Art America store. So, stay tuned!
Thanks for looking!
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Happy Birthday Rick Baker!

Award-winning Makeup Artist and Mentor to generations of Effects Artists, Rick Baker, celebrated his Birthday yesterday. I sketched this out as a Birthday “card” in honor of the event. Happy Birthday Rick Baker!

"Happy Birthday Rick Baker 2014" 10 x 8. Acrylic on Masonite. © Mark Tavares

“Happy Birthday Rick Baker 2014” 10 x 8. Acrylic on Masonite. © Mark Tavares

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The Enchanted World of Rankin Bass

Opening this weekend (12/6/2014) is “The Enchanted World of Rankin Bass” Group Art Show at, you guessed it, Creature Features in Burbank! Arthur Rankin and Jules Bass were the producers of some of the most beloved Holiday programming on American television. The animated tales of “Rudolph”, “Frosty”, and “Kris Kringle” were required Holiday viewing in my household. The duo was also responsible for other non-Holiday animated and live action fare that is equally beloved.

One such project was “Mad Monster Party”. As the name implies, it was all about Monsters! If that wasn’t enough, voices were supplied by the likes of Boris Karloff and Phyllis Diller. I won’t bore you with plot details. Suffice it to say, Monster Kids everywhere hold it in high regard. Being one of those Monster Kids myself, this was to be my inspiration for my contribution to the art show. As with my two previous show entries, “Creeper” and “Mansley Robot Fighter”, I decided to stay away from direct representations of the characters. There would already be plenty of those on display. I didn’t feel I could do anything different enough to separate me from the other excellent artists in the show. Once again, I took the characters in a “real world” direction. Here is how they appear in the show.

The Monster and his Mate from "Mad Monster Party" Photo courtesy of & © Rankin/Bass Productions and Embassy Pictures

The Monster and his Mate from “Mad Monster Party” Photo courtesy of & © Rankin/Bass Productions and Embassy Pictures

..and this is my depiction!

"The Monster and his More Intelligent Mate"  18 x 24. Acrylic on Masonite. © Mark Tavares

“The Monster and his More Intelligent Mate” 18 x 24. Acrylic on Masonite. © Mark Tavares

I only had time to do one portrait. However, I liked how this came out so much that I might go back and do the rest of the “real world” versions.

Thanks for looking!

-Mark

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Iron Giant 15th Anniversary

Once again, Creature Features is sponsoring an exciting Group Art Show and I am very proud to be included in it. This year, the animated classic “Iron Giant” turns 15. The folks at Creature Features put together a fun show with a lot of great artists to celebrate the occasion. The show opened last evening, 11/8, and will run through Sunday 11/23.

My contribution drew inspiration from the magnificent painted covers of classic Gold Key comic books like, “Lost in Space”, “Dr. Solar”, “Turok, Son of Stone”, and my favorite, “Magnus Robot Fighter”. Like “Magnus”, the Iron Giant’s antagonist, Kent Mansley, thought of himself as a “Robot Fighter”. He would, of course, be cast as the hero in his own “Alternate Universe” comic book. He even has a name very similar to “Magnus”. So, there is was. Once I had finished the painting, the project wasn’t going to be complete until I scanned it and put together a composite of the full “cover” in Photoshop. Here they both are, side by side…

"Cover Art to Mansley Robot Fighter Issue #15"   18 x 24.  Acrylic on Masonite. ©Mark Tavares

“Cover Art to Mansley Robot Fighter Issue #15” 18 x 24. Acrylic on Masonite. ©Mark Tavares

Prints will be available in my Fine Art America store very soon! Thanks for looking!!

-Mark

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October Shadows 2014

Another October is upon us and that means it’s time to get my Halloween on! A big part of that is being able to participate once more in Taylor White’s fabulous “October Shadows 2014” Group Art Show at the Creature Features Gallery in Burbank. As in the past, the show celebrates the traditional iconography of Halloween. Artists had to incorporate Witches, Pumpkins, Bats, Cats, etc. into their works in order to be accepted into the show.

I wanted to tackle a Witch portrait, and there is no more iconic a witch than the infamous Elphaba Thropp, a.k.a. The Wicked Witch of the West from “The Wizard of Oz”. The character, immortalized on film by the equally iconic Margaret Hamilton, has been painted time and again. In trying for a fresh take, I was inspired by the self portraits of renowned artist, Frida Kahlo. One painting in particular shows the artist posed against a backdrop of tropical flora and surrounded by monkeys. The connection to the Wicked Witch and her Flying Monkeys was inescapable. I had my take.

I present to you, “Portrait of Wickedness”!

"Portrait of Wickedness"  24 x 30. Oil and Acrylic on Masonite. © Mark Tavares

“Portrait of Wickedness” 24 x 30. Oil and Acrylic on Masonite. © Mark Tavares

The show runs through Halloween. You can find information at www.creaturefeatures.com. In case you are interested, this painting is for sale. Contact me for details. Prints are available HERE!

Thanks for looking! Happy Almost-Halloween!!

-Mark

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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!

-Mark

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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.

 

-Mark

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Daenerys and Elliot

“Game of Thrones” is BACK! YAHOOO!

Okay, confession time here. I have actually never seen an episode of HBO’s “Game of Thrones”. However, every friend I have ever had swears up and down that it is pure genius. One of those lovely friends has lent us the previous three seasons and at some point in the near future, we will join the cult. For now though, the premier of the 4th season inspired me to paint up a little something silly. In my scenario, The Walt Disney Company has acquired HBO and has implemented a plan to insert the studio’s stable of beloved characters into the cable net’s original programming. Since “GoT” has a lady in it who raises Dragons, I thought maybe this would happen… Daenerys and Elliot!

11 x 15. Oil and Acrylic on Watercolor Paper.

11 x 15. Oil and Acrylic on Watercolor Paper.

Sure, it’s silly, but just imagine the rides at Disneyland that would follow!

Thanks for looking!

-Mark

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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!!

-Mark

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