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Today, October 14th 2012, I will be at the book release/signing party for Hello Kitty, Hello Art!:

October 14, 2012 | 1-6pm

hello kitty art show

Known Gallery
441 North Fairfax Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

About the book:

Hello Kitty, Hello Art! - The Book

Hello Kitty, Hello Art! is a hardcover collectible book (9.5" x 11.5") that is published by ABRAMS and features works of art inspired by Sanrio characters including the iconic Hello Kitty® as well as My Melody®, Keroppi®, Badtz-Maru®, Little Twin Stars®, and more. Inside its glossy cover, the book contains an impressive array of celebrated artists from around the globe, showcasing in both art and words the inspiring ways Hello Kitty and Sanrio have influenced both their work and personal lives. The book features over 200 color illustrations that infuse pop culture and street art, as well as a pull-out sheet of custom-designed tattoos. The book ($35) will be on sale at the event and on

The art featured in this vibrant collector’s edition ranges from edgy to obscure to world-class adorable and everything in between. Hello Kitty, Hello Art! features artwork crafted using a variety of mediums including canvas, spray paint, watercolor and ink, aerosol and acrylic on wood, mixed media, oil on panel and silkscreen. While the artists featured in the book collaborated with Sanrio for Hello Kitty’s 35th anniversary celebration in 2009 and Sanrio’s 50th anniversary in 2010, a few have been invited to create new interpretations of Sanrio characters to celebrate the book launch.

A couple of quick updates here: October 13th 2012, I will have a piece in the Mad Monster Party group show at Van Eaton Galleries in Sherman Oaks, CA. The opening is from 6-10pm:

van eaton galleries

"Mad Monster Party"
A group show tribute to the Rankin/Bass animated feature.

van eaton galleries

October 13th, 2012
6pm - 10pm
Curated by Phillip Graffham
Book signing with author Rick Goldschmidt

Van Eaton Galleries
13613 Ventura Blvd
Sherman Oaks CA 91423

(Painting on left)
"Pulling the Fangs"
Mark Bodnar
Acrylic on Canvas
14" x 20"

La Luz de Jesus 25

laluz show
Hello pals! I will be in the Part 2 exhibition of La Luz de Jesus 25. Please stop by on the opening days(listed below) and purchase a copy of the book. I will gladly put my Mark in it!

Billy Shire celebrates 25 years with huge group exhibition & book

Part 1: October 7–30
Opening receptions: October 7 & 8, 8–11 PM

Part 2: November 4–27
Opening receptions: November 4 & 5, 8–11 PM

To celebrate 25 years of groundbreaking art shows, Billy Shire presents his biggest event ever: La Luz de Jesus 25, a major retrospective exhibition and companion book. The show, offering work by more than 260 artists who have exhibited at the gallery over the years, is so extensive that Shire has split it into two parts, each with two opening nights. As you can see from the list below, the participating artists are a veritable Who's Who of art world luminaries. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see all these amazing artists together in one show.
View the artist roster for each month here.

The book, La Luz de Jesus 25: The Little Gallery That Could, features images of all the art in the show, a personal anecdote about Shire and the gallery written by each artist, essays by La Luz gallery directors and a foreword by Shire. The book is much more than a simple record of this remarkable exhibition. Together, the images and essays present a history of La Luz de Jesus through the eyes of the artists whose careers are intertwined with Shire and his gallery.
View the La Luz de Jesus 25 press release here.

Playboy Redux II

playboy redux show
Contempory artists Interpret the Iconic
Playboy Bunny
Opening Reception December 18,
8:00 - 11:30 PM
Show runs through January 6, 2011
Capro Gallery, Santa Monica, CA
For More Information visit

Sanrio Small Gift LA + Art Show

sanrio art show
Sanrio is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a huge event and you're invited to come celebrate! Enjoy fabulous games, prizes, an art show, pop-up shop, miniature golf, a ferris wheel, video arcade, workshops and MORE. Small Gift Los Angeles is a superfun Sanrio experience for fans of all ages!

The Los Angeles event will launch on November 12 and run through November 21, treating fans to lots of nostalgic surprises and an art show including installations from several of the 50 participating artists, each creating their personal interpretation of Sanrio characters.

For more information about Sanrio 50th Anniversay Small Gift Events:
For more information about Small GIft Los Angeles: Click here!

Santa Monica Airport: Barker Hangar, Santa Monica, CA


This summer, The Vader Project launches the final chapter of its four-year art odyssey. The iconic collection features 100 Darth Vader Helmets re-imagined by today's most notable artists.

In July, The Vader Project travels to Freeman's Auctioneers and Appraisers in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania for the final opportunity to view the helmets in person before they are sold at auction. "The result is astounding" said Simeon Lipman, Pop Culture Specialist at Freeman's. "The sale will give members of the public the chance to purchase unique artworks made from these iconic symbols of the movie industry by a number of well known artists including Shag, Marc Ecko, Tim Biskup, Frank Kozik and many more." The Freeman's Auction will take place July 10, 2010 at Freeman's Auction House in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania preceded by a 5-day exhibition there July 5-9.

Collectors and art connoisseurs worldwide will have the opportunity to bid online at Freeman's website, Most bidding will begin at $1,500. For more information about how to participate in the auction, please visit "How to Buy at Auction" HERE.