Photorealism Paintings by Danny Heller

The first time we saw the work of Danny Heller Art, we thought we were looking at blown up photographs! We were amazed by Danny’s realistic painted renderings of iconic Mid Century Modern buildings, cars, and locations! You can view more of (and purchase) works by Danny on his website:
http://www.dannyhellerart.com/

 

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UPDATE from Danny Heller:

After much anticipation, I’m happy to announce my next exhibition for 2016 will open March 3rd at the George Billis Gallery’s New York City location.

Titled “Midcentury Manhattan,” this series delves deeper into my exploration of the architecture, car culture, and design aesthetic that flourished in New York City in the 1950s and 60s. At a time when the city was transitioning from WWII aftermath to Modern metropolis, a whole new vision of contemporary city life was taking shape. Brownstone buildings turned into glass skyscrapers, a simplified clean aesthetic replaced ornate details, and entire city blocks were leveled to make way for the almighty automobile. Focusing on this duality of old and new, my work captures a changing New York – the old neon signage of the neighborhood pharmacy, as well as the sleek interiors of Mies van der Rohe’s groundbreaking Seagram Building. You’ll find classic storefront windows displaying 1950’s fashion, juxtaposed with office windows of a Madison Ave skyscraper. Viewed as a whole, my series aims to take viewers to this transformative period of time – and might even remind them that many of these scenes can still be found in Manhattan today.

 

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Show Runs: March 1-26, 2016
Opening reception: Thursday, March 3, 6-8pm

George Billis Gallery
525 W 26th St., Ground Floor
New York, NY 10001
212.645.2621
www.georgebillis.com

“Kitschmasland!” by Modern Bear Travis Smith

If you love Retro and Christmas, you’ll probably love this book! Over 400 photos devoted to Christmas decorations and decorated interiors from the 1950’s to the 70’s! Written by Modern Bear Travis Smith. Available online at Amazon and other book sellers.
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From the Retro Vaults: Vintage Lunch Boxes!

We have a thing for collecting vintage lunch boxes from the 60’s and 70’s, which in the last decade have become hot collectibles! Here are a few of our faves…

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Who doesn’t love the original Planet of the Apes movies from the 60’s and 70’s?

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Woofy Lee Majors as the Six Million Dollar Man was many a young gay man’s first crush, and we were no exception.

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Sure, everybody had a Star Wars lunch box, but the campier TV copycat Battlestar Galactica is much harder to find!

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Does anyone remember this obscure TV series which only lasted two seasons on ABC? Produced by Irwin Allen, Land of the Giants has since become a cult favorite!

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1960’s Lost in Space started out as a smart Sci Fi series about a space age Family Robinson. It quickly devolved into a campy, kitschy show revolving around the very gay Dr. Smith and Robot. Still, it remains a childhood favorite for many.

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The original “Girl Power” epitomized by smart Sabrina, beautiful Kelly, and sexy Kris as Charlie’s Angels, one of the most popular TV shows of the 70’s. By the time this lunch box arrived on shelves, superstar Farrah Fawcett had left for her film career, and replaced by Cheryl Ladd.

For more info and value guides to vintage lunchboxes, visit greatestcollectibles.com

A Modern Rustic Outdoor Feast

Courtesy of Hayneedle.com

“Thanksgiving gets a modern update at Brian Patrick Flynn’s new mountain cabin. Combining elements of rustic wood furnishings with mid-century forms, Brian sets the deck for a cozy and inviting outdoor feast.” – Hayneedle.com

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The Sculptural Art of Gene Dodak

Sometimes the sculptor is a work of art himself. Case in point is Artist Gene Dodak from Palm Springs. We invite you to look past Gene’s incredible body to view his body of incredible work. We are fascinated by Gene’s clay “Totems” inspired by nature and aquatic life, as well as his Mid-Century inspired lamps and vessels.

Artist Gene Dodak

Gene at work in his studio.
Gene at work in his studio.

After receiving his BFA in Sculpture, Ceramics and Design from Central Michigan University, Gene worked as a window designer at Neiman Marcus in San Francisco and eventually became the Visual manager for the Palo Alto store. He started his own company, Strong Environments, a landscape and design business in the Bay Area in 1994. Gene moved to Palm Springs with his husband, Art Strong, in 2004, and went back to his first love of working in clay.

Gene at his Palm Springs home surrounded by his eclectic work of lamps and vessels.
Gene at his Palm Springs home surrounded by his eclectic work of lamps and vessels.
Gene at his Palm Springs Studio
Gene at the Silica Studio in Palm Springs Studio

Working with and being influenced by Mid-Century artist Paul Bellardo, Gene’s work has become more varied in the last few years, creating modern lamps, vases, and other sculptures. His current interests are slab, wheel-thrown, altered and hand built sculptures.

Gene's Totem sculptures can be used outdoors as well as in.  These Totems are wired to light up at night for dramatic effect.
Gene’s Totem sculptures can be used outdoors as well as in. These Totems are wired to light up at night for dramatic effect.

It was Gene’s Totem sculptures that caught the attention of the Artists Council Exhibition in Palm Springs. It is an annual juried exhibition shown in the Jorgensen Gallery and Marks Graphics Center during the fall of each year. Gene’s work was part of 47 chosen out of over 400 entries.

The Sculptor as sculpture.
The Sculptor as sculpture.

Artist Gene Dodak

Vessels by Gene Dodak
Vessels by Gene Dodak

Gene’s work is represented by Woodman/Shimko Gallery in Palm Springs. Gene’s work is available for residential and commercial commissions.

We ♥ the Pop Art of Doug Bale

From canvases to throw pillows, we are digging the Surreal, Colorful Pop Art of Doug Bale
Doug Bale: “My art is inspired by my personal meditation and modern spiritual archetypes. The art starts out digitally and has recently shown up on pillows, cubes and t-shirts. The faces are meant to be a “visual meditation” and hopefully hone in on the viewers imagination and personal visions.”

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Art by Doug Bale