For 35 plus years Leo Limon has been painting the Los Angeles River cat faces on the storm-drain covers and is involved with groups whose efforts are to revive the Los Angeles River as a historic region, cultural art enclave and tourist destination.
Check out this quick video of him spray painting up one of his cats in the LA River. (We love the commentary of the passerby hater):
Over the years he has developed these cat paintings as a result of his work in the LA River:
His new multimedia work includes actual "abatement" pieces which he peels off the walls of the city. The grey on the top side shows where the city is trying to cover up the colorful talent of the young graff artists spray painted on the other.
He is an artist, an activist, and a veteran.
His work will be on display during our February exhibition:
Things That Get Buffed...
We are very shocked and sorry to say that artist Dash "2000" Fidel passed away in his sleep after battling cancer on Sunday, January 9th, 2010. The news of his passing hit the hearts of many as he was well known within the art community for his friendship, talent and cutting edge signature style pieces.
Dash "2000" Fidel had shown at the gallery many times over the years. His last piece he had on display at the gallery was in October during the Faces of Skid Dow exhibition which was a benefit for the homeless living on Skid Row. Dash was considered not only a friend of the gallery but a talented artist with a promising future.
We send all our love and support to the family, friends and the UTI crew.
(Photos above by Eriberto Oriol www.forbiddenartla.com)
Artwork by Dash "2000" Fidel
The famous Los Angeles Print by Dash "2000" Fidel
Dash's famous lamps
LINK TO FLICKR PAGE OF DASH "2000" FIDEL
Here is a special sneak preview of artwork by street artists GAIA, Clown Soldier and Joe Iurato for our upcoming exhibit "Street Degrees of Separation" which opens Saturday January 8th, 2011:
Gaia, "Untitled", 30x 21, Linoleum block, $660
Marrying the animal and the human form, Gaia conjures mysterious figures that carry a heavy sense of mythology and recall a past when man and nature were once united.
Visit Gaia online at www.Gaiastreetart.com
Clownsoldier, "Clown Soldier", 22" x 30", Screen print and acrylic on archival paper, $220 unframed. $400 framed
Joe Iurato, "The Raven", 13" x 13", Hand cut stencil, acrylic and spray paint on glass and cardboard in a shadow box frame, 2010, $480
Joe Iurato, signs his work :01. He doesn’t do it to conceal his identity, though. It’s his belief that a single second is the most powerful measurement of time.
You can visit Joe Iurato online at: www.joeiurato.com
Artwork will also be on display by:
Chris Clark, Chris RWK, Clown Soldier, Damon Ginandes, David Flores, Ernesto Yerena, EyeFormation, FAKE, Gabe Copeland, GAIA, Hidden Moves, Joe Iurato, JMR, Philip Lumbang, Shai Dahan and special guest and pro-skater Danny Gonzales.
Hope to see you at this weekend's opening!