Black Eye Friday

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Black Eye Friday

My popular 8th Annual Black Friday/Cyber Monday studio sale is coming up soon. Punch-in the coupon code ATOMOS2015 to get 20% off all my paintings online. American shoppers get almost 35% off with the US/CAN currency exchange. Sale runs Nov. 27th to Dec. 4th, 2015. Help me make room in the studio and support upcoming projects. Vancouver buyers are welcome to make an appointment to view art in the studio. Yes, I can deliver oversized paintings anywhere in the Vancouver lower-mainland. Everything else with be carefully packaged and shipped to your door. These posted prices are firm so please, no deal-making, bundles, or haggling. After all, these are hand-crafted paintings that took me more then 20-30 (painful) hours to paint. Trust me, it's worth every penny. Good luck and see you this Friday. Have a great Christmas season!

Mister Atomos

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This Is Electricks

As you know I don't show in Vancouver very often, so here's a chance for everyone to get to see what I'm up to these days. I've put together a set of large and small paintings for ELECTRICKS that opens this Thursday from 7-11pm (May 1st). The show is located at Hot Art Wet City Gallery, 2206 Main Street/6th Ave. I'm also showing with two very talented Vancouver artists Laura Bifano, and Luc Latulippe. Please come down and join us for a few drinks and support a great little gallery. Mister Atomos

Electricks is a group exhibition featuring new paintings, prints, and t-shirts by illustrators Mark “Atomos” PilonLaura Bifano, and Luc Latulippe. Electricks is a carnival of seductive technology and persuasive robots who dwell in a Tesla formed world of electricity and mystery. Deceitful machines. Which seems timely, given this era of Snowden leaks and high tech surveillance. We now live in the science fiction world we had predicted years ago, only not always the inspiring one we had hoped for. But like any good science fiction story there is a hint of hope and new discoveries. This is Electricks. 

For show previews and sales contact Chris Bentzen at 604-764-2266

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Happy Thanksgiving

Canadian Thanksgiving is a little different than the American version. I think it has less to do with history and more to do with end of harvest celebrations. In any case, a big hearty meal is always welcome and as a side note I couldn't figure out of to work in a Tofurki so my apologies to all the vegetarians. I drew in plenty of veggies to make everyone happy. Enjoy.

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The 2013 Best of Vancouver

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Recently the Georgia Straight Magazine asked me to do the opening illustration for the 2013 Best of Vancouver Issue. This was my first-time illustrating this section so it was a really great project and a chance to draw for my favourite local magazine again. This year It seemed only natural that we do the dreaded cycling theme. Especially with all the controversy in Vancouver over increased bike lanes and bike related politics. I myself am not really sure what's controversial about saving lives. Being a cyclist myself I just love the ability to roam this amazing city gas-free without worrying about the dangers of crazy mixed traffic and all the stress related hazards.
When I started this project I thought maybe I would draw one of those self-entitled-raging-bikers barreling through Point Grey and bumping pedestrians off the sidewalks. Or maybe just giving luxury vehicles the middle finger. No, I decided to keep it light and positive. So everybody please sit back, calm-the-fuck-down, and enjoy the pretty scenery of this impossible view from Vancouver's Crab Park. All I have to say is keep the rubber side down Mr. Robertson, my bike helmet goes off to you.

 

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The Northern Lights

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Image by Gary Taxali

The Northern Lights group exhibition opens this Saturday, July 6, 7-10pm at Rotofugi Gallery, in Chicago. Works on display until August 4th.

A showcase of works by Canadain artists, featuring a wide range of styles and media, some of these artists have shown with us in the past and some are new faces you are sure to love. Included artists come from all over the country ranging from Toronto to Vancouver so make sure to stop by to see some of the best that Canada has to offer.

Participating artists (in alphabetical order): Chris Austin, Jonathan Bergeron, Rebecca Chaperon, Camilla d'Errico, Rod Filbrandt, Laird Henderson, Ryan Heshka, Tara Krebs, Mark Pilon, Bonni Reid, Brandon Steen and Gary Taxali.

Preview list available (sign up here) starting at 12 Noon on the day of the opening. 

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Canadian Motorcycle Stamp

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I was honoured when Matt Warbuton at Emdoubleyu Design asked me to illustrate the postmark for the upcoming Canadian motorcycle stamp via Canada Post. This is my first stamp project and something I've always wanted to do since my collecting days as a kid.
Matt's stamp design is clean, beautiful, bold, and features the amazing photography of Paul Joseph. The illustration itself is based on a famous World War II Recruitment poster depicting Canada's military riding into combat on Canadian-designed motorcycles as "Canada's New Army". You can find the background story about the stamps at Emdoubleyu. Also check out the UBC News feature on the stamp's release.

This stamp was released today and available on the Canada Post website. 

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There's No Place Like OZ

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My wife Jodi Jacyk and I teamed up again to design a show for a Downtown Eastside childen's theatre program called Project Limelight. Jodi designed the costumes and I illustrated the sets which were projected and animated for a live audience. Project Limelight is a great organization and is giving these children a chance to shine on stage. Always a fun show and they always sell-out, so don't wait to long.

THERE’S NO PLACE LIKE OZ, features 18 young performers, ages 8 – 12, who have worked together to create a show for their friends, family and community. In the tradition of Pantomime, combines audience interaction, music, comedy and dance, and is suitable for audiences from the very young to the young at heart.

This show is running for 2 performances only:
Sunday February 24th, 2:00 & 6:00 pm
Djavad Mowafaghian Cinema / SFU Woodward’s
Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. 149 West Hastings St.Vancouver, B. C.

TICKET INFORMATION

 

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Cyber Monday Studio Sale

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It's my 4th annual 

Cyber

Monday

 Studio Sale. All my hand-made paintings are 20% off. Proceeds go to fund my upcoming large-scale painting projects for 2013.

Go to my

store

and use CYCLOPTICSALE on checkout

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Wonderland

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My wife, Jodi Jacyk and I recently teamed up to design a show for a Downtown Eastside childen's theatre program called Project Limelight. Jodi designed and built the costumes (with generous help from a few people in the Vancouver theatre community), and I illustrated the sets. Big thanks go out to Alan down at Fidelis who was a also a great help in creating the large scale prints needed to make the backdrops come to life.

WONDERLAND is an adaptation of Alice in Wonderland, features 26 young performers, ages 8 – 12, who have worked together to create a show for their friends, family and community. The program offers youth living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and surrounding area, a safe place to build an artistic community. 

WONDERLAND is running for 2 performances only on Saturday June 2, 2012 at 2:00 pm and 7:00 pm at theFei and Milton Wong Experimental Theatre / SFU Woodwards 149 West Hastings St. Vancouver, B. C.

TICKET INFORMATION

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The Last Gig

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My first exhibition for 2012 is with Chicago artist Netherland who's asked a few artists to make limited edition posters for his upcoming solo show at Rotofugi. They're in edition of only 25 with 10 available in a set. Individual prints are $25 and the set of all 6 will be $125. These prints will be available Friday, January 13th.

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Moon Base Gallery 3.0

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Jodi and I have been given the opportunity to host a Moon Base Gallery pop-up show at the Interurban Gallery in Gastown this November. For those of you who’ve never heard of the Moon Base it was a “pop-based” gallery located on Vancouver’s Carrall Street from 1997-2002. Over that time we hosted over 50+ shows and had hundreds of artists show on our walls. In the spirit of Moon Base we’re seeking work for a show that we’re not calling a reunion, but a continuation. We’re dipping our toes in the pool you might say. This may lead to further shows or perhaps a more permanent location once again but we’ll see where this takes us. I'll be giving more details as the show approaches and a list of participating artists. Follow our Twitter feed.

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