"A Happy Day On A Dying Sea"

Gouache on paper
50 in x 44 in (128 cm x 112 cm) 
2012

Painting we created for our exhibition "Breaking Circles, Broken Light" at Narwhal Gallery in Toronto. Sea otters!!!! How could anyone not love them?! We certainly do. So we created this painting celebrating the warm fuzzy feeling we get from sea otters, but also with a little reminder that they are almost gone from this world and clinging on to the last vestiges of their habitat that humans have not yet destroyed. :) Lovely and a little sad, but mostly lovely!!

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New Archival print Edition: "Spirit Animal Collective (Tinted)"

Now available in our web shop is a new limited edition COLOR version of our popular "Spirit Animal Collective" image.

"Spirit Animal Collective (Tinted)" is a limited edition of 150 signed and numbered archival digital prints on Somerset watercolor paper with deckled edges. Its 28 x 22 inches plus 3 inch white borders.

 

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The print is based on kozy's 2009 drawing "Spirit Animal Collective". The drawing was the culmination of kozy's 4 year-long "Unknown Portraits" project, which involved Kozy's nearly obsessive search through old photographs in junk shops from Australia to Spain to Northern England to San Francisco to our own backyard in Venice Beach (and more!).  Most of the drawings were the size of playing cards, but for the final artwork Kozy create a massive graphite rendering of a 1940's-era New Zealand primary school class photo.  In it she imagined the camera to reveal the spirit animal within each of the students.  This summer we decided to produce a colorized version reminiscent of old tinted photos (Dan's grandmother used to tint photos as a side job while raising her children) and this is the result.

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The Lioness

A hot and smokey day in the Hollywood Hills. The massive Station wildfire was burning and turned the pool waters murky. Cindy had never modeled or swum naked even. It could have gone badly, what a liberating experience for us both! She turned out to have a knack for submerging that no other model i have shot has had, so the day ended up being a lot of fun.

We shot a lot of different things, but one series focused on evoking this feeling of an ancient statue, long lost under the sea, come to life.

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