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New Painting “Story Break”

Red Riding Hood reading with a wolf

It seems like forever since I finished my last acrylic painting, so I am excited to share “Story Break” with you! Having made the transition to a “normal job” (doing toy and product design) my art has kind of fallen back in the realm of a “side thing” or hobby I suppose – at least in the sense of how much time I have to devote to it. I’ve worked on this latest piece off and on for the last couple months and had so much fun painting all the little details – like the mushrooms and the little jars with spirits in them.

“Story Break” is based on a sketch I did last fall (2020) as I was sharing a sketch-a-day for a few months. (Pictured below).

The original is already sold, but prints are available – just click the button below to check them out.

Thanks! 🙂 Justin

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“Well Read” Exhibition FAQs

“Well Read” Exhibition – April 6th – 8th 2017

What is “Well Read”?

Well Read is a new body of work by Justin Hillgrove consisting of over 20 original acrylic paintings and more than 15 framed drawings, all themed around reading and books. Each piece of art is accompanied by a short story, description or poem. “I wanted an exhibition that would allow viewers to stop at each piece and become immersed in the story and details for a time before moving on to the next. A show that was a complete experience…”

Joining Justin will be Author/Illustrator John Skewes, celebrating the tenth anniversary of his best-selling children’s book series “Larry Gets Lost” with a show of artwork from the series. John will be signing Tenth Anniversary Editions of “Larry Gets Lost in Seattle” and “Seattle ABC” during the art walk.

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Want to see the show, but can’t make it in person?

The show preview will be posted on Justin’s blog Thursday at 7:00pm, an hour after the physical show opens. If there is an original you are interested in purchasing during the opening (4/6/17 6-10pm PST), you may call 206-799-3863 to see if it is still available and make the purchase over the phone (shipping extra). Originals still available after the show will either be sent to galleries or may be purchased on ImpsAndMonsters.com.

Just will also likely be posting show images (and maybe video) via social media during the exhibition, so follow him here:
Instagram: @impsandmonsters
Twitter: @impsandmonsters
Facebook: @impsandmonsterspage

Giveaways

I will be giving away a bookmark (while supplies last) to those attending the opening. Additional bookmarks may be purchased at the show or online.

If I purchase an original, can I take it with me right away?

No – The original paintings and drawings will stay hanging until the show ends on Saturday night so that they may be seen and enjoyed by all who attend. Purchased originals may be picked up at the Piranha Shop at 7pm on Saturday(4/8), and those remaining will be shipped or otherwise delivered to their new owners starting on the following Monday.

Will prints be available?

Yes – Both open edition and giclée prints will be available for purchase during the show. They will also be available online once the show opens.

When and where is the exhibition?

Opening Night:
First Thursday, April 6th, 2017 6p – 10p PST

Show Hours:
Thursday, Apr 6th, 6p – 10p
Fri, Apr 7th, 11a – 8p
Sat, Apr 8th, 11a – 7p

Location:
The Pirahna Shop – 1022 1st Ave. South Seattle, WA 98134

Who is Justin Hillgrove?

Justin is a Pacific Northwest artist, well-known for his paintings of monsters, robots, pop art and parody.  He also creates board games, comics and toys. He has been showing his work in shows and galleries since 2005.

Who is John Skewes?

John is a former Disney artist and illustrator of more than 20 children’s books. He is the author and illustrator of the award-winning Larry Gets Lost picture book series.

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Miyazaki Totems

A Studio Ghibli / Hayao Miyazaki-themed group show opened at Spoke Art Gallery in San Francisco on February 2nd. My contributions to the show are two 8″ x 24″ original acrylic paintings on canvas (sold as a set). The “Miyazaki Totems” were a lot of fun to work on – It was an opportunity to re-visit my favorite Miyazaki films and put my spin on many of his beloved characters.

Prints can be ordered HERE on impsandmonsters.com

Spoke-Art Gallery
816 Sutter Street, San Francisco, CA 94109
(415) 796-3774 * SF@spoke-art.com

 

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Adventure Time Cover #36

Adventure Time Inside Cover #36

Last year I painted a cover for the Adventure Time comic book (Kaboom Studios / Cartoon Network) and it is finally out in stores. Issue #36 (Main Cover A) can be purchased online direct here: http://www.boom-studios.com/adventure-time-36-cover-a.html or at your local comics shop.

Adventure Time Inside Cover #36

Adventure Time Inside Cover #36

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New Posts via Instagram

You may have noticed that I haven’t been posting here on the blog as often as I used, instead I’ve been sharing via Instagram (which only shares to my Facebook Fan Page and my Twitter). This simplifies things for me and lets me focus on creating and makes sharing progress less time consuming. So to keep up on current work in progress, sketches, etc, be sure and follow me on one of the below:

instagram.com/impsandmonsters/

facebook.com/impsandmonsterspage

twitter.com/impsandmonsters

Instagram

Also, you can see my Instagram feed in the right hand column –>

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Time Lapse Video “The Rescue” Acrylic Painting

 

Rescue_JustinHillgroveSketch-A-Day #162

Well, I finally took the time to finish editing and uploading the time-lapse video of me painting “The Rescue”, a 18″ x 36″ Acrylic painting on canvas based off one of my Sketch-A-Day’s (pictured above). Hope you enjoy the video!

 

Timelapse video – Justin Hillgrove (Imps and Monsters) creating a painting in acrylics from start to finish. “The Rescue” 18″ x 36″ Acrylics on stretched canvas.

Prints of “Refreshed” available here:
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Timelapse Painting Demo

Here’s a timelapse video of me creating a painting in acrylics from start to finish with commentary. “Refreshed” 16″ x 20″ Acrylics on stretched canvas.

Prints of “Refreshed” available here:
http://www.impsandmonsters.com/shop/p…

PRODUCTS:

M. Graham Acrylic Paints-
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Golden Acrylic Glazing Liquid –
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