Mike Lee Bio: Mike Lee had a typical suburban upbringing in Southern California. He graduated from Otis College of Art and Design and went on to work for various feature film and commercial studios. After moving to New York City, he self-published books such as Bodega (2012) and a series of drawings titled Stand Still (2014). He now focuses on creating his intricate graphite drawings centered around the people and spaces in his everyday life.
From Mike Lee: This series maintains the figures and spaces from my previous work, but I wanted to introduce a surreal quality to the drawings. I opened up walls, rotated sidewalks, dissected objects and really tried to dramatize the lighting. I also wanted to push the contrast between the simple and the complex by controlling the amount of detail.
Vincent Di Nguyen Bio: Nguyen grew up in Houston, Texas, where he began his artistic pursuit by drawing dinosaurs and super heroes. He went on to earn a BFA in illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York City. He has illustrated numerous of children's books and is also a part of the art department at Bluesky Studios, the makers of the movies Ice Age and Robots.
From Vincent Di Nguyen: Art has always been part of my life and integral to who I am as a person. Over the past twenty years, I have played many roles as a working artist: portrait painter, children's illustrator and concept artist for feature films and television. But my personal paintings, represented in this exhibition, are where I give form to my own creativity and shake off the restrictions and rigors of professional work. These pieces are a mixture of cartoon iconography and more painterly, naturally rendered images. My process is exploratory - I want to give the paintings a sense of realism while at the same time playing with color and experimenting with graphic motifs.
Giant Robot pop-up at the Honolulu Museum of Art Spalding House, begins June 19th.
Artists included in this special exhibition: Aaron Woes, Ako Castuera, Albert Reyes, Amy Sol, Apak, Christine Kim, Deth P. Sun, Edwin Ushiro, Eishi Takaoka, Elliot Brown, Ferris Plock, Godeleine de Rosamel, Jen Tong, Jeni Yang, Katsuya Terada, kozyndan, Kris Chau, Luke Chueh, Mari Inukai , Mark Todd, Martin Hsu, Mike Lee, Mu Pan, Nathan Ota, Rob Sato, Sean Chao, Shawn Cheng, Shizu Saldamando, Souther Salazar, Stasia Burrington, Theo Ellsworth, Vincent Nguyen, Yoskay Yamamoto, Yosuke Ueno and more.
Giant Robot Day Honolulu Museum of Art – Saturday was a wonderful day of art talk, demos, a mini GR pop up shop, and GR pop up gallery. I'm thankful for the effort of an institution and the many folks who helped out. >>