If you are lucky enough to live in Los Angeles—I love saying that—get on down to the Paul Loya Gallery in Culver City tonight for the first Los Angeles solo show of Dimitri Drjuchin’s paintings.
Drjuchin’s career has really taken off in the past few years. He’s the creator of the already iconic cover art for Father John Misty’s Fear Fun album and his “Fuck You, I’m Batman” stickers have the same sort of presence around New York City as Keith Haring’s radioactive baby once had. This will only be the artist’s fourth solo showing.
Here’s a sample of the new show.
“We The Food Chain”
“Be Cool and Everything Will Be Cool”
“No One Noticed the Birth of the Multiverse”
Paul Loya Gallery, 2677 S. La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, CA, 90034
Dangerous Minds pal artist Dimitri Drjuchin, creator of the already iconic cover art for Father John Misty’s Fear Fun album and a portrait of Robert Anton Wilson that counter culture types all over Twitter and Facebook have adopted as their avatar (he also made this image of Mark Z. that got around a bit, perhaps some of you have seen it?) has a new art show opening up in San Francisco this weekend.
I’m extremely bullish on Dimitri’s work. I’d go so far to say that I reckon he’s the “new” Keith Haring or Shepard Fairey.
Coming from a background in street art murals, poster design and stickering, Dimitri’s “Fuck You, I’m Batman” stickers and “Tom Selleck Saved My Baby” posters (collaborations with comedian Greg Barris) seemed omnipresent in downtown Manhattan when I was in New York last. I haven’t seen such a notable street art presence since Fairey’s “Andre the Giant Has a Posse” stencil took over NYC a few decades ago or Haring’s three-eyed squares and atomic babies before that.
Drjuchin’s work is incredibly varied and yet, it’s all quite obviously by the same hand. So very graphic, so very direct. It can emotionally draw you into its world, in an instant, like the very best street art can. The balance, composition and Russian-constructivist pop art payload of his playful images are exquisitely his own.
And like his famous predecessors in street iconography, now that you’re seeing a few of Dimitri Drjuchin’s paintings here (more at his blog), you won’t wonder “who painted this” the next time you see one, will you?
“In Heaven” runs from April 12 to May 19th and there will be an artist reception on April 13th at 7pm.