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Gone Phishin’ Series

Posted in Art, Drawings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on September 13, 2016 by josean

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I recently finished up my latest series, 15 show posters for the band Phish’s summer tour.   I done posters for past shows, but only a handful (aside from my illustrated setlists for every show).  I wanted a bit of a challenge, and wanted every poster to have a common theme.  I also wanted to get back to drawing figures, as well as working with micron pens.  Using the obvious fishing theme, I used the state fish of each venue (as well as fish found in the area for multiple shows in the same state.)  Some of figures used were actual Phish fans who submitted pictures!

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All the posters are available at www.phishart.com.  I also have a couple “unphished” versions available in my Etsy shop.

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Brown Don’t Drown

Posted in Art, Drawings with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 9, 2016 by josean

I recently had the honor to participate in an all Latino group show put together by Sean 9 Lugo, a fellow artist from Jersey, who’s work is seen on and off the streets in Philly and NYC. The show took place at 17 Frost Gallery in NYC this July, and featured over 30 artists.

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My piece for the show. It had been a while since I’d done an all graphite drawing.  The piece is still available, contact me for inquiries.

 

Check out this article on Art & Fashion Salon for more pictures of the works in the show.

 

 

Sancti Calvariam

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on March 30, 2015 by josean

I’ve come up with some new(ish) things the last couple weeks.  I’ve continued to draw and paint on new surfaces, including wood, vinyl, floppy disks, ect.  Although some are for sale, the majority of the work I’ve done lately has ended up on the streets of Philadelphia.  I’ve revisited the theme of saints, which has been a favorite of mine.  Each drawing is done with oil markers, as well as copic markers.  They are then installed throughout the city.

They are up all over the city, some prominent, others hidden out of sight.  Philly has a very active and diverse street art scene, and it’s share of devoted fans who document it.  For a sample of what Philly offers check out Elgrba and DDay521‘s Instagram feeds for a taste.

I’ve got 2 larger ones I’ve done for sale via my shop.  I’ll be doing more large pieces in the near future as well

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St. Nicholas-mixed media on encaustic board

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St. Patrick- mixed media on encaustic board.

New Things on Old Things

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 21, 2015 by josean

Apologies for the lack of posts!  I had spent the last couple months of 2014 focusing on my other site.  2015 began with me revisiting one of my favorite theme, dinosaurs.  I’ve created a series of studies on wood panels and other random surfaces.

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Skull Study

Acrylic on cedar wood panel

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Slave to the Traffic Light

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I’ve never really painted skulls, so this a nice practice.  I plan to do more, on other surfaces as well.  Recent trips to my parents house (and their requests to take my old stuff home with me) have yielded a treasure trove of old relics of my youth.   I’ve been using some for installation pieces I’ve put up around Philly, but recently have been painting on them as well. This is starting to become a series of extinct animals on extinct items.

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Acrylic on Nintendo cartidge (Super Team Games)

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Tricertops

Acrylic and oil marker on Iomega Zip Drive (100mb)

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Spinops Sternbergorum

Acrylic, Oil marker on  floppy disk (Microsoft boot disk)

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Herrerasaurus

Acrylic and oil marker on Legos

All work is available for sale, and I’m sure I’ll be making more of these in the future.  A majority may end up as installations, but you can contact me (joseanriverafineart@gmail.com) for availability, or commissioned pieces.

New Shop Now Open!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on December 20, 2014 by josean

Throughout the last couple months, my Phish related art has taken off, and most of my time with that.  I’ve been drawing illustrated setlists of every show since summer tour, and that has taken up my Etsy shop as well.  I decided to open up a new shop for my other artwork (the stuff with skulls, dinosaurs, and girls).  Some of it had previously been available, some will new, others will have never been offered online.  I’ll be offering old work at reasonable prices, including sales in the future and be adding new work regularly.

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Summer Update

Posted in Art, Misc with tags , , , , on July 23, 2014 by josean

Apologies all around! I have been neglecting this site this summer.  I’ve been busy on my other site, illustrating Phish setlists, and trying to get ready for a wedding in about 2 weeks.  So it’s been waking up at 8 and treating this as a job, since it’s what I do all day.  Summer started out without a hitch, I was doing Free Art Fridays, as well as The First Friday on July 4th (it was a weird one).

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One of my favorite bands, Phish, started touring in July.  As anyone who follows this blog knows, Summer= Phish related art.  I even created a blog just for it.  This year was nonstop phish art, in part because I’ve been illustrated every setlist of every show this summer, in real time, either by attending or listening to audio streams of the show live.

 

 

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Drawing/listening everywhere I went

  Drawing/listening everywhere I went

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What started out as drawing random songs (which I’ve posted here in the past), and drawing their short setlist when they played on David Letterman as a challenge, kinda blew up.  I posted it on my tumblr, which doesn’t seem to be visited much, and shortly after Letterman’s official  tumblr account (Who knew he had a tumblr?) reblogged it, although by looking at the notes it seems not a lot of people follow it.  I started doing the next few shows, and eventually someone retweeted it, and it went crazy from there.  I was contacted by Phish.net about them, who allowed me to use their set notes on my art (which happens to be copywrited) and they even used them in their show recaps!  I have the entire tour available for sale, and will soon start taking commissions for specific shows, possible as larger sized and hand drawn/colored.  With the sale of these prints, a portion is donated to the Mockingbird Foundation, who provide music education to children.

 

Song Sketch V

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on June 26, 2014 by josean

Song Sketch V

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