Featured Gallery: Art Attack SF > RoboKong, by Eric Joyner
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'RoboKong' is a print inspired by the King Kong movie in 1933—the painting is 24" x 24" oil on canvas.
This is a limited edition print made on a Epson 9800 printer; printed with Epson (Hot Press Bright) archival paper using ink that is made from pigments not dyes. Each print is signed and numbered by the artist.
About the Artist:
A Bay Area native, Eric Joyner grew up in San Mateo, California. At an early age, Eric began creating art, mostly painting and drawing, but also showed great interest in sports and reading various comics. He continued painting in high school and attended the Academy of Art in San Francisco to study illustration. Under the guidance of Francis Livingston, Kazu Sano, Bill Sanchez & Robert Hunt, Eric further developed as a creative and professional, landing himself several advertising opportunities in his last semester at the Academy.
After a few stints in computer animation due to the recession in the early 1990's, Eric began featuring his work in group shows in northern California galleries. About a decade later, Eric decided to paint only what lied close to heart, that included:
San Francisco urban-scapes, paintings of old newspaper cartoons characters, Mexican masks, and—last but not least—Japanese tin (toy) robots.
Though all four series of these subjects were enjoyable to do, Eric decided to concentrate almost exclusively on the tin robots, as they resonated with audiences and provided nearly endless possibilities.
Eric found great joy in painting robots, and his style was coming along beautifully, but the work seemed to lack something, perhaps a counterpart—a nemesis. After a month or so of searching for a "nemesis", Eric had an epiphany while watching the movie Pleasantville. In one of the scenes, Jeff Daniels paints a still life...of donuts. With thoughts of Wayne Thiebaud’s pastries always close at hand, it wasn’t difficult to envision the battle scene of robots retreating from 300-foot tall donuts when he went to bed that night. The rest, as they say, is history.
Keeping it fresh on the West Coast. Art Attack SF is an art space for contemporary work and community-minded pop-up events. The gallery features rotating exhibitions of emerging artists primarily from the Bay Area and surrounding West Coast. Established in 2012, the gallery is located in San Francisco’s vibrant Castro district.