Thursday, December 31, 2009

Black Keys posters, NYE/NYD

Oh dear, its been a while. Lets just pick up where we left off, shall we?

Black Keys, New Years Eve and New Years Day posters for their 2 day run at The Riviera Theater here in Chicago. Goodbye Year of the Ox. Hello Year of the Tiger.

More info soon. For now, enjoy the jpgs . I'm looking forward to seeing the NYD show.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Black Friday/Thanksgiving weekend print giveaway!

Hey all, I'm running a promotion this week until Monday- all orders for prints and posters get a free poster or print of their choice (Equal or lesser value)! Just send me a note with your order and let me know which print you want for free! Check it out in my etsy shop!

Monday, November 23, 2009

Win a Trip to New Zealand?

Its true! I've been working with Kim Crawford Wines on their Artist's Lounge Project. They are running a contest where you can win an original piece of work by myself or one of the 3 other creative individuals on the site. In addition there is a grand prize of a Trip to New Zealand! Check it out here and get involved, its a cool project and a great chance to travel to a nice warm part of the world!!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Phish Poster- Cincinnati Now on Sale

I was commissioned by the band Phish to make a run of posters for their shows this weekend in Cincinnati. I have about 50 that I can sell, and those are going up in my etsy shop today and tomorrow. I will put up 25 today and 25 on Sunday. Heres the scratchboard art and the final, 4 color screenprinted poster. (18 x 24)

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Urban Corvus in Burgundy,Charcoal, and Grey

Thanks to all who participated in the Halloween Urban Corvus giveway! I have now fully editioned this fine city crow in 3 colorways: Grey, Dark Charcoal, and Burgundy Red. All available in the Etsy shop. There were 200 of the grey and charcoal editions and 50 of the burgundy edition.
I am working on the country cousin, Rural Corvus; he should be finished any day now. Here's some pics of all the crows:

Monday, November 09, 2009

Blue Tiny Cowboy. Pink Tiny Cowboy.

There aren't enough words to describe Tiny Cowboy. There are now enough copies of him in many colors , however.

Presenting Blue Tiny Cowboy: 4 colors, 12 x 19 inches

And Pink Tiny Cowboy: 4 colors , 12 x 19 inches.

And the original Tiny Cowboy. 4 colors, 12 x 19 inches.

They are all available in my Etsy shop.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

"Urban Corvus" Halloween print giveaway!

I've gone ahead and made an art print of the "Urban Corvus" (City Crow) that I created for my now just about sold-out poster for the Black Keys (D.C. shows last year). It is an edition of 200 on rich Charcoal construction stock from French. This looks absolutely killer in person. I will post some closeups of this when I finish up my daughter's Halloween costume!

The news here is that I am giving away 50 of these. 1 with each order of any poster of print or shirt from my Etsy shop. So go for it! I want these crows to have a home! The print will of course be for sale after the 50 copies are gone, so act fast if you essentially want a 2 for 1 Grzeca print tube this week!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009


A poster for Drummer's show at Schubas. Check out their record on Audio Eagle, its really great. Pat Carney from the Black Keys, Jamie Stillman (Party of Helicopters are 2 of the talented members of this group.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Monument Relocation Technician #2

Featuring the artwork also used for the new Dinosaur Jr poster, "Monument Relocation Technician #2" (Sooned to be joined my #1) is from my series of workerbeasts- this one is carting around the remnants of the Washington Monument until a new home is found. 20 x 26 inches, ed of 125.

Up now in the Etsy shop or right here:

Autumn Scratch 'n Dent Print and Shirt sale!


It's that time of year at the shop: Tons of printing to do- clearing space to make way for new prints. I'm having a sale of my "Scratch and Dents" - less than perfect prints that didn't make their way into the official editions due to a slight smudge, split fountain a little low or high/ or other reasons that sometimes are more technical than aesthetic. I'm filling 40 tubes with 4 different Scratch and Dents and test prints along with a new t shirt design! I will need your shirt size with each order! Up now in my etsy shop or right here:

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Dinosaur Jr Poster

Here's a few pics from the new Dinosaur Jr. Poster I completed for their show this evening in Chicago at the Vic Theatre. It features a Monument Relocation Technician, in this case a Great Blue Heron figuring out a new spot for a remnant of the Washington Monument. 4 colors, including a metallic gold/silver highlight layer, 20 x 26 inches. Edition size is 175.

Available now in my Etsy shop.

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Tiny Cowboy

Finally. The Tiny Cowboy. 4 color screenprint, up now in the etsy shop.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

The Old Neighborhood

5 Color screenprint, Tire Swing, nostalgia, Biplane, metallic ink. 19 x 25 inches . Signed and numbered in an edition of 175.

Available in my etsy shop or right here:


"Rope" 4 color art print. Metallic blindfold!

The Jesus Lizard- Amsterdam poster

Friday, September 25, 2009

My Kind of Town Group Show at Rotofugi

I have 2 pieces up in this great new show at Rotofugi on Friday! Curated by David VanAlphen, this of course looks to be both a great show and a great time. Come on out! I'm bringing my daughters!

Rotofugi presents a Chicago-centric show of art by a great roster of artists including, Anthony Lewellen, Chad Kouri, Chucho, Dan Grzeca, Delicious Design League, Diana Sudyka, Gabe Lanza, Jeremiah Ketner, Jeremy Tinder, Joe Tallarico, Joey D., Joey Potts, Lana Crooks, Phineas Jones, Mitch O’Connell, Netherland, Oh No Doom, Peabe, Revise, Shawn Smith, Travis Lampe, and Veggiesomething.

The opening reception will feature DJ Genghiswon and will be from
7 to 10pm
Friday, September 25, 2009
My Kind of Town
Rotofugi Gallery
1953 W Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL

The exhibition runs through October 11, 2009

I'll have these pieces up:

Airlift ( 5 color screenprint)

And Monument Relocation Technician #3 (Monoprint on Wood)

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Thursday Tour Poster: Leg one

I was recently hired by Geoff Rickly of Thursday to make a set of poster for their current "common existence" tour. Here is the first one, for the East Coast/Midwest leg Featuring support acts Fall of Troy and Young Widows. Dig the metallic gold/copper layer! Go see em in your town and buy a poster!

Also available in my online shop and here:

New Shirts, Gapers Block Poster

Its been super super busy. Had a successful Chicago Renegade Craft Fair, thanks to all who came and visited and picked up prints. Made some new shirts- Here's a few that we had up- Lots more up in the Etsy Shop:

I was recently hired by my friends at Gapers Block to make a poster for their 6th anniversary party , held at Metro in Chicago. Since GB is a Chicago-centered news resource I saw it fitting to depict the infamous Chicago Parking Meter Monster in the poster.

Monday, September 07, 2009

The Jesus Lizard -Amsterdam Process con't

The Jesus Lizard -Amsterdam Process

Sketch on claybord for the Jesus Lizard's Amsterdam show at the Paradiso:

I'm basing the imagery on this poster on the tempo from the song "Rope", off of Liar. (If that makes any sense) Lots more detail to come.

Sunday, September 06, 2009

Labor day Mystery Tube Sale

Up for a few days- Mystery tube sale with some pre-Renegade Craft Fair sale goodies. Tube will contain art prints, posters, test prints... Guaranteed 4 prints that will make you smile.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Transmission art print and process


22 x 30 inch art print screenprinted on 100% Rag Stonehenge paper, one deckled edge. 3 color print, edition of 100 signed and numbered.

I've been working on this image in my head on and off for a few years, so I'm pleased with the way this idea finally translated into a drawing and then a print. The Joy Division song "Transmission" was the intial inspiration, particularly the line "touching from a distance, further all the time" Then when I heard the slowed down heavy version of the same song by Low I was certain I needed to make this print. The intial idea, of broadcasting houses into the air originally included a radio tower, but I kept simplifying it and paring it down until it became this simple yet detailed drawing. As with a lot of my prints, I'm not sure what it is really trying to say until I'm finished with it, and even then, I'm not quite sure.

As with most of my work, this piece is particularly best seen in person. The second layer is a metallic silver , which works nicely with the deep ultrablue night sky.

Here's a few pics from the drawing process and printing process.

DeKalb Rocks Reunion poster

I went to school in DeKalb Illinois at Northen Illinois University from 1986-1990. It was a great time to be there as the peer group I met in the visual arts and in the music community was truly gifted as well as insane. When I was in High School I saw Blatant Dissent open up for Naked Raygun at the metro in the fall of 1985, my senior year. They were amazing. I bought the "Is there a Fear " single from their singer, John Mohr and chatted him up on the DeKalb Scene "You'll love it! There's great clubs like Two Fools and bands like Ring 13!" I was so excited.
Cut to 25 or so years later. My time at NIU resulted in an art degree, some deep friendships and a total obsession with music. I was lucky enough to work at the college town record store, Record Revolution (which sadly, like so many other music stores has now closed for good) and put on punk shows with my pal Greg Dunlap, (Defoliants, Jesus Lizard, Friends of Betty, Tar, Watchmen...the list goes on)with whom we put out a music fanzine called THIS.
So this facebook group pops up called "DeKalb Rocks". Reminiscing starts, and before you know it, Tom Rose has organized a freaking REUNION of bands that havent played in some cases 25 years. 2 nights at the Abbey pub in Chicago and Otto's in DeKalb, respectively. Blatant Dissent. Subverts. Ring 13. Happy Hunting. Otis Ball and the Chains. The Service. Dan Chambers even played a few SMILE songs. (If there could be a SMILE reunion, I could be a happy, happy man.)
Mike Greenlees and John Mohr and Otis all emailed me at the same time and asked if I could make a poster. How could I say no? Or, in the words of Blatant Dissent "How could I lose?"

I tried to keep the drawing loose and punk, like the way I wished I could have drawn back in college. DeKalb is sort of famous for Corn, if ya didnt already know.

Here's hoping it happens again next year!!!

Friday, August 21, 2009

Cover and exclusive print for LOW Magazine

Danny Criminal of Low Magazine, an excellent art journal published in Germany recently asked me to create the cover artwork for their newest issue. There is also a Q & A inside the magazine. It is on the newstands now (In Europe anyway) and it can be seen and ordered on their site. I have also created an exclusive print of the cover artwork and that will be available soon!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Cashbox Giclee print Pre-sale

I'm making an edition of my painting "Cashbox" available as a high-quality Giclee print on Hanemuhle Bamboo etching paper. Print size is big, same size as the painting.
Image area: 16 x 18 inches, paper size is 20 x 22 inches. I'm offering this at a significant pre-sale discount at $75 ($50 off!) to the first 10 orders I receive. The edition will be available Sept 12 and released in conjunction with my showing at the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago. Shipping for the Pre-sales will be one week prior to the official release. Total edition size will be 75.

The printing is done at Rhode Island's Io Labs, who make some of the best archival reproduction prints done today.