PREVIEW – Spoke Art Presents: “BAD DADS 3”

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Andrew Spear – “Aladdin Sue-Sain Zissou”
colored pencil, pen & ink – 15″ x 11″ – $800

This weekend is the last weekend in October, which means a couple of things: a fuck ton of Halloween parties and Spoke Art‘s yearly tribute to the films of Wes Anderson.  Since its 2010 inaugural show, the San Francisco gallery’s annual BAD DADS exhibit has become one of the most anticipated art events of the year.  The exhibit will continue to be on display for about a month, but the openings have become hugely popular affairs, which are definitely worth attending.  Some of the artists will likely be in attendance and, during the initial limited preview at the recent NY Comic Con (see images here), Moonrise Kingdom breakout star, Jared Kingdom, even stopped by the Spoke Art booth to check out the work and sign a few prints for fans.  To increase your ability to attend, the opening festivities will take place over two days–tomorrow (Friday, October 26th), as well as Saturday.  Both nights will also include prizes for the best Wes Anderson-related costumes.

Wes Anderson has honed his own unmistakable aesthetic over the years, which makes it all the more fascinating to witness so many different artists with so many incredibly distinct approaches of their own, craft interpretations of the filmmaker’s work through their own unique filters.  The full show will feature over 75 different works in various mediums that consist of everything from oil, acrylic, and velvet paintings to sculptures, plush figures, prints, paper collage, and more.  Contributing artists will consist of favorites like Andy Kehoe, Bruce White, Scott Campbell, Casey Weldon, and Rich Pellegrino, along with a hefty amount of highly impressive talent that should allow for almost everyone to be bowled over by at least one new artist for the time.  We’ve seen the collection and I feel that it’s safe to say that BAD DADS 3 is quite possibly the best installment of this already amazing exhibit yet.

Check out a selection of preview images–chosen specifically to demonstrate variety–below the following event details…


Halloween costume party opening weekend –
3rd annual BAD DADS: an art show tribute to Wes Anderson


Friday, October 26th and Saturday, October 27th
6pm-10pm (both nights)


Spoke Art Gallery
816 Sutter Street
San Francisco, California 94109


Opening is ALL AGES w/NO COVER
Exhibit will be on view until November 24th [the gallery is open four days a week.]
All remaining prints and original art will be made available for online purchase on October 29th.

Remaining inventory from the past two years of shows here:


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acrylic and chalk on masonite
15.5″ x 31″ (framed)

Mandy Tsung

“Den of Foxes”

oil on wood
24″ x 18″

Robert Bowen

“Margot’s Lament”

acrylic on panel
8″ x 16″

Helice Wen

“Le Temps de l’amour”

graphite on paper
25″ x 29″ (framed)

Bruce White

“Steve Zissou”

acrylic on black velvet
14″ x 18″

Pat Perry

“A Tiercal Kills a House Sparrow’s Spirit”

watercolor on board
24″ x 24″

Andy Kehoe

“Days of Cider”

oil, acrylic, and resin in wooden box
16″ x 20″

Beau Stanton

“Suzy Vision”

oil on wood
12″ x 12″

Meghan Stratman

“I Wonder if it Remembers Me”

Paper collage
12″ x 16″ (framed)

(Detail #1)

(Detail #2)

Craig “Tapecat” McCudden

“Mr. and Mrs. Fox Action Playset”

Hand painted scratch board on various fine wood

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