Featured Artists You Should Get to KnowJeff Lamm, Hugh Rose, Chuck Sperry, Tara Krebs

  • Posted on: June 26, 2013 @ 4:34PM
  • Published in: Articles

Hey there boys and girls and welcome to another installment on AotW, or Artist of the Week. I'm particularly excited about this post, because if any of these artists are new to you then you're in for a treat! I'm also excited because this marks a certain return to normalcy here at Trampt. Sure most of our possessions (and our toys!) are still in boxes, and our office currently consists of a laptop on the bed, but these minor and temporary little clouds can do nothing to blot out the literal and figurative sunshine of officially being residents of Los Angeles. Expect to see our pale New England faces at many local openings, and if all goes according to plan, you'll even see a write up about them here. So for now, on with the featured artists!

Featured for Designer Toys: Jeff Lamm

Jeff Lamm is known for his Japanese-monster-inspired gig posters, but in recent years his scaly horned bats and toothy cyclopses have rightfully made it into the 3D world. I'm not a huge Kaiju fan but I love Jeff Lam. His monsters are friendly, always looking more concerned than concerning and with a softness to their gnarly forms that somehow makes them seem more like huggable pets than dreadful monsters. If you were among the fortunate folks who got to enjoy the first annual ToyCon UK back in April, you might have caught Jeff signing and doodling at the Unbox Industries booth. They've produced most of his toys and released a few new limited edition figures just for that occasion.  Just a little earlier this month, the Mecha Greasebat from Jeff Lamm and Monster Worship finally became available in shiny black vinyl. Aside from the obvious awesomeness of the interchangeable right fist (choose a mace or a rocket!) and the eight points of articulation on this action bat bot, this baby also stands a whopping 9" tall. Although this handsome monster is all sold out we've heard many rumors about a painted version soon to be released. You can also get your hands on the Mecha Greasebat Poster available through the Monster Worship shop

Featured for Custom Toys: Hugh Rose

Hugh Rose is a badass with a paintbrush. His customs are so extraordinarily detailed you can stare at them for ages, lost in the tiny brushstrokes. As he writes on his site "a whole universe can fit into the smallest of spaces." Much respect for trying to fit that universe onto the surface of a toy! We see a lot of exceptional talent coming from the UK (where the history comes from, as Eddie Izzard would say) and it's fair to suggest that Hugh gets a lot of inspiration from his home on the small island of Guernsey. With ancient nautical themes that often veer towards steam punk, his divers, sailors, and ancient sea-faring warriors will have you completely sucked in. Check out his amazing work on his site at hughrose.co.uk or follow him on twitter and Facebook to see his latest and greatest as soon as the paint dries. 

Featured for Art Prints: Chuck Sperry

Chuck Sperry has been around the block a few times, and if you've never heard his name before, it's only because you haven't. If you can think of a cool singer or band, he's probably done a poster for them, and if you can think of a great political cause, yeah, he's done posters for that, too. Sperry's current work is a mix of the old and the new with colors and details that harken the psychedelic posters of the late '60s but with many classical forms and imagery inspired by his time spent in Italy. One of the things that appeals to me most about Chuck is his commitment to screen printing. As digital prints continue to dominate the market, I'm not ashamed to say that there are very few in our collection. There is something special about feeling the artists hand in the work that is lost in the digital printing process, and he's shown that he feels this way too, through his work, and through the screen printing demos and classes he's run over the years. Check out his work at chucksperry.net or keep up with him on Facebook, if you can. 

Featured for Original Art: Tara Krebs

I have to admit that although what drew us into this world were toys, the painters are somehow inevitably my favorite to write about. I come from a long line of painters and have a huge soft spot for the craft and skill that I'm faced with at every show I attend. This week's spotlight is on Tara Krebs, a Canadian artist who pulls on her love of nature and animals to compose her beautiful and often strange storybook scenes. Want to see more kids and adorable critters set in unusual circumstances? Well if you're in Chicago this July you're in luck. You can catch Tara's new work (as well as a whole group of talented Canadian artists at Rotofugi for their Northern Lights show, opening Saturday July 6th. You can also follow the wonderful blog on her site at tarakrebs.com.

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