Pop Culture Icons: "Stamps"
at Memphis George Fine Art-to-Wear Jewelry and Gallery
"The pieces are created using a 6-band stamp and ink pad. When observed closely the artwork is stamped using the individual's birth date or other meaningful dates relating to the subject. I feel as though my art technique is original and will be a focal point from the gallery to an aficionado's home"
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Excerpt from The Santa Monica Mirror news article on Jose Castillo's work:
New Ideas Thrive At ArtLA Gallery In Santa Monica
by Roger Morante
June 7, 2012
ArtLA hosted an artist reception last Saturday for a new exhibition that highlights some of the most modern innovations in the art world today.
The works ranged from oil on canvas, mixed media, stainless steel, fabricated bronze, and even a new form of art styled as date stamp on paper.
Most notable advancements in the field of art at the exhibition could be found in the fields of pop art by Jose Castillo, expressionism by Jill Bogdanowicz, and classical art by Georgio Tuscani.
Pop artist Castillo displayed his sole piece a face of silver screen star Audrey Hepburn fashioned entirely out of a date stamp on paper.
“Everything I do is with a rubber date stamp,” said Castillo who “picks” icons by their birthdate and then stamps away on a piece of paper in order to create his desired image.
Castillo gained much of his inspiration through his mentor Steve Kaufman who is famous for creating pop art out of icons such as Albert Einstein, Marilyn Monroe, and James Dean.
More notably, Kaufman studied under Andy Warhol, the founder of pop art, and Castillo falls into this direct descendent line of pop artists directly connected to Warhol, the American pop art movement founder.
When picking his subjects, Castillo uses “a random toss of the dice,” believing that “everything happens for a reason.”
But even as Castillo stamps away, he is trying to redefine himself in order to become more then a pop artist and he has worked diligently on more than 70 different pieces in the past two and a half years in order to evolve as an artist.
“Slowly but surely I am trying to get into common art,” said Castillo. “Art is like breathing to me. It’s one of those things that if I don’t do it, it just doesn’t feel right to me.”
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Memphis George is an award winning jewelry artist who has had her work work to the Oscars by Academy Award nominees, and by actresses in film and print. Her work is collected by elite patrons of the arts.
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