There's always been a lot of confusion over what, exactly, makes for great art, as evidenced by the fact that only Mr. & Mrs. Garfunkel and Mr. & Mrs. Shell seem to have figured it out. For an artist who seems to have caught on to what the Garfunkels and Shells are putting out, check out Jim Blanchard. Merging "trash" culture like pulp movie art and rock posters with more conventional "highbrow" art, this Seatown-based artist began turning out sweet portraits of unconventional subjects after getting his start as the art director at Fantagraphics, and inking the cult-fave Hate comics, also something you should probably say on a first date if you want to get a second. Subjects of his most recent artiness include: Karen Black: An extremely limited-edition giclée print (only 10 were produced) featuring the '60s bombshell in her role as Jack Nicholson's girlfriend in Five Easy Pieces, also the minimum number Jack insists be cast in each of his films. John Coltrane Drawing: One of a series of charcoal -based pop portraits (Nell Carter, Osama Bin Laden complete w/ incoming bullet), this 13"x10" number boasts an almost photo-realistic image of the "Sax Priest", and is just one vowel away from some serious litigation. Pam Grier No. 2: This flower-power-motif'd number features a bikini-wearing/ shotgun-wielding version of the blaxploitation star, and is currently hanging at The Hideout on First Hill, where besides cocktails, they've clearly got great Coffy. Aside from portraits, JB's done tons of both literally and figuratively comic work, ranging from a very NSFW cover for Bad Meat (that comes w/ a mint-edition out-of-print comic), to a line drawing of a horribly disfigured character called Whoa Daddy!, which you'd kind of expected Lady Garfunkel/Shell to say when he suggested they name their kid Art in the first place.
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