Please join me at the opening reception for Guillermo Del Toro: In Service of Monsters! Art Tribute Show, curated by Chogrin and Gary Deocampo. Sep 11, 7pm to 10pm (on display thru October 3rd, 2015)
Gallery 1988 (West) 7308 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, Ca 90046
My contribution to this awesome show is a PACIFIC RIM-inspired piece titled “MAKO MORI: PACIFIC DREAMS”(mixed-media original, with acrylic on canvas), along with several signed/numbered limited edition variant prints (including one b+w).
The piece deals with the world within worlds of various genres that inspired Pacific Rim, and the giant robot / giant monster worlds – from the 60s into the future. I grew up with many of these anime, manga, games, films, etc. – from Mazinger Z, Gundam, Macross to Godzillza.
The art itself deals specifically with Mako’s dreams…what they could, should and ought to be. I aimed to hit a universe of possibilities while paying respects to the masters – along with Del Toro – that made the foundation for Pacific Rim real. In the piece, you see her playing with her own favorite giant-robot while another one of (Giant-Robot/Monster master) Go Nagai’s creations attacks the upgraded Gipsy Danger (Jaeger).
Young Mako Mori (Godmars-inspired) plays with her own favorite toy Kaiju which is actually an original creation of mine from SupaPop City. (website not working yet)
(“Mako Mori: Pacific Dreams” Mixed-Media original, acrylic on canvas – Sean Danconia)
(original theatrical trailer – Pacific Rim)
Inspiration list: Toho Studios, Toei Studios, Bandai, Popy, Chogokin, Nintendo (Hanafuda), MazingerZ, Great Mazinger, UFO Robo Grendizer, NagaiGo, Abashiri Family, Great Wave of Kanagawa (Hokusai), Super Dimension Fortress Macross, Majestic 12, Godzilla, Kaiju, Ukiyo-E, Yakuza movies, Haruhiko Mikimoto, James Bond, Takao Saito, Sugawara Bunta, Godmars, and my sensei / master – Tadanori Yokoo.
Mako Mori (Rinko Kikuchi) in Monkey Puncho-style (Lupin 3rd), Raleigh Becket (Charlie Hunnam) in Haruhiko Mikimoto-style, Stacker Pentecost (Idris Elba) and Hannibal Chau (Ron Perlman) in Takao Saito / Sugawara Bunta-style.
(Mako Mori in a hybrid Fujiko (Lupin3rd) x Go Nagi- Cutey Honey inspired style)
I loved Ron Perlman in Pacific Rim, even though he wasn’t on screen for long as Chau. I was going to draw him with white hair but since this is a “dream piece”, I figured a Golgo-Sugawara Bunta-inspired younger Chau, with Hanafuda cards flying and a very loud tie would be the way to go. The Jaeger behind him has been upgraded to Chogokin (Soul of Super Alloy) ultimate Devil / Great Mazinger level.
It’s a great honor to be part of this group show – hope many of you can be there to see it live in person, but if not, Gallery 1988 will showcase the art on their site 24 hours later.