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Saturday April 14th, Buff Monster will be back at the Corey Helford Gallery to unveil his fifth solo exhibition titled "Legend of the Pink Cherry". Buff Monster is known for his super colorful, bold imagery, drawing influences from ice cream, Japanese Culture, and always incorporating the color pink. The Legend of the Pink Cherry Exhibition is in celebration of the last 11 years of Buff's career, telling the epic tale of good vs. evil. For this particular exhibition Buff pulls inspiration from Renaissance paintings.
At the event Buff will introduce his latest creamy creation, a soft serve ice cream with arms and legs. Each acrylic-on-wood panel piece is done by airbrush, which is a first for the artist. Some of the paintings created for the exhibition are said to reveal a new direction in Buff Monster's career.
“I’ve always thought of my work as inspired by and representative of Los Angeles—Hollywood more specifically. Los Angeles is the birthplace of Buff Monster. Part of why I feel compelled to tie everything together is that I feel that this chapter of my life and my work is coming to an end, and I’m looking to the future. It’s time to go East.” says Buff
The Upstairs Gallery will feature the second half of the exhibition, the debut of Buff's project he has been working towards his entire career: "The Melty Misfits". This will feature a set of 60 collectible trading cards in honor of the Garbage Pail Kids.
“I know more about Garbage Pail Kids than anyone you will ever meet....I am going through a ton of work to make these as close to the vintage cards that we grew up with as possible. They’ll be printed offset using a custom paper stock and custom-mixed inks, and will come in wax packages just like cards from the 80s.” says Buff
Each painting will be 5''x7'' on watercolor paper with acrylic and airbrush. The cards are will be released on opening night, while the original paintings will be on display.
The opening reception for the “Legend of the Pink Cherry” takes place Saturday, April 14 —Buff Monster’s birthday —at Corey Helford Gallery. The reception is open to the public, and the exhibition will be on view through May 5, 2012.