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Jimmy Danko  Artist. Gorilla heart. Portland/Los Angeles.


'Naturally flavored with purple roller coasters and homemade bike jumps.' // Detail of "Grape Ape". #oilpainting #ingredients

Finished the purple guy: “Grape Ape” / 15” x 32” / oil on wood panel. AVAILABLE NOW. Link in my profile. Swipe for detail pics. #oilpainting #grapesoda #grapeape #realism

1 a.m. Monday morning. On autopilot cleaning brushes while weird instrumental music plays on KEXP in the background. I'm torn between wanting to go to bed and wanting to go get pancakes at an all-night diner.

Final details coming together on the Grape Ape. Starting to work my way down the can. Fave part of my day other than making progress on the beast: Throwing on the Beastie Boys @pandora station and working to a much needed influx of 90's hip hop...Cypress Hill, Tribe Called Quest, LL Cool J, etc. #wip #oilpainting #grapesoda #realism

There are a handful of books that are out and opened up in my studio more often than they are tucked away on the shelf. Among those select few is this one. James Rosenquist’s "A Retrospective". For anyone who's done graphic art and fine art, the line is blurred as to exactly when one becomes the other. Rosenquist was one of the pioneers of Pop Art in the 1960s that purposefully jumped the line and challenged what art could be. He passed away this weekend at the age of 83, however, they say legends never die, and he no doubt left something behind. His paintings "could be viewed both as critiques of modern consumerism and as glimpses into the collective American consciousness (NY Times)." For me it's a version of the latter that his book is a window into, and a reference for what the other side of the blurred line can look like. “When things become peculiar, frustrating and strange, I think it's a good time to start painting.” -James Rosenquist

#ripJamesRosenquist #jamesrosenquist #popart

Releasing another smaller piece. Swipe for photos of the side wrap. “Cobra Loop” / 12” x 12” oil on wood panel / Update: SOLD / #frootloops #cobracommander #oilpainting #painting #popculture

Manganese Violet + Flake White Replacement. #shadesofgrape @gamblincolors

Adding the final coat of @gamblincolors varnish to Cobra/Froot Loops mashup painting. #oilpainting #wip #cobracommander #frootloops #gamvar

A peak at the @enelojial opening last night at @thinkspace_art. Super solid. #losangeles

Closeup of a new piece. Adding the details to Cobra Commander. #wip #oilpainting #gijoe

I'm excited to finally be releasing this artwork out into the world today. It marks the first in a series of collaborations with @yogariotpdx in Portland, OR. The words are an answer to the sometimes harsh and unruly world we live in. Be FIERCE. Be COURAGEOUS. Walk in LOVE. The original artwork will live in the yogaRIOT studio practice space. T-shirts, tanks and postcards can be purchased through @yogariotpdx and proceeds from the sales will go to support the ACLU. #mlk #strengthinletters

Sneak peak at special project for @yogariotpdx that releases next week. #wip #typography #strengthinletters

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