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Jimmy Danko  Artist. Gorilla heart. Los Angeles.

Honored to be included with a handful of other artists showing work at @footprintfoundation Art Gala tonight. A portion of proceeds from the sale of work goes to benefit charities helping orphans both in the US and abroad. Tickets still available. #forthekids
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#footprintfoundation #dtla #losangeles #artgala #mayans #ernestoyerena #v22la

Getting ready to sign these guys, and send them out into the world. Link in bio to order one or both. These are the first two in the set of a bigger Soda Can series. Shout out to the crew at @staticmedium for bringing them to life. Stoked to have partnered with such a dope printshop right here in DTLA. *****
Both prints, “Grape Ape” and “Calmer Than You Are” are 12” x 24”. Editions of 50. Printed on archival MOAB Juniper Baryta 305 gsm/16 mil paper. $125 each (plus shipping). (Original paintings SOLD) #limitededition #sodacan #grapesoda #gorilla

Started penciling in the next piece. #maniacallaugh #wip #process #oilpainting #gorilla #saturdaynight

Two for the Holidays / Double print release! I’m excited to drop a limited edition release of the first two paintings in my Soda Can series. Both prints are 12” x 24”. Editions of 50. Printed on archival MOAB Juniper Baryta 305 gsm/16 mil paper. $125 each (plus shipping). Link in my bio.

As we head into the holidays, I extend my gratitude to all of you for your continued support over the years. To those of you who helped me get back on my Gorilla art path, and to everyone else who stuck around for the ride, know that I can’t get the grin off of my face. THANK YOU! I am super stoked to be immersed in my art once again. Giant Gorilla hugs
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#fineartprint #limitededition #oilpainting #popsurrealism #laartist #losangeles

A handful of years ago I built this wall-hanging easel out of some scrap wood and the swivel from a barstool so I could spin paintings and work on them from any angle. Today I had to create attachments for a unique size piece, so I thought I’d give a sneak peak at the transition. After all these years this easel is still one of my fave things in the studio. #easel #artiststudio #losangeles

“I guess one person can make a difference.” -Stan Lee. There are few things that left a mark artistically as much as the comics I had growing up. The characters and stories Stan Lee created are no doubt intertwined within that ether – an early catapult for my imagination. They were also a gateway into a world bigger than ourselves, where the protagonists could still be flawed or broken, not unlike us, and in the end still find a way to rise above their short comings or challenges. They were superheroes, but inspiring on the most human of levels. RIP Stan. #Excelsior! #StanLee

LA - Week 53: It’s kind of crazy to think a year has gone by since I returned to LA. As I add the final layers to the Mello Yello can early on a Saturday morning the last 12 months bounce through my thoughts. What I know more than anything in these quiet moments regarding this past year is that I’m grateful. Grateful to be here focused on my art, and grateful for everyone out there who helped make it happen. I appreciate all of the love and support. Always. -Love, Jimmy #cantstopwontstop .
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#riseandgrind #gratitude #losangeles #artsdistrict #laart #melloyello #transformers #process #wip #oilpainting

Inspiration from the last piece: Sometimes I search out the subject matter (Merman), and sometimes the subject matter and colors find me (my bike). #process #oilpainting #heman #peugeot

Sometimes finding the wrong colors are as important as finding the right ones. Almost finished with the base layers. I tend to think of these as a practice run towards all the final tones. .
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#wip #process #oilpainting #melloyello #popsurrealism #lowbrow #laart

As I mixed weird yellow shades of paint and worked my way down this can today, I thought a lot about yesterday. Georgianna and I made a field trip to the Natural History Museum with Robert Williams, Suzanne Willams and @ray.troll for Dino Days. If seeing 100 million year old fossils wasn’t surreal enough, it was amplified by being able to experience it in the company of these amazing artists. Sometimes there are days when you have a lot to add to the conversation. Others days are better spent listening. Sunday was the latter of the two for me. School was in session and I did my best to just be in the moment and take it all in. Looking back, perhaps my biggest takeaway from the day was that I was consistently reminded of the intersection between science, history and art and how each plays an integral role in informing the others. .
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#dinodays #naturalhistorymuseum #science #robertwilliams #raytroll #wip #oilpainting #lowbrow #laart #popsurrealism #questforfun

Started small on this one. #wip #process #oilpainting

“From the Depths of OB” | 15” x 24” | oil, acrylic & spray paint on wood & steel panels // Some pieces are harder to let go of than others. I delivered this commission down in Ocean Beach (OB), San Diego this past weekend. On the surface it might be seen as just a painting of an old He-man figure, however the piece holds a bit more meaning. I used to live a block off the pier in OB so this commission became more personal. The steel plate in the middle represents OB Pier. The off-white background on the left symbolizes the beach, with the gradient of the sunset radiating from the right. Then *from the depths* of the Pacific a sea creature emerges (vintage Mer-man), which is simultaneously a nod to the sea, the antique stores that dot Newport Ave leading up to the boardwalk, and the weirdness that permeates the culture of OB. It is an attempt to pay homage to a place and vibe from a less literal and more symbolic perspective. .
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#ob #oceanbeach #merman #heman #oilpainting #woodandsteel #contemporarypainting #lowbrow #popsurrealism

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