New Damian Fulton Gallery Show “Surfploytation” in LA

June 30 2010, Los Angeles CA

Damian Fulton

La Luz de Jesus Gallery
July 2 – August 1, 2010

Artist Reception: Friday, July 2nd; 8-11 PM

Damian Fultonis fascinated by the dichotomy and duality of Los Angeles seasideculture. The proximity of one of the world’s most diverse and congestedcities to the Pacific coast provides fertile material for Fulton’s darktake on the California dream. Perhaps it’s in the water. Surfploytation continues Fulton’s twisted ride down Pacific Coast Highway where Surf Cityis way more gritty than groovy. Car chases, girls with guns, noirnostalgia, a visual narrative that reads like conceptual art for afictional surfploytation movie. For this show, experimentation with newmaterials native to his environment, balsa wood and fiberglass, skatedecks, and surfboard fins, have this new work amped up to 11.

Fulton’s imaginative blend of storytelling, scrambled pop imagery, andpainterly technique belie a respect for traditions of the past. Injectin his love of the ocean and urban experience and you have a distinctlyoriginal vision. Fulton grew up land-locked in Orange County,California and painted his way through college at Cal State Fullerton doing custom art for vans, spontaneous wall murals at parties in the OC and self publishing Thrust, the Magazine of Narrative Sequential Art. Out of college, Ocean Pacifichired him to paint surf posters and in 1982 commissioned him to createthe official poster for the Op Pro Surf Contest. His counterculturecomic strips like “The Shred Brothers” running in Surfer Publications’ Snowboarder and the original extreme sports classic “Radical Rick” which rode for 15 years in BMX Plus! Magazine. Fulton has had careers working for Oglivy and Mather Advertising, Marvel Comics and has directed television spots for Pepsi, Mattel and Universal Interactive. In 2005 on the 50th birthday of Disneyland, Fulton was commission to paint several prints commemorating the event.
Fulton currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.

More info on the show and damian here