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"ICON" Portrait Show

Reception: Saturday, 5pm- 9pm September 20 -- October 12, 2014 SHOP ART>

Featuring 100 Portland artists of different media
Featuring poster art by Jay Ryan

This month at the Peoples Art of Portland is a celebration of artists’ renditions of the term ICON – in essence a portrait show open to artist interpretation, this show of homage explores what ICON means to the artists, whether it be Elvis, a self-portrait, your husband, a beloved pet or your favorite bike – this show examines the idea of putting figures on a pedestal, making images ICONIC; famous and infamous, and framing the idea of what an ICON is to artists.

The 100 regional artists are joined by acclaimed print/poster artist, Jay Ryan, an illustrator that often uses animals and nature to show iconic imagery, through posters of bands to his unique and loved cartoonish style, shown in music posters, books and prints

Feature Poster Arist: Jay Ryan
Jay Ryan has been making screenprinted posters in Chicago since 1995, first at Screwball Press, and then at his own print shop, The Bird Machine. Known for his humorous animal subjects and computer-free design techniques, Jay has worked for thousands of bands, including Shellac, Fugazi, the Flaming Lips, Andrew Bird, the Decemberists, the Melvins, Built to Spill, the Jesus Lizard and the Frames, as well as his own band, Dianogah. 'Animals and Objects In and Out of Water' is Jay's second book documenting his favorite posterwork, and will be released in November, 2009, by Akashic Books.

Feature/ Main Gallery: “Icon” a group show of portrait homage
The idea of “icons” is an age-old concept, from mythology to current pop culture. We hold “icons” up as figures of reference, celebration and inspiration. This show of portraits are an homage to the idea of ICON – a person, place or thing, this show runs the full gamut of ICONS, from rock stars to best friends, from pets to Portland bridges…the artists were asked, “What is an ICON to you? And they answered in full force

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