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Zombie Nation – Limited edition art book

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Get Ready! The zombie invasion is coming!! This June, look out for the special LIMITED EDITION Zombie Nation Artbook. 80 pages of glorious full color reproductions of the zombie artwork of Ezra Li Eismont. First printing limited to 200 books, signed and numbered. More than half of those are ALREADY SOLD via the kickstarter campaign. Foreword by the amazingly funny Moshe Kasher. Published by Slack Jaw. Printed by Studley Fine Art Press in Massachussetts. Design and Layout by Ezra Eismont. Additional production by Eismont Design. (www.eismont.com) Look out for Book release events this June at Zughaus Gallery in Berkeley and Luna Rienne Gallery in SF.

The Devil is in the details.

Phil Frost 1997

Back in 1997 I met Phil Frost through a mutual friend, and stayed with him in NYC on my way to Egypt for an art history tour. We traded pieces, I gave him a small oil painting on rusted metal and he gave me this piece, which I have hanging in my home.

I was prompted to photograph and post this piece after reading an article in the New York Magazine’s art section, which questions what they believed to be a lost Basquiat, which people who are aware of Frosts work from that era will clearly see that it is an unfinished work of his.

Here is another Link to a work of Phil Frost’s from that era. Note the similarity between the “devil” on the door and Frosts characters from that era.

Ozombie Bin Laden

Ezra Li Eismont - Charcoal and Acrylic on paper, 42"x56" 2011

I first created this image back in October of 2010 for my mini zombie coloring book. In light of recent events I felt compelled to “bring this one back to life” so to speak. This one is larger of course, than my mini coloring book version, and it is in color. For the first time in a while this piece felt like it had to happen – I felt compelled to create this image as a response to the media onslaught that has people reveling in the streets because we murdered someone unarmed in their own home.

Kittenzilla, R.I.P.

Photo credit : Stephanie Gene Morgan

Some  of you out there in internet land might remember the brief fame of our Kittenzilla mural, which we painted and installed on the old Harding theater in San Francisco in November of 2010. Bunnie Reiss, Myself, and our good friend Garrison Buxton produced the piece and installed it as part of the Gallery Heist One year anniversary show.  It received great reviews and was instantly welcomed by the local neighborhood and the larger internet community.  Unbeknownst  to us, we had tapped into an internet meme, and the simple joy of seeing a giant kitten with laser eyes seemed to leave people with a sunny happy feeling. We just like to paint giant kittens.

The location was secured for us through the gallery owner, Julianne Yates, over at Gallery Heist.  She assured us the mural would be up for somewhere between two and three months, and that she would contact us when it was time to remove it and replace it with art from another artist. So imagine our horror when Andrew Dalton, who reports for the SFist and runs his own blog the aggressive panhandler that first brought Kittenzilla to the land of the internets, sent us an email that our mural, barely a month old and loved, had been completely defaced. Not just a tag, not repairable, but completely and utterly destroyed, overlaid with the artwork of another. I was baffled, upset and hurt.  Who would do such a thing? And why? These questions would soon be answered, but only to create more questions. As word spread of the vandalism, people chimed in with their blog comments, and we tried to get to the bottom of it all.

Photo Credit: Ben Roodman via SFist

I sent Julianne Yates from Gallery Heist a message, telling her that someone had defaced our artwork and we would be taking it down.  Imagine my surprise when she phone me back almost immediately, and let me know that she had been their while the painting had occurred, and that it was a friend of hers (street artist Gaia) who had done the work, sanctioned by her gallery.  I was blown away. How had at least two months become barely more than one, and why had she not contacted us? We had purchased the boards for the installation, done the painting partially in the studio and finished the installation on Divisadero. This was our work of art, and she had no right whatsoever to destroy it.  We had plans to relocate the mural once it’s time was up on Divisadero. These are questions that have still not been answered.

Luckily, we had been able to get a good friend and professional photographer to get out there barely a few days before our mural was destroyed and take some nice photographs, so that Kittenzilla may live on. We will be offering high quality prints through Adhoc gallery, so that Kittenzilla may live out its nine lives, even after the original is no more. We are interested in finding more spaces to bring our giant kitten love to as well, so if you have a wall available in the bay area let us know!

What many people told us is that they loved the positive, playful energy of Kittenzilla, and that we will try and keep moving- we hope to make lemonade out of lemons and move forward into 2011 with a positive, playful vibe, bringing more giant kittens to a neighborhood near you.

Pretending to be fierce

Ezra Li Eismont/Bunnie Reiss 2010

The amazing Bunnie Reiss and myself recently finished this painting for the Gallery Heist one year anniversary show at Gallery Heist in San Francisco.  ( See it in person! Until November 27th at the Gallery Heist annex space 1036 Hyde st @ california- call gallery for hours) It was the first in our new kitten series, and the inspiration for our Lazer cats Kittenzilla mural on Divisiadero, next to the independent in San Francisco. More Kittens to come!

Zombi

"Composite Zombi" Mixed media on Panel, Ezra Li Eismont 2009

Many Thanks to Monk Daddy Romero for adding this one to his personal Collection.

Cubes

"Cubes" Acrylic on glass, Ezra LI Eismont 2009

School Daze

"School days" acrylic on vintage photograph, Ezra Li Eismont 2010

Zombie Nation

installation at Boneflowers vintage, 1747 polk st, SF Ezra Li Eismont 2010

Here’s a photo montage of the installation at boneflowers vintage, up for the month of April.  If you are in San Francisco check it out. Bone Flowers vintage is located at 1747 Polk st, between washington and clay in the Nob Hill district of San Francisco. Check their website for detailed store hours, though they are generally open noon til 7pm.

www.boneflowers.com



Revolutionary War Zombie

"BlueFace" Acrylic on vintage photo postcard, Ezra Li Eismont 2010