Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Art by Patrick Maloney

This month's exhibit at the Maurice del Mue Galleries of the San Geronimo Valley Community Center is a group show titled Celebrating Color 8 Different Ways.  I’m  highligthing just one of those exhibited artists here for now-- Patrick Maloney.

Below is his remarkable work.

Adam and Her
Mother in Her Garden
A Gathering of Angels
A few drawings done by Maloney in Bic pen:

World in Her Hands


Squiggle Head

As a painter, Patrick Maloney has exhibited widely.  He’s worked in the past in graphics, advertising art and animation (such as John Korty's feature length animated film Twice Upon a Time).
He currently teaches art courses at San Quentin State Prison.

The exhibit also features fine artists Barbara Hazard, Jackie Kirk, Art Holman, Joan Thornton, Kay Carlson, Ayumi Kie Weissbuch and Connie Smith Siegel and runs through March 29th.

You can learn more about the exhibit at:

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Trashman on a Tortilla

Tortillas printed with artwork by the late Spain Rodriguez

from the Spain memorial held at the Brava Theater in San Francisco, Saturday, March 16th.
Tortillas printed by the Great Tortilla Conspiracy.

Monday, March 4, 2013

Larry's Cartoon Vault: Remembering Willy Murphy

Cartoonist Willy Murphy died 37 years ago this month on March 2, 1976.
from Artists in Print

He was part of the underground comix movement in the late ‘60’s-early ‘70’s in San Francisco.
San Francisco Comic Book #4 1972

Of all the notable underground cartoonists of that era, Murphy is perhaps one of the most under acknowledged. That’s truly too bad because he was one of the best. Willy Murphy was the Milt Gross of the underground.  Seriously wild and wacky (and an all around good guy).
I first remember seeing Murphy’s work in the Berkeley Tribe underground paper and immediately took to it. ( I mostly remember a wonderfully devastating cartoon of Richard Nixon).
As a youngster-neophyte cartoonist in San Francisco,  I looked up to Willy  and he was very supportive of my early scribblings. In fact, I saw print a couple of times in those early days because Willy was in charge of editing the project (such as the San Francisco Sunday Paper and perhaps an early issue of San Francisco Comic Book).
As I understand it, before cartooning Murphy had worked in advertising. I believe he did photography as well.  I recall him once saying to me that he had loved photography but it didn’t love him.
Willy Murphy died young. He was truly building a head of steam by the late 70’s creating and contributing to a number of projects including the Give Me Liberty, Two Fools,  Arcade Comics Revue and his own title Flamed Out Funnies.

He was also just beginning to contribute to National Lampoon at the time of this death.  In fact, his Lampoon deadline played a role in his demise.
Willy was working on a piece for Lampoon and had a cold that turned into pneumonia while he  continued to work to meet his deadline. He was found unconscious in his room and taken to the hospital but never recovered. He was 39 years old.
We’ll never know how good he could have been. He did some awfully funny stuff that deserves to be remembered.
Here are a few odds and ends (some odder than others) by Willy Murphy. 

from Arcade #3

from the short lived San Francisco Sunday Paper 1972


from Snarf #6

Again from San Francisco Sunday Paper

A nutty parody of the long ago Terry and the Pirates type strips

Arcade #4

Ted Richard's piece from Arcade #6