Angelina Villalobos is a fine artist who combines environment and folklore into her subject matter which attempts to understand religion, culture & family structure in the jigsaw of modern society. Going by the pen name 179, please subscribe to the blog for more updates!

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Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Medusa Prints

Here you have it ladies and gentlemen.
Limit 18 run of the 179 Medusa Prints available online and at the Upper Playground show this Friday.

Printed on Arches Watercolor paper, this hand screened print of Greek Mythology's famous Medusa is beautiful.

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I am finishing up the last bits of troublesome painting. I am putting together the list of paintings I am showing. And I am measuring for frames I will be building. Things are coming together.

I will see you on Friday!

Love, Angelinas

Monday, April 12, 2010

The Cirtus Report::179 Interview

I was recently interviewed by Christopher Altenburg of The Citrus Report; an online blog based out of SF. I enjoyed talking with him and answering his questions. The article I am very proud of and highly recommend.

Here is a teaser question he asked. You should read the rest of the interview as it will give you insight on the show coming up this Friday.
TCR: I’ve noticed that you’ve done some live paintings, which always seemed a little daunting of a thing to do.
Yeah, people say that. They’re super easy for me, because I tune things out. I’m really good at just shutting it off and just doing my own thing, because that’s what I do at home. I zone out and I have background- like, I’m worst energy waster in the world. I’ll have the radio on, I’ll have the TV on, there will be 3 people at the house… I’m used to the hecticness around and I’ll also be able to paint and focus. So when I do it at shows and people are looking and talking, it doesn’t bother me at all. It’s fun, because I like people seeing the process of how I work. Like when I paint, if you look closely, you can see pencil lines and eraser marks, because I just like process. I like seeing that in other people’s work and I like it when people see it in my work. It’s just kind of how my mind works.

For the rest, please go to;
The Cirtus Report:: 179 Interview

And here is a teaser of one of the paintings that is giving me the most heart-ache right now... Her body is just not right to me. And I feel I am overworking the color again. I think I need to be put back on probation. Black and White needs to be my perimeters in order for me to be creative and not relay so much on color as a crutch.

Again, the show is this Friday at Upper Playground Seattle in the U-District, I hope to see you there.

I will have Family Fortune Tshirts to sell of the 179 Bee Amigos Design.

I will also have prints to sell and will have the image soon. Look for the Paypal pre-sale button on Wednesday!


Thursday, April 8, 2010

Upper Playground & 179 Present::

Opening Night Reception
Friday April 16, 2010

New Paintings By Artist:


OPENING RECEPTION on Friday, April 16, 2010

Time: 6pm - 10pm
Ages: All Ages Encouraged!
Cost: Free

Live Music
and Refreshments will be provided!

Upper Playground in Association with FIFTY 24SEA Gallery present the Opening Reception of:   "Oh Mischievous Me"

As an artist she pulls from many different sources that shape the images to be painted. Folklore has been the direction she has been gravitating to. She loves old stories in which animals play tricks on people or each other. They are playful and colorful. Since these animals are surreal in nature, the paintings represent more emotion rather then the literal sense of the animal. Change can be a good thing.

"Oh Mischievous Me"
The important theme of this 179 show is to deal with layers.
What is on the inside isn't always what is on the outside. Layers make up who we are and what we see. They can be made of many different kinds of things; animals, colors, ideas. Uncovering them can be as fun as a babushka doll or as scary as a wolf in sheep's clothing.
Looks can be deceiving, so beware!
For further information on the artist: http://179ers.blogspot.com/.  For photos or preview list contact upperplaygroundjen@gmail.com
The Opening Reception will be held for "Oh Mischievous Me" on April 16th from 6:00 - 10:00pm. Beverages will be provided.

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Sunday, April 4, 2010

Streamline Mural Project


Here are some images of a mural I recently finished.
The company sells music equipment and such so the theme had to be music related.
Here is a link to what they do;

So they wanted a music theme involving the characters I do being mischievous and cute. I did my best incorporating the two and making scenes where these characters take on personalities similar to the how people feel.

An Ipod loving Pickle, a distressed Germbot and a guitar heart for a Gremlin for instance.

Although painting and drawing have always been my passion; one thing I cannot live without is music. I listen to music like it the air I breathe. But one thing I have always wanted to do is play and create music.

So far, the harmonica, the ukulele and the clarinet have sustained me. But I have since become antsy.

Fortunatly for me, this awesome company also sells guitars, so guess what is the newest addition to my musical parade of instruments I will one day master?
Yup, the guitar.
Funny, the thing is bigger then me and I can't quite wrap my little hands around the neck, but I am optimistic.

So look forward to me one day doing  an R. Crumb and making my own band of serenades! Ha!


Friday, April 2, 2010

Theivery is the best form of Flattery!

I got bootlegged!
Wonderful news!

I received an email from a fan that found these online.
It was a cigarette case with a lighter attachment. At the time, it was trendy to carry debit and credit cards and cash in these. A shop in Thailand was making them and only had 11 left when I visited the site. I wonder if the fan that found on bought one and how they knew they existed to begin with.
At first I was angry, I mean, how can they just steal like that? How many now exist in the world?

Then I got to thinking about it; of all the images on the internet these days they chose mine?
Oh my. I then began to tell my friends about it, proud and very excited.

My friend Nick bought me one and wrote this wonderful note inside;
      "Bootlegging in this case, could be a form of flattery. But still fucked up. 8.19.2007"

I agree and am certainly flattered. I bought the rest and gave them as presents to my familia. The package indeed came from Thailand. Other stars and public personalities included Elvis, Tweety, Muscle Cars and Betty Page, so at least I am in good company in our stolen publicity. In a way honored as well.