In the world of pop culture art, there are few artists as accurate and detailed as Ashton Gallagher. His works are very beautiful, very inspiring, his paintings are very good often mistaken for photographs. But these are definitely not photographs. Gallagher put in meticulous time make his paintingsand not only he brought their new group in Los Angeles this week, he let io9 in on the process behind one of the pieces.
“Mini Portraits V” opens May 12 at Gallery 1988’s Pop-Up location—355 N. Fairfax Ave., Los Angeles, CA—from 7-10 pm PST. Gallagher himself is set to debut his latest paintings, which will go online the next day. Once again, he brings to life characters from all over pop culture in his signature style, with full-on paintings, drawing studies (which, for the first time, can be framed and more complete) , and prints with runs from 30-40 .
A few pieces from the show have already made it online (including this one Last of us piece, this Back to the Future piece, and one from The Bear) but Gallagher allowed us to debut a piece from The Neverending Story called “Morla – The Ancient One.” It measures 4 x 10 inches and—yes, the headline is right—took him nearly 100 hours to complete. Why Morla of all things? “Childhood nightmare fuel,” Gallagher told io9. “But in the best sense”
What happens during those 100 hours? Take a trip through this slideshow to see. And visit www.gallery1988.com to see the entire show starting May 13.