Featuring Tim Presley artwork from exhibitions at Chicago’s Soccer Club Club and LA’s The Pit, the book Under the Banner of Concern complements its visual power with some of the artist’s poetry. Abstract yet identifiable, Presely’s portraiture relies on his signature “every figure” symbology, marked by sunken eyes and hollowed out, almost stick figure-like, bodies. In some spreads, black and white figures clash or contrast, and sometimes collaborate within a larger scene. Under the Banner of Concern comprises 140 pages and 89 images, including a handful of previously unreleased Presley pieces.
One of three new limited edition prints by Jeffrey Cheung, “Untitled #2” was originally created for a collaborative zine made by the Oakland-based artist and Tiny Splendor. In Cheung’s signature playful style, several hairy, smiling characters cover the print—with many contorted into interesting poses. Measuring 10 by 13 inches, these riso prints are available in an edition of 100, with each signed and numbered by the artist.
Studio Unto’s unique set of crayons allows artists of all ages to reproduce the vivid color-scapes of our natural world. As though “you picked up a piece of mineral and started coloring,” each crayon resembles a rock, with swirling, layered and speckled colors. Drawing with them produces multi-colored lines with texture and inconsistencies that add to the allure. Because each piece is made by hand, the finish of the four included in each box may differ.
With 100% of their proceeds directed to the COVID-19 Protest Relief Fund, The Canvas Agency Shop is selling eight very different, equally appealing, prints from artists they represent. One of our favorites, “PAW PAW AND STARS” by illustrator Sonya Korshenboym depicts a delightful and oddly proportioned pooch gazing up at the cosmos. It’s printed on poster-sized paper.
Launched on Juneteenth, Internal Knowledge and Are.na’s Chess Camp label explores “strategy, empathy, psychological freedom, and Black history.” From them, this new T-shirt directs 100% of proceeds to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective. “Internal Knowledge Chess Camp: Juneteenth 2020” adorns the front of the 100% cotton shirt, while a green and ivory chessboard occupies the back. The release comes accompanied by a wealth of educational videos, resources, printed materials and more, which lives on Are.na’s idea-sharing platform as Chess Camp vol.1.
By NYC-based illustrator, animator and visual designer Amika Cooper (aka blackpowerbarbie), this “Saint Jeff” print is inspired by Jeffrey Williams and, as Cooper says, “divine feminine energy.” Rich, vibrant colors abound on the artwork, which features its subject beneath a halo. Cooper (who works as a freelance creative) also sells other prints that span her different styles online.
Featuring Kewpie doll characters and a police car engulfed in flames, this print from Tiny Splendor makes a powerful statement. The three subjects carry a molotov cocktail, a crowbar and a banner stating “Lives over property”—an important message now, and always. All profits from sales of the print will be donated to Black Lives Matter Los Angeles and People’s Breakfast Oakland.
Written upon a portrait of civil and LGBTQ+ rights activist Bayard Rustin, the “black is love is black” illustration by Donovan Edwards for The Tenth repeats the simple yet powerful message. The print is letter-sized and printed on matte archival paper, and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Black Lives Matter.
An inclusive development of the rainbow Pride flag that incorporates the necessary representation of queer people of color and transgender individuals, Daniel Quasar’s “Progress” initiative pin more accurately reflects the LGBTQ+ community. Each 11-color enamel pin is produced by hand in antique silver. 25% of the profits from Quasar’s “Progress Initiative” items, like this enamel pin, get allocated to a quarterly donation to a charity that supports the queer community; currently it is The Living Room.
Designed by Australian artist Beci Orpin, this “Don’t Lose Heart” puzzle features her much-shared artwork, covered in optimistic, thoughtful and tender messages. Printed on 100% recycled paper stock, the jigsaw comprises 32 large pieces, making it perfect for kids. Third Drawer Down includes a poster of the design with each purchase, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to Greenpeace—furthering the positive vibes.
Made in collaboration with cannabis publication Broccoli Magazine, Goldleaf’s pretty ikebana prints embed the marijuana leaf subtly in larger, delicate floral arrangements by Amy Merrick. Printed on thick, uncoated archival paper, this print comes in one size (18 by 24 inches) and in three iterations: print only, print in walnut hanging rails, and print in maple hanging rails. Best of all, Goldleaf actively supports (financially and through word of mouth) the Project Sanctuary and the Last Prisoner Project.
Named “Center,” Round21 and artist Ju Schnee’s collaborative ping pong paddle features a colorful design that clearly marks the middle of the strike zone—where the ball should hit to avoid it careening out of bounds. A vibrant, geometric design adorns one side, while a speckled black and white pattern occupies the other. This high-preformance paddle features an ergonomic grip that lends comfort and control, and a rubber-foam hybrid pad for improved accuracy. Right now, the brand commits 10% of net proceeds to the Public Art Fund.
Independent magazine Orange Crush marries art and the sport of wrestling through written and visual storytelling. Volume #1 features pieces on “The Bad Boy” Joey Janela, painter Carroll Dunham, writer Alissa Bennett, Mexican luchador Mil Mascaras, and more. While professional wrestling and fine art may be an unexpected pairing, the sport’s reliance on art through masks, costumes, props and stage design places it in an ideal position for creative interpretation and experimentation.
There’s nothing quite as special as a hand-written note sent through snail mail and, with the USPS currently under threat, there’s no better time to buy stamps. There are 78 designs to choose from online, and our pick—priority mail postal stamps—features an illustration of Big Bend’s Rio Grande by Dan Cosgrove. These four stamps, each valued at $7.75, allow for more than the passing along of a note, but perhaps even a gift to a loved one. You can also write to your representatives, or text “USPS” to Resistbot (50409) to easily pass on a message of support for the post office to congress.
Designer Sir Paul Smith’s third collaboration with historic Swiss writing and drawing implement maker Caran d’Ache includes this limited edition set of eight Supracolor Soft water-soluble colored pencils. Smith selected the eight bright and cheerful original colors and dressed their portable metal case in his iconic stripes. Made from cedar wood, the brand’s Supracolor Soft water-soluble colored pencils can be used for drawing or watercoloring or wash drawing.
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning senior art critic for New York Magazine (and social media user extraordinaire), Jerry Saltz, How to Be an Artist dispenses practical wisdom, inspiration, humor and honesty to nourish the artist in all of us. For those already taken by Saltz’s passionate criticism and witty storytelling—as well as those looking to persevere in creative professions—the book will prove to be a beautiful resource.