Beyond The Streets and Control Gallery are pleased to announce Mister Cartoon's Just My Imagination, the Los Angeles solo debut of the acclaimed artist and LA native. Opening Reception will be held on June 10, 2023 from 11am to 6pm.
Just My Imagination highlights the largest body of work for a single show ever created by Mister Cartoon, focusing on airbrushing and drawings on a variety of surfaces, from a metal canvas handcrafted out of aluminum to perfection to the use of candy enamel automotive paint in all of the paintings, including meticulous body lines on a one-of-a-kind customized car within the gallery. Having shown in galleries and museums throughout the world, including stops in Tokyo, Paris, and London, this special occasion marks an unprecedented milestone for Mister Cartoon as his first solo opening in Los Angeles.
Just My Imagination immerses the viewer into a fantasy world conjured up by Mister Cartoon's ingenuity as an artist, a culmination of his working-class upbringing and all of the emotions and experiences associated with growing up in Los Angeles through the ‘80s, ‘90s, and 2000s. His love for car culture, graffiti and past eras of music where songs would give you goosebumps is a nostalgic feeling he hopes will be felt throughout the show.
The evolution of Mister Cartoon’s work will be on display through an experience that will take over both Beyond The Streets Flagship and Control Gallery spaces, celebrating a career that started from airbrushing t-shirts at car shows, to graffiti, sign painting, and becoming a globally exhibited museum artist and tattoo artist to the stars –an artistic medium that will be a focal point in the show with a live tattoo station.
Mister Cartoon, born and raised in Los Angeles, was immersed in art from an early age. He began his career as a graffiti artist before branching into murals, album covers, logos, and now most famously known for his tattoos. His richly detailed, hand-rendered designs pull much of their inspiration from the Los Angeles of Cartoon’s youth. Cartoon's work has helped bridge the gap between those hardscrabble beginnings and the style’s current popularity. Cartoon has gained a worldwide following from his tattooing, with a clientele that includes the likes of Eminem, Travis Barker, Christina Aguilera, Dr. Dre, 50 Cent, and Snoop Dogg.
He’s attracted a diverse and devoted fan base for his work in other media as well. The result has been highly acclaimed gallery appearances and art shows in London, Paris, Tokyo, and beyond, as well as activations alongside global brands like Nike, Netflix, Apple, Louis Vuitton and the Los Angeles Dodgers. Service to the community has been an essential part of Cartoon’s career, where he is active in outreach programs, sharing his knowledge with young people and devoting time to many community-based initiatives.