February 4, 2013The Fabulous Retro Art of El Gato Gomez – New Sponsor Shout-out And Giveaway Of An Original El Gato Gomez Painting! – Contest Closed And Winner Choosen!
Hey everyone! RetroRuth here, and I want to send out a HUGE welcome to our newest sponsor on NPR – the incredibly talented El Gato Gomez! If you haven’t seen some of her fabulous art before, you are in for a treat. If you HAVE seen her stuff before (either on her site, from Sara’s post or on eBay) you are still in for a huge treat. Why? Because in honor of her welcome here on NPR, El Gato is giving away a fantastic ORIGINAL 12 x 16 gallery wrapped canvas to one lucky reader! That’s right! So take a read through the story of how El Gato got started painting her retro delights and make sure to leave a comment at the end to be entered to win the painting ” Gato Classico”.
El Gato Gomez writes:
My personal obsession with Mid Century style began very early. As a child I would sit for hours browsing through a small collection of personal treasures my mother had kept from her own childhood. She had a fabulous stash of photo albums,children’s books, and toys that were kept in a closet. I was especially enthralled with a 1960s Disneyland souvenir photo album. The images of Tomorrowland blew my tiny brain into space and the Mary Blair designed Small World dioramas tickled me to pieces. I had never seen anything so enchanting. Visions of the Haunted Mansion and my mother’s recollection of whirling, transparent ghosts and stretching portraits thrilled me completely. My first visit to a Disney park came shortly after Epcot Center opened and I was not disappointed. My most recent trip with my own child only reinforced the awe.
Another great influence was my grandmother who’s house lay directly on a graveyard. I visited often on weekends and every Saturday we would watch the classic horror movies on “Creature Feature”. A passion for the macabre in black and white never left me and vintage horror movies and retro TV became part of DNA. Ask my kids… it’s hereditary.
In my teen years a fascination with the BEAT generation formed with that a TV commercial for Cappio Cappuccino. Things went a little loopy after that and years of black clothing and berets were to follow, along with weather copies of “On The Road” and “Howl” and a pair of thrift store bongos. The obsession was fully developed and I could not get enough of everything of that era.
Over the two decades that followed I have been overjoyed to discover the wonders of designers like Charles and Ray Eames, illustrators like James Flora and an unbelievable number of artists and graphic designers who developed that kooky, charming, and wonderfully imaginative yet perfectly polished visual style known as Mid Century Modernism.
When I was first introduced to the work of SHAG about 10 years ago I think I actually started to hyperventilate. A whole new world opened up to me. I had been to art school and my idea of fine art and a the concept of a career as an artist had been formed in a way that was very repressive. I had forgotten where my inspiration to create had come from and I was like a square peg in a round hole. After discovering Shag I went on to find inspiration everywhere and kindred spirits coming out of the woodwork. Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily, Tim Biskup, Amanda Visell, and don’t get me started on “Ren & Stimpy”. The list goes on and on…. The evidence of a retro mentality is becoming overwhelming. Apparently I was not the only little kid crawling into that box in the closet.
Please visit my website elgatogomezarts.com to view past works and available original art (I am not yet making prints and sell only originals). There is also a list of links to other awesome artists and fun websites.
NOTE: A word about the cat… Everyone wants to know where the inspiration for the El Gato Gomez name came from. Black cats are, to me, the epitome of sleek, stylish and aloof. They have a wonderful vibe and beautiful form. The “Hep Cat” is where it’s at and keeps his cool at all times. The Gomez part is a little silly, I’ll just keep that under my beret.
It’s RetroRuth again, guys. I have to admit, I am totally in love with this stuff. And yes, I am a lucky owner of some El Gato originals myself and I can tell you that they are great. Tom and I are just loving them! So, if you want to be the proud owner of an El Gato of your very own, head on over to eBay to check out what’s for sale AND be sure to leave a comment below to be entered to win this gorgeous piece:
It is 12 x 16 on 1 1/2″ thick gallery wrapped canvas and is titled ” Gato Classico”. I am so jealous of everyone who gets to enter! I LOVE this piece!
*Leave a comment below to be entered into a random drawing to win an original painting by El Gato Gomez. This painting was provided by El Gato Gomez as a prize for this giveaway, and the giveaway will close on 2/10/2013 at midnight EST with the winner announced on 2/11/2013. Thanks for entering!