Under The Influence: The He-Man and the Masters of the Universe Art Show!
by: -RoG-

Last Friday night I paid a visit to Gallery 1988 to check out their latest exhibit "Under The Influence: He-Man and the Masters of the Universe" featuring unique tribute pieces from 100 different artists. While I didn't have my good camera on me like I did for their previous shows (such as the ongoing "I Am 8-Bit" series of exhibits), I did have a smaller one on hand and managed to snap some photos while I was there for you guys, and they came out just fine. Suffice to say, the show was absolutely fantastic, and the entire gallery itself was actually decorated like Castle Grayskull with painted foam bricks lining the inner walls. Yes indeedy, it was truly a sight that could bring tears to the eyes of anyone's inner geek, and it also made me wish I was rich so I could spend a few grand on some of the fine artwork. Unfortunately, that's just not the case, but I did capture plenty o' pics from the exhibit, so let's take a gander at some of the art, shall we?

Katamari Damacy and He-Man: together at last.

I would pay top dollar to see Skeletor and company as a heavy metal act.
Gotta say though, I'm surprised He-Man and Man-At-Arms are working security.
Then again, these are tough economic times...

Masters of the Los Angeles Universe.

A fine large painting of the Sorceress.

My all-time favorite He-Man character, Trap-Jaw, done in watercolor. You'll be seeing more of him soon enough.

Mer-Man caught like a deer in headlights.

I always knew Mek-A-Nek was a perv.

It's about time somebody created a spoof of the classic sword 'n sorcery film posters for MOTU.

Easily one of my favorite pieces at the show.
I'll take Skeletor in Playgirl over Burt Reynold's any day of the week. Brilliant!

I also ran into an I-Mockery fan by the name of Crispin while I was there and I have to
thank him and his lady pal for inviting me to join them in the long line outside the gallery.
Gotta credit them for the above photo of us standing in front of the gallery's badass Castle Grayskull sculpture too.

Power to the Trap!

Rabbit-Man and his trusty sidekick, Battle Shark!
I like that the flash of my camera appeared right on his power sword.

Almost looks like an evil Kirby is bursting through Orko's chest.

You know, without Skeletor bossing them around, I bet this scenario wouldn't be that far out of the realm of possibility.

What I wouldn't give to see a full cartoon episode about Skeletor paying a visit to the dentist.

Loved this one! I imagine this is what it would look like if Skeletor and Tri-Klops were trapped in the Phantom Zone.

There's plenty more He-Man artwork to see!
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Reader Comments

Forum Virgin
Jan 13th, 2010, 10:51 AM
OMG, that Stinkor painting is so adorable! I want one! Were there any exciting Evil-Lyn representations out there? I've always thought she rocked.
the axe and the smasher
Jan 13th, 2010, 12:58 PM
Wow that was awesome, I wish there were shows like that here.
Forum Chaos Lord
Jan 13th, 2010, 01:01 PM
I'm fond of the Parody of "Charity" featuring the Sorceress. On so many levels, it's ironic and hilarious.
lurking on the walls
Jan 13th, 2010, 01:25 PM
Man I miss the 80's

Killer pictures though RoG, made me wish I was there... At this rate it's a matter of time before they do a Metroid show.
Cranberry Everything
Jan 13th, 2010, 02:04 PM
That Scareglow is awesome!
I would love to own one of the "Battle Bones" pixel art prints, but $300 is too much for me.
I'll just stick with my framed I-Mockery pixel poster for now.
Is a RoboCop.
Jan 13th, 2010, 03:34 PM
The last one makes me sad.
aint nobody
Jan 13th, 2010, 05:18 PM
Forum Virgin
Jan 13th, 2010, 05:28 PM
You can see the Battle Cat painting being done in in a series of 1200 pictures here:

The artist's name is Robert Burden and he does some other really cool nostalgic toy paintings including a Voltron one similar to the Battle Cat.
An Arizona Horror Company
Jan 13th, 2010, 06:09 PM
Pure awesomeness in every picture. The first Sorceress painting is probably my favorite.

Thanks for sharing this, man. Makes me miss SoCal a whole lot when you put up this sorta stuff.
Forum Virgin
Jan 13th, 2010, 08:28 PM
If Skeletor did playgirl, I would by every copy I could get my hands on.I would love to have that painting of him on that Battle Cat rug hanging in my bedroom, I wonder what my husband would think?
Amicable Herculean
Jan 14th, 2010, 12:05 PM
That's amazing
Built in the 80s
Jan 14th, 2010, 12:55 PM
That's my kind of art! Now why didn't Monet paint MOTU?! I'd seriously love to buy some of that stuff
Forum Virgin
Jan 14th, 2010, 10:17 PM
"I'll take Skeletor in Playgirl over Burt Reynold's any day of the week." Ooh, ahh.. I'll have to take none of the above on that. Although, I would like to take a peek under Orco's robe, just out of scientific curiosity.
The face of trapped wind.
Jan 15th, 2010, 01:59 PM
Even though I'm not all that big a fan of He-Man, that was pretty kick ass.
Jan 15th, 2010, 02:15 PM
The Power of Grayskull awaits you.
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Breathes Comics
Jan 16th, 2010, 01:44 PM
If I ever saw you in an art show, I think I'd shit myself.
Jan 18th, 2010, 07:19 PM
Wow...just wow. The only thing that could make this better is if someone actually did a painting of an evil Kirby bursting through Orko's chest (hate that little fucker).
good fer what ails ye.
Feb 25th, 2010, 05:50 PM
Not sure why, but I'm particularly enamored with the bear ones.

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