New Sculptures by Jay Howell

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Trippy Dudes sculpture by Jay Howell

There’s nothing grim about this reaper sculpture by Jay Howell. Howell has recently taken his stretchy characters into the third dimension, and they look great.

Enthusiastic Person papercraft by Jay Howell

Howell is probably currently en route from Southern California to San Francisco couriering his third dimension sculptures to his third solo show, Enthusiastic Person, at San Francisco’s FFDG.

Dog Gang sculptures by Jay Howell

I listened to a great Mike Maxwell podcast/interview with Jay Howell from January 22nd to get more details on the upcoming show. [You can hear it here.] While Howell says his characters aren’t really based on specific people, his dog sculptures are no doubt inspired by Street Dog. Howell found Street Dog on the street (duh) as a wee puppy and nursed him back to health.

Street dog sculpture by Jay Howell

Regarding Street Dog’s pedigree, Howell remarks:

“I think a homeless guy had a shitty dog that had babies…I want to get like so many shitty, shitty dogs, but I want to find them organically on the street.”

Alternately, he could make a small street dog gang out of clay.

New dude sculpture by Jay Howell

Howell posts his newest figure sculptures on Instagram as @punksgitcut, and it seems like he’s having a blast. Here’s his process simplified: “wire frame, premo sculpey, oven bake, paint and hit it with a ton of krylon crystal clear.” He says it’s “kinda hard to mold, but wicked quick fun results.” Ferris Plock, who dabbled in awesome 3D character sculptures himself, responded: “You’ve gone and lost your mind. These are all amazing.” Agreed!

Stacked buddy sculpture by Jay Howell

About his character process, Howell says: “Some characters just resonate with me, and I’ll keep putting them in different situations and putting other people around them.” His new show opens at Fecal Face on Friday, February 1st. There will be a reception from 6-9PM, and Howell will be in attendance. Wear your “Say Perhaps to Drugs” shirts!

3-Headed Dude sculpture by Jay Howell

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Interviews

  • Brutherford Industries
  • Emilio Garcia
  • Frank Kozik
  • Brian Flynn
  • Coarse Toys
  • Jason Freeny
  • FERG
  • Steff Bomb
  • Shag
  • Junko Mizuno
  • TADO
  • Godmachine
  • Mike Leavitt
  • Joseph Harmon
  • Nathan Jurevicius
  • Huck Gee
  • Double Parlour
  • Ron Hollatz
  • Skinner
  • Ryan Roberts Photography
  • Felt Mistress
  • Tristan Eaton
  • Greg Craola Simkins
  • The Toy Hunter
  • The Sucklord
  • Kathie Olivas & Brandt Peters

Studio Visits

  • Doubleparlour studio visit
  • Junko Mizuno Studio Visit
  • Frank Kozik Studio Visit
  • Mark Nagata Studio Visit
  • Huck Gee Studio Visit