True Self art show @ Jonathan LeVine

September 29, 2009

A quick art-related update. I’m showing one piece in the “True Self” show at Jonathan LeVine, NYC. The show is October 24th, curated by Gary Baseman.

PARTICIPATING ARTISTS: Adam Wallacavage, Alex Prager, Amor Munoz, Boris Hoppek, Christian Clayton, Dalek, David Sandlin, Deedee Cheriel, Eric White, Esther Pearl Watson, Fons Schiedon, Fred Stonehouse, Frieda Gossett, Friends With You, Gary Taxali, Gary Baseman, Gerard Dubois, James Jean, Karen Hsiao, Korin Faught, KozynDan, Lauren Bergman, Leah Hayes, Lola, Luke Chueh, Marion Peck, Mark Ryden, Mark Todd, Martha Rich, Mike Shinoda, Natalia Fabia, Orly Cogan, Rob Clayton, Robin Van Valkenburgh, Ron English, Ryan Heshka, Ryan Jacob Smith, Shag, Shannon Freshwater, The London Police, Tim Biskup, Travis Lampe.

Here’s the piece in-progress!


Jonathan LeVine Gallery
529 West 20th Street, 9th Floor
New York, NY 10011
Open Tuesday through Saturday, 11am to 6pm



  1. theflyingartist on October 2, 2009 at 4:18 pm

    Congratulations! That’s super duper exciting. I can’t wait to see pictures of it. You know what you should do.. you should record a video-blog or podcast or whatever tickles your fancy and let all your readers know the process you generally go with when you create art. Or what inspires you.
    I’m an art student and I’m just now figuring out that it’s a process, haha. Typically I just create. So it would be really enlightening to hear from you about how you make your art.
    If it already exists and I’m an idiot, please don’t refrain from telling me so.
    Or maybe just send a link. That’d be nice. Haha

  2. JPkaukonen on October 2, 2009 at 4:48 am

    hello mike!

    i just made a new drum art video, hopefully you have the time and interest to watch it someday! it’s on youtube:

    there would not be this video if it wasn’t for you!

    take care man,

  3. D3lta on October 1, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    I know Adam Wallacavage’s older brother Mike (that’s his name, not directed towards you) Adam does these crazy sea sculpture chandeliers, and other interesting pieces. He also does amazing photography, I wonder what he’ll be showing.

    Dope painting by the way, the one character looks like the LP soldier, just more cartoony, graph style.

  4. kellz on September 30, 2009 at 10:16 pm

    congrats it’s coming out very nicely!! but ughhh mike, i’m already heading into the city on the 14th to see DBS. now if it was the 15th i’d definitely be there haha. but i might just make it down there, since i never got to see your other art shows… probably the only reason i could dislike new york, since the east side>west side. 🙂 but who knows! might just be in chelsea for this on the 24th 🙂

  5. TheLPFreak on September 30, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    that art looks great..Xd

  6. Janni_Loves_LP on September 30, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    Ooooh! Such a fantastic lineup! I hope youi’ll post more about this and of course the end result.. ;P Looks really good so far! And btw. I just received the GLXS Book today, and it’s nothing short of amazing! I really think it shows how much work and thought you put in this project. And I love the big pics of the art… So beautiful!

  7. Sintia on September 30, 2009 at 10:16 am

    Looks pretty good so far. Can’t wait to see the final finish.

  8. LyBe on September 30, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Hey Mike, I’m sixteen years old and a true LP-fan. I just love you guys. I also like Fort Minor a lot. You’re so talented, Mike! Respect. Feel free to come to Belgium with LP 😉 If you’d want to e-mail me, please do so! Xxx

  9. PinkWater3 on September 30, 2009 at 8:29 am

    Is the concept of the show about putting on canvas the way you perceive yourself? I think this might be interesting. The piece looks very interesting so far. I love the colors.

  10. zahra on September 30, 2009 at 7:56 am

    OH SHIT!!I WAS IN NEWYORK 4 DAYS AGO!!X)!!aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah ..i need to tell my mom about this cuz she kept telling me to go to an art show there and that i might get lucky and see u walking around ..but i was soo pissed 4 not being in LA in time 4 ur art show..soo i was like :NOOOO….and omg if only i could go to this one show!!….sooo many artistes and ART i’ll miss to seee X(… well have fun…love ur piece…the fish and the skull dude …oh and new character FLY,is that mickey mouse????? fish??!!bees?.soldier….boy with glasses..threee eyed thing ….COOL….lol X)show us the whole thing when ur done mike!!..take care

  11. boyzdontcry on September 30, 2009 at 6:43 am

    Dope , but NY is too far from here ..

  12. Vraaaa on September 30, 2009 at 5:52 am

    It looks awesome!
    Too bad I live in Europe…

  13. linkinparkette on September 30, 2009 at 5:35 am

    October 24 😀

    and thats nice :]

  14. lucky_cat on September 30, 2009 at 1:53 am

    Ahhhh, that’s amazing!!! Great exihibition, gallerie, artists, your piece again … I so want to go there! Maybe I can make it …

  15. girlaloud on September 30, 2009 at 1:29 am

    The Stunning Color , The Four Main Character ( include that lil’ bunny ) , The Supporting and The Blurry Character ! ) Yeah , It was you Mike !! and the great is even though still in progress but you can make these piece can be enjoyed by all circle, can’t wait to see the rest !! thank’s for sharing with us .!!

  16. Jakov0 on September 29, 2009 at 11:30 pm

    Those too are from the videogame?? There’re awsome!!

  17. Tata_shak on September 29, 2009 at 10:53 pm

    It’s a pitty that i can’t see your artwork here D:

  18. swati_LPfreak on September 29, 2009 at 10:48 pm

    Mike, Pls read my own LP rhyme…
    =There’s gotta be A PLACE FOR MY HEAD ‘cz i came CRAWLING and BY MYSELF to gain fame.
    =Its not to be FORGOTTEN that i’d GIVEN UP and it wasn’t EASIER TO RUN, so i’d FAINT…
    =Realised too late that LITTLE THINGS GIVE YOU AWAY…
    =Feeling broken, IN PIECES and NUMB.
    =It takes a PART OF ME, i can’t STEP UP…
    =Now it came time to LEAVE OUT ALL THE REST.
    =I realised that WHAT I’VE DONE is the best…
    =I know I’m SOMEWHERE I BELONG, may be PARANOID, may be I’m wrong…
    =I’m surprised how WE MADE IT when IN THE END i was WITH YOU.
    =There was no more LYING FROM YOU !

  19. aussieChazz on September 29, 2009 at 9:44 pm

    Snazzy but has a Strong and Deep Character , can’t wait to see the Final Result ..

  20. ShimizuAiko on September 29, 2009 at 9:39 pm

    Aww .. my first comment ( I apologize if my English suck, lol ) ok here we go, a very good job Kenji-san , although the painting was still in the progress , I like the beautiful colors , but the pic of that floating Goddess with the boys in front and the fish next to her , makes me shudder, very mysterious !!

    PS: I hope LP will return to Japan next year , 素敵な一日を過ごす !!

  21. abbykulyde on September 29, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    i luv the way you mix those colors mike! (they are my fave combi) btw, since this is for the “True Self” show, seems that it somehow reflects the true MS.. the signature skulls still present..



  22. durg on September 29, 2009 at 8:30 pm

    ooooh 😀

  23. luckyluck on September 29, 2009 at 6:36 pm

    You’re very adept at combining colors and characters in it ( the boy who was relaxing on a cloud , Totally Awesome !!! ) Good job Dude ..

  24. ShadowerLiltani on September 29, 2009 at 5:09 pm

    Welcome back to New England Mike, haven’t seen you out here since PR Hartford ’08. I love your characters, the aviator dude that looks like he’s about to reach out and poke someone, is my fave. I can’t wait to see the finished product. I might be able to go to this show, if transportation permits. I could bribe it as a late birthday present to somebody… Edit: Forgot to ask, are you going to be at the opening?

  25. jeffryLP on September 29, 2009 at 4:46 pm

    My admiration to you dude, for these cool piece , You’ve a unique way of describing yourself , totally creative and full of imagination !

  26. soyuneik on September 29, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    oOH I love this one. What sorts of brushes do you use for the outlines? I had to take pins to paint mine and it sucked. I like that drippy guy with his mouth open and the robocapsule guy in the top right. (lol and of course the skull guys) I just have one question. Where are the toys? ;”C(

  27. Manongross on September 29, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    Great painting, but is one that will never see live …
    Good luck, and have a good show …
    After all you are a great artist.

  28. Reen on September 29, 2009 at 4:13 pm

    Cool. If I lived closer I would like to go.

  29. LPmadman on September 29, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Cool !! ..

  30. linnibby on September 29, 2009 at 2:50 pm

    damn, its turning out great mike. your so talented (: i can draw and sketch, but funny thing is that i’m not good at painting lol. i would go to that show, but too bad i live all the way in SOCAL.

  31. cuz on September 29, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    The piece is amazing so far! Please, post when it’s done. It’s amazing, I love the colours!!! And I love your fish too.

  32. TiffTiff33LP on September 29, 2009 at 2:04 pm

    oh my gosh,dude I so love that,it’s so awsomeness how do you get the paint to do that?Im sure it’s pretty easy,when I try that it dont work!^^**LOL

  33. Madlen on September 29, 2009 at 1:37 pm

    I asked you about self-portrait in the lpu chat so I’m kinda considering that as part of your answer:DThanks for answering me in the chat btw:)Anyways it would be very interesting to see how you see yourself:)I love the colors and everything…And btw from all the names I recognized like…50 % of the people:DWill you be attending?

  34. Natily on September 29, 2009 at 11:53 am

    wow that looks pretty awesome..good job.
    It’s too bad that I live in Germany so that I’ll never have the opportunity to see your artworks live =(

  35. lp_fm_fan on September 29, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Awesome. I wish I could go and see it! I think I might be able to actually my family and I are heading to NY for thanksgiving break and we’re leaving Friday (November 20th) and it ends the next day! I dunno though, maybe I’ll see it, I hope I do!

  36. liope on September 29, 2009 at 11:14 am

    It looks great!! Can’t wait to see it finished!! 🙂 I think you have done a great progress to your art those pasted years! Your lines are thiner and you do more details to your’s nice to see that!! ^_^

  37. rockermeg on September 29, 2009 at 10:58 am

    Aaah cool 🙂
    Some of the GLXS (Dies) style and colour in there I see….
    Looks good.
    Good luck! Have fun

  38. natalia_spain on September 29, 2009 at 10:54 am

    i think i’m the trith coment!!oh, i’m the four (i don’t know it i write it well, and i don’t know if more people comment when i write this, because i’m very slowsly for write…xDDDDD) so i like this…this woman…Natalia Fabia (it’s a woman really?) i’m called Natalia and my frist subname starts with F…but my frist subname is Forés… other thing…i know in the USA computers the letter ñ (i don’t know what is the english traduction, but i think it don’t have traduction…this letter called here eñe…u can write ny because in valencian the ñ writes ny) eh…i’m lost in my words xDDDDD…the letter ñ…the name is Amor Muñoz? u can say me what is his from? bye…

  39. Angi220 on September 29, 2009 at 10:53 am

    Cute as always , Mile~~~But I can’t really get it , I mean the meaning of this piece ….. What do you want to express? Is this the true you? Cute and cool?

  40. Curiosa on September 29, 2009 at 10:38 am

    PS: It takes too long 4 this 2 show up on twitter 😛 although I was already here leaving a comment on the GBC blog when it showed up on here. 😛 lol Still hasn’t showed up on twitter. 😛 lol Take care & good luck w/ur piece. 🙂

    Edit: Fyi, It’s Going Down has got to be 1 of my alltime fave songs & LOVE the video. Of course I might be a little biased on the vid since I see a Tim Duncan jersey in there. 😛 lol TC.

    Edit: =:O U forgot to give Ryu a print or something from ur GLX Dies show! =:O Mike, what kind of a friend r u?!? 😛 Btw this blog still hasn’t showed up on twitter. 😛 lol hugs

  41. Eddie on September 29, 2009 at 10:30 am

    I’m the first comment!!! I’m honored!! 🙂 Yeah!! Great painting Mike!!! It rocks!!! The show is going to be awesome!!!

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