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REX RAY BACK AT BLIK + A GIVEAWAY

REX RAY BACK AT BLIK + A GIVEAWAY

Are you a fan of colorful, modern graphics? We’ve heard a number of you are. That’s why we are excited that our first launch of 2012 is the return of renowned fine artist and celebrated graphic designer, Rex Ray. Rex is back this time around with two new designs under his R2 Lab collection: Verdant Flow and Radiant Velocity. Similar to his first collection with Blik, Verdant Flow and Radiant Velocity embody Rex’s signature modern aesthetic with abstract images and hand-cut shapes.

Do the new graphics look familiar? We did a sneak preview with the fabulous Fab.com last fall and what do you know, they all sold out! Not that we let that go to our heads… Just sayin’ — people like them!

GIVEAWAY: To celebrate the launch, we are giving away Verdant Flow and Radiant Velocity to two lucky winners. This time around, we are going to reward Pinterest fanatics (and truth be told we are quickly falling into that category.)

Winning is easy. We’ve pinned both graphics on our Blik 2012 Releases board. Repin the one you’d like to win: Verdant Flow or Radiant Velocity. All repinners will be entered to win the random drawing where two winners will picked. Winners will be announced on Friday, January 20, 2012. And while you’re on Pinterest, why don’t you follow us there as well?

WINNERS: Congrats to Justine Ortiz and Lenay Snyder! Thanks to everyone who re-pinned our Rex Ray pins. Keep an eye out for more Pinterest contests.

Not on Pinterest yet? We have a few invites to share. Just comment below with your email address to get one.

REX RAY FOR BLIK + A BOOK GIVEAWAY

REX RAY FOR BLIK + A BOOK GIVEAWAY

A Mutual Bond & Beyond the Borough

Looking to add a little mod to your home? You’re in luck. Today we are releasing four playful geometric patterns from renowned fine artist and celebrated graphic designer Rex Ray. The wall graphics embody Ray’s signature mid-century modern aesthetic with abstract images and hand-cut shapes.

REX RAY FOR BLIK + A BOOK GIVEAWAY

A Mutual Bond installation

REX RAY FOR BLIK + A BOOK GIVEAWAY

A Mutual Bond installation

We are kicking off the initial Rex Ray/R2 Lab collection with A Mutual Bond, Skyline Rhythm, Spontaneous Horizon and Beyond the Borough. The minimalist designs are sure to add a cool modern flair to your walls.

And if you’re thinking that you’ve seen Rex Ray before – you probably have. His paintings and design work have been exhibited at galleries and museums, including The San Francisco MoMA, San Jose MoMA, The Crocker Museum in Sacramento, University Art Museum in Berkeley, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco and MCA Denver. He’s also a celebrated graphic artist and has worked on a wide range of custom projects for Apple, Dreamworks, Swatch and David Bowie among others.

REX RAY FOR BLIK + A BOOK GIVEAWAY

Spontaneous Horizon & Skyline Rhythm

REX RAY FOR BLIK + A BOOK GIVEAWAY

Skyline Rhythm installation

REX RAY FOR BLIK + A BOOK GIVEAWAY

Beyond the Borough installation

REX RAY FOR BLIK + A BOOK GIVEAWAY

Beyond the Borough installation

REX RAY FOR BLIK + A BOOK GIVEAWAY

Beyond the Borough installation

GIVEAWAY: We are such big Rex Ray fans that we wanted to give 3 copies of his Art + Design book to you! We think it’s only fair that to win a book, you’ve got to be a true Rex Ray fan. To win, leave a comment below and share your best Rex Ray fan knowledge. Three winners will be chosen at random. Just get your comments in by Sunday, September 18, 2011 at 11:59pm PST. Winners will be announced on Tuesday, September 20, 2011.

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who shared with us a Rex Ray fact! We loved reading all the comments. Congrats to Beau, MJ, and Marissa! You’ll be receiving a copy of Art + Design shortly!

REX RAY FOR BLIK + A BOOK GIVEAWAY

Rex Ray Art + Design: 3 copies to giveaway.

REX RAY FOR BLIK + A BOOK GIVEAWAY

A look inside Art + Design.

WTF? DAN WITZ COMES TO BLIK? AND WE’VE GOT GIVEAWAYS.

WTF? DAN WITZ COMES TO BLIK? AND WEVE GOT GIVEAWAYS.

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Take a look. No, take a 2nd look. Is it real or not?

A master of visual pranks, Dan Witz, the Brooklyn-based realist and street artist has created three shocking graphic art pieces – all part of his “WHAT THE %$#@? (WTF) series. Meet WHAT THE %$#@ TAZ, WHAT THE %$#@ GOAT and WHAT THE %$#@ MICHAEL.

How did he think of that?? The idea for WTF was born while Dan was stuck in the notorious LA traffic and is named for the universal reaction the installations inspire within the viewer. Dan is known for using his mastery of the visual deception of trompe-l’oeil* and photorealistic painting techniques to create conceptual visual pranks.

*Visual illusion in art as used to trick the eye into perceiving a painted detail as a three-dimensional object.

WTF? DAN WITZ COMES TO BLIK? AND WEVE GOT GIVEAWAYS.

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WTF? DAN WITZ COMES TO BLIK? AND WEVE GOT GIVEAWAYS.

Taz

Taking Blik down a new path. Witz’s pieces are a new form of wall art for Blik. The printed “grate” graphic is backed by a 1/8″ thick plastic board that the art piece giving it a 3-D quality. Installation is easy with the four removable, self-adhesive 3M mounting squares.

Describing his philosophy behind his body of work, Witz explains, “I’m trying to exploit our collective tendency towards sleepwalking by inserting outrageous things right out there in plain view that are also practically invisible.”

Just ask Scott Flora, Blik co-founder about working with Dan. “Dan Witz is clever. He defines and challenges what it means to be a street artist with his mix of humor and shocking material.”

Psst…done something a little illegal? To celebrate the new wall decals, we are giving away five copies of Dan Witz’s new book, In Plain View: 30 Years of Artworks Illegal and Otherwise. The book is a 30-year retrospective of Dan’s street work and live art filled with full-color, full-page illustrations that document his expansive work.

In keeping with the theme of his book, tell us if you’ve ever done something a tiny bit illegal. We’re just looking for minor infractions here. Don’t worry, we’re not narks or your mom.  We’ll pick the five winners (illegal and otherwise) at random. Some of our own personal infractions for inspiration include: using fake ID’s in college, using the carpool lane when we’re the only one in the car, taking change from a charity coin jar and sneaking into movies without paying.

GIVEAWAY DETAILS: Leave your comment below by 11:59pm on Friday, August 5, 2011. Winners will be notified by Tuesday, August 9, 2011.

UPDATE: Thanks to everyone who submitted their illegal stories. We had a laugh reviewing your comments. Congrats to Cristina, Emily, Pen, Carol and Jessica – you’ll be receiving In Plain View shortly!

WTF? DAN WITZ COMES TO BLIK? AND WEVE GOT GIVEAWAYS.

In Plain View: 5 books to giveaway


WTF? DAN WITZ COMES TO BLIK? AND WEVE GOT GIVEAWAYS.

WTF? DAN WITZ COMES TO BLIK? AND WEVE GOT GIVEAWAYS.

WTF? DAN WITZ COMES TO BLIK? AND WEVE GOT GIVEAWAYS.

New Christy Flora flutters into Blik + Giveaway

New Christy Flora flutters into Blik + Giveaway

Popular Blik collaborator, Christy Flora, graces us with her newest design “Flutter,” inspired by her recent artwork – beautiful hand-drawn, paper butterfly boxes. Known for her playful drawings that combine clean colorful lines and happy imagery, Flutter floats into Blik with hints of spring. These delicate pastel-colored butterflies bring a subtle burst of color and whimsy as they float across the wall. Flutter is made with Blik Re-Stik enabling you to move these fluttering butterflies from wall to wall to wall…

What Christy loves about “Flutter” is the sense of movement that comes from the butterflies and how it looks like these colorful little creatures are flying through the space. A true butterfly lover, Christy believes seeing a butterfly can create an unexpected happy moment. With Flutter, Christy was aiming to bring that rare joy into an everyday experience. A tip from Christy: Layer Flutter over Anise or Rose or any Blik floral graphic to create a nature scene that really pops!

If you like “Flutter,” make sure you check-out Christy’s line of Blik graphics. It’s been a few years since we introduced Christy’s new designs and she thought it was about time that her Caterpillar had some buddies. We agree! You can also browse her Etsy store for colorful cards and wrapping paper.

GIVEAWAY: We are loving Christy’s reversible sherbet-colored notepads. They just scream spring. To celebrate the launch of Christy’s new graphic, we are giving away 10 sets of her colorful reversible notepads. Each set is a different color combination – many of which are the exact colors used in “Flutter.”

How to win: Are you a lepidopterist*? Don’t worry, you don’t need to be one to enter the giveaway. Impress us with a fun butterfly fact by commenting below by 11:59pm PST on Thursday, March 10, 2011. The 11 winners will be notified by March 15.

UPDATE: We’ve picked our 10 winners! Congrats to Misty, M Marxen, Nicole, Katie, Irene, KJ, Lizbeth, Jenny, Amie and Elizabeth! Thanks to everyone who entered. We loved reading your fun butterfly facts.

*A person who studies moths or butterflies

Sexy New DAVID BRAY + Giveaway

Sexy New DAVID BRAY + Giveaway

We are excited to introduce 3 new decals from the talented UK artist David Bray. His compelling works come from a lifetime love of drawing and an active imagination. Bray’s sexy pen and pencil drawings have been transformed into sensual oversized graphics that are mysterious, whimsical and star beautiful women.

The earthy Apollo gives mother nature a new meaning while the spirited The Seven Punishments is a majestic graphic that captures the essence of the female body as well as the equestrian form. The playful beauty in I Never Saw the Sign exemplifies Bray’s talent and ability to incorporate fine detail and penmanship into his work. You’re going to want to clear some wall space for one of these lovely ladies.

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GIVEAWAY: We have 2 signed very limited edition (1 of 2) David Bray art prints (a value of $200 each!) and to celebrate the launch of Bray’s new line of wall graphics, we’re giving these prints away to 2 lucky winners. For your chance to win one, become a Blik newsletter subscriber (sign up box in the right nav), follow us on Twitter or like us on Facebook from now until 11:59 pm PST tonight, September 16. The 2 winners will be selected at random from the pool of new subscribers, followers or likers and notified on September 17.

Sexy New DAVID BRAY + Giveaway

UPDATE: Thanks to all you new subscribers who signed up for the Blik newsletter, are now following us on Twitter or liked us on Facebook. We selected our 2 winners and they have been notified. We loved to hear all the great feedback on the new David Bray graphics!

CRAWW BRINGS THE DARK AND BEAUTIFUL TO BLIK

Pretty things in dark places or wicked things masquerading in beauty? That question is the essence of Craww, the newest artist in our line of fine art partnerships. This UK-based graphic designer’s interest lies in the ambiguity of images. A closer look at his three pieces for Blik reveal melancholy girls with big hands surrounded by crows and spilled ink. The dark, sleepy graphics in “Prayer,” “Rain” and “Ascend” capture the subtle nature of his work.

We asked Craww to adapt his figurative work into bold self-contained graphic shapes that still retain the depth and atmosphere that is becoming his trademark. We are thrilled with the results and think you will be too. We will be launching more Craww designs later this year, but in the meantime, if you can’t get enough of Craww, check out his site at www.craww.com.

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EXPLORE THE ALTERNATE WORLD OF JEREMY FISH @ BLIK

Creepy and cute? No, it’s not an oxymoron; it’s Jeremy Fish for Blik. The San Francisco-based artist and illustrator is the latest in Blik’s growing line of fine art partnerships. Jeremy’s first museum exhibition, Weathering the Storm just wrapped at the Laguna Art Museum to rave reviews.

Jeremy’s elemental designs in “The Last Duel”, “Buck You” and “The Hunter” for Blik serve as a personal narrative on pop culture and society. “The Last Duel” was originally from his “The Ghosts of the Barbary Coast” show based on Jeremy’s collection of true stories from San Francisco in the Barbary Coast days of 1850. While “Buck You” is a refreshingly subversive concept mixed with graffiti humor. “The Hunter” is a humorous take on our basic human needs and the fight for survival.

Stay tuned! There are more Jeremy Fish designs in the works that we’ll be launching throughout the year. Want to know more about the “King of North Beach”, visit Jeremy’s site.

EXPLORE THE ALTERNATE WORLD OF JEREMY FISH @ BLIK

Buck You

EXPLORE THE ALTERNATE WORLD OF JEREMY FISH @ BLIK

The Hunter

EXPLORE THE ALTERNATE WORLD OF JEREMY FISH @ BLIK

The Last Duel

EXPLORE THE ALTERNATE WORLD OF JEREMY FISH @ BLIK

Jeremy Fish

Nature’s Calling! Amy Ruppel for Blik

Natures Calling! Amy Ruppel for Blik

Photo Credit: Ken Anderson

Blik is happy to introduce Amy Ruppel, aka @my, into our roster of amazing artists. Nature’s inspiration is clearly at the forefront of this Wisconsin native and Portland-based artist’s work. Blik co-founder, Jerinne Neils first came across @my’s work on mutual retailer, Velocity Art & Design, about 5 years ago and has been collecting her work ever since. “As a Portland native, I connected with her work. The nature themes are so much a part of growing up in the Northwest. I also loved the idea of supporting an artist from my home town. Five years ago Portland was not the hot spot it is today for artists.” ~ Jerinne Neils.

The initial release of @my’s collection for Blik includes Branches, Night Owls and Night Owls Window. All have her signature birds, owls and orange & ochre color palette. Although suited for many tastes, her graphics have a feminine and vintage appeal, delicious for nurseries, bedrooms or any place you want to add a modest statement. As for @my’s resume, Blik joins the ranks of such brands as Target & Kid Robot (seen below), Burton Snowboards and Converse. For more on @my, visit her website.

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BRIGHT IDEA! MINA JAVID

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We at Blik are excited to have the unique opportunity to work with LA based architect and designer Mina Javid. Mina’s intellect and aesthetic blend together to create beautiful pieces that are both high-end and accessible. Her design office, Mina Javid Design affords strong, contemporary design to all scales and aspects of the built environment. For more of her work visit www.minajavid.com, and of course make sure to check out Mina Javid for Blik.
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national design triennial

The Cooper-Hewitt Exhibition opened its doors December 8th for the National Design Triennial, and blik couldn’t be happier to be a part of it. This gala event took place in New York’s upper east side and showcased the works of blik along with award winners Apple, Pixar, Google, Nike, and others. See the final concept artwork below and photos of the event and the finished installation.

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blik Eames installation:
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blik Organic installation and view with other exhibitors:
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