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First Strike - Original Sketch
By Eric JoynerPart of First Strike  RUN # 01535a
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First Strike - Original Sketch
By Eric JoynerPart of First Strike
RUN #01535a
Eric Joyner Launches His First Strike

Robots and donuts have become the bread and butter of artist Eric Joyner. Based in San Francisco you have probably seen Joyner's delectable pastries and vintage robots that find their way into each of his intricate oil paintings. With his debut RUN First Strike (available exclusively on 1xRUN) Joyner steps out of his comfort zone of vintage robots, to tackle more modern robo heroes as Transformers Optimus Prime and Voltron battle it out in a coliseum setting. Read on for more information on Joyner's first release and much more...

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SIZE28 x 13 Inches
TYPEGraphite on Illustration Board
This RUN comes signed by Eric Joyner with an Original Artwork Letter of Provenance from 1xRUN.
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RUN INFORMATION
SHIPPING INFORMATION
Original Artwork Available: 1
SIZE28 x 13 Inches
TYPEGraphite on Illustration Board
This RUN comes signed by Eric Joyner with an Original Artwork Letter of Provenance from 1xRUN.
EST SHIPPING4-6 weeks
AVAILABILITYShips worldwide
RETURNSCan you return items?
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ABOUT THIS ART

The framing option for this RUN includes a 1 inch black wood frame float mounted with UV-glass, foam core backing and ready to hang hardware.

"This image was created over the course of 3 weeks in January of 2015.  It features Optimus Prime & Megatron fighting in the ancient Roman Coliseum while 2 Voltron lions look on, ready to pounce. The idea came from Rolf Vetter. He has a sofa factory. I bartered with Mr. Vetter for a custom sofa.  Cool sofa.  It was created using oil on birch panel. I had never painted Transformers before. These are modern for me – I usually paint old tin toys." - Eric Joyner

About Eric Joyner: 
I was born in San Mateo, a suburb of San Francisco. My childhood was fairly uneventful, doing the usual things most kids did, reading comics (mostly Mad, Creepy, Eerie and newspaper comic strips), playing sports, and going to school, as well as drawing and painting. 

After art school, I joined the San Francisco Society of Illustrators and participated in their annual shows, charities and Air force art programs. The clients were educational publishers, high tech companies, card companies, magazine publishers and advertising agencies. In 1989 I won two gold medals in the S.F.S.I. annual show.

In 1999 I started to enter various juried shows at Artisans Gallery in Mill Valley, CA. and the work was well received. Shows in other galleries, (usually group shows) were positive as well. In 2000, after years of painting other people’s pictures, I made the decision to only paint things that I liked. Four series of paintings of different subjects were started; they were: San Francisco urbanscapes, paintings of old newspaper cartoons characters, Mexican masks, and last but not least, Japanese tin (toy) robots. Though all four series of these subjects were enjoyable to do, I chose to focus on the tin robots, as they were the most popular and seemed to have the most possibilities.

So, armed with a small collection of tin robots and spaceships I began painting them in earnest. In attempt to bring them to life without loosing their charm, I showed them where they belonged: outer space. By 2002 the paintings were looking good, but they still needed something to play off of… perhaps a nemesis. After a month or so of searching for a ‘nemesis’ I had an epiphany while watching the movie ‘Pleasantville.’ In one of the scenes, Jeff Daniels paints a still life of…donuts. With thoughts of Wayne Thiebaud’s pastries always close at hand, it wasn’t difficult to see the battle scene of robots retreating from 300-foot tall donuts when I went to bed that night. The rest, as they say, is history.

Find more by Eric Joyner at ericjoyner.com.

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