Why So Serious? A Skull Portrait of Heath Ledger

© 2016 Todd Bane

Heath Ledger was the best Joker, hands down! He was creepy, violent, and had no sappy backstory on why he as that way. He was just an evil man that wanted to watch the world burn! Awesome! I thought his character would be perfect for my next skull portrait. The smeared clown make up and…

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The God of Thunder – Gene Simmons Skull Portrait

The God of Thunder © 2016 Todd Bane

How about that shit! That is the craziest portrait I have ever done! It’s the second of my celebrity skull portrait series. This painting of Gene Simmons is based on his photo from the cover of KISS Alive II. He was a sweaty, blood-covered mess, and it matched the music on those two vinyl albums…

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Evel Knievel – Daredevil, A True Superstar

Evel Knievel © 2016 Todd Bane

This painting is loud and proud, just like the man himself! Evel embodied the late sixties in America: reckless, wild and innocent! He was crazy and calculated, the the hero of every boy at that time. There is a great book written about him by Leigh Montville called, Evel. I used two different images for…

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The Last Ride of Captain America

The last Ride of Captain America © 2016 Todd Bane

This is not a portrait of the superhero of the same name, but the name of Peter Fonda’s character in the wild movie “Easy Rider”. When I first saw this movie, it rattled my, at the time, right wing brain. I thought it was entertaining but full of hippy propaganda. But the older I got,…

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The Naked Merciless Force of General Ursus

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Of all the Planet of the Ape movies, Beneath The Planet of the Apes is my favorite. It is totally off the charts! The best character is the gorilla General Ursus, played by the amazing James Gregory. His best scene is a speech he gives about the evils of humans, accumulating with the amazing line,…

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Icons Of Badassery, Art Show
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Artwork by Micah Moad

Badassery is many things and varies from person to person. It’s what makes your insides explode sending adrenaline through your body. It can be a mind blowing action movie with explosions, fights, and epic car chases. It’s the way you feel when seeing the lines of a muscle car pull up next to you in traffic. It’s the excitement from a great song that makes you throw your hands in the air.

Come to Studio 3108 on June 30, 2016. I am the featured artist of a group show, and I will be showing artwork from the last year.

Special thanks to Micah Moad and Charles Davis