FROM THE STUDIO
To announce the upcoming group show PACK ANIMALS: Under the Influence of Motorcycle Culture, British street artist D*Face and I produced two murals on the walls of MANA Wynwood in Miami during Art Basel Week. For more information about the show go towww.packanimals.com.
EI Publishing, the owner of world-renowned style magazines CLUTCH and LIGHTNING, amongst others, is now the Asia-wide distributor for Conrad Leach's printed works.
Coming soon to the centre of Tokyo, The Garage will be a studio and gallery set up exclusively for Conrad by EI Publishing.
In addition to the current Los Angeles location, The Garage will act as a secondary studio and will become the headquarters for all Asia-based projects, as well as a gallery exhibiting selected printed works by the artist.
Conrad's first solo show in the USA, UNITED STATE was an exploration of the relationship between the UK and America through the history of motorcycling.
A limited number of signed posters from the show are now available in the shop.
After ten years in his London studio, Conrad Leach has relocated to a new workspace in downtown Los Angeles, where he will produce work for upcoming shows in America, Japan and Europe. In this short film by Naoki Tomita, Conrad discusses the move, his relationship with Japan and the creative process. Contact the new studio here.
THE STORY OF LUCKY 13
In 2007 Conrad started a body of personal work drawing influence from different periods of motorcycle culture. The periods that influenced his style the most. Re-interpreting old imagery and creating his own to represent these ideas. From this body of work came 'Lucky 13'. An amalgamation of motorcycle 'Cliches' presented in the form of a modified piece of vintage motorcycle 'clip art'. The type of clip art commonly seen on race posters during the pioneering period of American racing from the 1920's to the 1940's. What began in 2008 as a large-scale canvas painting first exhibited at The Legend of The Motorcycle: Concours d'Elegance, in Half Moon Bay, California, Lucky 13 has become one of Conrad’s most iconic and well-known images. Lucky 13 has since been re-interpreted in various iterations, i.e., limited edition giclée prints, collectible toys, collaborations with fashion brands, and even tattoo art.
In 2010, a limited edition screen-printed version of Lucky 13 appeared in the Japanese magazine LIGHTNING. Along with the release of this version in LIGHTNING magazine, a traditional embroidered sukajan jacket was produced, beautifully combining the sukajan style and Japanese motifs with the iconic imagery of Lucky 13.
The following year, the MediCom Toy company invited Conrad to design a large-scale, hand-painted Be@rbrick figure as part of its Be@rbrick World Wide Tour 2. This large-scale figure, which is part of an on-going travelling exhibition, features the Lucky 13 design scheme and inspired collectible toy versions also produced by MediCom. Later that same year, he created a “Rollerball” version of Lucky 13 for auction during Sideburn Magazine’s Rollerburn event. All proceeds of its sale benefited the EllenorLions Hospice, one of the few hospices in the United Kingdom that provide care to children and young people.
In 2012, images of the LIGHTNING magazine Lucky 13 print in the form of a tattoo started appearing on the Internet.
Conrad collaborated with Les Ateliers Ruby founder and designer Jerome Coste to produce a motorcycle helmet inspired by Lucky 13 in 2013. Later that year, a new-colour, large-scale canvas was created and exhibited at the United State show at Subvecta Motus Gallery in California.
Today, the image continues in the form of a newly released U.S. edition giclée print and the Lucky 13 Studio Edition linoprint, detailed below.
LUCKY 13 STUDIO EDITION, 2014
To mark the relocation of his studio to Los Angeles, Conrad has produced a hand-cut linoprint of the classic Lucky 13 image at the new location.
This limited run of fifty prints is only available directly from the artist's studio. It is a two-colour, hand-cut linoprint on 300 gsm archival paper stock. The print is offered framed and mounted. More details available in the shop.