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Tristan Eaton • All At Once: 25 Years of Art & Design

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Friday, 16 July 2021 to Sunday, 3 October 2021

Tristan Eaton • All At Once: 25 Years of Art & Design


JULY 16, 2021 - OCT 3, 2021


Long Beach Museum of Art

2300 E Ocean Blvd. | Long Beach, CA 90803

Thurs. - Sun. 11AM-5PM


$12 for General Admission | $10 for Students and Seniors

Free for LBMA Members and Children Under 12


In a career milestone, Tristan Eaton: All At Once presents a 25-year retrospective of the LA-native’s ongoing work and studio practice. Like Eaton’s career, the fully loaded exhibition transitions between guerrilla street art, iconic murals, game-changing design, and well-defined fine art, giving the viewer an atlas map of Eaton’s illustrious career.

Eaton’s exhibition transcends categories. The retrospective is meant to explore both his commercial appeal and his fine art abilities, juxtaposing and weaving them together seamlessly. As one of the few Urban Pop Artists to demonstrate both, Eaton highlights the synergy and creativity that become possible when the artistic side and the business side are embraced as cooperative, rather than opposing forces. Like the works of Murakami and KAWS, high art and product fill the same space making merchandise, public art, and fine art equally relevant.

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Los Angeles-born artist Tristan Eaton began pursuing art as a teenager, transforming the common elements of urban landscapes and leaving his mark on the city, be it London, Detroit, or New York. At the age of 18, he designed his first toy for Fisher-Price, and quickly became a driving force in the world of ‘Art Toys.’ Upon graduating from the School of Visual Arts in New York, Eaton drew on his experience and co-founded the legendary KidRobot. There, he created two of its most iconic designs, the Dunny and Munny, solidifying his place as one of the founders of the designer toy movement and establishing himself as not only a versatile artist, but a savvy businessman as well.

Shortly thereafter, Eaton founded Thunderdog Studios, a creative agency where his artistic prowess and intuitive business sense worked hand in hand to amass a roster of high profile clients. Here, he created original art and design work for clients including Nike, Universal, and Hublot among others. His highly sought after style and work ethic in the field continues to inspire confidence in his clients and admiration among his peers while he blurs the lines between commercial and fine art.

Eaton, drawing on his well-rounded experience in different aspects of the art world, has made a name for himself as one of the most prominent international muralists working today. Each public art piece is executed in freehand spray paint; a technical and personal nod to his own history and respect for graffiti culture. From his murals in Paris and Shanghai to his recent public art piece honoring the history of Deep Ellum, Tristan Eaton is always careful to honor traditional painting and muralism with his thoughtful and dynamic subject matters and compositions. He crafts a meticulous, visual collage of pop imagery mixed with his own freehand style, allowing for incredible depth and layering in his work. Eaton prides himself on utilizing multiple techniques, blending the new and the old, the traditional and the modern, to create harmony in his work.

As he has established himself and shifted his focus to art and creation full time, Tristan Eaton has maintained his keen business sense, and it is that automatic integration that makes him so valuable to some of the biggest movie franchises in the world. Eaton has made a name for himself in larger than life characters, earning the coveted job of rendering the classic Universal Monsters on the backlot at Universal Studios. His respectful interpretations of beloved characters has taken him where so few artists have gone before, to an elusive licensing deal with Marvel. Eaton is one of the only artists in the world allowed to create and sell work featuring Marvel characters, and he has once again proven that he is the right man for the job, kicking off the partnership with a limited run of a Marvel’s The Avengers fine art print series that sold out in just five minutes.

Eaton’s work can be seen in the Museum of Modern Art's (MoMA) permanent collection as well as the Cooper Hewitt Museum and Long Beach Museum of Art, which is hosting a retrospective of his art career. For more information please visit www.tristaneaton.com

(562) 439-2119

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2300 E Ocean Blvd.

Long Beach, CA 90803

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