Introducing the Peanuts Global Artist Collective
At the height of its reach, the Peanuts comic strip was featured in 2,600 newspapers, touching the lives of millions around the world. Though Charles M. Schulz stopped short of calling himself an artist, his line, characters, and the emotional stories he told have influenced innumerable authors, filmmakers, songwriters, painters, and sculptors. Among those are the seven fine artists who comprise The Peanuts Global Artist Collective, an unprecedented global initiative in which the beloved Peanuts characters have been brought to life in new and exciting ways for the public to experience, giving the gift of art to everyone. The project launched in spring 2018 with murals in seven cities around the world, and continues this fall with brand new public art projects and retail experiences, starting in September in NYC’s Chelsea neighborhood. Additional cities will have a chance to experience the Peanuts Global Artist Collective throughout the remainder of the fall and next spring.
London calling! The Peanuts Global Artist Collective is heading across the pond. To coincide with the Good Grief, Charlie Brown! exhibition launching at Somerset House, trend-setting retailer Browns have collaborated with the Peanuts Global Artist Collective to create a curated selection of product that will be available exclusively in the U.K. at Browns. Browns has teamed up with four brands, including Corkcicle, Denik, Huf and Pintrill, using works from three of the artists – André Saraiva x Mr. A, Nina Chanel Abney, and FriendsWithYou – to create a collection of must-have lifestyle products ranging from tote bags to skateboards, water bottles and notepads. And the best part of it all? LA-based artists FriendsWithYou have created two public art installations that will be on view in London this month. One is a blow-up of “lil Cloudy Brown” that will be housed in the entrance of Browns East, through end of November, and the other is a set of three lightboxes that will be located on the Embankment entrance of Somerset House through March, featuring three of their Peanuts Global Artist Collective works.
FriendsWithYou is the fine art collaborative of Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III, working collectively since 2002 with the sole purpose of spreading the positive message of Magic Luck, and Friendship™. Known for immersive installations and interactive artworks, FriendsWithYou invites viewers of their work to reconnect with and reinterpret their lives through communal...Read More.
Rob Pruitt is an American post-conceptual artist born in 1964 in Washington, D.C. He studied at the Corcoran College of Art and Design in Washington, D.C. and Parsons School of Design in New York. Working primarily in painting, installation, and sculpture, he does not have a single style or medium. He considers his work to be intensely personal and biographical...Read More.
André Saraiva x Mr. A
Graffiti was the first way André Saraiva made his mark on the world. He was born in Sweden, and grew up on the outskirts of Paris tagging his name on the neighborhood’s walls as an urgent declaration of his existence...Read More.
Nina Chanel Abney
Combining representation and abstraction, Nina Chanel Abney’s paintings capture the frenetic pace of contemporary culture. Broaching subjects as diverse as race, celebrity, religion, politics, sex, and art history, her works eschew linear storytelling in lieu of disjointed narratives. The effect is information overload, balanced with a kind of spontaneous order, where time and...Read More.
Assume Vivid Astro Focus was founded by Eli Sudbrack (b. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1968; naturalized U.S. citizen since 2015) in 2001. Sudbrack every so often works as a duo with Paris-based artist Christophe Hamaide Pierson (b. Paris, 1973). Occasionally AVAF also morphs into a collective, depending on the different projects they are involved...Read More.
Tomokazu Matsuyama was born in Japan in 1976 and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received his MFA in Communication Design from the Pratt Institute, NY. Matsuyama has exhibited at Harvard University’s Reischauer Institute in MA, the Asian American Arts Centre in NY, the Katzen Arts Center at American University Museum in...Read More.
Kenny Scharf is an American painter and installation artist, born in 1958 and currently living and working in Los Angeles. He is associated with the Lowbrow movement, and best known for his visually dynamic work inspired by comic books and pop culture. Born in Los Angeles, CA, he studied at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, and became...Read More.