Posted on October 15, 2012
OCTOBER 18TH – NOVEMBER 15TH .2012
LAB ART GALLERY, 217 S. LA BREA AVE. LOS ANGELES CA 90036
LAB ART Gallery hosts a collaborative show by renowned street artists, Becca and Philip Lumbang titled, ‘Babes and Bears’ which opens its doors to the public on October 18th and runs until November 15th.
Taking her work to the streets since the late 80’s, Becca is considered pivotal in pioneering the street art movement’s transition from graffiti to art status. Her work has been exhibited across the country over the last two decades, and her ubiquitous, carefree images of women, girls and animals, which decorate our urban landscape, have attracted fans and notable art collectors alike and added a feminine touch to a primarily male dominated art form.
“ I try to bring my characters to life, I like to have company and that’s what my paintings are, they’re tangible. It hurts when pieces have a short shelf life on the streets, especially since they’re one-of-a-kind. That’s the gamble I take going in and every time I go out. It’s definitely worth it”. Becca
Philip Lumbang’s humorous bears have become a frequent sight on the streets of LA; grinning back at passers-by and generating “good vibes” as is the intention the artist ‘sates’. Lumbang is heavily influenced by his childhood days of watching TV and illustrated cartoons, which now manifest through his art. The craftsmanship and subtlety of his style has garnered much attention amongst collectors and his peers.
“TV is like my homie. I loved cartoons; I still love watching cartoons to this day. I still buy toys. I’m just a big kid that really never grew up; just one who now has to pay bills.” Philip Lumbang
“Babes and Bears is a fusion of Becca’s whimsical style with Philip’s playful bears. We are elated that these two artists will be sharing the primary presentation space of LAB ART to create a burst of magic.” Rachel Joelson, Co-Founder LAB ART