Friday, August 7, 2009

Paintings by Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park: Glorious Excess (Dies)

Neuphoria by Mike Shinoda
"Neuphoria" by Mike Shinoda

An exhibition of paintings by Mike Shinoda, rapper, keyboardist, vocalist and guitarist of the rap-metal group Linkin Park is coming to the Japanese American National Museum (JANM) in Los Angeles. The exhibition, Glorious Excess (Dies), is a follow-up to his 2008 show, Glorious Excess (Born). The show will include 17 acrylic-on-canvas works, as well as a documentary short film.

At an August 6, 2009 entry at his website he describes the exhibit as follows:

"Glorious Excess is about obsession with celebrity culture, consumer addiction, and fascination with excess. The show follows a nameless celebrity character as he indulges in the sex, drugs, and rock n roll lifestyle. In this show, he grows to the limits of his fame, reveling without moderation in the excesses of modern celebrity until he implodes."

In conjunction with the show, a limited-edition book encompassing the Glorious Excess series will be launched. Proceeds from the sale of artwork and other event merchandise will go to the Michael K. Shinoda Endowed Scholarship at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. Mike Shinoda graduated from the Art Center College of Design in 1998, with a B.A. in Illustration.

Shinoda will be in attendance for the opening reception on Saturday, August 29 from 8 to 10 pm. The opening reception is free and open to the public. The event will also include a "Conversation with Mike Shinoda" on Sunday, August 30, 2009, which is open to JANM members only. The exhibit closes October 4, 2009.

For more information visit:

Mike Shinoda's Website

Japanese American National Museum

See the Pop Life Art home page for links to the artwork of more than 100 singers, musicians, and actors.