New Exhibitions at Copro Gallery: Joe Vaux + H.R. Giger Tribute Group Show


This Saturday March 11, Copro Gallery in Santa Monica unveil two incredible exhibitions. Alongside “Escape Pod”, the new solo exhibition by Joe Vaux, the gallery are also celebrating the opening of “Brain Salad Surgery” – a Tribute Group Art Exhibition to H. R. Giger featuring 30 different artists!



Opening Reception: Saturday, March 11, 2023 | 6:00 – 10:00 p.m.

Exhibition Dates: March 11 – April 1, 2023

Copro Gallery

Bergamot Station, 2525 Michigan Ave, #T5, Santa Monica, CA 90404, United States

Phone: 310 829 2156

For more information, email Gallery Director, Gary Pressman at coprogallery@live.com or call 310-829-2156.

Joe Vaux: “Escape Pod”

Hey, stress of the world: suck it!
Inspired by dreams and the world around, this collection of paintings is an adventure. Get your ticket and board an air ship to the Land of Vaux. All are welcome, but be kind, for there are beasts abroad that will feast on bad behaviour. Escape Pods leave soon. Safe travels.

Joe Vaux

Joe Vaux’s ‘Escape Pod’ solo exhibition features 12 new paintings by Joe, all created in 2022-2023. Since his first solo exhibit, ‘Trifecta’ in 2006, Joe Vaux has painted a unique body of work every time, celebrating a total of seven solo shows at Copro Gallery. In his upcoming exhibition, Joe focuses his attention to something a little bit different. The term “escape pod” is ubiquitous in science fiction as a capsule or craft, usually only big enough for one person, used to escape from a vessel in an emergency. This latest show delves far from the current horrors and stresses of our current world and blasts you into a new place of temporary escapism that we can all enjoy.


About Joe Vaux //

Joe Vaux was born in Islip, New York, in 1972 and currently lives and works in Los Angeles. He graduated from Syracuse University in 1994 with BFA Illustration, after which he started his career in the animation industry. Joe’s fine art has been exhibited internationally. He has taken part in numerous group and solo shows, as well as a couple of museum exhibits. Joe Vaux’s name may be familiar to many through his work as a director on the hugely popular animated TV series, ‘Family Guy’. However, Vaux also engages his boundless imagination and creative skills as a prodigious fine artist.

The paintings Joe concocts lead viewers into a bizarre, yet strangely familiar world, populated with ghoulish creatures who collectively engender twisted visions sprinkled with generous spoonfuls of humour. It is by way of Joe’s fun-loving personality that this all important ingredient of humour injects a remarkably playful and distinctly human flavour to his narratives. They often shine a light, albeit a metaphorically caliginous and creepy one, on our dreams, fears and all the other good stuff which inextricably goes into making us human.


H.R. GIGER ‘Brain Salad Surgery’ Tribute Group Art Exhibition

Hans Ruedi Giger was a Swiss artist best known for his airbrushed images that blended human physiques with machines. This art style was known as “biomechanical”. Giger later abandoned airbrush for pastels, markers, and ink. He was part of the special effects team that won an Academy Award for the visual design of Ridley Scott’s 1979 sci-fi horror film Alien, and was responsible for creating the titular Alien itself.

H. R. Giger’s style has been adapted to many forms of media, including album covers, furniture, tattoos and video games. Giger is often referred to in popular culture, especially in science fiction and cyberpunk. His art has greatly influenced tattooists and fine artists worldwide. This exhibition pays tribute to his influence on modern art and culture and every artist in this show has been inspired by Giger in one way or another.

30 exhibiting artists will be sharing original H.R. Giger art:

Brian Viveros, Chet Zar, Dan Quintana, Allen Williams, Chris Mars, Ed Binkley, Ego, Michael Pucciarelli, Peter Gric, Travis Louie, David Stoupakis, Jody Fallon, Brad Gray, Vanessa Lemen, Wes Benscoter, Nikko Hurtado, Benz & Chang, Emo, Lizz Lopez, Sam Araya, Jason Hite, Stephanie Inagaki, Dos Diablos, Jim Pavelec, Vega, Brett Herman, Brian Smith, Matt Mrowka, Mark Covell, Jamie Parker.

Lizz Lopez: Transdimensional Reach
Sam Araya: Lovecraft over Asuncion XI
Michael Pucciarelli: Gigerland
Mark Covell: GORGON

About the Gallery //

The gallery, located at Bergamot Arts, is divided into two exhibition spaces, sometimes featuring a single artist but often two or three. Large group exhibitions are also featured often in conjunction with outside curators. In following with its original mission, Copro participates in International Art Fairs and curates outside exhibits to help promote their artists.

Focusing on museum quality installations showcasing emerging artists, Copro Gallery also exhibits many established and master painters. Placing works in private collections throughout the world, Copro strives to assist collectors new and experienced in building the most exciting collections possible.

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About Author

Based in the UK, Natalia Joruk enjoys a life surrounded by art, nature, and curious trinkets. As Deputy Editor, she's worked closely with the Editor-in-Chief for over a decade, supporting with the design and growth of Beautiful Bizarre and the maintenance of the annual Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize. Natalia also oversees sponsor partnerships for the Beautiful Bizarre Art Prize, and distribution of the magazine, so drop her an email if you know someone who would like to sponsor or stock! She also writes for both the Beautiful Bizarre Magazine website and print publication. One of her favourite perks is getting to know artists, gallery owners and their teams personally, so feel free to email her if there is anything she can help you with – or just to connect.


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