The Joseph Watson Collection features several guest artists within our gallery and online. Artists such as Sharktoof, Lucky Bunny, Joseph Watson, Mark and Vaughn Bode, Dray, Angu Walters and many others have showcased their art at our gallery. Once a month, we have First Friday art night which attracts hundreds of art enthusiasts. This is a great opportunity to meet the artists as well as get inspired.
He is currently working on a historic mural commissioned by the City of San Francisco that dates from 1906 to the present. In the past he has been commissioned by the Clark County Cultural Affairs Department and the City of Las Vegas Leisure Services on several significant public art projects throughout the city of Las Vegas. Through 2004-2006 he served on the First Friday Advisory Committee, a 15 member board that plans and implements First Friday, downtown Las Vegas’ monthly event that draws as many as 10,000 visitors at a time to the Arts District.
After not quite graduating from the Art Institute of Boston, Rich took a spin through the advertising world, where he created icons to assist a religion of a very different kind. Turns in Atlanta and Minneapolis, and always back to Boston in between, gave him insight into the ad world. From huge, stifling agencies to smaller, edgier ones. Wherever he was, the ad business was full of egotism and limitation, though, and Rich wanted to realize his ideas without having them diluted.
Today, he’s shaken free of the ad race and runs his own art and screen printing business, Lucky Bunny Visual Communications, out of Los Angeles, California. In his workspace he gets complete control over the process, and the satisfaction of a hands-on craft. His work is often simple and purely graphic, with a tongue-in-cheek slyness that belies a deeper conceptual background. The idea of duplicity and expendability of printing multiples that end up scattered and potentially thrown aways key. It’s branding, only with cleaner goals. There’s no smoke and mirrors, no smug secret, to what Rich does: it’s just a million ideas, combined, altered, thrown out, and executed with a little humor and cunning.
The Lucky Bunny name, by the way, comes from his pet rabbit, who coincidentally is adorable yet destructive, smart and sensitive.