Thursday, August 25, 2011


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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Preview of a Picturebook

Currently working on a twenty page picture book for my MFA book class at SVA. Here are two page spreads for it!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

The New York Times Op-ed Page

I illustrated the Op-ed page for the Friday edition of the New York Times. Thanks to Aviva Michaelov for giving me such a great assignment!

Saturday, August 6, 2011


Am currently cleaning out my studio and have some paintings for sale for CHEAP!! E-mail me at if you are interested in any of them!

To view all available painting go to:

Thursday, June 30, 2011

3 x 3 Student Show Bronze Medal!

The student show winners for this years 3 x 3 international illustration competition were announced earlier today!

So psyched to have won a Bronze medal and to have 5 of my pieces from my mfa book class with Viktor Koen included in this years annual!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Mail Collaborations

I am currently working on several different collaborative zines with some new friends and some good friends!

Matt Volz and I are working on a zine entitled "Turf Wars" that should be finished sometime this winter, my friend Pacolli and I are mailing drawings back and forth to eventually put into some sort of zine format, Baseball Enthusiast and B.A.F./BFF Mike Marine wrote a bunch of stories and poems that I am illustrating and Radical Fortress is putting out, my good friend C.M. Ruiz and I are working on a zine of draw jams called Skeleton Kidz, and I am wrapping up a 110 page booklet that I curated this past spring entitled Universal Slime that includes some of my favorite picture makers today.

The image above is a painting Dang Olsen and I did through the mail- he and I have been talking about collaborating for years [as we are both from Ohio] and it took him moving to SF and me to NYC for it to finally come into existence.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Monday, June 27, 2011


A small functioning pinball machine [about 2 1/2 ft x 1 ft] for a show in Philly this July. I am working on building legs for it so this little guy can be free standing.

The pinball machine ties into a lengthier comic book that is being created for my MFA class's book show/exhibition this September at a gallery in Manhattan.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Print Magazine Image of the Day

A three dimensional still life I created for a show at Junctionview Studios is image of the day on Print Magazine's website. Thanks Dave!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Shut the Door

Wonderful Fest is going to RULE

So excited to see NOBUNNY live again! The lineup for Wonderful Fest is seriously mind blowingly amazing.

[Nobunny/M.O.T.O/Spider Bags/Tough Shits/Greg Ashley/Beach Stav/Jaill/White Mystery/GG King]. So sickkk.

Friday, June 17, 2011

An Asteroid Descends on Mt. Moldy

My friend Aja is working on a literature and arts journal with the Unified Field Collective and asked me to contribute a painting around the theme of "transition".

This was also created as the promotional painting for my duo show "Shut the Door" in Philly with Daniel Fishel and was submitted to be considered by Steven Heller for the SVA MFAI "Book Show" postcard.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

"Francis and his snake Geronimo";
a painting for a show in Philly with Daniel Fishel.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Vegetation Still Life

I was asked about a month or two ago to partake in a group show entitled Decay at Junctionview Studios in Columbus, Ohio. Due to the fact that conceptually my artwork usually serves as a celebration of our existence as humans and emphasizes my own philosophical belief that being alive is something to be psyched about, I was initially unsure of what I was gong to create for a show about Decay.

So, when approaching the idea, I wanted to subvert away from the typical subject matter associated with decay while still keeping the central theme in mind. Using archival inks and papers I culled plant life from the world that I usually paint within and created this series of vegetation that will avoid decay and exist indefinitely.

The show will be up this weekend at Junctionview Studios
Friday, June 10th 6pm - 2am and Saturday, June 11th 7pm - 1am

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Smash It Up

Illustration in The Stranger

My friend CMR sent me a picture of an illustration I did for The Stranger this past week. Read the full article here.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011


The Beets are coming to Bat Chapters in Columbus, Ohio to sing songs about watching television and being cool and stuff.
Matt Volz [The Beets official artist, piccolo player, and all around rad dude] and I are currently in the works on a collaborative zine called "Stay Off Our Turf" that should be out shortly after I return to NYC this August!

The Stranger

The art director of The Stranger Aaron Huffman asked me to do an illustration for an article about how Costco and some local businesses are trying to get liquor sales privatized in Washington State- something that was struck down by voters last year.

Published in the June 1st edition of The Stranger.

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Morning Jamz 001

Mushroom Frittata from Northstar Cafe in Columbus, Ohio.

Some Villains

Friday, May 27, 2011


Currently working on a book jacket for Walden by Thoreau. Here is a screen shot of the bare bones sketch/early stages adding much more detail/watercolors later this weekend.

Now off to get some food and Carabar later tonight for Dolfish & Way Yes (two bands I have been internet friends with for a super long time and am now finally meeting in person!).

Thursday, May 26, 2011


Working on a series of paintings titled "The Snake Charmers of Slime Island" for an amazing group show at CHOQUE CULTURAL gallery in Sao Paulo, Brazil this fall.

So excited that Pacolli asked me to be apart of it!

The paintings will also be compiled into a book and double as a series for one of my MFA classes with the venerable Marshall Arisman and Carl Titolo.

Summer Vacation

I have been moving around a lot recently (from apartment to apartment) so I have had no time to scan anything that I have been working on.

I am finally settled into a place in Clintonville, Ohio for the next 2 months- before moving back to New York City for good in August. Above is a new promotional illustration I made about my current "summer vacation".

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Delusional Shred Disorder

Illustration in July issue of SURFING Magazine- on newsstands now!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Stale Beer

Every year the SVA Illustration as Visual Essay MFA candidates have a competition (of sorts). We are asked to illustrate the winning story of a competition they hold for emerging fiction writers.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

The New York Times: Op Ed Page

If you are around a copy of The New York Times tomorrow check out the OP-ed page, I did an illustration for this story:

Saturday, April 23, 2011

I'm Proud of You Joanna

New comic insert for Max Sollisch aka "Dolfish's" upcoming seven inch being put out by Afternoon Records. It is always a pleasure working together with Max- listen to his music here he's going on tour in like a week so go see him!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Universal Slime Cover

I have currently been amassing/curating a zine (that ended up being more like a book) over the past month and am about wrap it up. Here is the cover- sooo excited to print it!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Be Safe My little Viking II

Paintings for the BALLS OUT show next month @ Grass Hut Gallery in Portland!

Friday, April 8, 2011

Hot Sandwiches + Iced Coffee + Lizard Meat

Currently reworking the role of the Volcano Club into a new series of paintings. The Volcano Club now hunts and sells lizard meat from this old weathered castle structure turned bodega.

On Location: Staten Island Ferry

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Have recently been coming across really great/funny write ups about my paintings on websites in other countries. Here is one from Germany:

""John Malta told in his paintings, stories - stories of wacky dinosaur riding lizards, of his little brother, who seems to be a lion, leprosy patients who live in a volcano, and of Vikings in the desert."

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Beerspit Ohio Animation


hand drawn on tiny legal pads!

Friday, April 1, 2011

HOW MAGAZINE, "Top Ten" Sites: April

My website is one of HOW MAGAZINE'S "top ten" sites for designers this month!

Rad! Thanks HOW!