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Printmaker Richard Duardo made his art and others pop – An article From LA Times

By DEBORAH VANKIN From LA Times July 3, 2015

 “An artist could have no better friend than Richard Duardo”, said comedian and actor Cheech Marin. Richard was a force in the art community in L.A. and in San Antonio when he was here. He spotted talent, especially talent that wasn’t wholly developed yet.– Lyle Williams

As a master printer, the Boyle Heights-born Duardo, who died last year, produced work for more than 450 artists throughout his career, including Keith Haring, David Hockney, Shepard Fairey and Banksy, and he made prints based on paintings in Marin’s personal collection. He was also a champion for lesser-known, emerging artists, particularly in the Chicano community — at his last printing workshop, Los Angeles’ Modern Multiples, he would regularly take young talents under his wing.

As an artist in his own right, Duardo was nearly as prolific. He created brightly colored, silk-screen portraits of arts and pop culture icons, including Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Che Guevara and Lauren Bacall, among many others. The boldly drawn works, saturated in tangerine, aqua and hot pink hues — many of them in series — earned him the nickname “The West Coast Warhol.”

A new exhibition at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio, “Richard Duardo: Maestro of Pop,” showcases about 20 of Duardo’s large-scale screen prints, including portraits of Elvis Presley, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Warhol himself. The bold and poppy works are divided into artist, musician and actor-celebrity portraits — some of them are upward of 6 feet tall, such as his towering prints of Raquel Welch and Miley Cyrus.

“When he told me he was doing a portrait of Miley Cyrus, I said, ‘Why?!’ Because I hadn’t felt she’d reached the success of the others,” says Lyle Williams, who organized the McNay show. “But it was indicative of Richard’s personality — he always wanted to keep up with the latest and greatest in contemporary art and what young people were listening to.”

Originally, “Maestro of Pop” was intended to be a much smaller exhibition, but after Duardo’s death in November at 62, Williams expanded it.

“I thought it was important to make it a memorial,” Williams says. “Richard was a force in the art community in L.A. and in San Antonio when he was here. He spotted talent, especially talent that wasn’t wholly developed yet. And he worked with so many important contemporary artists — it was that printing background that separated him from Warhol, that technical ability. He was able to teach that to others and that was really his great contribution.”

Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times

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Duardo: Maestro of Pop

Richard has manifested his dream of a museum solo show! “Duardo: Maestro of Pop,” McNay Museum in San Antonio, Texas.

Opening on July 1, 2015 and on view through September 6, 2015
This special exhibition of selected prints has been in the works for the past two years. Richard was really looking forward to this first-time solo show, and thrilled to have his artwork recognized by a museum.

For details, Click here

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The Journey from India to Los Angeles: The crew from “Broken Fingaz” the GRAFFITI GYPSIES FROM HAIFA stepped off the plane from from India, and walked into Modern Multiples with sketchbooks full of inspirations to be printed for USA break out show, “Journey Galactiko.”  on:

Saturday June 20, 2015 at 7 p.m.
at Howard Griffin Gallery
410 S. Spring Street, Los Angeles.

We are psyched to have them and Howard Griffin Gallery in studio and looking forward to the opening.

Broken Fingaz on Juxtapoz Magazine

Broken Fingaz official website

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Hard at work *Update*

Becca’s three new editions are released, on view and available for purchase beginning Thursday June 11, 2015 from 12 noon-12 midnight at Ren Gallery during the DTLA Artwalk.

Also available for purchase for the discerning collector are two mural paste-ups created by becca and Phillip Lumbang. These wooden panels were recently extracted from the Modern Multiples Main Street Studio. The 4’ x 8’ panels are naturally distressed, preserved and ready to hang on interior or exterior walls.


Modern Multiples has dedicated itself over the decades to building relationships with Artist and producing high quality works of art in the screen-printing and digital printing world.

The staff are hard at work in the studio, satisfying clients with friendly service and knowledgeable information.
As always, we go the extra mile making your time with us an extension of your creative talents.

Please give us a call on your next print project.

Coming to our web-store next week!
becca’s three new limited Editions that are Hand Painted Multiples (HPM), published by Modern Multiples.

In the meantime, enjoy this short video of becca creating wolfie.

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“AIDS Pyramid” Print by Carl Tandatnick

Above, Carl Tandatnick’s “Aids Pyramid” edition, printed at Modern Multiples. The original resides at the permanent collection of the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg , Florida.

The following frames are From Carl’s 1994 and 1995 “Day Without Art” Times Square piece and will be shown as a part of “Art AIDS America

“Art AIDS America”
On view June 6 – September 6, 2015
Opening reception: Friday, June 5, 7-9pm

Presented in two parts at the ONE Archives Gallery & Museum and the West Hollywood Library:

ONE Archives Gallery & Museum
626 North Robertson Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

West Hollywood Library
625 North San Vicente Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA 90069

About The Artist
Find more information on this exhibition here:
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“Back To The Roots, A Tribute To Richard Duardo”

Southwest MuseumArt, Music & “A Tribute To Richard Duardo”
Saturday, June 6, 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM
And Sunday, June 7, 12 Noon-6:00 PM

Southwest Museum
234 Museum Drive,
Los Angeles, CA 90065

Opening Tribute, Poetry, and Printmaking Event:
Saturday, June 6, 1 pm
A tribute to Richard Duardo includes special guests, readings of winning poetry, and a printmaking activity for all ages. The art exhibit and printmaking will be open from 10 – 4, with the tribute and poetry reading beginning at 1 pm.

After graduating from UCLA, Richard Duardo returned to his Northeast L. A. roots because he clearly saw a need, a place where he could make a difference as an artist. He became a printmaker, a social and political activist, and always a great supporter of artists. This show seeks work that examines the social, artistic, and political influences that affect our local artists. “Back to the Roots” reflects and embraces our neighborhoods, our families, our cultures, our politics.

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Duardo tribute on NELAart News

From “NELAart News” – “A showcase of the works of Richard Duardo, along with tribute pieces from fans and family, at Modern Multiples’ closing of its east-side studio in Lincoln Heights, March 7. (Modern Multiples West-side Studio is printing and publishing as normal.)
NELAart Richard Duardo Tribute

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“The Last Hurrah”

Modern Multiples will be saying goodbye to it’s East-Side Studio with an open gallery sale, tributing Richard Duardo. The event is Saturday, March 7, from 12pm-7:00pm. MM will be showcasing Richard Duardo’s works, along with tribute pieces that friends and family members have made honoring the Man, the Myth, the Legend, Richard Duardo. The gallery will be curated by Rolo Castillo, and hosted by Lisa Duardo. There will be amazing art, food, music, and free parking. So come and show your support, we’d love to see you there!

Please Note: Modern Multiples West-Side Studio is still printing and publishing as normal. HERE!

Event Info

  • Date: Saturday, March 7, 2015
  • Time: 12pm-7pm
  • Location: 1735 N Main St. Los Angeles, CA. HERE!



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Richard Duardo 1952~2014
Richard Duardo 1952~2014

Modern Multiples will continue carrying on Richard’s vision and legacy of publishing and making art. Thank you for all the love and support, you have given the studio.

  • If you’d like to pay your respects, share stories, and share photos of Richard Duardo, please email Your stories and memories will be archived in a book for Modern Multiples and the Duardo Family.