New Moon Artist: Phil Lumbang

Thanks again to everyone who came out to the opening of New Moon 2012. Today, we’re looking at the piece submitted by LA-based Phil Lumbang, who has made a serious mark on the art community with his signature bear character. For this piece, he’s chosen a graffiti inclined feline. Read his mini-interview after the image, to see why.

What zodiac sign have you chosen to represent? And why?


I wanted to represent the tiger mainly because it is my Chinese zodiac sign, and I wanted to represent my sign to the fullest!

Tell us a bit about your piece and the process for creating it.

Well, my piece is of a tiger leaving his mark on a big concrete wall. When I was first thinking of what to do, I thought of my sign and how tiger’s traits are bravery, competitiveness and unpredictability. I think street artists carry those same traits as well. With my style of pop art, I wanted to keep it iconic, so I figured the most iconic thing about a tiger is its stripes. So I made him create this nasty tiger stripe piece on the wall. I love painting literally and I think the message of this piece is pretty clear: “Tigers get up!”

What is your zodiac sign and do you think it is accurate?

I really do think my tiger sign is indicative of my own personality; I’m a go-getter by nature and love to pounce on any project that comes my way. I remember when I was first asked to participate in this show. I didn’t second guess it at all and before I knew it, I was pressing “send” on a confirmation email!

Thanks so much to Phil for answering these questions and as a bit of a hint on an announcement we’ll have coming up soon… Phil’s usual character of choice will be joining a group of other furry creatures in an upcoming show… curated by me! Stay tuned for more info!

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