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Mikeypedia Who are you?
My name is Mike Leavitt, aka 'ReMike'. I'm a visual artist from Seattle with my studio on Vashon Isle.


How do you make a living?
Only from my art. People buy my work through art galleries, directly from my studio, or hire me to make something for them. I'm also hired to create prototypes for products. Commercial and custom work is about 1/2 my income, art sales the other 1/2. I have no other day job or side work. Buying my work finances my studio & utilities, shipping fees, travel expenses, exhibits, IRS taxes, software & web services, photography, printing, power tools, wood, clay, paint, hardware and other materials I need to make my work.

Where can I see your work in person?
I show in various venues and group shows around the world. I work very hard to produce more work for everyone to see in person. I'm always available to arrange a studio visit if you're in the Seattle area. I love visitors. My studio is set up with a lot of my art on full display to come see.

How do I acquire your art?
You can hire me for custom work and here are those details. You can also buy my art from my inventory, my store or directly from my studio by visiting me here on Vashon Island.

How long does it take you to make a piece?
A single piece can take 2-3 months to finish with 50-hour work weeks. My smallest, simplest works can take a few weeks at a time to finish. Sometimes work goes quickly. I learn tricks to expedite some things. I also challenge myself to innovate, which requires more time to improve upon myself. As soon as I've learned something really well my interest evolves to force a new challenge. I get faster, then I get slower. It's always painstaking.

Do you have another piece like the one I just saw somewhere?
Usually the answer is 'not right now'. Most of my work sells quickly. This is often asked thinking that I'm a factory with a big supply of my figures 'in the back'. You can hire me to re-create new from-scratch editions of pieces I've made before. I'm offering things like this is in my Faod.

What materials do you use?
As a sculptor and designer I generally need competence with all media. Hand-carving wood, cedar, pine and fir is my personal favorite. Most of my smaller figures are sculpted in polymer clay. I carve my larger pieces in wood. Lately I'm doing more 3D-modelling to involve 3D-printing and different plastics or polymers.


Bio

"American visual artist ReMike aka Mike Leavitt makes fun. He lives two dreams making a living from both art and toys. ReMike makes fun stuff and he makes fun of stuff. He lampoons consumerism and celebrates culture. His HiPop (pr. hai-pop) Project is basically pop art with a soul, marrying low brow and fine art with painting, sculpture, design and satire. ReMike's a latchkey kid of divorced baby boomers and Saturday morning cartoons, coming to age in two decades of Iraq Wars. He grew up with toys made in China by anonymous sculptors so he likes pulling the curtain on puppeteers behind the scenes. He thinks everyone's work consumes their bodies because he sculpts til his thumbs bleed. He's shown across 6 continents since quitting Brooklyn's Pratt Institute of Art in 1997 with a 4.0 freshman GPA. He's sculpted hundreds of action figures from The Art Army on. ReMike's a 40 year-old nerd making dolls in his basement, articulating the voice of a generation in need of action heroes."


Artist Statement and further reading here.

'When it comes to icons, Leavitt has a deep set of beliefs about who deserves a reserved parking space in the annals of history.' - Juxtapoz Magazine

'Leavitt blends art, design & social commentary.' - Seattle Art Museum


Resume

SOLO SHOWS

2011-16
King Cuts, Jonathan LeVine Gallery, New York
Empire Peaks, Jonathan LeVine, New York
Art Army Royalty, Jonathan LeVine, New York

2004-10
Pitchfork Pals, Stolen Space Gallery, London
Don't Stop Object Shopping, Fuse Gallery, NY
Real Love, M Modern Gallery, Palm Springs
Art Army New York, ToyTokyo, NY
Art Army Young Guns, Copro Gallery. CA
Art Army Guerilla Crew, BLVD Gallery, Seattle
Art Army, Copro Gallery. CA
Art Army, Roq La Rue Gallery, Seattle


SELECTED GROUP SHOWS 1998-2017

Topic Puppet Museum. Spain
Marvel Funko Comicon. San Diego, CA
Lancaster Museum of Art. Los Angeles, CA
King Street Station. Seattle
Museum of Art & Design. Singapore
Museum of Craft & Design. SF, CA
Hunt Institute. Dallas, TX
Parlor Gallery. Asbury Park, NJ
"Pop This" w/ Troy Gua. Port Townsend, WA
Cameron Art Museum. Wilmington, NC
Shooting Gallery. San Francisco, CA
Gallery 1988. Santa Monica, CA
South X Southwest. Austin, TX
Just Be Compound Gallery. Portland, OR
Center on Contemporary Art. Seattle
Lodo Music Fest. Denver, CO
Evergreen Gallery. Olympia, WA
Tacoma Art Museum Gallery. Tacoma, WA


IN THE COLLECTIONS OF
Smithsonian Design Museum.
Amy Schumer. Eddie Vedder. KAWS.
Morgan Spurlock. Geena Davis. Nike Inc.
Charles B Wessler. Ron English.


Updated December 12, 2017

SELECTED PRESS & PUBLICATIONS

2017
'Pint-Sized Peristence', CNN News
'Liz Action Figure Fights the Right', Newsweek
'Liz Warren Action Figure', Huffington Post

2016
'Doll in the Blue Pantsuit', New York Times
'Bernie Reacting to His Toy', MSNBC
'Directors Merged with Their Movies', Reddit
'Sculptor Has Made Directors', Metro Russia
Geek Art Volume 3, Huginn & Muninn
'Mike Leavitt's Quirky Sculptures', Hi Fructose
'Leavitt's Satirical Sculptures', DesignBoom
'Directors in Gorgeous Detail', Nerdist
'Auteurs Turned Action Figures', Prohbtd
'Bernie Sanders Action Figure', Newsweek
'Bernie Action Figure by Seattle Artist', King-5

2003-15
17 Famous People Reimagined, BuzzFeed
'Hillary as a StormTrooper', Daily Mail UK
Art of the Underground, Bloomsbury
'Turned Into Star Wars', Fast Company
'Space Opera Political Figurines', Trendhunter
'Classic Kicks Find New Life', Wired Magazine
'The Art Army', Interview Magazine
'The Approval Matrix', New York Magazine
'The Art Army', Utne Reader
'G.I. Joe Meets Janson's', The Huffington Post
'Belle Figure', Marie Claire
'Figures of Fun', London Observer
'Attack of the Show', Comcast TV
'Mike Leavitt Interview', Arrested Motion
'Out There', TimeOut NewYork
'Creative Force', Los Angeles Magazine
'Art Army Action Figures', Wooster Collective
Dot Dot Dash, Die Ghestalten Press
'The Art Army Vs. The Man', Seattle Weekly


SELECTED PROJECTS & AWARDS

2017 Walt Disney Co. Campaign
2015 Seattle Public Library Lecturer
2013-14 Seattle Art Museum Workshops
2013 Nordic Heritage Museum, Seattle
2010-13 Nike Inc Campaigns, Portland, OR
2012 NECA Campaign, New York
2008-12 Gage Academy Lecturer, Seattle
2011 Parsons/New School Lecturer, New York
2003 Museum of Glass, Tacoma, WA
2002-03 Evergreen State Lecturer, WA
2002 Artist Trust GAP Award, Seattle
2001 B.A. Evergreen State College, WA
1997-2000 Dean's List UW, Pratt Institute, NY