Strange Future: An Exhibition of New Work by Tristan Eaton

October 3 - 9, 2019
198 Allen Street, NYC

Opening October 3

Press/VIP Preview: 6-8pm | Public Reception: 8-11pm

STRANGE FUTURE is an exhibition by painter & muralist Tristan Eaton who is known for his maximalist collage and illustrative pop art style. The exhibition features a wide range of new works including large assemblages of spray paint on canvas, skateboard grip tape, auto body paint and laser etched textures.

These graphic, abstracted compositions put modern themes of sex, crime, technology and war into pulp novel and comic book context allowing us to see the present from afar with child-like shock and wonder. Unimaginable sci-fi, horror and sexual fantasy are no longer fiction in Eaton’s STRANGE FUTURE, they are the reality of the dystopian world we live in.

“We are living in a STRANGE FUTURE. Yet no one predicted how silly our dystopia would be....”

STRANGE FUTURE is an independently produced exhibition by the artist and will be on view for one week only.

Exhibition highlights include: A collaboration with Heavy Metal Magazine, an anaglyphic 3D Floor installation, blacklight posters and a Top Secret release with Kidrobot (a toy company Eaton helped bring to fame in the mid 2000’s).

“We are living in a STRANGE FUTURE. Yet no one predicted how silly our dystopia would be...

I always loved Pulp novels, Sci-Fi comics and Horror movies until I realized that we’re now living in one. The subversive storytelling in American Pulp, Horror and Sci-Fi have long influenced my art and my outlook on the world but more importantly these dark renditions of the future have become prophetic, forcing life to imitate art in the most perverse way.

No matter how we got to this point, we are all a little responsible for our collective compulsions and embarrassingly human urges that led to this dysfunctional, science fiction future we find ourselves in. America in 2019 is a badly written, well illustrated pulp novel that exposes our deeply seeded evil and profound stupidity - and these paintings are the cover art.”

— Tristan Eaton


Born in L.A. in 1978, Tristan Eaton started pursuing street art as a teenager, painting everything from billboards to dumpsters in the urban landscapes of the cities where he lived, be it London, Detroit, or New York. He designed his first toy for Fisher-Price at 18 years old and soon became a driving force in the world of designer toys. Eaton's work for Kidrobot, including the famous Dunny and Munny art toys, helped him achieve international renown and an ever-growing fan base. After forming his Creative Agency Thunderdog Studios in New York City in 2004, Eaton became a leader in the advertising and commercial-art spheres, and is regularly commissioned by a roster of clients that includes Nike, Versace, and even Barack Obama.

These days, Eaton is one of the most prominent street artists working today. Eaton’s large scale mural work features a meticulous, visual collage of pop imagery mixed with his unique personal style, all executed with freehand spray paint on a colossal scale. Eaton now focuses on his Fine Art and large-scale mural work full-time, which can be found in dozens of cities across the globe from Paris to Shanghai. Eaton’s work can also be seen in the Museum of Modern Art's (MoMA) permanent collection.