Brandon Ragnar Johnson

ACK ACK – More from Ragnar’s “Engine.”

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DSC_0781Ack Ack! Ack Ack Ack! I wanted to give an update using all “Ack Acks” but that may fall short. If you haven’t seen the Tim Burton film “Mars Attacks” then you won’t understand that the aliens (as awesomely painted by Ragnar above) only say that one word.

Ragnar has captured these country music hating lifeforms perfectly. The color, the tone, the expression, and the entire ensemble is spot on. Hats off to you Brandon and Ack Ack!

Looks like we have a creature feature on our hands from Ragnar. By the looks below of two more pieces in “Engine” we will have a massive dose of monsters. Frankenstein’s monster looks pretty somber from this angle, but his cohort most definitely isn’t.
DSC_0797Ragnar’s “Engine” opens alongside Gary Ham’s “Sentimentrees” on November 1st at Stranger Factory with an opening reception from 6-9pm.


And, for more peeks into Ragnar’s amazing sketchbooks, follow him on Instagram.

Ragnar’s “Engine” revs up!

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DSC_0793Recognize this wrinkled, triangular face, eyes huge, glaring hypnotically adorned with a fez from 1932?  It is Boris Karloff, in The Mummy.
Ragnar has taken this iconic film into his own graces. As you can see, this is still a work in progress, but we can already tell that Ragnar is doing an exceptional job. The color palette and precise features are perfect for a film character close to a century old. Engine is definitely revving up for one amazing show!

Ragnar’s “Engine” opens alongside Gary Ham’s “Sentimentrees” on November 1st at Stranger Factory with an opening reception from 6-9pm.


Still Available at Monsters & Misfits III

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Strops Red

Monsters & Misfits III is still going strong until September 26th in Takayama, Japan, but all the artwork is currently online. A good portion of the show has sold, but there are still plenty of amazing pieces left by such talents as Kathie Olivas, Brandt Peters, Stan Manoukian, Andrew Bell, Ragnar, and Dok A. We compiled a few of our favorites that are still available to purchase here, but know there are plenty more right here.

Rabid Rabbit Pulltoy by Kathie Olivas

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Rabid Rabbit Pulltoy by Kathie Olivas 480mm tall / oil, acrylic, on epoxy resin, cast resin, wood USD800

Recap: The Missing Elements + Preview Info!

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Stranger Factory celebrated the opening of Ragnar and Scott Tolleson’s The Missing Elements this past First Friday, and we have some lovely event snaps on hand for everyone who could only attend in spirit!

Sexy, strange and psychedelic, The Missing Elements is a trip back to the era of the golden oldies, albeit through some sort of dimensional tear. It’s pretty awesome.

In regards to all that preview jazz, mailing listers should have already received the email (subscribe via the form here). You’ll have the remainder of the weekend to shop the artworks. The preview can also be viewed HERE.

The request period opens Monday, May 7th (tomorrow!!), at noon PST. Orders will ONLY be taken via email at strangerfactorysales [at]

No phone requests! If you have a question, you’re welcome to call the gallery BEFORE noon: (505) 508-3049.

All other instructions are outlined on the preview page — read carefully to avoid disappointment. Good luck, gang; enjoy the perdy picture show below!

Stranger Factory Presents: The Missing Elements – New Works by RAGNAR & Scott Tolleson

Grab your argyle sweaters and swanky cigarette holders because this Friday we’re taking a trip, a retro flip, to the technicolor times of Brandon ‘Ragnar’ Johnson and Scott Tolleson. These two have queued up all sorts of interesting for this month’s affair: a combination of old timey and oddity with ladies, creatures, warriors and skulls. And ladies.

Help yourself the sampler plate of pictures below but pace yourself as this is only the first course! The Missing Elements opens May 4th and runs through the 27th. Cocktail party with Ragnar this Friday starting at 6pm!