Society of NYC + Society of Los Angeles Annual Awards

 The Universe! for Nautilus

The Universe! for Nautilus

Over the last month, I've gotten two notifications from the Society of Illustrators (New York) and the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles that I a total of seven pieces in these annuals including that I will be receiving a Bronze Medal from the Society of Los Angeles for this piece below.

It's an honor to have work selected for these shows. 

 The Judge for The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles - Bronze Medal

The Judge for The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles - Bronze Medal

 Virtual Reality - Portrait of Gwen Jorgenson

Virtual Reality - Portrait of Gwen Jorgenson

 Portrait of Jan Hus for Liberty Magazine

Portrait of Jan Hus for Liberty Magazine

 Opiates for Benefits Pro Magazine

Opiates for Benefits Pro Magazine

 The Day I Tried To Live for the Society of Illustrators

The Day I Tried To Live for the Society of Illustrators

 Sterilization - Personal Piece

Sterilization - Personal Piece

Drawn To The Music - Society of Illustrators, NY

 The Day I Tried To Live | 17" x 11" | Mixed Media

The Day I Tried To Live | 17" x 11" | Mixed Media

I created this painting for a special exhibit at the Society of Illustrators called Drawn To The Music. The exhibit is about artists interpretations of their favorite songs.

Exhibit: October 25 - December 23, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, November 4th, 2016

The song I chose to paint is The Day I Tried To Live by Soundgarden. It is likely one of my favorite songs of all time but found it difficult to create art for. I probably could have done 10 different versions of this painting yet it just wouldn't seem right.

This painting comes at a good time because I took August off from taking on client work. I needed some time to work on personal projects and other creative things I've been mucking about with. While I've been off, I've been thinking about my work lately and I've noticed that I have been losing the looseness in the work that I had so much fun with. I think that is due to the more perfectionist part of my personality. Over-rendering, over-painting...it seems to be killing an energy in my work that I used to have.

I think this piece turned out to be a good balance between the two - the loose and the graphic and tight.

Bring Me The Head of David Flaherty

Now and again, some artists in the community get together and paint portraits of our friends for their significant birthdays. My longtime illustrator friend Dave Flaherty turned 60 not too long ago. Dave and his wife have a cute dog named Fritzie.

I wanted to encapsulate a sort of 'in joke' with all our friends about his head. The Flaherty Head as its lovingly called.

Below are some mono-prints I created as demos for a couple of my classes of his head. 

I have been honored to find out that the painting above was selected to be included in the Society of Illustrators Annual 58 and was exhibited in New York and just recently, selected to be included in the upcoming 3x3 Annual.

Special thanks to Dave and his wife, illustrator and my friend as well, Ellen Weinstein for organizing the project.

New Britain Museum of American Art

I am incredibly pleased and honored to announce that the New Britain Museum of American Art in Connecticut has acquired my Dim Stars - Pollution Series for the museum's permanent collection. A total of nine large paintings,  this series has been awarded by the Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Luerzer's 200 Best and 3x3 as well as been exhibited in shows in New York, Boston and Vermont and now has a permanent home in Connecticut.

The New Britain Museum, founded in 1903, is the first museum strictly dedicated to American Art in the country. Further, the Sanford B. D. Low Memorial Illustration Collection, begun in 1964 and comprising more than 1,700 works, is the nation’s first museum-based collection covering the history of American illustration from the 19th century to the present.

When I first discovered this museum, I was driving by on my way to my family's house and followed the signs to a small two story house built sometime in the 1800's. I was surprised to see an exhibition of the Hudson River artists as well as work from James Montgomery Flagg, Dean Cornwell, Thomas Hart Benton, Grant Wood and Norman Rockwell as well as loads of other illustrators and historic and contemporary artists. Years later a proper museum was built, which I am standing in front of in the above photo. Now the New Britain Museum is in the process of another expansion, which finishes in October and will create eight galleries in a new wing. There is more to read about this museum at their website.

There aren't many major museums in the country that have collections that cater to illustration and have galleries designated for its exhibits. I would have never thought I would find myself being asked to be part of this collection. I am moved and deeply honored.

Special thank you's to Douglas Hyland, Executive Director; Emily Misencik, Assistant Curator; Stacy Cerullo, Collections Manager; Lindsley Wellman and the Sanford B.D. Low Illustration Committee. Extra special thanks to Murray Tinkelman.

 Frost | 16” x 20” | Acrylic and Ink on Wood Panel | May 2012

Frost | 16” x 20” | Acrylic and Ink on Wood Panel | May 2012

 Global Warming | 16” x 20” | Acrylic and Ink on Wood Panel | May 2012

Global Warming | 16” x 20” | Acrylic and Ink on Wood Panel | May 2012

 Float | 30” x 40” | Acrylic and Ink on Canvas | July 2011

Float | 30” x 40” | Acrylic and Ink on Canvas | July 2011

 Diamond Core #1 (Acid Rain) | 16” x 20” | Acrylic and Ink on Wood Panel | July 2011

Diamond Core #1 (Acid Rain) | 16” x 20” | Acrylic and Ink on Wood Panel | July 2011

 Diamond Core #2 (Death) | 11” x 14” | Acrylic and Ink on Wood Panel | July 2011

Diamond Core #2 (Death) | 11” x 14” | Acrylic and Ink on Wood Panel | July 2011

 Diamond Core #3 (The Cleanse) | 16” x 20” | Acrylic and Ink on Wood Panel | July 2011

Diamond Core #3 (The Cleanse) | 16” x 20” | Acrylic and Ink on Wood Panel | July 2011

 The Search | 17” x 11” | Acrylic, Ink and Metallic Paint on Crescent Illustration Board | May 2012

The Search | 17” x 11” | Acrylic, Ink and Metallic Paint on Crescent Illustration Board | May 2012

 CO2 | 16” x 20” | Acrylic, Ink and Silver Leaf on Wood Panel | May 2012

CO2 | 16” x 20” | Acrylic, Ink and Silver Leaf on Wood Panel | May 2012

 Diamond Power! | 30” x 40” | Acrylic and Ink on Canvas | October 2011

Diamond Power! | 30” x 40” | Acrylic and Ink on Canvas | October 2011

 American Illustration Annual

American Illustration Annual

 Society of Illustrators Annual

Society of Illustrators Annual

 Luerzer's Archive Annual

Luerzer's Archive Annual

3x3 + Society of Illustrators Annuals

I recently received the newest 3x3 Illustration Annual and I am proud that my X-Ray Glasses image for the CREEPYPASTA zine was one of the images selected to be part of it.

This painting was also featured in the recent Society of Illustrators Book and Editorial exhibition and will be printed in the next annual coming in late 2015 - as well as the Vancouver Opera poster series and the Seven Commentaries series. The photo below was taken at the Book + Editorial exhibit at the Society of Illustrators.

Thank you 3x3, Charles Hively, Sarah Munt and all of the judges.

 Photo by: Jensine Eckwall

Photo by: Jensine Eckwall

Society Annual Book 55

 

I finally received my copy of the Society of Illustrators Illustration Annual 55!  I am so honored that the judges felt so strongly to include so much of my work in this year's book.

Sometimes, it is hard to take in things like this. I remember when I first started staring dreamy eyed into my copies of the Society Annuals and wondering if I would ever have the fortune to get accepted into such a prestigious book. I was such a fan then of so many artists and am still a fan of current artists now, that every time I am included, it makes me light up and be extremely grateful.

I think part of my surprise every year is that for the first 10 years of my career, I never really got these sorts of recognitions. Partly because I never really entered (duh) but when I did, I probably didn't enter enough...and I am honest with myself; I really sucked. I was still figuring out myself and my place in art for a long time.

A very special thanks to the Society and all the judges! :o)

Here's a snapshot of the Pollution Series hanging at the Society. Unfortunately, it seems not all of my paintings made it into the book that were accepted. I assume for space reasons. I didn't get around to taking shots of the Air Force paintings.

American Illustration + Society of Illustrators

I just received my copy of the new American Illustration book and I am honored to have five pages in the annual! American illustration has always been a book that seems to show the real 'alternative' side of illustration - the work that really tries to push the boundaries of what can be very traditional. Odd techniques, taboo subjects and experimental development of compositions and finishes all constantly intrigued me with every new book.

It is also and extremely difficult book to gain acceptance into and I consider myself very lucky to have such a showing in this book - especially with work that is very personal and experimental to me.

Also, I am doubly honored to get a total of 15 pieces selected to be part of the upcoming Society of Illustrators annual show. I've got most of them framed now and will have to drive them down to New York myself. They are just too big and costly to ship. My Air Force art was selected to be part of the show but unfortunately I believe its at the Pentagon and trying to get in touch with someone to get it back to New York has been difficult - so that work may not end up being exhibited.

UPDATE: Yes! The complete Air Force series is being shipped up from the Pentagon and will be on view next month at the Society!

Thank you to all the judges!