Eric Fischl

Again found a name I was suggested to investigate. Mr. Fischl’s work as a painter is heavy on the brush strokes. Exceptional use of light and color. Also very modern. Strangely enough I imagine that if Hopper and Monet were genetically spliced we would get this guy’s stuff. Very much your quintessential “artist” if the term calls to mind someone with work in galleries and in a whole bunch of different mediums.

Eric Fischl is an internationally acclaimed American painter and sculptor. His artwork is represented in many distinguished museums throughout the world and has been featured in over one thousand publications. His extraordinary achievements throughout his career have made him one of the most influential figurative painters of the late 20th and early 21st centuries.

Fischl was born in 1948 in New York City and grew up in the suburbs of Long Island. He began his art education in Phoenix, Arizona where his parents had moved in 1967. He attended Phoenix College and earned his B.F.A. from the California Institute for the Arts in 1972. He then spent some time in Chicago, where he worked as a guard at the Museum of Contemporary Art. In 1974, he moved to Halifax, Nova Scotia, to teach painting at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Fischl had his first solo show, curated by Bruce W. Ferguson, at Dalhousie Art Gallery in Nova Scotia in 1975 before relocating to New York City in 1978.

Fischl’s suburban upbringing provided him with a backdrop of alcoholism and a country club culture obsessed with image over content. His early work thus became focused on the rift between what was experienced and what could not be said. His first New York City solo show was at Edward Thorp Gallery in 1979, during a time when suburbia was not considered a legitimate genre for art. He first received critical attention for depicting the dark, disturbing undercurrents of mainstream American life.

Fischl’s paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints have been the subject of numerous solo and major group exhibitions and his work is represented in many museums, as well as prestigious private and corporate collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Museum of Modem Art in New York City, The Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, St. Louis Art Museum, Louisiana Museum of Art in Denmark, MusÈe Beaubourg in Paris, The Paine Weber Collection, and many others. Fischl has collaborated with other artists and authors, including E.L. Doctorow, Allen Ginsberg, Jamaica Kincaid, Jerry Saltz and Frederic Tuten.

Eric Fischl is also the founder, President and lead curator for America: Now and Here. This multi-disciplinary exhibition of 150 of some of Americaís most celebrated visual artists, musicians, poets, playwrights, and filmmakers is designed to spark a national conversation about American identity through the arts. The project launched on May 5th, 2011 in Kansas City before traveling to Detroit and Chicago.

Eric Fischl is a Fellow at both the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Science. He lives and works in Sag Harbor, NY with his wife, the painter April Gornik.

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John Alvin

Here’s a cool job for you: MOVIE POSTER DESIGN! And this guy is pretty good at it too given the number of commissions he’s gotten. In fact you probably know his work already. He’s done some famous ones in an airbrush-y style you might recognize (picking of course the iconic ones that jump out at me):

E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, Mulan, The Lion King, Batman Returns, Balto, Victor Victoria, Titan A.E., Hook, Batman Forever, The Golden Child

Needless to say they certainly have a nostalgia factor to them.

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Jason Chan

Some nice photoshop illustration in the realm of Magic the Gathering card game style. Liked it enough to post. I particularly like his backgrounds actually, what with all the cloudscapes and everything

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Eugene McKeown

Ah, my good friend Eugene. He gets the honor of the 100th posted artist. Eugene does some pretty cool psychedelic pen and ink stuff with lots of intricacies and such. He also paints a mean wall. I’d let him paint my room.

Eugene McKeown is an artist and illustrator currently living in Providence, Rhode Island. Eugene is a 2012 graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design with a BFA in illustration.


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Mark Cavello

Some cool graphic almost tattoo art inspired black and white illustration from a risd grad. Hats off to you.

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Julie Taymor

Everybody knows her for her costume design in the lion king. I know her as awesome. This woman is a powerhouse and a modern art legend. Nuff said.



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Nick Fox-Gieg

Also an animator I got the pleasure to meet. Nick does interesting work with animation and technology and the relationship between them. He currently has work in the festival circuit all over the East coast. Here’s a sample:

Demo Reel 2012 from Nick Fox-Gieg on Vimeo.

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Dennis Tupicoff

I also got to meet Australian independent animator Dennis Tupicoff last spring. He also brought along some films of his to screen, some really fantastic work indeed. I do wish I could relate all the great things he said during his workshop, but it was a while ago. Here is a bio for you readers:

Graduating from Queensland University, Dennis later completed the Swinburne Film and TV School animation course in 1977. After working as writer/director/producer of his own films as well as TV commercials and other commercial and sponsored work, he was appointed Lecturer in Animation at the VCA School of Television (1992-4). Since then he has continued making independent films as writer, director, producer, and (often) designer/animator. These have been both fictional and documentary, animated and live-action, comedy and drama – and sometimes inventive combinations of various categories. Dennis’ work has been shown at film festivals around the world, and he has won numerous awards. His recent Chainsaw has won many Grands Prix in animation festivals such as Ottawa, Animadrid, Anifest etc as well as in competition with live-action films at Oberhausen, Huesca, Mecal (Barcelona) etc. His films are often shown in retrospectives. His Mother’s Voice (1998) has been included in many programmes of documentary animation (eg: IDFA 2007, Zagreb 2008, Leipzig 2008) and is discussed at length in several recent books: “Introduction to Documentary” (Nichols), “The Animation Bible” (Furniss), and “Australian Documentary” (Fitzsimons, Laughren, Williamson). Several of his films are discussed in Judith Kriger’s “Animated Realism” (2012). Dennis was also featured in Chris Robinson’s 2005 book as one of the “Unsung Heroes of Animation”. Dennis has taught widely at universities, film and art schools in North America, Europe and Australia.

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Paul Andrejco

I got the pleasure of meeting Mr. Paul Andrejco when he visited our animation class last spring. He is a puppeteer working currently in Hoboken. His latest project can be found here:

Puppet Heap Demo Reel from Paul Andrejco on Vimeo.

Also, a bonus video!

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Elizabeth king

How have sculptors depicted the eye, across the history of art?  While the representation of light and reflection is central to the history of painting, sculpture had inventive strategies to imitate the live and active substance of the eye. Elizabeth King, Senior Professor of Sculpture at Virginia Commonwealth University, will present the arc of historical sculptural investigations that merge with the long quest to understand how the eye works from the optics and the physiology of vision, to the riddle of how the eye transforms light into perception.

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