October 22, 2010

Mark English at Eleanor Ettinger Gallery

On the evening of October 14th, my staff and I attended the inaugural exhibition of the Eleanor Ettinger Gallery in their new home on West 57th Street NYC. Mark English (who I represent in Art On A Grand Scale) was the featured artist.

To say that Mark is great is an understatement. He is a recipient of the Hamilton King Award, which
is given to an "artist of the year," voted on by his peers, and was elected to the Illustrators Hall of Fame by the Society of Illustrators. Need I say that he has done illustrations for all major publications, and has had many
gallery shows? He is equally comfortable in the world of Fine Art and Illustration and is able to shift gears easily.

What is most appealing to me about Mark's work is his ethereal, ghostlike imagery that is buried deep inside the canvas. At times, figures and animals reveal themselves out of the beautiful color fields.

I had not seen Mark an year and half and as always he was gracious, charming and consummate gentleman. My artist Greg Manchess dropped by and we all had a wonderful evening talking and telling war stories.

October 11, 2010

40 years of Op-Ed illustration

Found this the other day. 40 years of Op-Ed illustration at the NY Times: http://tinyurl.com/397u8cs

October 7, 2010

Academy of Art University at Fashion Week

Recently, my new intern, Akane Ogura and I were invited to attend the Academy of Art University Spring 2011 Collections at Fashion Week in NYC at Lincoln Center. Akane is a recent graduate of the Academy majoring in Illustration, but previously she had studied Fashion Design in Japan. She was the perfect partner for this event.

If you have never been to fashion week in NY or Paris, you cannot believe the hoopla and excitement that surrounds one of this event. Lights, camera, action, flash bulbs snapping and paparazzi moving in packs. And lets not forget "beautiful people" and the hangers on doing their show and tell. You can't help but be caught up in the action.

Every year, The Academy puts on a runway show in one of the tents combining the best student fashion of the year worn by professional models. It had all the glitz and glamour of a Karl Lagerfeld shows. I am including some pictures that we took from close to the catwalk.