Fog Rider will debut in Paris this October 17th, at Galerie Daniel Maghen. The show will exhibit my adventure paintings from literature, science fiction, fantasy, and historical subjects, as well as new narratives.
This painting started with the landscape first. Researching wetlands and looking thorugh my myriad folders full of fog shots, a mysterious scene slowly appeared. Something’s coming out. Out of the mist. Some animal.
I used a small model of a rhino that I bought at a natural history museum and a rider came to mind. And a hint of culture.
Isn’t that always the way with these things? If you stare at it long enough, images tend to appear out of the white of the canvas. Painting is just wiping away the fog.
Only here, I just didn’t quite wipe enough away.
Creating a moment that communicates emotionally with the viewer is the essence of Gregory Manchess’ artwork. A native of Kentucky, he spent two years as a studio illustrator with Hellman Design Associates before striking out on his own in 1979.
He combined his love for fine art and science fiction and began his freelance career painting for OMNI magazine. His versatility and broad range of interests allowed him to crossover to mainstream illustration. There he was able to expand his client work to include covers for Time, Atlantic Monthly, spreads for Playboy, Omni, Newsweek, and Smithsonian, and numerous book covers.
Manchess’ interest in history and his excellent figure work has made his paintings a favorite choice of the National Geographic Society on many occasions, including an expedition down the Fond du Lac river in Canada for the 1996 article David Thomson: The Man Who Measured Canada.
Widely awarded within the industry, Manchess exhibits frequently at the Society of Illustrators in New York. His peers at the Society presented him with their highest honor, the coveted Hamilton King Award in 1999, and a year later, the Stephan Dohanos Award.
Manchess’ work has also been recognized in the children’s book market. His latest children’s book illustrations narrate the story Cheyenne Medicine Hat about wild mustangs. A lavishly illustrated limited edition of Robt. E. Howard CONAN stories with over 60 paintings, is due out in 2010. He has recently finished 10 murals for a traveling exhibition on the Pirate ship, Whydah, for the Nat’l Geographic Society. His painting of the Oregon coast was used for the 2009 Oregon Statehood Stamp by the USPS.
Gregory is included in Walt Reed’s latest edition of “The Illustrator in America, 1860-2000.” He lectures frequently at universities and colleges nationwide and gives workshops in painting at the Norman Rockwell Museum in Stockbridge, MA, and the Illustration Master Class in Amherst, MA.
Damn. That exhibit is a day before my birthday. Anybody wanna pay my way to Paris to see Greg's show? Anyone? Hello?
I would definitely disagree with the statement that you didn't wipe enough away 😉 Eerily wonderful, and I am sorely disappointed to be unable to attend such a great event.
Thanks….and Seth: I'll be sharing a lot of images here on MC that are in the show. You'll likely see them enough to feel like you were actually there! LOL!