This month marked a personal milestone, as of this month I have been working as a professional artist for 40 years. What follows is a selection of one piece from each of the last 40 years. I’m not posting these because of my pride in the work as much as that I am interested in finding my own voice, and an occasional look backwards can be interesting as well as instructive, at least to me. Through todays eyes, some of these are dated, some of them cringe-worthy, a few hold up- but i think each one of them couldn’t have happened withought their author being imformed by having made it’s predecesors. so:
Beginning in 1980:
1980 Alcoholic Father Listen magazine
1981 Atari Star Raiders box cover
1982 Dancer personal work from series
1983 Children of dependency Listen Magazine
1984 The Walking Drum. First Book Cover
1985 OBI 1 created for San Francisco Society of Illustrators show poster (unused)
1986 Williams Sonoma annual report
1987 George Jones Super Hits Album cover
1988 Shaman book cover
1989 Secret Garden book cover
1990 Bay Bridge Earthquake series
1981 Kilauea United Nations Environmental program
1982 Taos Pueblo Pendelton Woolen Mills ad campaign
1983 Self Made Man (unused ad campaing for bank)
1984 Tour de France documentary series bicycling magazine
1995 Dreamworks logo
1996 Girl of the Year : Edie Segewick Tryptich Society of Illustrators retrospective (with Kazu Sano) :
1997 Blue Rose Girl from series of gallery paintings
1998 poster for lecture at Syracuse University
1999 Outlaws of Sherwood Book cover
2000: Picture of the day year end Roundup. trying to find my own voice after 20 years
2001 Personal work, Bush administration “collector’s plates”
2002 “plein air” study (painted in a cemetery). First time ever painting outside of the studio. Baby Steps.
2003 Stowe Lake 2 Landscape painting push phase one.
2004 This is Just To Say From The Poetry of William Carlos Williams (published as illustrated by my temporary alterego “Robert Crockett”)
2005 Poetry for Young People: The Seasons (published as illustrated by my temporary alterego “Robert Crockett”)
2006 The Jungle – book cover
2007 Oedipus Rex book cover
2008 caesars palace mural
2009 The Jade Man’s skin book cover
2010 Mt. Tam 7 landscape painting – phase 2. making a serious push with my first solo show of landscape work.
2012 Obama / The New Republic.
2012 Rolling Stones rolling stone
2013 Autumn Sonata Criterion Collection
2014 show of landscapes from Everest region of Nepal
2015 Picnic at Hanging Rock Criterion collection
2016, Anti trump personal piece
2017 The Ballad of Black Tom book cover
2018 Lie detector– Time
2019 The Vetting Tor..com
2020: Death Row: the New Washington Monument (for Liberty Magazine, formerly called Listen magazine, see illustration number 1, from 1980, above.
Like everyone else, this pandemic has been wearing on me, and I’m kind of talked out for the moment. I think this month I’m just letting the work -or rather my evolution through the work – do the talking.
As Mr. Glaser said (see my pervious post) : “Art is Work”.