Animazing Gallery welcomes the critically acclaimed painter Bill Carman to its SoHo gallery this fall for an exhibition, sale and artist's reception. Carman, an enigma in the contemporary art market, is influenced daily by almost every aspect of life; from the seemingly mundane details, to the intricate works of earlier masters. His paintings feature elements inspired by the fantastical and dark images of Hieronymus Bosch, and are executed with the precision of Albrecht Durer. Carman's sense of humor is evident in this collection of nearly 50 mixd-media pieces on copper, wood, and paper. With each minute and delicate detail, he reveals his talent and genius. His pieces are nebulous, skirting and defying traditional art genres.
"I live on the fringe of mainstream fantasy/sci-fi, dip a toe into surrealism, flirt with symbolism and even occasionally scratch the surface of mainstream illustration..." - Bill Carman (bio)
RSVP is required for the artist's reception and exhibition unveiling from 6-9PM on Saturday October 22nd, 2011. The collection will be on display and for sale through November. Animazing Gallery is located at 54 Greene Street (at Broome). The exhibition is free and open to the public seven days a week; Monday-Saturday 10-7, Sunday 11-6.
Carman won several awards from prestigious organizations such as Spectrum, the Society of Illustrators NY, the Greenwich Workshop and the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. In 2002 he was invited to publish a children's book with Random House. He is currently a professor teaching illustration and drawing at Boise State University
"... I enter my lab where surfaces challenge and characters emerge who should probably never be born. But I keep releasing these things from my mind because it's my passion." - Bill Carman
ABOUT THE ARTIST | Bill Carman has worked as a designer, illustrator and art director at universities, ad agencies, publishers, and large corporations. Since graduating from BYU with a BFA in visual communication/illustration and later with an MFA in painting, he has consistently free-lanced and exhibited. Carman is currently a professor teaching illustration and drawing at Boise State University of the blue football field. Prior to this, he taught in and chaired the art department at Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Carman is inspired by the imagination and figurative work of illustration and image-oriented work artists such as Ben Shahn, Brad Holland, Al Cober, Ian Miller and Dave McKean, Brian Froud, and Rockwell Kent.
"Hopefully those who look at my work will be touched in that mad place that lies in the corner of all brains." - Bill Carman