Archive for October, 2010

Felix Nussbaum

October 16, 2010

While in Paris last week I saw a heartbreaking show at the Jewish Museum of the work of Felix Nussbaum. He was a painter who visually documented the rise of Nazism, painted the camps (into which he was forced), and finally was murdered in Auschwitz at age 40.
The power of the work is indescribable.

First, do no harm

October 15, 2010

I’ve been thinking a lot about the increase of ‘appropriation’ in our industry lately and it reminded me of a really great missive that Milton Glaser wrote. (students, if you don’t know who he is, research him immediately! He’s a genius)
I think it’s a wonderful reminder to each and every one of us to every now and again evaluate how we are living and how we are contributing to the culture. Are we operating with integrity and behaving with dignity? We have the opportunity to create meaningful initiatives with our work, and in some sense I believe that we can make the world better (I know, it’s idealistic, but I don’t think that’s so bad)

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Japanese Illustration Magazine #186

October 14, 2010

Thank you so much Yuko Shimizu for writing an article about my work in the recent Japanese Illustration Magazine.
Yuko’s work can be seen at She’s wildly original and her award winning images have been seen and feted internationally.

Now if I only knew what this article actually says…..!! 🙂

3×3 magazine features Brian Cronin imitator

October 13, 2010

I’m a big supporter of Charles Hively’s initiatives and in particular 3×3 magazine. I think it’s great to encourage and reward new and exciting work and authentic visual voices. I’ve always enjoyed the articles and look forward to seeing new issues. When I received my latest issue I though “Oh good! Another article about the great Brian Cronin”. As everyone knows, Brian has for many years contributed gorgeous original thoughtful art to the culture. It has taken him years to developed his own personal visual vocabulary.
Well to my surprise I discovered that the article doesn’t celebrate Brian Cronin but rather his imitator Paul Blow.
Brian Cronin has influenced many artists over the years, but this goes far beyond that. I’m saddened to see that such an influential magazine would reward, in my opinion, such plagiarism.
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Paris in the Fall

October 9, 2010

Ring around the Louvre!