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Meet Craig Cartwright

Today we’d like to introduce you to Craig Cartwright.

Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
After receiving a BFA degree in Illustration from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1991, my artistic pursuits led me to New York City where I began applying my illustration background into Fine Art oil paintings. I quickly established myself in New York’s underground art scene throughout the 90’s. Exhibiting at venues including CBGB’s 313 Gallery, The Gershwin Gallery, and also directing performance art, influenced by my paintings, at the Mazer Theater in Lower Manhattan. Commercial illustration work eventually brought me to Los Angeles where I’ve been hired by Pixar, Disney, Warner Brothers, and Ridley Scott designing storyboards, and concept illustrations for commercials, trailers, theatrical displays, and short films.

Although I have experimented with different painting styles over the years including abstract expressionism and a series of relief paintings, influenced by cave art pictographs, my first body of work established what is my signature illustrative style. Incorporating human like forms into surreal landscapes with underlying environmental themes attempting to reconnect the viewer with the natural world.

Please tell us about your art.
I am a painter typically working in the traditional style of oil paint on stretched canvas like many of the old masters. I’ve always been more comfortable with oils because of it’s slow drying time and blending abilities as compared to other mediums. To me, the artwork is a way of giving form to and idea. The inspiration for my most current series is based on images coming back from high powered telescopes and satellites documenting the vastness of outer space. The unexplained mystery of the Universe. By incorporating the human form in this cosmic environment I’m able to defy the natural laws of physics and use outer space as a backdrop for my figurative paintings. Hopefully in a visually unique and interesting way.

What do you think is the biggest challenge facing artists today?
One challenge is getting galleries to allow you to show a full body of work at any given event. I think it’s important for a potential buyer to get a good sense of your ideas and direction with your work by seeing multiple pieces from a series. One painting can get a bit lost when you’re in a big group show.

How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
I have been showing at several different venues throughout Los Angeles including The Hive Gallery, Garage Gallery, ArtBarLA, and Visual Culture Arts. I usually promote upcoming shows on Instagram @craigcartwrightart and my website: craigcartwright.com prints and originals are also available for purchase on my website.

Contact Info:

  • Website: craigcartwright.com
  • Phone: 9173253927
  • Email: karmony@earthlink.net
  • Instagram: craigcartwrightart


Image Credit:
Craig Cartwright

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