News arrived that my work has been selected to appear in two books.
Jon Beinart has been a big promoter of surrealism and pop surrealism the last few years and his site is the place to go for images and links to the top contemporary surreal artists around the world. There are 50 artists in the book “Metamorphasis 2,” including H.R. Giger, Lori Earley, Travis A. Louie, Ron English, Michael Hussar, Jessica Joslin, Chris Mars, Greg ‘Craola’ Simkins, Nathan Spoor, David Stoupakis, Robert Williams, Shawn Barber, Paul Booth, Tiffany Bozic, and Ben Tolman. I’m not sure when it will be released, but I’ll post updates as they come in.
The second book project is very interesting. It’s sponsored by the Innovators Award and is called “Arts and Addiction.” There were 900 entries – 69 were selected for the book, two of which were mine. (Whew. Those are some odds.) It’s an important book, and I’m happy to be included.
From their website:
The Innovators Awards program was established by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to nurture innovation in combating substance abuse, the nation’s number one health problem. Each year the program recognizes five of the nation’s leading lights in substance abuse control with $300,000 awards. The program is headquartered at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, where innovation in science and health is a way of life.
Both of the paintings selected were done during a more “difficult” time in my life you might say. The jurors deserve credit for selecting work with such graphic imagery. Besides appearing in the book, the art selected will be in several exhibits. First up is an exhibit during the annual meeting of the College on Problems of Drug Dependence in Puerto Rico this June.
The work selected (click for larger images):