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Shower Curtain for Urban Outfitters
Shower curtain for Urban Outfitters; Jamie LaPorta, art buyer.

Mother Jones
Mother Jones, for an article on the bounty of summer tomatoes by Barbara Kingsolver; Tim Luddy, art director.

Campaign Spotlight: Gina & Matt

Not just studio mates, Gina Triplett and Matt Curtius are mates away from the drawing board as well, creating eye-catching illustrations for a range of clients including top ad agencies BBDO, Duffy & Partners, Sandstrom Partners, Siegel + Gale and Deutsch Design Works, among others, to Chronicle Books, Rizzoli, Rolling Stone, Entertainment Weekly, the New York Times and Whole Foods.

Their colorful style—think Dutch still life meets the psychedelic ‘60s for some illustrations—intricate patterns wrought with a dash of whimsy and compelling hues make you want to inhabit the vivid, happy world they portray. A world full of flowers, insects, and animals, including 10-year old Boston Terrier Wes whose perky face adorns a pattern they call “Terrier”.

Gina hails from rural Minnesota, and Matt grew up outside Philadelphia. Gina’s parents were teachers, Matt’s mom was a secretary, and his dad built ships for the Navy. “The common denominator was they were very supportive, and instilled in us a strong work ethic,” Matt explains. “Gina’s dad has always painted for fun, and would paint with her as a kid. My parents are very self sufficient, building, repairing or making everything imaginable. My dad once bought a surplus mail truck and converted it into a camper for us to go on vacation. It had a house-style screen door in the back, somewhere between The Beverly Hillbillies and Sanford and Son. They saw things like this as thriftiness, but looking back, there were elements of expression and independence in there too.”

They both went to college at MICA (Marilyn Institute College of Art) in Baltimore and met there in ’93 when he was a sophomore and Gina a freshman. They have been living and creating art together ever since, settling in Philadelphia. Along the way they have garnered awards from The Society of Illustrators, American Illustration and Communication Arts. Gina was chosen as one of Print magazine’s 20 Under 30 New Visual Artists and her work graced a cover of the now (sadly) defunct Step Inside Design.

Matt divides his time between illustration and teaching and was recently promoted to Associate Professor at the University of the Arts.

They have also renovated two Philly homes, the current one a Federal style, maintaining the home’s vintage character while creating colorful and beautifully designed rooms that accommodate their aesthetics and busy lifestyle. Working with his father, Matt has done most of the remodel work, and the home is decorated with their artwork and that of their celebrated illustrator friends.

There seems to be no end in sight to Gina and Matt’s artistic and personal collaborations. Their Quail Salad shower curtain for Urban Outfitters is a sophisticated modern version of a 19th century botanical still life. (I’m considering hanging one on a rod above my bed as an improvised fabric headboard). Gina has branched out into fabrics and rugs but there is a whole world of products out there that could be licensed with their distinctive and appealing designs.


Michelle Hinebrook, Glint, 2013, acrylic on canvas, 72 x 48 inches.

What's Hanging
Exhibitions of note nationwide.

Koi No Yokan II
Through July 26

6205 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

According to the site, Koi No Yokan means: “The sense one can have upon first meeting a person that the two of you are going to fall in love. Differs from ‘love at first sight’ as it does not imply that the feeling of love exists, only the knowledge that a future love is inevitable.”

Koi No Yokan II, a group exhibition featuring the work of Michelle Hinebrook, Tanya Batura, Rachel Roske, Kristen Schiele, and Colette Robbins is co-curated by New York City curator and artist Colette Robbins and gallery director Kevin Van Gorp. 101/Exhibit’s second iteration of the annual summer invitational continues to explore new relationships with artists in flourishing states of practice, either emerging or mid-career. The exhibition will be accompanied by a forthcoming full-color 46-page catalog. According to the gallery: “Each artist will occupy their own section of the gallery in order for the viewer, being cognizant of the call at hand, to compare and contrast the artists’ responses. As five different answers to the same criteria are presented, the casual show attendee and the aficionados of theoretical underpinnings alike will share in the opportunity to gain greater insight into various forms of contemporary artistic process.”


The Art of Greg Spalenka by Greg Spalenka

Good Books
A brief review of notable titles and inspiring monographs.

The Art of Greg Spalenka by Greg Spalenka
176 pages, hardbound, published by Titan Books London
three versions are available and range in price from $45 to $195
($195 version includes one signed print and other premiums)

For the last 32 years Greg Spalenka has been making beautiful images for a wide range of clients. This collection covers every aspect of his stellar career from his early days at Art Center to the present, including unseen personal pieces and photography. Spalenka’s work has appeared in concept designs for films such as The Golden Compass, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, and in images for major American publishers of books, magazines, newspapers and comics (many of them award winning). Greg’s paintings are romantic and sensual, with flowing lines and rich colors. His philosophy is encapsulated in this quote: “I am committed to empowering truth and the art spirit within all.”

The Art of Greg Spalenka, Visions From The Mind’s Eye is beautifully designed by Jeff Burne in full color and features metallic inks. The pages will transport you into the lush and fantastic world that Spalenka creates with his mystical and luminous paintings. To view the book options or to order, visit


PLAY Illustration Directory of Illustration Medical Illustration
PLAY! Illustration and Design
for Toys & Interactive Games

Directory of Illustration
Medical Illustration Source Book

Good Surfing — A comprehensive online guide to Seattle art and the Pacific Northwest art scene. Check out links to galleries, museums, artists, cultural events and more. Download the 2014 issue of Art Guide Northwest. — The Arts Guild New Jersey has announced a call for artists for NEXUS, an international juried exhibition, to take place this fall. Submission deadline is July 3rd. — Available now is Issue #44 featuring the work of one of my favorite pulp magazine cover artists, Walter Baumhofer (Doc Savage).


Job Showcase
Fox Sports
Orlando Arocena
Richard Solomon Artists Representative
The Wall Street Journal
Barbara Kelley
Hero Complex Gallery
Peter Breese
Sunday Times
Bob Venables
IF/THEN Broadway Show
Zina Saunders
National Geographic Traveller UK magazine
Freddy Boo
Out Magazine
Edward McGowan
Colagene, illustration clinic
JP Morgan
Jim Atherton
Dave Cutler
Wer Liefert Was
Carolyn Ridsdale
Stanford Business
Richard Mia
Gerald & Cullen Rapp
Kate Forrester
Mendola Artists Representatives
Matt Herring
Début Art Ltd.
Playboy Magazine
Dave Murray
Kiplinger's Personal Finance magazine
Jon Buckley


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Industry Advice

Industry Advice
Publicity for Self Promotion

Maria Piscopo has been an art/photo rep for 25 years and is based in San Francisco. She writes magazine articles for industry publications such as Shutterbug Magazine and Communication Arts and teaches marketing and business classes at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Her workshop “Taking Charge of What You Charge” is popular at industry meetings and conferences. Piscopo is the author of Graphic Designer’s and Illustrator’s Guide to Marketing and Promotion and the 4th Edition of Photographer’s Guide to Marketing and Self- Promotion, both published by Allworth Press (

The article below is reprinted with Maria’s kind permission. Maria is an old friend from my CA editor days, and her advice is always on the money. To get noticed, you have to put yourself out there. But in today’s plugged-in world, to truly get the results you want from your press materials, make sure that you also include a web address. Many publications or online newsletters (hint, hint) will also accept electronic releases with low res images, they make listings much easier for harried editors. Spend a few minutes doing online research and create your own database for publicity; check back in periodically to see who has moved where—journalism is a peripatetic field!


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