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Illustration

Same Head, Different Hat

Here is a new painting I created for a financial article with the working title, “Old is New – With a Twist”.  I thought it would be fun to show a character abandoning the common baseball cap in favour of a top hat.  So much more stylish!  The AD was the magnificent SooJin Buzelli (who always gives me great assignments) for aiCIO Magazine.  So yeah, lose that baseball cap – the top hat is back!

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Illustration for “Intelligent Life” Magazine

 

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I love working for Intelligent Life Magazine.  It’s a beautifully designed publication packed with great articles and information.  For a while now, I’ve been illustrating the Science Column for the magazine and am learning a lot about such topics as quasi crystals, infared earth sounds, Mars and hunting new planets (to name a few).

Here’s a piece I recently illustrated about Arthur Tansley, the botanist who coined the term, “ecosystem” was analyzed by Freud.

My Guest Appearance on The Official Danko Jones Podcast

danko My Guest Appearance on The Official Danko Jones Podcast

 

I have always been fascinated by the myriad connections between art and music.  I don’t possess any musical talent but have been very fortunate to work with so many amazing musicians such as Aimee Mann.  One of my longtime great friends is also the rock musician, DANKO JONES.  Danko has an amazing career with the band he fronts with the same name.  For those who know their music and/or have seen the band live, I don’t need to tell you how amazing they are.  If you don’t know them, check them out and when you become an instant fan, thank me later.

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A short while ago, he started doing a podcast called THE OFFICIAL DANKO JONES PODCAST.  Danko and his co-host, comedian Nick Flanagan, have a great rapport discussing various topics and doing interviews with all kinds of guests who have mostly been rock musicians and comedians.  One guest was Sam Dunn, documentary filmmaker most known for his film “Metal:  A Headbanger’s Journey”.  Danko and Nick also interviewed comedian/actor Scott Thompson who was one of the stars of the hit Canadian TV series, “Kids in the Hall”.

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In the most recent podcast, Danko and Nick have me on as a guest.  Danko and I go way back so it’s a very casual, fun conversation we have.  He and Nick raise some great questions and I have to honestly say, it was one of the most refreshing interviews I have ever done.  I hope you enjoy it!  You can listen/subscribe to it through iTunes or Sound Cloud.

Listen to the podcast by clicking HERE.

Rock on!!

Album cover and some inside art for Aimee Mann’s album “@#%&*! Smilers”.  We were nominated for a Grammy for Best Art Package.

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Private commission for Long Gone John, owner of record label Sympathy for the Record Industry.

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My custom painted Qee figure, “Poof”.

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Cinelli Bicycles

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I have been very fortunate to work with Antonio Colombo Arte Contemporanea in Milan for the past few years.  This past February, I had a solo show of selected works and have participated in many European art fairs with the gallery.  It’s a wonderful relationship that I value tremendously.

Antonio also is the owner and designer of Cinelli Bicycles.  For those of you that love to ride, I don’t have to tell you what an amazing company this is.  They have a long tradition of using artists such as Keith Haring, Barry McGee, Mike Giant, Ryan Heshka and Gary Baseman. Recently, Antonio asked me to create art for the 2013 Cinelli Catalogue.  It was lot of fun making this art!  Antonio is very open to my ideas and it was a blast working on this assignment where I had total creative freedom.  And yes, I also get a Cinelli bicycle as part of the deal!  Woo hoo!

Life is good, or rather, bella vita!!

 

My NY Times Tribute to Maurice Sendak

Like so many people, I was really saddened to learn of the passing of Maurice Sendak last Tuesday.  Throughout that whole day, I thought about his brilliant work and how meaningful he was to me.  That same afternoon,  I was contacted by Aviva Michaelov at The New York Times who asked me if I would like to create an original piece of art and write a small piece of text as a tribute to Sendak for the paper’s Sunday edition.  Along with me, they also asked Art Spiegelman, Tomi Ungerer, Geoff McFetridge, Bob Staake, Marc Rosenthal and Jon Klassen. Without hesitation, I dropped everything and began to start drawing ideas.  It seemed to fitting to “borrow” Max’s outfit (from my favourite children’s book, “Where The Wild Things Are”) and dress up one of my own characters in it.  I wanted to convey the idea of “carrying on”, or passing the torch if you will.  Legions of artists, like me, were first inspired by Sendak enough to start drawing.  Many of us, also like me, were inspired enough to write and illustrate our own kid’s books.  Sendak’s remarkable ability to unite wonderful pictures with amazingly original and irreverent storytelling gave so many of us license to find it in ourselves to also “dive head first”, as Sendak used to love to say.  For this, I owe Sendak tremendous gratitude.

wildforeverfinal My NY Times Tribute to Maurice Sendak

From The New York Times:

“As a small child, I discovered the possibilities of creativity and empowerment in Sendak’s books.  It was through these ideals that I began drawing my own world of characters, narratives and scenes.  This eventually led me to a very happy career as an artist, and subsequently, a kid’s book author and illustrator.  My own children’s book, “This Is Silly!” owes a great deal to Max  and his beastly friends.  Mr. Sendak, I will never forget how you showed me that the wild things are really in our hearts.”

-GARY TAXALI
The author and iIllustrator of “This Is Silly!” from Scholastic Press.

 

© Gary Taxali 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED

 

Recent Projects

 

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It’s been a great 2012!  I’ve recently had the wonderful opportunity to work on some exciting projects and assignments.

Here is some packaging art I created for “Mr. Kipling”, a brand of cakes in the UK.  This will go on their tins.  I haven’t tried their cakes yet but they look delicious.  The agency was Another Production along with 101 Production, both in London.  And of course, the project was extra fun for me because I had the chance to create the typography. The AD was Mark Elwood.

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Also in the UK, here are a couple of book review pieces created for The Sunday Telegraph‘s art and culture magazine called “Seven”.  The AD was Alex McFadyen.

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Here is a sneak piece at one of my brand new pieces for my upcoming solo show in London, “My Feelings Like You” at Lazarides, The Outsiders Gallery.  This work is called, “Nervous Pete”.  The show opens on May 3rd, 2012.

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Here is some work  I recently completed for Steve Banks at Los Angeles Magazine on a piece about the ethnic diversity of the Pico/Crenshaw neighborhood.

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The below illustration was created for The Wall Street Journal on a piece about “financial therapy”.  The AD was Orlie Kraus.

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It’s always a joy working for Kory Kennedy at Runner’s World.  Below is a full page illustration called “Angry Knee”.

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Another regular client I always enjoy working with is The Dallas Morning News and the amazing Michael Hogue.  Here is a piece on how the web, especially in regards to social network sites like Facebook, isn’t as polarized as otherwise thought.  This article was originally published in Slate.

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That’s it for now!  More coming soon…

 

 


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