Mark Elliott - John Cebollero - Ken Keirns - Matthew Grabelsky
WHAT: Mark Elliott - John Cebollero - Ken Keirns - Matthew Grabelsky
WHEN: Exhibit runs; May 25– June 15, 2013
Opening Reception: Saturday May 25, 2013 - 8:00 – 11:30 p.m.
Contact: Gary Pressman, Gallery Director Copro Gallery
Copro Gallery presents 4 seperate solo exhibitions by 4 artists. Mark Elliott is a graduate of New York’s School of Visual Arts and an established artist in the illustration field for more than 20 years. He has worked for all of the major publishing houses including Harper Collins, Simon and Schuster, Scholastics, Holiday House and Penguin. Mark has received a Christopher Award for his illustration in Andrew Clement’s “Extra Credit” and has been recognized for his work in Anthony DeStefano’s “Little Star”. His illustrations have been displayed in numerous shows and annuals as well as group and solo shows internationally. Mark’s unique style is created through classical hand-painted work combined with contemporary warmth, playful realism and humor.
John Cebollero was born and raised in New York City. He attended the High School Of Art & Design and School Of Visual Arts in Manhattan. John has been a colorist, inker, and illustrator for DC, Milestone, Black Bull, Marvel, and Event comics. He has also created art for such clients as the Cartoon Network, Eternalcollector.com, Revolver magazine, Forbidden Zone magazine, the Topps Company, BOOM! Studios, and Warner Brothers Animation. John has also been featured on CreepMachine.com, JUXTAPOZ.com, RedDoorMagazine.com. As well as being interviewed and featured in JUXTAPOZ MAGAZINE'S October 2009
Ken Keirns is a Northern California artist who grew up in Flint, Michigan. He has always wanted to be an artist except for that short-lived Stunt Man period when he was nine. After spending nearly a decade in Chicago, Ken moved out West in late 2007 to paint full-time While his primary focus has been working with oil paint, he has been known to deliver the odd sculpture, toy prototype or mixed media piece. His recurrent subject matter revolves around cranially endowed High Brow women and monkeys interlaced with personal experiences, dreams, and the occasional bad pun. Ken's education was in graphic design and he has an incredible RESUME
Matthew Grabelsky was born in Los Angeles and raised in New York. He graduated from Rice University in 2002 with a BA in Art and Art History and a BS in Astrophysics. After College he moved to Florence, Italy, where he spent four years studying the techniques of classical drawing and painting, followed by a two and a half year sojourn to Paris painting independently and learning directly from the work of the great French Masters. Matthew states, "Through these experiences, science taught me how to observe the world, and art has allowed me to express my relationship to it".
Matthew's work focuses on combining the physical world with imagery from mythology, dreams, and fairytales. His paintings are not intended to be viewed as fantasy or allegory, but rather as a blend of every-day experiences with the subconscious. They are enigmatic, and create dream-like worlds that invite viewers to form their own interpretations. "I paint in a highly realistic manner, derived from my studies of 19th-century French Academic and Naturalist painters, and I use this visual language to craft modern narratives. I place my subjects in urban settings: trains, gritty alleyways, and cosmopolitan cityscapes; then introduce a twist to create a mix of rational and irrational elements. My work is often humorous, and it straddles the divide between the serious and the bizarre."