Mixed Me­dia

Il­lus­trated! Masters of Graphic Novel Art

Pasatiempo - - PASATIEMPO - — Michael Abatemarco

Santa Fe-based artist Jamie Chase’s ca­reer as a painter and graphic novel il­lus­tra­tor in­spired the ex­hi­bi­tion Il­lus­trated! Masters of Graphic Novel Art, which show­cases the work of pro­fes­sional il­lus­tra­tors from around the U.S. The show, cu­rated by Chase, in­cludes ex­am­ples of com­mis­sioned art­work as well as draw­ings, wa­ter­col­ors, prints, and paint­ings from the artists’ more per­sonal bod­ies of work. “It’s highly un­usual to show comic art in a fine-art en­vi­ron­ment,” Chase said. “Peo­ple who don’t know the artists’ names might know the char­ac­ters they’ve drawn over the years, like Elek­tra, Wolver­ine, and Bat­man, or sto­ries like Mars At­tacks!” Chase, whose work is in the show, is an ab­stract and fig­u­ra­tive painter who has done il­lus­tra­tions for re­cent edi­tions of nov­els by Edgar Rice Burroughs and Sir Arthur Co­nan Doyle for Se­quen­tial Pulp, an im­print of Dark Horse Comics.

The ex­hibit in­cludes works by award-win­ning il­lus­tra­tors Bill Sienkiewicz, who con­trib­uted art­work for the graphic nov­els Elek­tra: As­sas­sin and The Sand­man: End­less Nights; Ge­orge Pratt, known for his work on Wolver­ine and Bat­man comics; and Kyle Baker, who has il­lus­trated comics fea­tur­ing Dick Tracy, Howard the Duck, and Cyrano de Berg­erac. The ex­hibit also has pieces by Scott Hamp­ton, who is work­ing on adapting

Amer­i­can Gods, Neil Gaiman’s fan­tasy novel, which was re­cently made into a tele­vi­sion se­ries; it pre­mieres April 30 on the Starz net­work. The artists se­lected for the show are in­no­va­tors in their field. Artists in at­ten­dance sell au­to­graphed edi­tions of their books and art, and the event in­cludes a cos­tume con­test. Il­lus­trated! opens with a 5 p.m. re­cep­tion on Fri­day, April 7, at City of Mud (1114-A Hickox St., 505-954-1705).

Scott Hamp­ton: Twain, tem­pera on pa­per, 1996

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