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Gary Aagaard

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Seattle WA

Lives in
Tucson AZ

Works in
Tucson AZ


painting, figurative, conceptual, pop, realism, surrealism, Illustration

Upcoming Exhibitions and Events
Nov, 2016 Sacred & Profane | National Juried Show
Arc Gallery | San Francisco
Current Exhibitions and Events
Oct, 2016 Artists United! National Juried Show
Busboys and Poets
Oct, 2016 Aagaard, Carlson, Fitzsimmons
Contreras Gallery
Sep, 2016 Social Justice: It Happens to One, It Happens to All
St. Mary's College Museum of Art

Artist Statement : My work is the product of my environment over the last three decades. Generally, I've had a positive experience yet tend to be irked by frequent political and religious hypocrisy, general apathy (relating to war, the environment, fact-challenged pundits, etc.) and dogma of any stripe that leads to social and spiritual tunnel vision. These themes are prevalent in many of my paintings although are often explored using satire and humor as opposed to a sledge hammer (granted, I do use that on occasion, too).

Quick Bio : My conceptual cover and interior illustrations have appeared in numerous publications including The Village Voice, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Golf Digest, Newsday, Philadelphia Weekly, Barron’s, Oxford American, Business Week, Bloomberg, National Lampoon, Seattle Weekly and Discover Magazine. Also, I've created book illustrations for Reader's Digest Books, Houghton Mifflin, St. Martin's Press, Harcourt Brace and “Emily and the Ostriches” (Rizzoli Publ.), a children's book collaboration with Dan Bernstein. In 2015, six of my paintings were published in “50 Masters of Realistic Imagery”.

Awards & Exhibits : My work has received recognition from American Illustration, 3x3 Magazine, the Society of Illustrators (NYC), the Society of Publication Designers, Print, the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles and Applied Arts. My paintings have been displayed in the Museum of American Illustration (NYC), Gallery-Henoch (NYC), the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum (Washington D.C.), Gallery 110 (Seattle…. “1st Place Juror’s Award”), The Studio Door (San Diego…. “Best of Show”), Phoenix Gallery (NYC), Verum Ultimum (Portland), Ward-Nasse Gallery (NYC), POP Gallery (Santa Fe), Gallery 114 (Portland OR), Contreras Gallery (Tucson), Tubac Center of the Arts and was part of the Museum of American Illustration 2000-2001 Traveling Exhibition (40 selected works).

Recent Exhibits

Gary Aagaard participated in these exhibits:

Aug, 2016 Alienation: The World As It Is Or Should Be
Loading Dock Gallery
Jul, 2016 Wish You Were Here
Tubac Center of the Arts
Jun, 2016 Merci, Merci Me (solo show)
Merci Gallery
Feb, 2016 FLESH, Revealing a Passion for Paint Juried Art Exhibition
Verum Ultimum Gallery
Feb, 2016 6th Annual Juried Exhibition
Gallery 110
Jan, 2016 What's Right, What's Left: Democracy in America
Phoenix Gallery, New York, NY 10001
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