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Gary Aagaard

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20160106204759-realthugs
The Real Thugs, 2015 Oil 24"W X 18"H © 2015
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March of the Lunartic, 2012 Oil 24"H X 18"W © 2012
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The Dulling, 2014 Oil 24"H X 20"W © 2014
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White Lie, 2015 Oil 20"H X 16"W © 2015
20160110220647-trump110
"Nobody Builds Walls Better Than Me", 2015 Oil 30"H X 15"W © 2015
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Cruz Control, 2014 Oil 20" X 20" © 2014
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Temptation: Blinded by Delight Oil On Canvas 33"H X 23"W © 2008
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She's a Concept, More or Less, 2012 Oil On Canvas 36"H X 24"W © 2012
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Spin Cycle, 2013 Oil On Canvas 24"H X 18"W © 2013
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Prophet for Profit, 2006 Oil On Canvas 33"H X 18"W © 2006
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Sambuca & Cigarettes (after Degas), 2016 Oi On Canvas 24"H X 20"W © 2016
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God According to Voltaire, 2005 Giclee (Run Of 30) 40"H X 30"W © 2005
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Grange Gangsta Gothic, 2002 Giclee (Run Of 30) 26"H X 22"W © 2002
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Eve's 1st Day, 2013 Oil On Canvas 24"H X 20"W © 2013
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Alien Art: The 2nd Wave, 2013 Oil On Canvas 36"W X 18"H © 2013
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C'est Tucson (after Magritte), 2011 Oil On Canvas 28"H X 22"W X 1.5"D © 2011
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Suicide Blond, 2006 Giclee (Run Of 30) 32"H X 22"W © 2006
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Tea for the Yellerphant, 2011 Oil On Canvas 24"H X 20"W © 2011
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Chickenhawk: Pluck Dick, 2014 Oil On Canvas 16"H X 12"W © 2014
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Giant On Holiday, 2004 Oil On Canvas 48"H X 36"W © 2004
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Can You Hear Me Now?, 2009 Giclee (Run Of 39 Ap) 36"H X 24"W © 2009
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2016 Race Odyssey, 2016 Oil 23"H X 19"W © 2016
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Trumpcula: Old Habits Die Hard, 2016 Oil On Canvas 20"H X 10"W © 2016
20170817212651-manaturer180
Ma Nature Revisited, 2017 Oil On Canvas 25.5h X 17.75w © 2017
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Being Jare (w/apologies to Chauncey Gardiner), 2017 Oil On Canvas 20"H X 16"W © 2017
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Swamp Shell Game, 2018 Oil On Canvas 20"H X 10"W X 1.5"D © 2018
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Seattle WA
Lives in
Tucson AZ
Works in
Tucson AZ
Schools
Tags
painting, figurative, conceptual, pop, surrealism, Illustration
Current Exhibitions and Events
Statement

Artist Statement : As a fledgling illustrator in Brooklyn during the 1980’s, I took on any project thrown my way. I refer to that time as my “small meal or famine days”. Eventually, I zeroed in on editorial work and soon scored assignments at publications like The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, NY Newsday and The Village Voice (primarily covers). Since the early 2000’s, I’ve concentrated on gallery work with an editorial, satirical slant….. essentially larger oil paintings with conceptual content reminiscent of my illustration years. Lampooning politicians, pundits or spiritual leaders who specialize in alternative facts, manufactured outrage, false equivalents, convoluted conspiracy theories and tunnel-visioned tribalism (whew) is my form of protest and provides a satisfying outlet (i.e., it minimizes shouting at the TV, reduces those pesky nightmares & eliminates my quest to prove Jeff Sessions is actually an interloper from The Shire). Of course, visually addressing the daily insanity of politics, punditry or social upheaval requires an occasional break, which is when I paint relatively non-confrontational pieces.

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), Greg Moon Art (Taos NM), Contreras Gallery (Tucson), Tubac Center of the Arts and was part of the Museum of American Illustration 2000-2001 Traveling Exhibition (40 selected works).