Gary Aagaard

"I tend to be irked by political and religious hypocrisy, apathy (relating to war, the environment, etc.) and dogma of any stripe leading to social and spiritual tunnel vision. These themes are prevalent in many of my paintings although often explored using satire and humor as opposed to a sledgehammer."

Can You Hear Me Now?

"As a fledgling illustrator in Brooklyn during the 1980s, I took on any project thrown my way. I refer to that time as my “snack 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 2000s, 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).

My conceptual cover and interior illustrations have appeared in numerous publications including The Village Voice, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, National Lampoon & Barron’s.  My work has received recognition from American Illustration, 3x3 Magazine, Artavita, 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 many galleries including the Museum of American Illustration (NYC), Gallery-Henoch (NYC), the Smithsonian Hirshhorn Museum (Washington D.C.), Gallery 110 (Seattle), POP Gallery (Santa Fe), Contreras Gallery (Tucson), Tubac Center of the Arts, Greg Moon Art (Taos NM) and was part of the Museum of American Illustration 2000-2001 Traveling Exhibition (40 selected works)."

Sambuca & Cigarettes (After Degas)
Trumpcula: Old Habits Die Hard
Ma Nature Revisited
Being Jare (w/ Apologies to Chauncey Gardiner)

This review was published by Circle Foundation for the Arts © CFA Press ∙ Images are courtesy of the artist


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