This image, “Shallow Waters Ahead”, has been up on my website for a few months, but I wanted to take the time to write about it briefly now. Earlier in the year I was given an assignment to illustrate an article about the treatment of elderly creatives by their respective industries and peers (*in Canada). In summation it’s not good. The article focused on the lack of opportunities given to older artists, be it musicians, performers, or fine artists despite their long history of success and attention; Maybe obviously they are moved aside for younger talent and fresher faces.
The article only called for one illustration, but after reading the text I couldn’t help but find a great deal of inspiration for visual content. What started as one image for the magazine eventually turned into a three image series of work highlighting the plight of the singer, the actor, and the painter (you can find all three on my website).
I usually follow a strict rule to never make art with an artist (painter) as the subject matter; It seems too ironic or maybe just lame in my opinion. However, because this narrative was so specific to the artist I felt it was necessary and legitimate to depict the painter. In conclusion, the story here is that the artist’s “ship has already sailed” and now he is being left behind, beached on dry ground.
Also, as you can see I decided to use this image as my latest promotion swag. A crisp 18″x24″ poster. Double sided none the less! If you received one, I hope you enjoy.