This just in from a Chiat/Day alum from the 90s, Jay McPhillips. He was (and probably still is) an art director and self-described "beginning painter/writer/doodler." Well, waddya know, he’s having a gallery show! Put it in your calendar …
I will be having an art show and book signing on October 13th from 6-9pm in Lambertville, NJ at Myles Cavanaugh Fine Art, 12 Church Street, Lambertville, NJ. (map)
Lambertville is a beautiful little town packed with galleries, restaurants and antiques. It's also a short walk over the bridge to New Hope, Pennsylvania. It makes for a great weekend trip from the city.
Here's a little bio of myself and the show. I'd be thrilled if you could post any of it on jayday.org.
Thanks very much.
Newsstand Portraits and book signing by Jay McPhillips:
Jay McPhillips has been a painter, writer and graphic designer for the past 20 years. Most recently, Mr. McPhillips has worked as the graphic designer for Princeton's McCarter Theatre. Previously he worked for Comedy Central Television, TBWA Chiat Day Advertising and a variety of other ad agencies.
Jay McPhillips' Newsstand Portraits and his book Staff Pick are a blend of graphic design, writing and painting. The portraits are inspired by the New York City newsstand. Specifically the portraits include New York writers, artists, personalities, models and brands. Often the images are painted from magazine layouts and include indications of text, headlines, page edges and logos. In some paintings, Mr. McPhillips has substituted current personalities into classic portrait settings. One example is a portrait of author and history scholar Sarah Vowell (National Public Radio) sitting in a John Singer Sargent like environment. Having worked in New York and lived in beautiful historic Lambertville, Jay can't help but see and portray a connection between pop culture and history. McPhillips, book Staff Pick is a hand-made compilation of humorous thoughts and notions all within a screen printed glow in the dark cover. When viewed in the dark a sentence is revealed to exclaim in a pro wrestling-like fashion "In your face, James Joyce! This book glows in the dark!" Again, as with the Newsstand Portraits, McPhillips combines current culture/language with the classics. The results are often humorous and surprisingly elegant.