I was born in London but grew up in Essex near Epping Forest. I returned to London for Art School and studied painting, mixed media, and film. Next I went off to New York to do my MFA. Eventually I moved to California and settled in Marin in 1991.
Much of my childhood was spent making dresses and homes for my dolls. I also loved going for nature walks in the forest with my dad looking for mushrooms and longing to see a deer but never actually seeing one because they’d all been hunted to extinction. Music, dancing and fairies were important to me, and I had a deep love of animals and Mary Poppins. All these things still preoccupy me today...longing, flight, and magic.
I work mainly with oil paint over mixed media such as glitter, silver leaf and graphite. The fact that paint can create illusions and imaginary stuff was underrated by my early art teachers but is something I value. I enjoy letting the work take me to new places, into books, 3D, and installations. Any material is ok if it helps me tell the stories, the stories are often about the materials. Anyway there you have it, a brief history of me.- Stephanie Jucker
Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Craig LaRotonda received his BFA in 1992 at the State University of New York at Buffalo, where he studied with the internationally renowned illustrator Alan Cober. Currently working as a professional painter, illustrator, and sculptor, Craig divides his time between each endeavor.
LaRotonda's richly layered paintings are provocative; his signature iconic style is reminiscent of Renaissance and Byzantine art while remaining boldly contemporary. His work possesses a dark narrative and grotesque elegance. These distorted creatures are captured in a timeless space — surviving the brutality and beauty of existence. Craig's ability to make deformities and oddities become aesthetically magnificent is what makes his art so unique.
His paintings and sculptures incorporate mixed media and aging techniques, ultimately creating surreal figurative works. LaRotonda's artwork graces the walls of famous homes including collectors in France, Germany, Norway, Mexico, Canada, and the United States.
Through his relationship with Film Art LA, his acclaimed art appears prominently in television and five feature-length motion pictures - including the Academy Award winning film "Traffic" directed by Steven Soderbergh, and "The Other Guys" with Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg.
LaRotonda's striking and unique art has been featured in Time Magazine, The Washington Post, The Village Voice, Juxtapoz, The New York Times and numerous other publications. This commercial work has received awards from the Society of Illustrators (in New York and Los Angeles), Communication Arts and Print Magazine.
Exhibitions include solo shows in San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York City, and Paris. Craig also exhibits regularly in group shows nationally and abroad.
Lee Harvey Roswell is a self-taught artist from Freefall, New York, whose work is noted for its blend of angst and humor. Themes of death and entropy, tribulation and futility run amok in his distinctly surreal, often-slapstick/ often-nightmarish world. The result is at once mocking and melancholic. For the past decade plus his attention has turned almost exclusively to oil painting, though it's always a surprise what direction he'll steer things next. Lee now lives in San Francisco, and his work is shown, collected and published internationally.