Sunday, February 15, 2009
Two Words: Ken Steacy!
Hey everyone, time to talk about a great guy -me old buddy Ken Steacy, long time illustrator, comic artist and designer, who is the very definition of indefagitable. Ken's been working for some 30 years on tons of stuff for the illustration, comics and animation bizzes, has a fantstic collection of original illustration art ,runs his own on demand publishing, has never let the bastards grind him down and now-! has the honour of being exhibited in one of the premiere art galleries in North America, the McMichael Collection. From the site:
The exhibition, A Brush with War: Military Art from Korea to Afghanistan includes artworks dating from 1947 to 2008. In particular, it explores the two military art programs that started more than twenty years after the Second World War, the Canadian Armed Forces Civilian Artists Program (1968–1995) and the Canadian Forces Artists Program (2001– present).
Ken grew up as an air force brat, which bred a lifelong fixation with aviation of all kinds. He participated in CAFCAP in the 8os and produced the pieces from which the one on exhibit was chosen in 1985.
It shows the navigation deck of an Aurora, the military version of the Lockheed Orion airliner. It shows the Tactical Navigator and the Acoustic Sensor Operator (ASO). Ken was on board the plane taking pictures and doing sketches during a SKAD mission -Survival Kit Air Drop- to some air cadets in training who who were some few hundred feet below in the water in the Strait of Georgia. Brrr!
As well, the show has pieces by Gertrude Kearns, Scott Waters and Elaine Goble, who I met and talked with (when I got to attend the opening luncheon with Ken!)
The show runs from January 17 to June 14, 2009. Get up there and see it!