The Winner is…

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First Good News- A big thank you to the 289 people who voted for the cover of my book! The winner is Commutatio! This will now be the cover for the standard hardback edition which will be available in July. 176 pages highlighting 30 years of my career.

MindsEye Cover-03 More Good News- The other good news is that the Mind’s Eye cover has been chosen by Titan to be used for the limited edition version of my book which includes a slipcase that I designed and signed prints. You can see what is included in the limited edition version in the contents sheet below.

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Vote For Your Favorite Spalenka Cover

Thank you for voting! You can see the results in the poll box.

This art book published by Titan Books will highlight 30 years of my career. It will premier at the San Diego Comic Con in July. More exciting news to share soon.

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From the Archives- June

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More peeks at my first retrospective book with Titan Publishers.

This is one of those personal pieces from the 80′s. Very simple, starting with a graphite drawing on board, painted over in acrylic, then oil with layers of crystal clear between the oil. Healthy doses of sandpaper added texture. This art glows from within when seen in person because of the many oil glazes. “June” is in the collection of Michele Karpe’

See more of my art in The Art of Greg Spalenka: Visions from the Mind’s Eye to be released by Titan Books in July 2014, at the San Diego Comic Con.

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Gwen in Green

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Sneak peek from my photo shoot with the beautiful Gwen Cunningham. Illuminating the re-issue of Hedera Helix perfume from Roxana Illuminated Perfume.

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Lotus Faerie Circus Punk

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“Lotus Faerie Circus Punk”- Circus punk, decal, acrylic, gold leaf, faux fur 7 x 14″ high

“Much of my Faerie imagery reflects the concept of transformation. Rebirth, regeneration, spiritual awakening are themes I visit when creating art that showcases our ethereal friends. The powers of the feminine psyche are also embraced in much of this art, hence we also see the Goddess in all her forms of sensuality, grace and divinity.

The “Lotus Faerie Circus Punk” is a one of kind combination of two different worlds. A circus punk is an object that is used in a carnival/circus game as a target to be knocked down with a bean bag or ball. If it is knocked over then a prize is to be won.

The underlying concept of this art piece is to shine some respectability on an object like the lowly circus punk. Adorning it with artful imagery and gold leaf raises it to a sacred status. Transformation complete.”

This one of kind piece of art is on display at Krab Jab Studios in Seattle with the Faerie II show. It is priced at $300. The show closes Feb. 27.

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The Monuments Men

Have you heard of the Monuments Men?

The Monuments Men were a group of men and women– museum directors, curators, art scholars and educators, artists, architects, and archivists, from thirteen nations who volunteered for service to save the art culture of Europe during World War II. As Hitler was attempting to conquer the western world, his armies were methodically pillaging the finest art in Europe, from Michelangelo and Da Vinci to Van Eycks and Vermeers, all stolen for the Führer.

The Monuments Men book written by Robert M. Edsel inspired the film.

The movie focuses on an unlikely World War II platoon as they move throughout Europe attempting to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners. The script is not perfect and the film has not received the best reviews but go see it anyway! The production was well done and is simply a fascinating look at this part of WWII history.

After you watch that film then go deeper and watch the excellent documentary, The Rape of Europa. This film gets into the details of the systematic theft, deliberate destruction and miraculous survival of Europe’s art treasures during the Third Reich and the Second World War. Mind blowing and heart wrenching. It is viewable on Netflix.

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From the Archives- Social Commentary

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In the 80′s and early 90′s I was cranking out lots of social and political illustrations for the major newspapers, and magazines.  This piece for the Los Angeles Times Magazine was about a new contraceptive drug that was implanted under the skin called Norplant and was effective for five years. It was being touted as a miracle contraceptive but as usual when it comes to any drugs there are side effects. It was finally taken off the market.

I experimented with my art materials to see how far I could push a medium. This art has graphite, charcoal, acrylic, oil, bits of collage, tape, glue, and a healthy dose of  sandpaper abuse integrated into it. This art is now hangs in the collection of John Foster.

See more of my art in The Art of Greg Spalenka: Visions from the Mind’s Eye to be released by Titan Books in July 2014, at the San Diego Comic Con.

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From The Archives- Linda Perry

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In 1996 I was asked to create Linda Perry’s first solo album cover called, In Flight with Interscope records. She is an incredibly talented singer, song writer who first burst into the spotlight with the all girl band, 4 Non Blondes. The art was a fun piece to make and just before I started to embrace the digital world.

The album has some great songs too. She re-released it in 2005 as she was disappointed with Intescope’s promotion of the album, so it has a new cover now. I think that makes my version a limited edition classic!

Linda’s website is here. If her site is still under construction put her name into a search engine and see all the amazing work she has created.

The following music video showcases one of my favorite songs of hers, What’s Up? Please excuse the ridiculous ad that shows up on You Tube before her song. It cannot be clicked off.

See more of my art in The Art of Greg Spalenka: Visions from the Mind’s Eye to be released by Titan Books in July 2014, at the San Diego Comic Con.

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From the Archives – Victoria Lowe

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Another Polaroid of the beautiful Victoria Lowe (now Victoria Allen) late 1980′s, New York City, in my loft in Greenwich Village.

Usually I used this camera for reference but sometimes I would use the Polaroid for fun, artsy shots. The Polaroid was a maddening contraption because you never really knew what you were going to get. Every so often magic would happen as it did with Victoria. She has a pensive, almost haunted look here that I love.

See more of my Polaroids in The Art of Greg Spalenka: Visions from the Mind’s Eye to be released by Titan Books in July 2014, at the San Diego Comic Con.

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Aeon Flux

Æon Flux was an avant-garde science fiction animated television series created by Korean American animator Peter Chung. It premiered in 1991 on MTV’s Liquid Television experimental animation show. The series was very cutting edge in all respects from the style to the ambiguous story telling.

The motion picture was directed by Karyn Kusama with Charlize Theron playing the leading role. This movie got panned, but I like it. The clean stylization of the production design, costume designs and storyline work well together. Fight scenes could have been more sophisticated but I think overall the movie is worth a second look. I always recommend checking movies like this out on Blu Ray or other high end system. Netflix and online streaming streaming reduces the detail and beauty of the imagery.

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