Too Art for TV 5
Group Exhibition

Opening reception - Friday March 25th, 6:30pm-9:30pm

March 25th through April 23rd, 2011

Erebuni Gallery

[BROOKLYN, NY -- February 25, 2011] Erebuni Gallery, in collaboration with the curating group BunnyCutlet, is proud to host the fifth annual showing of Too Art for TV, an exhibition featuring exceptional new works from 40 animation industry artists. After it’s first opening in 2006, Too Art for TV has become an important and reliable outlet for New York animation artists.

Animation is collaborative by necessity -- an animated production needs many skilled hands to come to life, and the creative contributions made by individuals become immersed in the whole. Teams of people who specialize in style adaptation, drawing, painting, movement, timing, and visual storytelling work together to bring about one coherent television episode or feature film. But due to shrinking budgets, tighter schedules, and increased workloads, artists in animation find themselves devoting all their creative energy to their jobs. As an annual event, Too Art for TV serves as a reminder that there is a space for the personal, idiosyncratic musings of the animation industry artist.

Artists who are drawn to animation love pop culture, comic books, cinema and technology. They are illustrators, cinematographers, directors, and painters. When these skills and influences are funneled through a more experimental and expressive fine art body, the resulting visuals are at once whimsical and elaborate, as well as peculiar, juvenile, sweet and seductive.

Featuring the larger-than-life traditional oil paintings of animation painter Chris Fisher, the jubilant woodland encounters depicted by Jen Hill’s acrylics, the quixotic paintings of animator Kelly Denato, as well as dozens of other works by previous exhibitors. For the first time, Too Art for TV will be showcasing explosive geek-art collages by digital artist Martin Abrahams, new inks on paper by animation director John Dilworth, pulp-comic inspired oils of Titmouse Inc. founder Chris Prynoski, and more works by newcomers of the show
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Liz Artinian
The Undie

Robbie Bucsh
Hey Ladies

Kelly Denato
The Squeeze

Kelly Denato

Chris George
Chris George
A Ghost Story

Jen Hill
The Departure

Christy Karacas
Face It, Mittens. You Can Only Hold on So Long Before It’s Time To Let Go

Todd Lown
Shoot Money Shot

Richard Mather
It Lives in a Cave

Isam Prado

Derek Rippe
Chinese Zodiac

Music/DJ DJ McBoing Boing

Martin Abrahams is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts in NYC. He has contributed animated segments to children’s television and to ABC, PBS, and HBO. He has done pioneering animation work in music videos for Lou Reed, Dead Boys, Rolling Stones, Lords of the New Church, Johnny Thunders, Peter Tosh and more. Martin has exhibited in group-shows in NYC, Los Angeles, and Paris. He was a founding member of the NY Independent Animation Group in 1975. Martin is currently a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts Animation/Film Department.

Liz Artinian color directed, painted, and designed for numerous projects during her 13-year career in animation -- she is currently the Color Supervisor for The Venture Bros., an animated series on Adult Swim (Cartoon Network). She graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1997 with a BFA in illustration. Liz created and curates the annual exhibition Too Art for TV. Her next annual creation, I Love New Dork, will launch this year via her curating group, BunnyCutlet.

Amanda Baehr Fuller has been working in animation for nearly 12 years as an inker, designer, storyboard revisionist, background artist, color stylist, and animator. Along the way she made a few comics and an award-winning film. She has contributed to many animated productions including Sheep in the Big CityCodename: Kids Next Door, The Venture Bros.Clifford's Puppy Days, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. In her paintings, Amanda uses animals to convey angst-filled moments of human life. She is inspired by the work of Al Hirschfeld, Charles Schulz, and sculptor Tom Otterness, as well as the talented people who work beside her in animation.

Jennifer Batinich was born and raised on the Left Coast (San Diego & Seattle, respectively) and migrated east to attend the School of Visual Arts in NYC, where she earned a BFA in Animation (2003). Since graduating, Jennifer has had the pleasure of working on many animated productions in New York, including Clifford's Puppy Days, Pinky Dinky Doo, and most recently The Venture Bros., where she worked as Animation Direction Supervisor on Season 4.5. Jennifer currently resides in Jersey City, NJ with her brand-spanking new husband, Miguel, and their cute/terrorizing cat, Izzie

Chris Beaumont started working on the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2003 and contributed to the series-finale movie Turtles Forever.  In addition to his TMNT design credit, he also has a design and writing credit on the 4Kids Entertainment series Chaotic. Chris is currently employed at Sesame Workshop, on the projects Sesame Street English and Sesame Street Chinese, respectively.

Robbie Busch is a 20+ years veteran of the animation and comic book industries. In 1987 he began working as a color artist while attending Pratt University, his clients included DC, Marvel and Dark Horse Comics. He soon found himself writing and drawing his own characters for the critically acclaimed Instant Piano (Dark Horse), which lead to writing many of the Cartoon Network properties for DC Comics, including The Flintstones, Dexter’s Laboratory, Powerpuff Girls & Scooby Doo. By the mid-90s he moved on to storyboarding, working first for R. O. Blechman’s Ink Tank & Nickelodeon, and later doing boards for: Curious Pictures, MTV, Cartoon Network and Morgan Creek. Robbie currently resides in NYC and has been showing his funny little paintings in galleries across the country.

Jimmy Calhoun of Brooklyn, NY, received an MA in Media Studies from The New School. He also has a BFA in Animation from The School of Visual Arts, where he currently teaches and works as the Curriculum Coordinator for the Computer Arts, Computer Animation, and Visual Effects Departments.  Jimmy’s films have been screened at Borders to Bridges Gallery, NYC; Kristin Contemporary Art Gallery, NYC; SideCar Cafe, Barcelona, Spain; Damah Film Festival in LA and Seattle; and Animation Block Party, NYC. 

Greg Condon is a 2003 graduate of the School of Visual Arts. He has worked creating broadcast graphics for World Wrestling Entertainment in Stamford, CT. He currently works as artwork coordinator for In Demand in New York City. When between jobs, he stays in the woods. His animation and video work have been featured on PBS and NYC TV and all over the World Wide Web.

Kelly Denato has been working professionally in illustration and animation for over 10 years. She has illustrated for Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine, Little Brown Publishing, Timex, Starbucks, and InStyle Magazine. She has created Animation, Character & Background Designs, and Motion graphics for Present Creative, SF, as well as for advertising agencies such as Dorian Orange, MRM, Euro RSCG Life, and RGA in NY. She also participates vinyl and plush customization projects as well as creating original toy and wearable craft designs. Currently living and working in Brooklyn, NY, Kelly is focusing on painting, character art, and plush toy design.

John R. Dilworth Academy Award nominated director John R. Dilworth is a New York-based animation director and designer whose work has appeared on HBO, FOX, Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, MTV, Canal +, and Arte, as well as the Museum of Modern Art, and the Guggenheim Museum in New York City. He has produced many award-winning independent and sponsored films, which have screened around the world, including The Dirdy Birdy, The Chicken From Outer Space, and Life in Transition.  Dilworth is also the creator of the popular Cartoon Network series, Courage the Cowardly Dog

Maya Edelman hails from Russia and is now living and animating in Brooklyn. Since receiving her BFA in film/animation from Pratt Institute in 2008, she has worked on a variety of commercial and independent projects, including a hand drawn project for Curious Pictures directed by Michel Gondry. Maya currently works as a production assistant for the children’s TV series Team UmiZoomi. Maya has been working on a series of acrylic paintings on wood. Some of these are currently on show at Think Gallery, and were featured in the exhibit Too Art for TV 4

Maya Edelman hails from Russia and is now living and animating in Brooklyn. Since receiving her BFA in film/animation from Pratt Institute in 2008, she has worked on a variety of commercial and independent projects, including a hand drawn project for Curious Pictures directed by Michel Gondry. Maya currently works as a production assistant for the children’s TV series Team UmiZoomi. Maya has been working on a series of acrylic paintings on wood. Some of these are currently on show at Think Gallery, and were featured in the exhibit Too Art for TV 4

Chris Fisher is a traditional Illustrator who tripped and fell head first into the Animation Industry. Thank God he did because he was lucky enough to work as a Background Painter on the World Leaders Entertainment Production of The Venture Bros., and painted card games for 4KIDs Entertainment. When he isn't basking in the glow of his computer monitor, Chris is painting scenes of historic adventure or the American Revolution, and hoping he gets paid for it. He has exhibited for Too Art for TV 4, The Society of Illustrators 2007, and the Woodstock Museum, among others. He currently lives in Newburgh, NY.

Chris George is a graduate, an illustrator, an animator, a film buff, a music lover, an avid gamer, an independent, formerly catholic, low in fat, quick to judge, nearsighted, heavy-handed, a friend for life, a man of science, a patron saint, a class act, on staff, all ears, full of shit, for the win, and in this show.
Chris George has been working in the Animation industry for about 11 years. His clients/employers have included MTV, Disney, Cartoon Network, and, most recently, Nickelodeon.

Paul Greer is the head of CGI at BDH Design and Direction in Bristol, England. He studied Animation at the West Surrey College of Art and Design. He has worked on projects such as the BBC's Wonders of the Universe, Yellowstone, British Style Genius and The Boy with the Incredable Brain.

Kaori Hamura was born in Fukuoka, Japan and is a graduate of the Parsons School of Design. Kaori worked as a character designer for MTV's Beavis and Butt-Head, Daria, Celebrity Death Match, Downtown, as well as Nickelodeon's Captain Itch and Gary The Rat. She has illustrated for New York Press, Time Out, Interview, Mademoiselle, Cosmo Girl, and Boston Weekly Dig, among others. Her pilot animation Bootie Boogie, created for Oxygen Media, won a Silver Award at the 2003 Society of Illustrator’s Annual Awards in LA. Kaori currently works as a freelance illustrator. Her paintings are shown in Los Angeles and New York City.

Jen Hill has been animating since the mid-90’s, beginning as a student at RISD. After developing content for interactive games at studios in Boston, she transitioned to TV animation at Soup 2 Nuts, where she worked as animator on Cartoon Network’s Home Movies, Discovery Kids’ Time Warp Trio and BET’s Hey Monie and as a background painter on Show and Tell. She presently freelances for Sesame Street and illustrates children's books. Her first picture book will be released by Penguin in August 2011; Running Press will release another in October 2012. She lives in Brooklyn, New York

kaNO Born and raised on the streets of NYC,kaNO now makes a living as an artist, incorporating elements from his commercial art and street-life. From the silver screen to billboards and even on to toy shelves across the world, kaNO is a jack of all trades. His work has been featured in the Japanese American National Museum, The Andy Warhol Museum, and at Art Basel. Throughout the past ten years, kaNO has worked in the animation industry as a storyboard artist, animator, and character designer. kaNO has contributed to shows such as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The Venture Bros.Kids Next Door, and Batman the Brave and Bold, to name a few. 

Christy Karacas studied film and animation at the Rhode Island School of Design. His work been shown in numerous festivals and screenings around the world including the Ottawa International Animation Festival, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Deitch Projects, Galleri Loyal in Sweden, Tribeca Film Festival, and MTV’s Cartoon Sushi. He lives in Brooklyn, NY and and is a co-creator and director of Superjail! on Adult Swim. In his spare time he likes to play guitar in the rock band Cheeseburger and drink beer.

Peter J. Lazarski is an artist living in Rochester, NY. Peter graduated from the Rochester Institute of Technology where he studied Graphic Design and Illustration. Since school he has worked on background illustration for both seasons of Pale Force for Conan O'Brien/NBC, background illustration for Flickerlab, and illustration for Paizo and Wizards of the coast. Now he works for Workinman Interactive in Rochester, making art for Spongebob Squarepants web games and other projects for In his free time he screen prints, teaches and makes webcomics.

Todd Kidwell Lown ’s work is a conglomeration of animations, signage, drawings and paintings both illustrative and abstract. Currently back in Seattle drawing and painting [murals] daily, Todd has previously worked at 4Kids Productions on TMNT Fast forward, as a background inker/colorist and then on Viva Piñata as the Production Coordinator. His art has been exhibited in museums and galleries from: The City of Seattle Portable Works collection, Too Art for TV 2-4, In the Zone at the Brattleborough Art Museum in Vermont, Gimme Baby Robots 1-3, Dauminkino (The Flip Book Show) in Düsseldorf, Germany and Antwerp, Belgium, to Vagrant Royalty in Tokyo, Japan.

Richard Mather worked for MTV Animation on Daria and Downtown shows and directed, animated and sound designed for MTV interstitials Gutterpups and Magical Realm. Currently Richard is working as an animation layout artist for Adult Swim's Superjail! at Titmouse, Inc.

Jessica Milazzo has worked as a director, supervisor and animator for a variety of projects since graduating from Central St Martins College of Art and Design in 2004. Her work can be seen in TV series Pinky Dinky Doo for Sesame Workshop, advertisements for companies such as Wendy's and Lowes, music videos such as BoyCatBird, a short for design legend Milton Glaser, and even an animated installation for The Mount Vernon Museum.
In general, Jessica is inspired by visual metaphor and humor in art, high and low. She's also quite into patterns. She enjoys working with watercolor and ink, thinking it adds a subtle elegance to her sometimes silly drawings.

Brad Mossman composed and performed the music for Nick Jr's Wow Wow Wubbzy produced at Starz/Film Roman studios.  He wrote half of the songs for Disney Playhouse's Higglytown Heroes produced at Wildbrain Studios.  Currently, he creates and directs his own animated shorts in a series called Mossbits for which he contributes his characters, voices and music. His animations have recently shown in museums in Taipei, Taiwan and Shenzhen, China. Brad is also constantly drawing and painting with ink and acrylic, and it brings forth characters that inspire further animations. Brad currently resides in Denmark.

Michael "Mooch" Mucci has been working in the animation/art industry for 12 years. He worked for MTV on Daria and Spy Groove, as well as Bill Cosby’s Little Bill for Nickelodeon. Michael has designed figures for Marvel’s major properties, from The Lord of the Rings trilogy, to Spider-Man and X-Men. He has also designed for their animated endeavors with MTV’s Spider-Man and the X-Men Evolution series. More recently, Michael has been working at Nickelodeon, creating video games and consumer products for their animated properties Ni Hao Kai-lan, Avatar and everybody’s favorite yellow square, SpongeBob SquarePants. He’s currently bringing Nickelodeon’s Fanboy and Chum-Chum, to life in the world of toys and games. Michael has had work exhibited in Toy Qube’s Sharky Show, The 40 Show, and last years Too Art For TV 4 show.

Justin Offner has worked in the New York animation industry for over ten years wearing various hats. Currently he serves as Art Director at World Leaders Entertainment. Prior to that he was a lead animator on the Comedy Central show Shorties Watchin' Shorties and has worked for other industry leaders like MTV, Soup 2 Nuts, JibJab, and more.

Laurie O’Brien currently lives in NYC where she teaches animation to adults and children at the Museum of Moving Image, Brooklyn College, and Harvestworks. Her commercial work included music videos for Partizan Films, Ogivly, e-Bay and Carmen Rizzo.  She received her MFA in puppetry from CalArts in 2008. Her films have been on tour internationally with the Stop-and-Go Film Festival in dozens of galleries, such as General Public, Berlin, Germany; Three Walls, Chicago; Aarhus, Denmark; and Jack Straw Foundation, Seattle. This June, her puppet show, The Collector of Lies, included "live" animation and was performed at the Labapalooza Festival at St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn.

Chris Palesty has worked as an animator, illustrator and animation designer for fifteen years, having done character layout for the features, Beavis and Butthead Do America and background design for Doug's First Movie. Since then, he has continued to work, primarily but not exclusively, in the television animation industry, most recently on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and The Venture Brothers.

Deodato Pangandoyon was born in the Philippines and at a young age moved with his family to the United States. Growing up he was inspired by the works of Norman Rockwell and Maxwell Parrish, which led him to study Illustration at the School of Visual Arts. After receiving a Bachelor’s Degree in fine arts in 2006, he worked on various projects that included designing boxes for produce companies and illustrating children’s books.
In 2007, Deodato was hired by World Leaders Entertainment as a part of their color design team for Adult Swim's show The Venture Bros. Recently, he has illustrated for publishing companies Purun New York and The New Press.

Sasha Kamini Parmasad was born in Trinidad and raised in both Trinidad and New Delhi, India. As a child, she was actively involved in the performing arts (poetry, calypso, story-telling, and Indian Trinidadian folk songs) at a national level in Trinidad and Tobago. In the late 1990s, Parmasad moved to the United States, where she received her undergraduate degree from Williams College followed by an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University in 2008. She is currently a writer and visual artist in New York City, and works as an editor with Sesame Workshop. In 2010 her poetry was published in Indivisible. Her poem Memory of Sugarcane-worker Off Duty won the 2008 Poetry International competition, while her first novel, Ink and Sugar, placed third in the national First Words Literary Contest for South Asian Writers in 2003. Her art has been exhibited at the National Museum and Art Gallery of Trinidad and Tobago, the Commonwealth Institute (UK), and MASS MoCA

Dan Pinto was born and raised in Queens, New York. After studying animation in Philadelphia, he returned to the city of his youth. He has since worked with several independent animators and studios. His student film, Hedgehug, has shown in numerous festivals and will soon be published as a children's book by HarperCollins. He is currently living in Brooklyn, New York. He likes cartoons, bacon and puppies.

Isam Prado is a Mexican born and Brooklyn based animator and Illustrator. He has worked for Curious Pictures, as well as Bunko Studios, where he was a 2D animator for Sid the science kid.
Isam’s comics have appeared on several Compilations including Popgun Vol.3, and Hatch Vol.2. He is also one of the founders and is the editor of the Fake Heads Anthology.

Lynne Pritchard grew up on the small, mysterious island of Anglesey, in darkest North Wales (U.K), surrounded by stone circles, lay lines and all the sand she wanted to sculpt with. She has spent the past 30 or so years inventing imaginary people and places, which led to a career designing characters, backgrounds and working as an animator for several animated British children’s television series for BBC, Channel 4 and other independent television companies. Currently living in London, Lynne is a member of the creative collective Afewofus and is working on her own film, which is based on the lurid practice of body snatching.

Chris Prynoski got his start at MTV on such shows as Beavis and Butt-Head, The Head, and Daria as well as directing the hallucination sequence in the feature film Beavis and Butt-Head Do America. He went on to create and executive produce the Emmy nominated MTV Downtown. After moving to LA, Chris founded his animation studio Titmouse, Inc. with his wife Shannon and has directed and designed various award winning commercials, videos, cinematics, titles and television shows including Guitar Hero, Megas XLR, The Osbournes, Avatar and Afro Samurai. Chris recently finished directing Freaknik, the Musical starring T-Pain. He is supervising producer and a director on Adult Swim’s hit series Metalocalypse going into its fourth season. He's currently executive producing a show he created for Disney called Motorcity scheduled to air next year. And his studio, Titmouse, has recently opened a New York office producing such projects as the upcoming season of Superjail! Recently his paintings have been shown in group exhibitions at Los Angeles galleries New Image Art, Meltdown and Royal T.

Reject has been working in NYC as an animator for over 10 years. He has done work for broadcast TV, commercial spots, and the series of tubes known as the internets. He paints just for fun when he isn't watching baseball, eating pumpkin pie or trying to earn a buck. He lives in Brooklyn with his wife and their 2 cats.

Michael Ricca is a character animator and motionographer currently working at Saatchi & Saatchi, NY. Due to a reluctance to settle, he has built himself into a formidable generalist; doing work ranging from animation, to boards, design, art direction, illustration and motion graphics. In the past few years he has started painting in order satisfy a tactile need to create, in contrast to his otherwise digital-heavy world.

Derek Rippe has a degree in Animation from the Art Institute of Colorado. He currently resides in Brooklyn and works for Nickelodeon.

Tim Shankweiler was born in Allentown Pennsylvania. He decided to hone his craft in the great white north of Canada at Sheridan College where he majored in Classical Animation and minored in Ice fishing. New York City brought him to the last season of Daria, and he has since claimed squatters rights in the New York Animation scene. He has worked on many productions at many studios in the city, and has done so in various capacities (Character Designer, Background Artist, Animator, Story Artist, Art Director, Director). Tim is currently Art Directing a virtual world, and various other productions at Worldwide Biggies. He lives in Jersey City, NJ.

Justin Simonich was born in Western Massachusetts where he took an early liking to art, which he expressed by drawing all over the walls of his parents’ house. He studied at the University of Massachusetts, followed by the Vancouver Film School. After travels abroad, Justin landed in Boston, working on shows for Cartoon Network and B.E.T. He later settled in NYC to work on projects for Nickelodeon, Noggin, and MTV networks, doing everything from storyboarding, layout, and character design, to finished animation. Today Justin continues work in TV, create short films and as many works of personal art as he can.

Machi Tantillo lives in NYC. She began her work in Animation twenty-eight years ago, working on independent films as an assistant for Maureen Selwood, Jane Aaron, George Griffin, and Kathy Rose. She worked at The Ink Tank, Broadcast Arts, Noyes and Laybourne, Curious Pictures, MTV Animation, Oxygen Media, and Scholastic. Machi has been a Production Manager, Producer, Director, and Executive Producer. She has worked on animated series such as Pee Wee’s Playhouse, Beavis and Butt-head, Daria, X-chromosome, and Maya y Miguel. She is currently a Project Manager at Solar Energy Systems, a solar electric design, engineering and installation company.

Martin Wittig has been working in the animation industry for 14 years. He attended The School of Visual Arts, and later became a Disney Feature Film trainee. Martin’s clients include Blue Sky, Laika, Saatchi and Saatchi, Cartoon Network, MTV, Chuck Gammage, World Leaders Entertainment, Disney TV, Nickelodeon, and Discovery Kids. Previous galleries include: the Shady Characters Group Art Show (Brooklyn, NY), and the Totoro Show (Pixar). He currently live in Stratford, CT.
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