Origins Art Show
Origins has always been proud of its Art Show, showcasing the talents of industry professional and amateur artists alike. There’s also an officiated Exhibition, silent auction, gallery and print shop, artist signing area, competitions, and much more! (Visit the Origins Art Show in the Exhibit Hall, Hall C)
Once again we will feature the Art Competition, where professionals and amateurs may compete and be judged in the following categories: Best Historical, Best Fantasy, Best Science Fiction, Best Game-Related, Best Color, Best Three-Dimensional/Mixed Media, Best Monochromatic, and of course, Best of Show. Amateurs and professionals will be awarded separate First, Second, Third awards as well as Fan Favorite in these categories and Fan Favorite Best of Show. Ballots will be available onsite and the panel of expert judges will be comprised of guest artists and industry experts.
Artists On Parade
Many featured artists will be present to talk over their pieces with you, sell you some of their work, or put together a composition on the spot of your favorite character, superhero, or villain to take home. A themed art competition will put the attending artists to the test, judging their skills and showcase their works on the spot. Attending artists will also be available to sign your purchases. The artist schedule will be posted at the entrance to the Art Show.
Silent Auction & Print Shop
Some of the Original and Limited Edition pieces will be sold along with other items in the silent auction that runs the length of the show. As well, some prints and multiple run items from attending and remote artists will be available in the Print Shop and priced reasonably for purchase. Guests can use their Origins Badge to bid on items in the auction and credit card service will be available for your convenience when purchasing.
Origins Art Expo Featured Artists
Charles Urbach: Origins Artist Guest of Honor for 2013 Charles is a writer and artist with 20 years of work in design, publishing, and illustration. He began work in graphic design in 1991, just as the technology of design was moving away from traditional cut and paste techniques into digital technologies. While working nights for regional newspapers across New York State, he earned a bachelor's degree in fine arts illustration. By blending techniques learned in the academic and professional worlds, Charles developed a unique approach to artwork that combines the technology of digital image manipulation with traditional fine arts media and techniques. The result of those explorations is hand drawn artwork that is edited and enhanced digitally, taking full advantage of the effects and versatility afforded by technology, while remaining true to fine arts concerns... You can read his full biography on our Guest of Honor page.
Nigel Sade: Nigel was born on a bright and sunny day nearly to some, and exactly to others, 40 years after D-day. Some consider this meaningful whilst the rest laugh at those people, but I digress. He Dreamt of being an artist but that was not a real job ... how could you feed a family with that pipe dream? He learned and waited and he set out on the high seas of art! His art is in form is Symbolism (like Surrealism) and in function it questions basic ideas we hold dear as a people. It is mostly driven by philosophical motifs and just plain old strangeness. Nigel’s belief is that art should spur conversation, not just match ones curtains. Now you may ask, "What does all this have to do with piracy?" Well, he was always a grungy, bandana wearin freak. His family was and is highly Piratical What with their last name Rogers all the family businesses are Jolly Roger this and Jolly Roger that ... Not to mention their propensity for Rum. So with his families' nautical background and the new Pirate craze, the public proclaimed him a pirate, and a pirate he was. Yet, having always loved pirates, one can say Nigel got peanut butter in his chocolate! Check out his website at www.nigelsade.com.
Sarah Wilkinson: Sarah has been professionally working in the trading card/comic book industry for over 9 years. Her first job was for Topps and Lucasfilm,designing sketch cards for the Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith movie trading card set. She was one of the youngest artists to bean officially approved Lucasfilm artist.
Since then, she has worked on many properties in the trading card world, including Indiana Jones, Star Trek, My Little Pony, Dr. Who, Bettie Page, Marvel and DC Comics properties including Iron Man, Spider-Man, Batman, Wonder Woman and MANY more.
Her art has been used on comic book covers, as comic book pinups, story illustrations, children’s Halloween masks, children’s books, even remote control cars and toys for Disney.
Currently, Sarah has been reinvigorated in her pursuits as an artist. She switched from acrylics to oils and is currently developing her fine art body of work, while also still working with properties. Sarah can also be called a crazy cat lady and a foodie! See more of Sarah's work at www.sarahwilkinson.net.