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Scott Bakal
Gallery360 Exhibition
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Poster Design: Andrew Nilsen
I am thrilled to announce that I have a rather large show opening on Friday, June 8th at the Gallery360 Boston!

The show will have many illustration pieces but also new personal work. Its been great to get these new pieces done especially since I had started some of them late last summer. A few of them are quite large (30"x40") and required more time than I expected to finish each one - in particular 'Float' and 'The Diamond Power'.

I was humbled to find out a few weeks ago that four pieces: 'Float' and 'The Diamond Core' series #1-3 will be printed later this year in the next American Illustration Annual! I am always thrilled to have work recognized by any competition but there is a special satisfaction when personal work gets recognized like this. Major thank you's to the judges of AI.

Thank you to Chelsea Turner and Naomi Littman for all your hard work at the gallery helping get the space together. Thank you to Molly Stone, former student/illustrator/assistant for helping me out with the details. Super big thanks to Andrew Nilson, art director at SF Weekly who has taken the industry by storm the last couple of years for designing the poster for the show!  Of course, a special thank you Kristina for helping me with everything else along the way.

I look forward to seeing and meeting anyone who is able to attend the opening!

Of the 40+ pieces in the show, here are a few of my newer pieces revolving around my alien character on his polluted planet trying to figure out ways to save it.
Global Warming | 16" x 20" | Acrylic and Ink
Detail
Frost | 16" x 20" | Acrylic and Ink
Detail
Float | 30" x 40" | Acrylic and Ink
This one, 'Float' is one of my favorites. I asked Kristina to help count the fish - she refused. I'm still not sure how many there are. I spent quite a few weeks working on this 30" x 40" and got the effect I wanted. If you sort of stare at the center of the piece long enough, it looks like the diamonds sort of hover.

With the designs I used, dense spirals, fish, the illusion of movement started happening - I really dug it and kept pushing it in some of the pieces. When hanging the show, the assistant helping hang the show had to keep looking away from 'The Diamond Power' (the poster image) because he said it looked as if the spirals were spinning. Dizzying. Unfortunately, its not easy to see here.
Detail
The Diamond Core #1 (The Pollution) | 16" x 20" | Acrylic and Ink
The Diamond Core (The Energy) | 11" x 14" | Acrylic and Ink
The Diamond Core (The Cleanse) | 16" x 20" | Acrylic and Ink
The Diamond Power | 30" x 40" | Acrylic and Ink
The Smog | 11" x 17.5" | Acrylic and Ink
CO2 | 16" x 20" | Acrylic, Ink and Silver Leaf
Covers for - Dim Stars #1-"Broken" and Dim Stars #2-"Flower"
To coincide with my opening, I will also releasing the first two of a series of fun 'zines called 'Broken' and 'Flower'. They are 8.5" x 11" fold-over zines which will be on various topics I find important or interesting.

You can purchase them here: Shop

Thanks a bunch!
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