Kansas City Convention Center
301 W. 13th St
Kansas City, MO planetcomicon.com
Planet Comicon Kansas City this year will be co-hosting the gathering and exhibit Spectrum Live as a sub-convention within their event. One of the largest gatherings of science fiction and fantasy artists, Spectrum Live offers a chance to connect with other professionals within the industry while reaching out to interact with the thousands of fans attending the Comicon.
Respected talent within the science fiction and fantasy genre will be presenting and lecturing at Planet Comicon - Ian McCaig, Miranda Meeks, Chris Claremont, Amanda Conner, J.A.W. Cooper, Bill Carmen, Tran Nguyen - as well as scores of other exhibiting artists.
Donato will be featuring many new works, including the newly expected revised edition of art on J.R.R. Tolkien's world - Middle-earth: Journeys in Myth and Legend published by Dark Horse and due in the states the same week as the convention! The Donato Arts booth will also including nearly 30 interior drawings from the recent Limited Edition novel illustrations for Naomi Novik's Uprooted, interior illustrations for Warrior by Terry Brooks, a new Empathetic Robot painting, and new fantasy and science fiction oil paintings, drawings and prints - From Middle-earth to Game of Thrones - the full range of Donato's interests will be on display.
After three years of working with editor Scott Allie, I am very happy to announce that the revised edition of my book on Middle-earth art will be avialable coming this April from Dark Horse Publishing. It has been a real pleasure putting this together and the talents of Chris Horn and Patrick Satterfield have insured its absolutely gorgeous production quality.
The new edition will be massive at 14" tall by 10 wide, offering great panoramaic views of double page spreads for all the large scale paintings depicting landscapes inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien, as well as viewing many drawings at 100% scale. The tome is now 200 pages, adding over 100 new works of art to this collection beyond the first edition!
As a peek into working methods in the studio, included is a five page process section on the epic canvas, Beren and Luthien in the Court of Thingol and Melian
200 pages, large format, 14" x 10" full color hard cover
April 2019 publication date
With twenty-three Chesley Awards, nine medals from Spectrum, three Hugo Awards, and over twenty-three years of teaching experience, Donato Giancola offers nearly unparalleled insight to professional practices and techniques within the freelance artist's marketplace. This mentorship runs online thirteen sessions meeting once a week for three hours in a Fall-Spring semester schedule. Extensive critiques, workovers, lectures, and presentations on painting and narrative image creation will be covered in intensive work sessions as well as discussions on business experiences - from contracts to self promotion to client negotiations.
Artists wishing to develop their pictorial image making skills do so under Donato's direct tutelage. Group and individual critiques are emphasized and cooperative development is fostered as a means toward resolving visual solutions. Traditional and Digital media are equally welcome.
This is a 13 class semester with a built in 14th class for unexpected students absences.
One class session will be dedicated to the professional guests, Pat and Jeannie Wilshire, oco-founders of IlluxCon, near the end of the term in December. TBA.
One of the great strengths of the SmArt School program is that mentorees can live almost anywhere in the world and take part in classes provided they have access to moderate to high speed internet connections. Sessions are run using group meeting software compatable with Macs, PCs, iPads, and even iPhones.
Illuminating examples from art history, samples from Donatos portfolio, and works of contemporary artists will be utilized to provide clarity in the discussions. Lectures and critiques transpire via desktop sharing and digital draw overs of mentorees work in Photoshop. Class size will be limited to no more than ten students in order to offer the greatest interaction on individual critiques as well as inspire rich dialog based upon frequent, formal lectures on topics relevant to the production of high-calibre, polished professional art and illustration.
Topics of discussion slated to be covered include:
Painting Between the Lines - Developing Complex Narrative and Emotional Content
Abstract Thumbnails and Preliminary Drawings
Compositional Aesthetics - Balance, Pattern, and the Modern Eye
Marketing and Self Promotion
Photographic References - Manipulation and Sampling
Controlling Color - Theory and Implementation
Mastering Metal, Textures and Complex Visual Effects
Composing with Multiple Figures
Challenges - Advancing your Artistic Career
Business Negotiations - Communication, Correspondence, and Collaboration
Visit smarterartschool.com for information about this class with Donato and classes with seven other professional artists.
Cover Art and Interior Illustrations for Naomi Novik's novel
Featuring over 33 new interior illustrations and a new wrap around cover, this edition of Naomi Novik's award winning novel is already sold out in the Lettered Edition. Copies are still avialable in the larger, limited edition, but still only restricted to 750 units.
Originally only 8 interiors were to be commissioned for this publication, but due to Donato's love of the story and visuals presented by Naomi Novik, an image per chapter was agreed upon, as well as end papers and two spots. The book is a delight to browse through (and read if you have not have the pleasure!).
Original drawings are available from the chapters, with Naomi Novik and Donato co-signing each mat they are mounted within:
GoggleWorks Center for the Arts
201 Washington Street
IX 11 (IlluxCon) will be opening its eleventh year at the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading, PA. One of the most prestigious exhibitions of contemporary fantastic art in the world, IX Arts is a comprehensive exhibition of fantastic art gathering together some of the brightest stars in traditional media for four and a half days of non-stop presentations, lectures, demonstrations, and inspiration.
Incredible names within the science fiction and fantasy genre will be exhibiting the very best and most recent works from their studios, guaranteeing that this will again be a show to inspire and remember. Jim Burns, John Harris, Ruth Sanderson, David Wenzel, Tom Kidd, Tom Kuebler, Boris Vallejo, Julie Bell, Omar Rayyan, Dave Seeley, Stephanie Law, Steve Hickman, Mark Harrison, Colin and Kristine Poole - the list goes on and on and on.
Donato will be featuring many new works, including nearly 30 interior drawings and the cover wrap around oil painting from the recent Limited Edition novel illustrations for Naomi Novik's Uprooted, the cover for Warrior by Terry Brooks, two new Empathetic Robot paintings, and handfuls of new fantasy and science fiction oil paintings, drawings and prints - From Dune to Middle-earth to Dungeons&Dragons - the full range of Donato's interests will be on display.
The Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
202 E Pratt St
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Join Donato with a host of over 800 professional in the fantasy genre as they gather in Baltimore for the World Fantasy Convention this Fall. New covers for Naomi Novik's Nebula Award winner Uprooted and critically acclaimed Bradley Beaulieu's A Veil of Spears are featured paintings on the panels this Fall in additon to over a score more of paintings, drawings, sketches, and prints within the Art Show.
Multiple panel discussions are in the works, three panels of Art Show exhibits on display, and Donato will be hanging around the convention and participating in sponaneous art demos throughout the weekend.
for information about attending, panels, exhibitors, and the other professionals attending.
Matt Manley, the main publisher and editor of Draw! Magazine from TwoMorrows Publishing interiewed Donato a few months ago for an extensive inside look at his aesthetics and thoughts on the industry, career, and life as an illustrator. Beautiful illustrated with scores of images, Donato's interview is accompanied by another article on Georgre Pratt and and sage advice from Jerry Ordway and Manley himself.
The magazine is an incredible resource, providing raw interviews and great business advice for artists of all calibre. Check out the other titles also create by TwoMorrows:
Donato Arts Open Studio 2018
Saturday, May 19, 2018
10 am - 6 pm
397 Pacific Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Join us as we open the doors of the studio to the public once again showcasing scores of works, new and old, including recent commissions from Magic:The Gathering and book illustrations for Uprooted by fellow Brooklyn author Naomi Novik! Of special feature is a new oil painting interpreting Phillip K. Dick's novel, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep. Also hanging will be two oils in the empathetic robot series, Prometheus, A.I. and Radiation.
What is becoming a near permanent homage to J.R.R. Tolkien, two exhibition rooms will be filled with drawings and paintings inspired by Middle-earth. From Gandalf and the Balrog on Zirak-zigil to the epic Fellowship in Hollin to the recently reworked Lunch with William, Tom and Bert to over a dozen drawings on paper, this will showcase my continued explorations in this rich and dynamic world.
The studio and home will be peppered with scores of classic works, displaying the range of commissions undertaken thoughout my twenty plus years as a painter. Included will be the inspiraitonal Joan of Arc and the very first cover commission from Tor Books for a reissue of The Time Machine by H.G. Wells, the beginning of my professional career.
Visitors will also see works from the 2015 A Song of Ice and Fire Calendar for George R.R. Martin, the cover of The Hobbit graphic novel, and board game art for Stratego. Two large format porfolios of drawings will be made available for those who wish to peruse the insightful and detailed process taken to achieve the realism in the oil paintings.
Special discounts on giclee prints, books, DVDs. drawings, and oil paintings will be offered.
Light refreshments and snacks provided.
Mythcon 49 - On the Shoulders of Giants
July 20-23, 2018
The Ritz-Carlton Hotel
We are happy to announce that Donato will be attending Mythcon this year as their Artist Guest of Honor. The Mythopoeic Society, which hosts Mythcon, is in its 50th anniversary and is a national/international organization promoting the study, discussion, and enjoyment of fantastic and mythopoeic literature through books and periodicals, annual conferences, discussion groups, awards, and more. They are especially interested in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lewis, and Charles Williams, prominent members of the informal Oxford literary circle known as the 'Inklings'. It will be an honor for Donato to participate within the events this summer!
Donato will be featuring scores of his works on Middle-earth, from paintings, drawings, and sketches to prints, books and videos.
Multiple panel events and a live demonstration are planned.
I am thrilled to announce that I will be returning to GenCon this year as their Artist Guest of Honor! My roots with gaming lay at the very core of how and why I became an artist. It will be a pleasure to give back to the community the passions I share through this wonderful art form and way of life.
To those ends, I will be filling two of my Art Show display panels with an exhibition 'From Fan to Professional' featuring images created in my youth - from an imbellished copy of the Green Dragon from the Monster Manual to Dungeons & Dragons maps and castles, as well as inspired art from Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back!. In addition I will have hundreds of large format Giclees, over five score of other paintings, drawings, and sketches as well as books and videos to be found within my booth at the Art Show.
Multiple panel events and a live demonstration are planned, and I will be at my booth throughout the weekend to entertain any questions, requests, or signings you may have.
Join us for the best Four Days in Gaming!
for information about attending, panels, exhibitors, and all the other events going on!
I will be hosting 2 seminars and a workshop. These are all FREE but they do have size limits, so if you are interested please sign up online
at gencon.com and proceed to Event Registration.
Seminars with times and locations:
SEM17119086 Artists: Marketing Your Portfolio For Success Thu @ 7:00 PM
Location: Westin :: Capitol III Cost: $0
(This will be a panel with Donato and Matthew Wilson and Mike Vaillincourt both of Privateer Press)
SEM17119085 Fan to Professional: The Making Of A Career As A Freelance Artist... Fri @ 1:00 PM
Location: Westin :: Council Cost: $0
(This will be Donato's presentation of his history as an artist)
SEM17119087 Drawing Demo with Donato Giancola Sun @ 11:00 AM
Location: Crowne Plaza: Conrail Station
GenCon's Artist reception will be held on Friday, August 18 starting around 6:15 - 6:30pm in the corner (House) room in the Westin Hotel. Right across the skybridge. Art Show awards will be handed out by this year's judging panel of Donato, Tom Babbey, and Justin Gerard.
2017 Chesley Award for Best Product illustration
I have just received word that the epic oil painting, Portal, executed for IX Con as an image to promote the convention, has received a 2016 Chesley Award for Best Product Illustration from my peers at the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (ASFA). This is especially poignant as Pat and Jeannie Wilshire, the organizers of IX Con, have been steadfast and ardent supporters of the genere and community of science fiction and Fantasy artists. This recognition is as much about my art as their patronage for the arts.
Congratulations to the other nominees and award winners in this years Chesley's. It is an honor to be a part of such a vibrant and wonderful community of artists.
Limited Edition Giclee Prints of Portal are available at
BaltiCon 51 Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention
May 26-29, 2017
The Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
We are happy to announce that Donato will be returning to the literary convention circuit this year with an appearance at BaltiCon 51. Donato will be the Artist Guest of Honor for this event and will be joining the other featured Guests autor Eric Flint, Fan Geri Sullvan and filker Amy McNally. Recent book cover commissions by Donato will be exhibited - work from novels for L.E. Modesitt Jr, and Kristen Britain - in additon to over a score of other paintings, drawings, and sketches as well as prints, books and videos to be found within the Art Show.
Multiple panel events and a live demonstration are planned, and Donato will be hanging around the convention and participating in sponaneous art demos throughout the weekend.
Silver Medal - Oil & Acrylic Category
Infected by Art Annual Competition, Volume 5
My thanks to the judges - Forest Rogers, Marc Scheff and Craig Elliott - for recognizing my work and congratulations to the artists who were accepted into this year's Infected By Art Annual collection. Four of my recent works were selected to appear in the annual, including one of my favorite drawings, that of Arya and Jon Snow wrestling with each other!
The field of science fiction and fantasy is bursting with highly talented visual artists, storytellers and creators, thus it is an honor to be selected this year to be a representative of that group with the Silver Medal in the Oil & Acrylic Category alongside so much wonderful art.
Enjoy a browse thorough this year's Annual collection and stunning imagery:
Dream Worlds: The Art of Imaginative Realism
November 23, 2016 - March 12, 2017
Canton Museum of Art
Cultural Center for the Arts
1001 Market Avenue North,
Canton, Ohio, 44702
From the Museum website:
Dream Worlds assembles award-winning artists from around the country who play a pivotal role in the art of cinema, television, set design, 3D animation, gaming, and costume design—pushing the boundaries of contemporary realism through the guise of surrealism. Their creations are now a fundamental component of both the fine art world and the commercial art industry.
A list of the participating artists include: Donato Giancola,
John Jude Palencar,
Gina Matarazzo Stewart,
This exhibition is certain to entertain and educate all ages with a journey through the art of imaginative realism, offering fantastic visions within the past, the unexplored future, and even the unseen present—a journey that may inspire viewers to explore their own creativity and storytelling ability through art. Dream Worlds is produced with CMA guest-curator and Canton native, Chris Seaman, an award-winning artist-illustrator.
Photos to the left, courtesy Tom Keubler. Below - Paintings in the show by Donato.
Honorable Mention in the ARC International Salon 2016
I am honored to announce that a recent portrait of my daughter Naomi, Desires- 1984. was selected for the Art Renewal Center's 2016 Annual Salon and singled out for exempliary craftsmanship with an Honorable Mention in the Figurative category. Another of my works was also included in this years selections of finalists, the epic Beren and Luthien in the Court of Thingol and Melian.
GoggleWorks Center for the Arts
201 Washington Street
IlluxCon will be opening its ninth year at a new and larger venue, the GoggleWorks Center for the Arts in Reading , PA. One of the most prestigious exhibitions of contemporary fantastic art in the world, IlluxCon is a comprehensive exhibition of fantastic art gathering together some of the brightest stars in traditional media for four and a half days of non-stop presentations, lectures, demonstrations, and inspiration.
Blockbuster names within the science fiction and fantasy genre will be exhibiting the very best and most recent works from their studios, guaranteeing that this will again be a show to inspire and remember. John Harris, Greg Hildebrandt, Tom Kuebler, Boris Vallejo, Julie Bell, Omar Rayyan, Jordu Schell, John Jude Palencar, Dorian Vallejo, Steve Hickman, Rebecca Guay, Mark Harrison, Chris Moore - the list goes on and on and on.
Donato will be featuring many new works, including his epic IlluxCon commission, Portal, two new robot paintings, Middle-earth works, and a handful of new oil paintings, drawings and prints.
I am happy to announce that one of my recent epic oil painted works from Tolkien's Middle-earth, Beren and Luthien in the Court of Thingal and Melian has received a 2016 Chesley Award for Best Color Work, Unplubished from my peers from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (ASFA). I am grateful for this recognition not only for myself, but also for the writings of Tolkien which were the source of inspiration for this work, and would like to thank especially Christopher Redlich for commissioning the work and placing his trust in my labors to see it to fruition.
Congratulations to the other nominees and award winners in this years Chesley's. It is a pleasure to know such a vibrant and wonderful community exists to celebrate these works of art.
Limited Edition Giclee Prints of the work are available at
Silver Medal - Oil&Acrylic Category
3rd Place: Grand Prize Winner
Body of Work
Infected by Art Annual Competition, Volume 4
My thanks to the judges and congratulations to the artists who were accepted into this year's Infected By Art Annual collection. The field of science fiction and fantasy is bursting with highly talented visual artists, storytellers and creators, thus it is an honor to be selected this year to be a representative of that group with two awards, a Silver Medal - Oil&Acrylic Category and
3rd Place: Grand Prize Winner, alongside so much wonderful art. I am especially humbled by the fact that my body of work was also chosen for an award as it contains imagery which I feel steps outside the genre to bring voice to overlooked issues.
Enjoy a browse thorough this year's Annual collection:
Gold Medal - Gallery Category
Illustration West 54 Annual Competition
The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles
I am pleased to announce that one of my recent paintings exploring emotionally charged robots has been awarded a prestigious Gold Medal from the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles. Given the personal motivation and deep artistic connection to these works, it is a great honor to receive this recognition. My thanks to the judges and the Society for the opportunity to share this work with a greater audience.
illustrators is the art quarterly devoted to the finest illustration art ever published, both historically and contemporaneously. The magazine is filled with full page images, spreads, and in depth essays on the artists called out within their pages. Issue #11 features the art of Donato, Gustave Dore, Tomer Hanuka, James McConnell, Mike Terry and Freya Hartas. It is made by artists for artists, with exceptional color proofing and care placed within every page.
This collection of Donato's work represents the largest and broadest sampling and printed gathering of his work to date.
Allentown Art Museum
of the Lehigh Valley
31 North Fifth Street
Allentown, PA 1810
Once again the The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley will be playing host to one of the most prestigious exhibitions of contemporary fantastic art in the world, IlluxCon. A comprehensive exhibition of fantastic art, IlluxCon is in its eighth and final year at Allentown, from where it will move to a large space in Reading, PA to better accomdodate the growing scale of the convention!
Blockbuster names within the science fiction and fantasy genre will be exhibiting the very best and most recent works from their studios, guaranteeing that this will again be a show to inspire and remember. John Harris, Kinuko Craft, Greg Hildebrandt, Boris Vallejo, Julie Bell, Jeff Easley, Don Maitz, John Jude Palencar, Dorian Vallejo, Steve Hickman, Rebecca Guay, Mark Harrison, Chris Moore, and the list goes on and on and on.
Donato will be featuring many new works, including his in progress The Fellowship in Moria, two new robot paintings, Middle-earth works, and a handful of new drawings and prints.
After nearly 10 years, the World Fantasy Convention is returning to Saratoga, New York, and with it will be Donato's return to the convention as well! Recent book cover commissions will be exhibited, featuring work from novels for the convention Special Guest writer David Drake, in additon to a selection of drawings and prints for the Art Show.
Although no panel events are planned for Donato, he will be hanging around the convention and participating in sponaneous art demos throughout the weekend.
for information about attending, panels, exhibitors, and the incredible gathering of artistic professionals.
infraREAL - The Art of Imaginative Realism
August 05 - 22, 2015
Opening Reception with the Artists
August 5th (two locations)
557C West 23rd Street : 6-8pm
529 West 20th Street: 7-9pm
557C West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011
Jonathan Levine Gallery will be presenting a special exhibition, curated by Patrick Wilshire, of the Art of Imaginative Realism at their New York Chelsea galleries this summer. Patrick has been a collecotr of Imaginative realism for over 20 years and is the leading voice and organizer with his wife Jeannie of the highly successful and respected annual convention IlluxCon which brings together the finest artists creating Imaginative works in the contemporary art marketplace.
Donato's work will hang next to some of the greatest names in fantasy and science fiction from Stephen Hickman to Rebecca Guay. With world class talent lining the walls, InfraREAL ia a show that guarantees to deliver an astounding view into the world of narrative art.
Stephen Hickman (l) and Rebecca Leveille-Guay (r) The Moth, Oil, 48x90
Spectrum - Fantastic Art Live 4!
May 22-24, 2015
Kansas City Convention Center
Kansas City, MI
Arnie and Cathy Fenner are once again hosts to one of the fiinest gatherings of professionals in the genre of science fiction and fantasy art. Art directors from various publishing houses, owners representing galleries, and numerous art collectors will walk the floor, mingle with exhibiting artists and attendees alike to make this an event well worth participating within. All forms of professionals will share their thoughts through lectures, presentations, and live demonstrations.
This is not an event staged around museum works or academics, but rather a place where comrades slogging their way through the extremely competitive freelance marketplace share their stories, advice, and work with a like and sympathetic audience. This is a place to nurture the artistic soul and charge the inspirational batteries of creativity and a time to pick the brains of talent, mature and fledgling, for they all had information relevant to expand their artistic awareness.
With dozens of panel presentations, hundreds of booths, and thousands of pieces of art, you are guaranteed to be inspired from the moment you step through the door. The Fenners (as well as their host of volunteers) has put on a top rate professional convention the past three years, and I am sure this will follow suit. Be sure to attend the Spectrum 21 awards ceremony Saturday evening to celebrate the best of what our field creates.
Visit spectrumfantasticartlive.com for information about attending, panels, exhibitors and the incredible gathering of artistic professionals.
San Diego Comic-Con
July 8-12, 2015
San Diego Convention Center
111 W. Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101
Hot on the heals of the July 4th weekend, the San Diego Comic-Con kicks off with my 17th consecutive year exhibiting! The booth will be showcasing numerous new drawings and paintings from my recent forays into Middle-Earth, Westeros and my personal futuristic visions of robots. Back on the table will be the 5 hour process DVD The Mechanic previously unavailable for a couple of years, but now reprinted and offered once again. New release Giclees of The Fellowship Descent from Caradhras and the epic Beren and Luthien in the Court of Thingol and Melian will also make their appearance.
Joining me again this year are the talented Stephan Martiniere, Jason Felix, Steve Argyle, and Brian Ewing.
Stop by booth #4503 if you are at the convention and say hi, George R.R. Martin did!
A Song of Ice and Fire and New Works
December 18, 2014 - January 12, 2015
Opening Reception with the Artist December 18th, 5-7pm.
Jean Cocteau Art Gallery
418 Montezuma Ave
Santa Fe NM 87501
The Jean Cocteau Art Gallery proudly presents an exhibition of Donato Giancola's paintings A Song of Ice and Fire and New Works representing a broad sampling of his works from the past year. During the public opening reception on the 18th Donato will be available to sign the 2015 calendar for A Song of Ice and Fire which will be available for purchase.
This exhibition will feature Donato's most recent interpretative works from the worlds of science fiction to George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, and include rare concept sketches and prelimnary drawings for the 2015 Calendar. The theme of tragedy runs deep in much of Donato's work as he reflects upon modern events and expresses these through his art. Sorrow is the most recent of these images, taking the tragic loss of a young adolescent and expanding upon the disruptive emotional wave it creates that even a robot may feel. The works of Caravaggio, de Ribera, Velazquez, Waterhouse and Michelangelo all speak to these issues of tormented humanity. Through the use of masterful draftsmanship and classical techniques, Donato's art poetically conveys narrative while challenging us emotionally.
Stop in, check out the art, and catch a movie at this wonderfully restored art house theater. jeancocteaucinema.com
A total 7 paintings and 10 drawings will be on exhibit.
TERRE DU MILIEU
Middle-Earth: Visions of a Modern Myth - French Edition
I am happy to announce that a new, expanded and revised edition of my Middle-Earth book has been released in France by Urban Comics. The new collection includes all of the original content from my English language edition with Underwood Books, as well as the dozens of new paintings and scores of drawings created since that original release back in 2011. Terre du Milieu is 144 pages and available only in French at this time, but is a wonderful addition to the growing exploration of the worlds of Middle-earth.
A Song of Ice and Fire at the Society of Illustrators
January 7 - 31, 2015
opening evening with the artists January 9th, 6-11pm
The Society of Illustrators
128 E. 63rd Street
New York, NY
A series of works from the 2015 A Song of Ice and Fire Calendar for George R.R. Martin has been accepted into the 57th Illustrators Annual from the Society of Illustrators. I am excited to have the chance to share three of the final oil paintings in the forth coming exhibit, opening in January,. These works represent a substantial out pouring of labor and passion for the storys and genre, and their recognition by the jury provides wonderful peer acknowledgement that the direction I am pursuing in art is the correct path.
Opening Reception with the Artist August 30th, 7-11pm.
Last Rites Gallery
325 W. 38th Street, btwn 8th and 9th Ave
New York, NY 10018
Last Rites Gallery is pleased to present a special exhibition of the paintings and drawings of Donato Giancola. One of the most awarded and respected artists in the narrative realism genre, Donato balances modern concepts with historical inspirations to bridge the worlds of contemporary and historical figurative arts.
Silent Tragedies will feature Donato's recent interpretative works from the worlds of J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth to George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, and more. The theme of tragedy runs deep in much of Donato's work as he believes true character reveals itself under moments of extreme duress. The works of Caravaggio, de Ribera, Velazquez, Waterhouse and Michelangelo all speak to these issues of tormented humanity. Through the use of masterful draftsmanship and classical techniques, Donato's art poetically conveys narrative while challenging us with emotional turmoil.
If you are in the area, stop in and check out the amazing art of Donato and Fred Harper who will also be showing alongside Donato for the duration of the exhibit!
Below are a few previews of the show. With a total 15 paintings and 17 drawings slated to be included, this will be the largest collection of Donato's work ever on exhibit in the New York area.
July 3-5, 2014
The Salt Palace
Salt Lake City, UT
A new fantasy convention opens this summer in Salt Lake City and guarantees to be a block buster from the very start! A stellar line up of actors will be in attendance, including eight of the Dwarves from the Hobbit and Elijah Wood from the Lord of the Rings. Another wonderful feature of this event will be the showcasing of a set of recent paintings created by masterful artists like Brom, Jeff Easley, Christophe Vacher, Justin Gerard and Howard Lyon.
I will also premiere a major new canvas from my continuing exploration of Middle-earth - The Fellowship of the Ring- Descent from Caradhras. This oil painting is my largest ever at 6' x 10' and includes the full Fellowship as well as an inspired view of the mountains over Moria.
If you are in the area, this is a convention not to be missed!
Visit fantasycon.com for more information about the event and the line up of featured guests.
San Diego Comic-Con International
July 23-27, 2014
San Diego Convention Center
111 W. Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101
Another year and my 16th San Diego Comic-Con! This year will be extra special as I unveil the art created for the 2015 A Song of Ice and Fire Calendar for George R.R. Martin. I will have three of the original oil paintings there, including the cover Mother of Dragons, Forging the Iron Throne and The Cinnamon Wind . The paintings are some of my professional best as I dedicated the past year to the creation of these works. Also included will be all the preliminary and rough sketches created for the paintings, with many of these available for sale.
A signing is planned with George R.R. Martin on Thursday with limited tickets handed out at the Donato Arts booth.
Joining me again this year are the talented Stephan Martiniere, Steve Argyle, Brian Ewing and Jason Felix.
Stop by booth #4503 if you are at the convention and say hi and drink deep the art of Westeros!
My booth will feel a little chilly as Winter is Coming...(or is that the AC vent overhead?)
I am honored to announce that my epic Middle-earth painting Huor and Hurin Approaching Gondolin. was selected for inclusion in the Art Renewal Center's Annual Salon and singled out for exempliary craftsmanship with a Third Place Prize in Imaginative Realism. Two other of my works are also included in this years selections, Bag End - Shadow of the Past and Red Sonja - Lover's Quarrel.
November 16, 2013 - January 18, 2014, 2013
opening reception Sunday, November 17th, 2-4pm
Huntsville Museum of Art
300 Church Street S
Huntsville, AL 35801
A major exhibition of my paintings, the largest ever held, will open this November 16th at the Huntsville Museum of Art in Alabama and run through January 19, 2014. From Middle Earth to Outer Space and Beyond will be comprised of sixty-one works of art, ranging from my epic Gold Medal winning cover of Spectrum 13, Prometheus, to the emotional The Hobbit: Expulsion created for the graphic novel cover adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's story. Drawings, preparatory studies, and oil paintings will be shown and illuminate the creative process on projects from the US Postal Service Stamps to book covers for The Name of The Wind to personal projects like The Search for Mother.
A more extensive write up and preview of a few highlights for the exhibition are on the blog Muddy Colors. If you are in the area on November 17th, I will be in attendence for the opening reception. Come out and say hi!
I was pleasantly shock to learn over the weekend of Spectrum Live II that a recent portrait I created of Red Sonya will be appearing as the cover art for the 20th Anniversary edition of Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantasic Art. From the humble beginnings as a convention sketch created while passing a few quiet moments at the San Diego Comic-Con (actually uninterrupted is the right word, as it is never quiet at the Comic-Con!), it was a pleasure to bring this work up into a fully realized oil painting. Spectrum 20 will be available this Fall and feature hundreds of the most talented artists working in the genre of the fantastic arts.
Once again, my thanks go out to Cathy and Arnie Fenner for providing 20 amazing years of a resource for artists, fans and art lovers alike in their annual efforts to bring the art of the fantastic to a worldwide audience. Here's to another 20!
San Diego Convention Center
111 W. Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101
This summer will find me celebrating my 15th San Diego Comic-Con! As usual I will be stocking the booth with new art, from drawings of Middle-Earth to new book cover paintings, DVD's, my book on Middle-earth, and personal projects. Into the mix will be a portriat of Superman I have retouched to celebrate the 75th anniversary of his creation - now that's an anniversary! I will also be showcasing a new line of limited giclees (10 pieces of each image) featuring some of the greatest art from my portfolio in a wonderful 11x14 inch format, mounted, framed and ready to hang.
Joining me again this year are Stephan Martiniere, Steve Argyle, Brian Ewing and a new addition Jason Felix.
Stop by booth #4503 if you are at the convention and say hi!
After judging thousands of sumbissions, the jury for the Art Renewal Center International Salon has selected one of my works as a finalist in the Figurative Category - Roman Legionaires. The painting was originally created as an assignment for a novel cover by the author David Drake. It is an honor to receive recognition fo this work and a pleasure to know that it graces the cover of an author who inspired me to pursue a career in the arts.
June 1, 2013
Artist Guest of Honor at Archon 37
Science Fiction / Fantasy Convention
October 4-6, 2013
Gateway Center Drive
Collinsville, IL 62234
It is a pleasure to announce I will be the Artist Guest of Honor at this years Archon science fiction and fantasy convention in St. Louis. My fellow guest included the gifted David Weber and gaming designer Eric Lang. The art show will be displaying numerous recent works from my studio, including art for Christopher Paolini's Eragon, to drawings from Jacqueline Carey's Kushiel's Dart. I will also be holding lectures on the creative process and performing a live painting demonstration on Saturday.
With the recent sucessful completion of my first online class this past year and the amazing interactions experienced within, I will be opening my time up this Fall once again for an online class to share my professional practices and techniques beyond the courses I teach at the School of Visual Arts and the Illustration Master Class. This online class will meet once a week for three hours on Wednesdays from 4pm-7pm EST and will include extensive critiques, lectures and demonstrations on painting, narrative image creation, and all forms of business experiences from contracts to client negotiations.
I receive a high number of requests regarding my teaching and availability to take on apprentices, but due to a heavy schedule with commissions and painting commitments I am unable to entertain such requests. This is where the online night class is a perfect solution. This course allows artists wishing to develop their pictorial image making skills to do so under my direct tutelage. Group and indivdual critiques are stressed as well as cooperative development . Traditional and Digital media are equally accepted as resolutions to specific assignments given by me, or as professional and ongoing work in progress presented to the class for criticism and growth.
The class size will be limited to a small number (6-8 artists) in order to offer the greatest interaction with myself and the other students.
Other professionals will also be offering their time is a similar structure: Todd Lockwood, Dan Dos Santos, Greg Manchess, and Rebecca Guay. For more information on the classes, please contact:
ImagineFX is a magazine professionals turn to for deep drinks of inspiration and samples of technical know within the realms of narrative image making. The fact that this heavily digital magazine tuned to me for an article is deeply flattering and testament that art need not be labeled to be enjoyed. I am in good company in this issues with a fellow Muddy Colors blogger Justin Gerrard showcasing his dragon draftsmanship and the outstanding Alan Lee and John Howe sharing a few bits of their work for the Peter Jascon films. If you do not have a subscription, I would seriously recommend it!
Visit http://imaginefx.com For information about workshops and the artists featured within the magazine.
December 10, 2012
Portrait of J.R.R. Tolkien wins Gold Medal
I am pleased to announce that one of my most recent and favorite paintings from the studio this past year has been awarded a Gold Medal in the Editorial category at the Society of Illustrators 55th Annual Competition. With nearly 5000 entries considered, this recognition is a great honor not only for myself, but mostly for the writings of Tolkien which were the source of inspiration for this work. It was a true pleasure to celebrate the world of Middle-earth through the portrayal of J.R.R. Tolkien at work in his study. An extensive gallery page detailing the wonderful elements found within this work can be seen here: http://www.donatoart.com/gallery/jrrtolkien.html
The original painting will be on display for a rare and limted viewing at the Society during the 55th Annual exhibit before returning to a private collection in California. The show runs from January 30-March2, 2013.
Society of Illustrators
128 E.63rd Street
NY, NY 10065
Limited Edition Giclee Prints of the portrait are available at
For those of you who have not yet heard, the first Spectrum Live! was held this past year in Kansas City, representing a gathering of the finest minds, professionals and artists practicing within the fields of science fiction, fantasy and concept art.
Notice the key word 'practicing'. This was not an event staged around museum works or academics, but rather a place where comrades slogging their way through the extremely competitive freelance marketplace could share their stories, advice, and work with a like and sympathetic audience. This was a place to nurture the artistic soul and charge the inspirational batteries of creativity. It was a time to pick the brains of talent, mature and fledgling, for they all had information relevant to share for anyone who wished to engage in conversation.
The Fenners are putting it on AGAIN!
With scores of panel presentations, hundreds of booths, and thousands of pieces of art, you are guaranteed to be overload from the moment you step into the place. Arnie and Cathy Fenner (as well as their host of volunteers) put on a top rate professional convention last year with a captivating evening for the Spectrum 19 awards ceremony. This years promises to be just as nice.
It was impossible to see everything at last years show or to talk with everyone and even just say hi to all the friends! I would say that was the biggest downer to the whole event (if there was one!)- not having enough time to catch up with all the artists, fans and professionals in attendance. You moved from a conversation with James Gurney onto another with some other artists and over your shoulder saw Brom standing right behind you talking to Petar Meseldzija! You couldn't ditch the friends you'd just started talking to because they were Julie Bell, Boris Vallejo and Irene Gallo! What a conundrum! And it kept going on and on like that all weekend...
Here are a few shots when I remembered to take out the camera (obviously not enough!) Hopefully I'll remember to do better in 2013!
Mark Nelson, Daren Bader and Brian Despain chuckle it up.
One of Tom Kuebler's surreal and freakishly real sculptures.
Up past my bedtime for a midnight chat with Mike Mignola, Scott Gustafson, Tom Gianni, Bill Stout and Mark Nelson. Who wouldn't stay up for that!!
The lovely Zelda Devon and talented Greg Spalenka.
Irene Gallo shares a story with Kristina Carroll and Stephan Martiniere.
Greg Manchess entertains Eric Fortune and Christian Gossett.
Paul Tobin shares time with Shena Wolf.
Tom Kuebler and Kurt Huggins as giants of the industry!
Michael Whelan (center) spends the last evening of the convention hanging with some artists!
Dan Dos Santos and Lauren Panepinto, the AD at Orbit books, share a laugh (that's Tony Palumbo in the background)
Justin Gerard (far right) is really much friendlier than the picture lets on!
Frans Vohwinkle (center) and Omar Rayyan (right) chillin' on the couch
The Donato Arts booth on Sunday evening, ready for break down and good byes...
December 10, 2012
Illustration Master Class 2013
June 10-16, 2013 Amherst College
This June will find me once again at the sixth annual gathering of the illustration Master Class. Begun by Rebecca Guay to bring together some of the most talented teachers and students in science fiction and fantasy illustration, this week long, mind numbing, action packed and sleepless night filled experience has no rival in other workshops. In addition to the usual faculty of Boris Vallejo, Julie Bell, Irene Gallo, Greg Manchess, Rebecca Guay, Dan Dos Santos, Scott Fischer, and myself, The IMC welcomes the incredibly talented and respected Mike Mignola as its guest addition for the week. A handful of artists, including Iain McCaig and James Gurney, will also fill out the lectures and demonstrations throughout the week.
PAINTING JOAN OF ARC with Donato Giancola
A new process documentary recording the entire creation of an oil painting
Joan of Arc
I am pleased to announce the release of a new film documenting the creation of another oil painting, Joan of Arc.The desire to create a painting about Joan has been flittering about in my sketchbook for years, ever since returning from a visit to Burgundy, France, the region where she lived. Thus when considering what subject matter to tackle for my second step-by-step process DVD, Joan was an obvious choice, not withstanding the celebration of her 600th birthday occurring this year.
As a professional and teacher I wanted to both challenge myself and illuminate as much of the creative process as possible, given the restraints of producing this documentary. From portraits to hands to armor, we have filled the four-plus hours of the DVD with content we deemed most relevant. Aaron Fagerstrom, who shot and edited my first film The Mechanic has done a brilliant job with the cinematography, editing and packaging of the final film.
I would like to thank all the teachers who have contributed to my growth and continued development as an artist. Their willingness to take the time to illuminate and present art in all its varied complexities opened creative doors for me I could never have found on my own. I could not be the artist I am today without standing on the shoulders of those before me. I hope this painting and video provides you with the joy, knowledge and inspiration to take your art to another level.
Happy Birthday Joan!
The DVD is available directly from the studio of Donato.
AT THE EDGE: Art of the Fantastic
June 3, 2012 through September 9, 2012
Allentown Art Museum
of the Lehigh Valley
31 North Fifth Street
Allentown, PA 1810
The Allentown Art Museum of the Lehigh Valley is pleased to showcase an exhibition that will introduce contemporary fantastic art to the museum setting. At the Edge: Art of the Fantastic will not only be the most comprehensive exhibition of fantastic art to date, it will also be the first time that this discipline has been presented on such a large scale. Sometimes labeled as science fiction or fantasy art, such imaginative realism distinguishes itself from other forms by portraying ancient myths and legends, modern day fantasies in the form of divine interventions, the imagination, the dream state, the grotesque visions and the uncanny as common objects.
Donato Giancola, James Gurney, Thomas Blackshear, Greg Hildebrandt, Larry Elmore, and many other talent artists of th genre.
Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery
May 19 - June 16, 2012
90 Main Street
Sag Harbor NY 11963
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday, 11 am - 6 pm
"Donato Giancola, master painter and illustrator, who describes himself as a "classical-abstract-realist working with science fiction and fantasy," is, arguably, the most heralded artist in the show, with an impressive list of prominent client fans of sci fi. The creator of two first-class "forever" stamps for the U.S. Postal Service commemorating 50 years of space exploration and technology, Giancola is seen here with a large oil-on-board celebration called "Mercury: The Messenger," in honor of Project Mercury, the first human spaceflight program in the U.S. His astronaut (Alan Shepherd?), "insulated, encased, armored with your most advanced technology," represents "extremes of human ambition and vulnerability, accomplishment and limitation," though the heroic perspective and high-tech chest covering certainly suggest triumph, a timely reminder of the NASA missions which have just ended."
-Joan Baum, The Sag Harbor Express, May 18, 2012
Donato will have four pieces of space art hanging at this new exhibition, included his paintings of the US Postal Stamps celebrating the achievements of Alan Shepard and the Messenger Mission to Mercury.
The Fantastical World of Imaginative Realism
An article in The EpochTimes by Kara Lysandra Ross featuring one of Donato's paintings, The Golden Rose, and discussing the place of Figurative art in the context of contemporary art movements. March 2012.
November 3-6, 2011
IlluxCon was held this past month, and my head is still spinning from all the lectures, demos, inspiration, and conversations with professionals, fans and students from all walks of the science fiction and fantasy genre. From masters like Boris Vallejo to new talent like Tyler Jacobsen, artists make incredible journeys to attend this event - John Harris from England and Didier Graffet from France to name a couple.
The convention has limited attendance, a decision by its founders Pat and Jeannie Wilshire to contrast with the crazy experience of the San Diego ComicCon. While this may seem a detriment for retail sales, it affords the attendees the time and pleasure to hold in depth conversations with anyone willing to make the trip, and facilitate incredible peer to peer reviews and critiques of the art. It is an environment like none other.
The one biggest draw back to this event is that it is not long enough! There are so many friends in attendance that I can only fire off a passing hello to them. I always regret not having found the time for another conversation.
A special thanks goes out to fellow Muddy Colors blogger Jesper Ejsing, who kept the drive to and from the convention lively as we counted the deer, alive and dead(mostly). We spent some wonderful time wondering where do we all go from here...
At least from me, it is back to the studio playing catch up, but thought to I'd share a few images from the event.
The talented Tom Kuebler talks shop!
Petar Meseldzjia offering up his lecure skills.
Alan Williams (right), the latest addition to the concept world of the West Coast.
The reknown agent Jane Frank who with her husband, Howard, have amassed one the the greatest science fiction and fantasy art collections in the world.
And here is the list of participating artists! What an amazing group!!!!!
John Jude Palencar,
Donato Giancola ,
Lars Grant-West ,
Dan Dos Santos,
Lucas Graciano ,
Michael C. Hayes,
August 25, 2011
2011 Chesley Award for Best Interior Illustration
from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (ASFA)
Eowyn and the Lord of the Nazgul
Two years ago Tim Underwood and Arnie Fenner approached me with the idea of producing an Art of Middle-earth collection and I leapt at the chance. On the drafting table was an epic image, long delayed for a private collection as I was waiting for the right time and inspiration to hit for me to build up the drive and finish the work. I am happy to say Eowyn and the Lord of the Nazgul, not only rose to my own level of standards, but with this award it is now acknowledged by the even larger audience of my peers. Thank you members of ASFA!
The book is available directly from the studio, in both the regular binding and a special 26 piece leather bound limited edition:
Society of Illustrators
128 East 63rd Street
New York, New York 10065
Join Donato Giancola and four other artists at the top of the science fiction and fantasy illustration field as they demonstrate their skills and techniques in an open, live forum. The artists will be working on various projects while attendees are free to roam from station to station, asking questions and observing the methods which have landed these artists world-wide acclaim.
Tickets: $40 Members, $50 Non-Members, $20 Students
Fantastic Worlds: Masters of Science Fiction and Fantasy Art
August 13 through November 13, 2011
Kenosha Public Museum
5500 First Avenue
Kenosha, WI 53140
An invitational exhibit is now showing at the Kenosha Museum of Art of some of the most talented artists working in the field of science fiction and fantasy art today. Donato will be showcasing his painting 'An' including the preliminary drawings and studies which went into its creation, as well as a handful of other works.
Artists exhibiting include:
Scott Altmann, Steven Anderson, Daren Bader, Volkan Baga, Edward
Binkley, Aaron Boyd, Tim Bruckner, Linda Dockey Graves, Jeff Easley,
Bob Eggleton, Marc Fishman, Donato Giancola, Scott Gustafson,
Christina Hess, Ingrid Kallick, Kristin Kest, Thomas Kuebler, Don
Maitz, Jeff Menges, Aaron Miller, Jeff Miracola, Jim Nelson, Mark
Nelson, John Jude Palencar, Vincent Proce, Steve Rude, Dave Seeley,
Cynthia Sheppard, Lothar Speer, John Stanko, Matthew Stewart, Vincent
Villafranca, and Janny Wurtz
Communication Arts Technologies Gallery
Technical Center Montgomery College
Hours: Monday through Wednesday, 10 am - 6 pm
Thursdays 10 am - 8 pm
Fridays, 10 am - 1 pm
Donato will have six pieces of Giclee art hanging at an exhibition of science fiction illustration this Fall. Included are some of the most widely known and loved professionals from today and yesterday.
Vincent DiFate, Don-Ivan-Punchatz, Greg-Manchess, James-Gurney, Leo-Diane-Dillon, Paul-Alexander, Paul-Lehr, Richard-Powers, and John-Berkey.
Figurative Award in Art Renewal's 2011 Annual Salon
I am happy to announce the painting, Waiting, has won the First Place Award in the Figurative Category of Art Renewal Center's 2011 Annual Salon. Two new collectors purchased this painting at the San Deigo ComicCon, just weeks before this announcement. They had sharp eyes!
Two other works received recognition as well, Undulations, as a finalist in the Landscape category and Knowledge, as an Honorable Mention.
My thanks to the judges and congratulations to the other award winners and accepted artists.
San Diego Comic Con 2011
111 W. Harbor Dr.
San Diego, CA 92101
For the past 12 years, I have been attending the San Diego Comic Con to visit with friends, fans, and professionals to once again share the work I love to create. I have recently posted on a collective blog, Muddy Colors, regarding my experiences and shared a few new photos from this past years event. Again, I was amazed and surprised by the talent and friendliness of so many of the artists in attendence. I will certainly be back next year...
(left to right, Bill Carman, Arnie Fenner, Donato, Paul Tobin, and Cathy Fenner)
US Postal Service Stamps:
Alan Shepard and Mercury Messenger
I am honored to announce the release of two stamps I have created for the US Postal Service in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Alan Shepard's historic ride as the first American into space and the recent development of a new space mission, Messenger, as it enters into its final obital phase around the planet Mercury, the first such mission dedicated to the inner most planet. The first day of issue is May 4th, with the stamps available at Post Offices around the country.
Below is the Press release:
BROOKLYN ARTIST'S WORK FEATURED ON NEW US POSTAGE STAMP HONORING SPACE EXPLORATION
(BROOKLYN, NY -- May 4, 2011) -- Two new postage stamps go on sale today celebrating 50 years of American space exploration: Alan Shepherd's historic flight on May 5, 1961 and NASA's unmanned MESSENGER mission that investigates the planet Mercury.
Titled "Alan Shepard: First American in Space" and "First Spacecraft to Orbit Mercury," the pair of stamps were designed and painted by Brooklyn-based artist Donato Giancola, who used both NASA photos and the Mercury Capsule on view at The New York Hall of Science as references. Like all of Giancola's paintings, the stamps were rendered in oil.
Giancola is well-known in science-fiction and fantasy circles for his meticulously painted illustrations, which includes cover art for The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkein as well as numerous games and trading cards. The stamp images are representative of Giancola's most recent paintings that go beyond traditional sci-fi subjects to depict humans relating to their changing environment, which encompasses space exploration, among other themes.
Giancola, a lifelong aficionado of space exploration, traces the genesis of the commission back to "Prometheus," a 7-foot by 8-foot image of astronauts he painted to celebrate human achievements and advancements. The painting is currently on view at The New York Hall of Science in one of the main exhibition halls.
"Prometheus" led to a series of space-themed stamps Giancola painted for the United Nations Postal Administration. These attracted the attention of Phil Jordan, an art director with the U.S. Postal Service who formerly worked on Air & Space magazine.
In addition to the USPS stamps, Giancola's astronaut portraiture can also be seen in the April 2011 issue of Playboy , accompanying a story on the economics of asteroids.
Giancola, who also teaches at New York's School of Visual Arts, credits the combination of his expertise in portraiture and knowledge of science and astronauts for securing the stamp project.
For Giancola, 44, who grew up in the dawn of the Space Age, it was a humbling experience to create the stamps that celebrate historical achievement in space. "It is an honor and thrill to have created these stamps celebrating space exploration and technology through individual achievements and the hard work of countless engineers and scientists," says Giancola.
"Astronauts like Alan Shepard have inspired a new generation to push the limits of our science and make the dreams of the future a reality. "
The Project Mercury and MESSENGER Mission stamps will be issued as Forever Stamps for use in mailing a one-ounce letter. Regardless of when the stamps are purchased or used, no matter how prices may change in the future, these stamps will always be equal to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price.
Born and raised in Vermont, Giancola began his art studies at Syracuse University where he received his BFA. His has received numerous awards including the Hamilton King Award from the Society of Illustrators, 18 Chesley Awards from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists, three Artist Hugo Awards for outstanding professional work from the World Science Fiction Society, and multiple silver and gold medals from the juried annual Spectrum: The Best of Contemporary Fantastic Art.
Current clients include major book publishers such as Random House and Simon & Schuster; worldwide collectors; and corporations such as LucasArts, National Geographic, CNN, Microsoft, Milton-Bradley, and Hasbro. His work is shown at the Richard J. Demato Fine Arts Gallery in Sag Harbor.
Giancola lives and works in his studio in Boerum Hill, Brooklyn, which he will open up to the public during the annual Atlantic Avenue Art Walk on June 4-5 in Brooklyn (www.artwalk2011.com).
For more information on the artist, visit www.donatoart.com.
Silver Award in Spectrum 18
I am very pleased to announce my painting, Mind Machine, has won the Silver Award in the Institutional category of Spectrum 18. I am very grateful for this recognition and to once again be included in the most prestigious annual of science fiction and fantasy art in the world. My thanks to the judges and congratulations to the other award winners and accepted artists!
International Arists Magazine
February/March 2011 edition
Rebecca Guay, the founder and head of the Illustration Master Class, was recently asked by International Artists Magazine to produce an series of articles on the artist who teach at the IMC. Thus past months issue featured an incredible 12 page expose on all of the talented artists who will be lecturing, demonstrating, and teaching at the seminar this summer. Enjoy!
American Art Collector Magazine
June 2011 edition
The recent June 2011 issue of American Art collector has featured a few of my 'Water' paintings, created for exhibition at the Richard J. Demato Gallery in Sag Harbor, in their survey of Amercian Marine Art. It is an honor to be in such company as Jopseph McGurl, William Storck, and Russ Kramer.
One of the featured pieces, Leviathan, is now hanging at the gallery.
Creative Quarterly 23
Summer 2011 edition
Three works have been selected for inclusion in Creative Quarterly 23, a journal featuring the best of contemporary art and design. Of those entries,
St. George and the Dragon was selected as an award winner in the illustration category and
Mind Machine were runners up in Fine Arts.
My thanks to the judges and publishers at CQ 23 for giving artists the chance to share the work we love to create!
Middle Earth: Visions of a Modern Myth
Last year Tim Underwood and Arnie Fenner approached me with the idea of producing an Art of Middle-earth collection and it has finally come to fruition. This has been a dream project to work on as Tolkien's writings were in part what inspired me to pursue a career in the arts. The book showcases a number of new pieces I am very excited about, including the epic Eowyn and the Lord of the Nazgul, and is now available directly from the studio, in both the regular binding and a special 26 piece leather bound limited edition: