After teaching art full-time for 33 years I’ve retired and formed my own art and entertainment business, EssexArt ABC, LLC. The “ABC” refers to me being an Artist, Bagpiper and Caricaturist. This is my life. This is my passion. This is my job… what I do for a living… and I love it more than words can tell. It is my way of exploring creative expression and, a majority of the time, being of service to others.
My fine art is about journey and place. This came about as a result of my Arts
You're not going to see natural team leaders de-valued. Molotow paint markers and acrylic paint on a magazine page set on Mr. Ellie Pooh elephant dung paper (https://mrelliepooh.com/pages/our-paper), 3"x 5", 2018. Part of a series of what I'm calling Magazine Poetry, I really don't know what inspired these. But, like so many things in an artist's noggin, the inspiration settled in my head and would not go away until I expressed it.
Jazz At Point Ybel, 9"x 12", 2019, Prismacolor color pencils on 50 lb. acid free paper. This was inspired by a time I took my sketch pad to a brew pub and live jazz was being played. I had been wanting to try something like this for a while and the planets just seemed to align for this being the time for me to experiment. To help create what I was wanting to create I traced my iPhone a couple of times and my reading glasses once.
Essex describes his fine art (paintings) as being about journey and place.
After recently retiring from a 33-year career as a full-time art teacher, Essex is expanding his availability as a special events caricaturist. Having done black and white caricaturing for over 25 years at corporate, private and collegiate events, and commissioned full color caricatures, Essex is much more available now to make any special event more memorable for attendees.
Essex continues to create artwork both as he is inspired and on commission. Though his fine art is most often centered around journey and place, Essex is also available for portrait commissions and illustrations.
The variety of subjects and mediums Essex has had to cover as a full-time art teacher for more than three decades has vastly expanded his interests as an artist. Finding working in one or two mediums too confining, Essex enjoys choosing the medium that best suits the expression he is wanting to make. Consequently he works in oil, acrylics, watercolor, guache, color pencil, graphite and archival markers.
September 1 through 15, 2018, I’ll again be in ART BÄKS at Davlan Park near 430 Massachusetts Ave, Indianapolis. During that time I will be using the ART BÄKS as a studio and gallery.
The prices of my art works range from under $100 and up. Each piece is priced with time-on-task, cost of materials, framing, etc considered. The best thing to do is to contact me concerning a work or commission.
The price to secure me as a bagpiper, 364 days of the year, at an event is $170, plus mileage. On St. Patrick’s Day is $200 a performance and is strictly done on a first-come, first served basis.
BA, Art, Franklin College, 1976
MS, Education/Secondary Art, IUPUI, 1985
2009-2014 adjunct Professor of Art Appreciation with Marian University’s Adult Program
Before it disbanded I was an artist member of the Indianapolis Downtown Artists and Dealers Association.
Though not directly artist oriented, but service oriented, I have chosen to use this space to list affiliations that tell a deeper story of who I am.
I belong to and support the good works of: my church, Freemasonry, Scottish Rite Freemasonry, Shriners Hospitals for Children and Shriners International.
Two time Lilly Endowment Teacher Creativity Fellow
Arts Council of Indianapolis Creative Renewal Arts Fellow
Official logo design for a department in Indiana government
Ribbons from both the Indiana State Fair and the Hendricks County Fair
Central Indiana Artists’ Art of Indiana, Town of Avon Purchase Award
2000 Indiana State Fair Artists in Residence Day, second place
Top Prize Blue Ribbon winner at the final Indianapolis Downtown Artists & Dealers Association members exhibit, 2017
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