The Art of Peck

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Best known for his television, series Duckman (1994-1997, USA Network), Everett Peck is a an animator, cartoonist, illustrator, and painter. His solo exhibit at Oceanside Museum of Art (Oceanside, Ca., September 11 – January 29), It’s Not My Fault: The Art of Everett Peck, “showcases Peck‘s, work over the past thirty years and traces his, evolution as an artist from his early concept, sketches to his recent large-scale paintings, which amusingly explores the pop culture of, modern America and its intersection with, everyday life. Also on display will be illustrations, sketch books and preliminary and concept work, for Peck’s extensive animation work. Regardless, of the medium, Peck uses his unmistakable, illustrative style to humorously point out the, quirks and eccentricities of our time.” The guest curator is former National Lampoon design director, Michael C. Gross. I recently asked Peck a few choice questions about the exhibit:

Where does the title “It’s Not My Fault” come from? Although the concept has been around as long as humankind, it’s still the perfect answer for any screw up. I take a lot of my creative cues from popular culture and today, more than ever, that phrase has become our cultural “default” setting.

What is the difference between the work in this exhibit and “Duckman,” your wonderfully acerbic animated series? Duckman was an expression of my point of view as is all the work in the show. Although different applications require adjustments, I like to think that if nothing else, I’ve been conceptually consistent over the years.

An exhibit like this is sometimes a turning point. Would you say that’s an apt description for you? Or not? Yes and no. No, in that I have been working primarily in animation these last fifteen years and would like to continue to do so in some capacity. Yes, in that I am more and more interested in painting full time. I am particularly interested in larger canvases and in moving away from the figurative and more toward a gestural abstraction based on comic iconography. If that makes sense.

Everett Peck
Everett Peck

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About Steven HellerSteven Heller is the co-chair of the SVA MFA Designer /Designer as Author + Entrepreneur program, writes frequently for Wired and Design Observer. He is also the author of over 170 books on design and visual culture. He received the 1999 AIGA Medal and is the 2011 recipient of the Smithsonian National Design Award.View all posts by Steven Heller →