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Bill Charmatz original works from 1963 "Panoramic Billboards" &"Fans, Players and Green" on exhibit at the Lancaster Art Museum

44801 North Sierra Highway
Lancaster, CA

June 3 - July 24, 2011

(661) 723-6250

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Bill Charmatz
New York Painter, Illustrator

An Exhibition of Works on Paper At Petaluma’s Historic River House

222 Weller Street
Petaluma, Ca 94952

January 20 - March 13
Hours: M-F 9am - 5pm

707-694-8813

 

Bill Charmatz YouTube Channel!

You can now check out videos of Bill and his art on his YouTube channel - click on pic to the left, and a new window will open.

 

August, 2009

Bill Charmatz famous painting of "The Immaculate Doghouse" re-appears as editorial illustration in the 2009 Sept/ Oct issue of The Bark magazine.

Katrina was contacted by The Bark's, Editor-In-Chief/ Publisher-Cameron Woo about using Charmatz painting, which originally appeared in Sports Illustrated in 1967, in an upcoming issue. Katrina said, he wanted to use the image for an story called “Breeding for Beauty:

BBC’s “Pedigree Dogs Exposed” strikes a chord” By Beverley Cuddy. I thought it was an investigative and provocative story, (which my dad would have liked), and it was about welfare & wellbeing of dogs. (Any kind of animal abuse was a hot button for my father). “The folks over at The Bark are always so nice, I am honored that they still think of my Dad’s artwork for the editorial side of their magazine.” Katrina concluded.

www.thebark.com

EXCERPT BELOW:
For decades, the details of dog breeding and showing had been closeted from the critical view of the outside world.

In August 2008, a powerful BBC documentary, Pedigree Dogs Exposed (PDE), rocked the dog world when it claimed to reveal the “greatest animal welfare scandal of our time.” Following its premiere, a review in a national newspaper said the show had “gone off like a bomb in quite a few British living rooms.” Four million British people watched, and the BBC received its biggest-ever viewer response to a single program. Middle England was outraged.

 

 

12th Annual Art of Baseball Exhibition - A Selection of Artworks Depicting America's Favorite Pastime

George Krevsky Gallery
May 9 - June 20, 2009

OPENING RECEPTION
Saturday, May 9th 4-6PM
Featuring Robert Flynn Johnson

77 Geary Street, 2nd Floor
San Francisco CA 94108

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Gallery 225

GALLERY 225 HAS GONE
TO THE DOGS!

It's all about the wonderful art of dogs (and some cats!)

February 5th - March 13th

Opening reception February 5 (5 - 8 PM)
UNO will be there!

Gallery 225 225 West 14th Street
(between 7th & 8th Avenues)
http://www.225gallery.net

 

 

Harper's Bazaar

Tails of the City "Read of the Month" review:

TAILS OF THE CITY: CONFESSIONS OF A MANHATTAN PET VET
A heartfelt tribute to the bond between humans and their pets, Tails of the City (Glitterati, Inc.) is a cosmopolitan All Creatures Great and Small. Beloved Manhattan veterinarian Tom DeVincentis shares stories of his four-legged clients and their owners in this insightful and wonderfully funny memoir, featuring a preface by pet lover Carolyne Roehm and drawings from award-winning illustrator Bill Charmatz. A portion of proceeds from book sales will benefit The Humane Society of the United States.

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Bill Charmatz
“ANIMALS”


An exhibition of Original Art featuring our four legged, furry friends by celebrated New York Painter/Illustrator -Bill Charmatz

May 3rd- August 30th, 2008
By Appointment Only

re•balance Studio & Gallery
One Alta Drive (at Weaverly Drive)
Petaluma, Ca. 94954 • 707-694-8813 www.rebalancepilatesstudio.com

re•balance Studio & Gallery- Petaluma, California proudly announces the West Coast Premier of:

Bill Charmatz
“ANIMALS”

Exhibit is in conjunction with Copperfield’s Books, Petaluma and the book release of: “Tails of the City: Confessions of a Manhattan Pet Vet” Illustrations by Bill Charmatz, Author- Tom DeVincentis, Preface by Carolyne Roehm.

Prolific, New York Commercial Artist/Illustrator Bill Charmatz’s color illustrations and paintings are featured in Tails of the City: Confessions of a Manhattan Pet Vet. Veterinarian Tom DeVincentis opens the doors to his New York City-based practice and reveals his observations on the amazing bond forged between his feathered and four-legged patients and their owners. Along the way, he also shares his personal relationships with the pets he has loved, lost, and found during his own life. At times laugh-out-loud funny, tender, and insightful… Tails of the City will delight and charm and is the perfect gift for any animal lover.

About Bill Charmatz
His freelance career, spanning over six decades, included work for clients such as the New York Times (1945-2005), The Washington Post, Esquire, Playboy, Fortune, Life and Sports Illustrated in addition to top corporations and advertising firms. His illustrations were featured on national and international magazines covers such as TV Guide, Time magazine, Money and many more.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. Bill Charmatz (1925-2005) was always a huge fan of dogs. In the 2nd half of his career, he enjoyed doing animal portraits and the challenge of capturing the personalities of his subjects. He loved all creatures, and always tried to work them into his artwork when he could. This exhibit of “Animals”, includes both nationally published and personal works. It marks the 1st time that these paintings, drawings & sketches are being seen outside his Upper West Side studio in New York City.

Charmatz established himself as a “Who’s Who in American Art” creating a distinct style laced with humor that combined impressionism and cartoon realism. Charmatz was a minimalist, drawing only the lines he needed to capture the essence of a scene or character. The simplicity and smart humor in his work created a sophisticated aesthetic that attracted thousands of fans all over the world and came to represent the feeling and mood of American culture in a light-hearted way. In addition to his paintings and drawings, Charmatz wrote and illustrated 12 adult and children’s books including The Little Duster and The Cats Whiskers.

re•balance Studio & Gallery is located in re•balance Pilates Studio. Directions can be obtained at: www.rebalancepilatesstudio.com/location

 

Glitterati Publishers Incorporated proudly announces the release of:

“Tails of the City: Confessions of a Manhattan Pet Vet”
Illustrations by Bill Charmatz, Author- Tom DeVincentis, Preface by Carolyne Roehm. 144 pages Hardcover. Publication Date: February 2008


Cocktail Reception and book signing at RIZZOLI Books
Tuesday February 26th, 5:30 - 7PM
31 West 57th Street (between 5th & 6th Avenue)

Bill Charmatz’s color illustrations and paintings are featured In Tails of the City: Confessions of a Manhattan Pet Vet. Veterinarian Tom DeVincentis opens the doors to his New York City-based practice and reveals his observations on the amazing bond forged between his feathered and four-legged patients and their owners. Along the way, he also shares his personal relationships with the pets he has loved, lost, and found during his own life. At times laugh-out-loud funny, tender, and insightful, each story is a lesson on how to love unconditionally and proves that there is a special tale behind every animal. Tails of the City will delight and charm and is the perfect gift for any animal lover.

About the Illustrator
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. Bill Charmatz (1925-2005) was always a huge fan of dogs, always owning a dog to feel more complete as a human. He loved all animals, and always tried to work them into his artwork when he could. Some of these illustrations previously were seen in Sports Illustrated and Bark Magazine, while others are from Bill’s private collection. Bill’s creative inspiration often came from walking “Duncan,” his Sheltie, in Central Park and watching dogs and their owners mingling and socializing.

“We were thrilled to be introduced to 40, 50 years of wonderful art and illustration, and realized that we stumbled upon this gold mine of a man who was really extremely talented and certainly drew dogs and a lot more,” said Cameron Woo, Publisher, Bark Magazine. “But Bill had this sense of humor that I think was timeless, that had a bit of an edge to it that fit perfectly with the publication.”

Charmatz established himself as a “Who’s Who in American Art” creating a distinct style laced with humor that combined impressionism and cartoon realism. Charmatz was a minimalist, drawing only the lines he needed to capture the essence of a scene or character. The simplicity and smart humor in his work created a sophisticated aesthetic that attracted thousands of fans all over the world and came to represent the feeling and mood of American culture in a light-hearted way.

His freelance career, spanning over six decades, included work for clients such as the New York Times (1945-2005), The Washington Post, Esquire, Playboy, Fortune, Life and Sports Illustrated in addition to top corporations and advertising firms. His illustrations were featured on national and international magazines covers such as TV Guide, Time magazine, Money and many more.

While in France in the 1940s, Charmatz chronicled his own bicycle journeys, which resulted in hundreds of drawings and watercolors that depicted everyday life in France. He returned to Europe years later to cover ski racing for Sports Illustrated.

In addition to his paintings and drawings, Charmatz wrote and illustrated 12 adult and children’s books. For more information on the artist, please visit www.billcharmatz.com

 

Celebrating the Endless Laughs
Dogs Offer Their People

HOWL

A Collection of the Best Contemporary Dog Wit
By The Bark Editors

Dogs are celebrated members of our families thanks to their capacity for unconditional love, unfaltering loyalty, and now, in HOWL: A Collection of the Best Contemporary Dog Wit (Crown; October 23, 2007), for their comedic genius. The follow-up to the New York Times bestseller, Dog Is My Co-Pilot, the Editors of The Bark have returned with over seventy rollicking pieces - ranging from personal essays and parodies to satires and aphorisms - highlighting the hilarity of life with dogs.

The Editors of The Bark have tapped into the dog-friendly literary world to capture the witty, sophisticated voice of today’s canine culture. With works from a variety of contemporary humorists, literary authors, and comedians - including Al Franken, Dave Barry, Margaret Cho, Kinky Friedman, Pam Houston, Haven Kimmel, Laurie Notaro, and Roy Blount Jr. - HOWL presents a comical and insightful look at the behavior of dogs and their people. Featuring rib-tickling tales (what would a cocktail party be like if we behaved like dogs?), entertaining confessions (including gastronomic forays into the world of dog food), and invitations to self-reflection (are you a crazy dog person?), HOWL showcases our favorite pals and the endless reasons why we love them.

Bill Charmatz contributes playful, canine drawings on pages 12, 38, 63, 107, & 110. Charmatz delightfully illustrates the strength and uniqueness of the human-canine bond with his iconic pen & ink style. He has always been a huge fan of all animals, but has held a special place in his heart for dogs. Charmatz has been a contributor to The Bark since 1999.

Royalties from the sale of HOWL are earmarked for Gulf Coast humane and animal rescue organizations to assist in their ongoing post-Katrina recovery and rebuilding efforts.

About the Authors
A decade ago, Claudia Kawczynska and Cameron Woo founded The Bark, the award-winning modern dog culture magazine known for its hip and literary vibe. The magazine has an international readership of 250,000.

HOWL
By The Bark Editors
Crown
October 23, 2007 * Pages: 352
www.thebark.com

 

 

BARK
November 2006

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National publication Bark magazine features 6 pages dedicated to Bill Charmatz's canine artwork in the November 2006 issue. Bark is America's most exciting and talked about pet magazines, distributed quarterly in bookstores, newsstands, airports, pet stores and other pet-friendly establishments.

Charmatz was a contributing illustrator to Bark since 1999. Charmatz was a big fan of all animals, but had a particular appreciation of dogs. For more information check out www.thebark.com .

 

"The Finish Line" Displays 50 Years of Illustrations and Paintings by American Legend, Bill Charmatz
Exhibit Marks End of Authentic Style of American Art Depicting Bygone Era

NEW YORK, NY, November 6, 2006 - From December 7th through 29th, 2006, The Society of Illustrators (SI) in New York presents "The Finish Line," an exhibit featuring 65 works of art from the late editorial and advertising illustrator, Bill Charmatz. The exhibit will highlight his best-known works from The New York Times Book Review collection, Sports Illustrated creations from the 1960s and 70s and never-before-seen pieces from his private collection. An opening reception at SI will be open to the public on Wednesday, December 6th, 2006 from 5:30-8:00pm.

Charmatz established himself as a "Who's Who in American Art" creating a distinct style laced with humor that combined impressionism and cartoon realism. He illustrated a weekly column for Sports Illustrated for over 20 years, plus several major painting assignments that depicted scenes from Major League Baseball, National Football League training and skiing in France. His bold and exact lines coupled with splashes of bright colors captured the drama and excitement of sport competitions in an animated way.

"I liked the artists who worked more in brush and created that ragged, jagged unfinished line that really was finished. Bill did that," said Steven Heller, senior art director at The New York Times. "Bill worked in an era where illustration and drawings were prolific. That era doesn't exist anymore. If it will again is anybody's guess."

Charmatz was a minimalist, drawing only the lines he needed to capture the essence of a scene or character. The simplicity and smart humor in his work created a sophisticated aesthetic that attracted thousands of fans all over the world and came to represent the feeling and mood of American culture in a lighthearted way. Iconic pieces included humorous depictions of animals, many of which were regular favorites in the Crime column for The New York Times Book Review for almost two decades.

"He was perfect for me. The sense of humor he brought to my column was dark and light at the same time, and that was the sort of tone I was trying to create," said Marilyn Stasio, crime and mystery reviewer for The New York Times Book Review. "His illustrations were sometimes silly yet created a sense of criminality in the situation without being frightening."

"The Finish Line" is named after one of Charmatz's paintings. The exhibit marks the first time his collective work will be on display and the first time it will be made available for public sale. The opening reception will feature a documentary produced by Charmatz's daughter, Katrina, and will talk about the artist and his work. The public can view the collection for free at the Society of Illustrators on 128 East 63rd Street, New York, New York during the following hours: Tuesday, 10am-8pm; Wednesday-Friday, 10am-5pm; and Saturday, 12pm-4pm. For more information on the artist and the exhibit, please visit www.billcharmatz.com or www.societyillustrators.org.

About Bill Charmatz
Bill Charmatz is a humorous editorial and advertising illustrator and painter whose unique style made him an international and national favorite and earned him the distinction of "Who's Who in American Art." His freelance career, spanning over six decades, included work for clients such as The New York Times (1945-2005), The Washington Post, Esquire, Playboy, Fortune, Life and Sports Illustrated in addition to top corporations and advertising firms. His illustrations were featured on national and international magazines covers such as TV Guide, Time magazine, Money and many more.

While in France in the 1940s, Charmatz chronicled his own bicycle journeys, which resulted in more than one hundred drawings and watercolors that depicted everyday life in France. He returned to Europe years later to cover ski racing for Sports Illustrated.

Charmatz attended the School of Industrial Arts in Manhattan, Ecole des Beau Arts Fountainbleu and Acadamie de le Grande Chaumiere, Paris, France. In addition to his paintings and drawings, Charmatz wrote and illustrated 12 adult and children's books. He was born in New York in 1925. For more information on the artist, please visit www.billcharmatz.com.

About Society of Illustrators
Founded in 1901, the Museum of American Illustration at the Society of Illustrators is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to "the promotion of the art of illustration - past, present and future." It has over 1,000 members worldwide and is headquartered in an 1875 vintage carriage house in New York's Upper East Side. For more information, visit: www.societyillustrators.org or call 212-838-2560.

 

New York Times Obituary
September 10, 2005

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Steve Heller wrote an editorial obituary about Bill Charmatz upon his passing on September 4th 2005. Bill Charmatz was a contributing illustrator to The New York Times from 1945-2004.

 

GRAPHICS TODAY
March/April 1979

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Graphics Today was the 1960-1970s magazine for corporate and commercial art. It was a national trade publication that offered top-level talent feature articles covering people, techniques, trends and products. Other artists and designers profiled in the issue were Milton Glaser, Seymour Chwast, Bob Ciano, Bob Cuccione and Frank DeVino.

 

 

 

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