Alan Magee was born in 1947 in Newtown, Pennsylvania, attended Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and, in 1968, began working as an editorial and book illustrator in New York. Among his regular clients were Time Magazine, The Atlantic, Playboy, New York Magazine, The New York Times, McCall’s, and Avon, Ballantine, and Simon and Schuster Books. His illustrations received numerous awards from the Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts magazine, and the Art Directors’ Clubs of Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. Magee’s illustrations were honored with Playboy’s Annual Editorial Award in 1977, and an American Book Award in 1982.
Alan Magee has received numerous awards for his paintings and his work is in many public collections including the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (CA), The Art Institute of Chicago (IL), Portland Museum of Art and Farnsworth Art Museum (ME), Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts (Little Rock, AR), DeCordova Museum (Lincoln, MA), Huntington Museum of Art (WV), and Columbus Museum of Art (OH). Several television documentaries have been made about his work including the Maine PBS production, “Alan Magee: Visions of Darkness and Light,” and “Maine Masters: Alan Magee.” Most recently, a feature documentary about the artist, Alan Magee: art is not a solace, premiered at the International Camden Film Festival in September 2019.
Alan Magee currently lives and works in Maine.
Portrait by David Wright
Enjoy this selection of Paintings and Drawings appearing in David's show at the Bakersfield Museum of Art along with the brochure and essay for the show found below. Additional work can be viewed in person from January 25th thru May 4th, 2024 at the Museum.
*Cover image courtesy of the Monterey Museum of Art
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