Over the past thirty years in his role as an award-winning illustrator, Chris Spollen’s work has evolved from working with the then, traditional materials on paper, to his current love for creating evocative, expansive digital mixed media projects, along with scouring locales for found objects that find their way into three dimensional sculptures that reflect his love for space, steamship punk and the sea.
His client list is a broad spectrum of nationally known publications such as Boy’s Life, McGraw Hill and Penthouse. He is regularly featured in illustration industry annuals such as Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art and Society of Illustration Annuals and self published collections such as Aprodisia One and Two.
Spollen’s work has been the subject of one-man shows at the Staten Island Museum, the Society of Illustrators, and was most recently included in the acclaimed Robot show at the Norman Rockwell Museum. He is also represented in numerous juried group exhibitions.
Currently Professor Spollen is working on a series of metal and wood sculptures;
Images and subject matter ranging from flying ships to airplanes. He gathers his materials from the beaches of the small island where he currently resides and from the household pantry. His art is reminiscent of a simpler time of tin toys, trains, planes, and automobiles, the unbridled bliss that is youth, with a touch of naiveté.
His love for creating art is matched by his love for being in the classroom, where he urges young minds to create on both the graduate and undergraduate levels.