Since its advent near the end of the 20th century, Etch-A-Sketch Art has become known as A Quintessential American Art Form, where the medium truly is the message. Jeff Gagliardi is one of the original pioneers of this offbeat movement and one of the best known of the Etch-A-Sketch artists. His objective has been to create works that one wouldn’t expect to see on a child’s toy, like a reproduction of a Renaissance master’s work. In pushing the limits of the Etch-A-Sketch — such as creating works that hang vertically (you have to draw it sideways) or use lines that seem not to connect — the result is a totally familiar subject, but with an element of disbelief. A good example is Picasso’s Guernica Revisited. Presenting Picasso’s great masterpiece in this medium not only reaches a new audience, but it is also disconcerting to see an act of heinous inhumanity depicted on a child’s toy.
Jeff’s Etch-A-Sketch Art has been displayed at the Denver Art Museum and the Berkshire Museum in Massachusetts, as well as galleries around the country. He’s been a guest on numerous ABC and NBC news shows including Good Morning America, and his Etch-A-Sketch work has appeared in many publications including People Magazine, The USA Today, Omni Magazine and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. He lives with his wife Nanci near Boulder, Colorado.
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