Artist of the Week: Joseph Daniel Fiedler
June 3, 2010
Joseph Daniel Fiedler of Nevada City answered some questions for the Prospector about his artistic endeavors.
Describe your art: I make images both for publication and for personal exploration.
How long doing it? All of my life. Professionally for over 37 years.
Why do you do it? Simply put, I have always liked to make pictures. It is all that I can do, therefore it gives me great pleasure.
What do you hope to accomplish? I hope to survive. Making pictures helps instill a sense of purposefulness, something that lasts longer than normal.
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Does the art convey a message? If it’s for publication it always has a specific, extrinsic message. If it’s for me, ultimately, the real message is “… growing up in America in the 1950s and ’60s.”
Any special training required? True creative effort always requires specialized training. I have an Associate’s Degree and a Bachelor of Fine Art (Painting).
Favorite part? I like being published. I like the fact that millions of people can see my work with their breakfast.
Least favorite part? Highly competitive, fashion oriented, fast-paced work for major American media can really wear you down after a while.
Time it takes? Dailies and weeklies typically have only hours before publishing. 24 hours was the tightest deadline I’ve ever had and maybe two to three weeks the longest (excluding picture book projects which can take up to six months or more). My personal work can involve as much time as I deem necessary.
Other comments: My work has been selected for two prestigious juried professional arts competitions, the 2010 Communication Arts Magazine’s Illustration Annual, and American Illustration 29, both, the year’s best in Illustration.
My entry for the 2010 Communication Arts Magazine Annual 51, was an illustration created for the Los Angeles Times Book Review of Michael Chabon’s book Manhood for Amateurs. Two personal paintings from the series AFRIKA/AFRIKA were selected for American Illustration 29.
Both competitions are juried by a group of national and international illustrators, designers, and art directors and in both cases less than 450 images were selected from over 8,000 entries. American Illustration 29 will be distributed world wide in November 2010. The California Illustration Annual is available internationally now.
I was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and have lived in Tokyo, Japan, New Mexico, and Michigan before moving to Nevada City in 2009.
My work has appeared in numerous publications and exhibitions. I have illustrated children’s books, received a Silver Medal from the Society of Illustrators, and have also been recognized by Graphis, Print, the Society of Publication Designers, The Spectrum International Annual of Fantastic Art, Taschen Publishing and the Broadcasting Design Association, among others.
For more information and portfolio, visit scaryjoey.com.