Insider Art

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Last month, New York post house Ohio Edit hosted its first fine-art exhibit, devoted to the work of advertising and design professionals. "Our goal is to help support and inspire creative thinking beyond the everyday business of advertising," says Marybeth Medernach, partner and executive producer at Ohio Edit. "We believe this is what ultimately stimulates great work in the field." Among the works shown were the paintings of Neil Powell of New York brand-building agency Powell, and the photographs of a host of creative types, including Adam Whitaker of Duffy/London; Fabien Baron of Baron + Baron; John Hegarty of BBH; Jon Matthews of Wieden + Kennedy/Amsterdam; Alan Aboud of Aboud-Sodano, London; and director Jeffery Plansker of Supply & Demand. Not to mention painted-on apparel by Dan Rollman of Goodby, Silverstein & Partners. Here's Neil Powell on the origins of his art, most of which are acrylics on wood or mixed media on canvas: "Growing up on a pig farm in the backwoods of western Kentucky has given me a unique perspective on life and culture. I had the good fortune, and misfortune, of brushing shoulders with some exceptionally comical, strange and shady characters in my hometown of Caneyville, population 720. And although it's taken a good deal of time and distance, these people have, unknowingly to them, been a continuing influence and inspiration for my entire body of work. Most of my pieces explore these people and the relationships they have with one another."
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