Local Artist Renders Christopher Walken

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Words and photos by Leah Glazer

"Walken" by Maria Damianou

Artist Maria Damianou of Monroe, Connecticut is gaining some recognition for “Walken”, a graphite drawing of Christopher Walken, an actor best known for his supporting role in 1978’s The Deer Hunter.

The Sacred Heart University student’s piece has been accepted into The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles West 49 Competition and The Society of Illustrators of New York Annual Student Scholarship Competition 2011.

Words and photos by Leah Glazer

 


 

Artist Maria Damianou of Monroe, Connecticut is gaining some recognition for “Walken”, a graphite drawing of Christopher Walken, an actor best known for his supporting role in 1978’s The Deer Hunter. The Sacred Heart University student’s piece has been accepted into The Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles West 49 Competition and The Society of Illustrators of New York Annual Student Scholarship Competition 2011.

“Walken” was shown at the Los Angeles’ Society’s juried exhibition West 49 at Gallery Nucleus in Alhambra, California from January 21 to the 31.  “Walken” will be displayed on the Illustration West 49 website for two years.  The drawing will also be shown from May 6 to the 28 at the Museum of American Illustration in New York City.

In an interview, Damianou, a junior who is working towards being the first SHU student to graduate with a double major in fine arts and graphic design as well as a double minor in chemistry and biology, said, “I am thrilled and intimidated to have this opportunity.  The next couple of students along with me will be representing Sacred Heart University’s strength in terms of our art department, as well as expose the well-deserved talent that isn’t recognized enough.”



“You don’t realize how much history can be encapsulated in the wrinkles and folds of the skin.  It was an interesting experience to be up close and personal through just a picture.”

– artist Maria Damianou on drawing Christopher Walken

 

 

“Walken” was one of 205 illustrations accepted out of the 7,002 submitted to The Society’s Annual Student Scholarship Competition 2011.

“Christopher Walken has always been a favorite actor/comedian of mine,” Damianou explained. “His look and composure just sounded like it would be fun to illustrate.  You don’t realize how much history can be encapsulated in the wrinkles and folds of the skin.  It was an interesting experience to be up close and personal through just a picture.  Bringing it to life, it was a painful yet beautiful experience in discovering what it takes to give a sense of presence in a piece.  I personally don’t think I would have gotten the same effect with any other medium.”

Damianou was also one of 18 New Haven area artists chosen to do a reproduction in ink for James Esber’s 2011 exhibition, Your Name Here, at The Aldrich Museum in Ridgefield.

Walken is a Fairfield County resident.  When asked if she has any hopes that he may see her drawing in local papers, Damianou laughed and said, “Well, honestly I have been thinking that if everyone else has been seeing it, he’s bound to!  I would be very happy if he did and even happier if he was impressed.  Lately friends of mine have spotted him, I really hope he comes across it, it definitely would be a pleasure!”

 

 

Walken – graphite, 2010

 

 

 

 

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In the Womb – oil, 2010

 

 

 

 

Discipline – charcoal and conte, 2010

 

 

 

 

Lunch with Vader – oil, 2010

 

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