After receiving his BFA degree in Illustration from Virginia Commonwealth University in 1991, Craig Cartwright’s artistic pursuits led him to New York City where he began applying his illustration background into his Fine Art oil paintings.
He quickly established himself in New York’s underground art scene throughout the 90s. Exhibiting at venues including CBGB’s 313 Gallery, The Gershwin Gallery, and also directing performance art, influenced by his paintings, at the Mazer Theater in Lower Manhattan. His commercial illustration work eventually brought him to Los Angeles four years ago where he has been hired by Pixar, Disney, Warner Brothers, and Ridley Scott designing storyboards, and concept illustrations for commercials, trailers, theatrical displays, and short films.
Although he has experimented with different painting styles over the years including abstract expressionism and a series of relief paintings, influenced by cave art pictographs, his first body of work established what is his signature illustrative style. Incorporating humanlike forms into surreal landscapes with underlying environmental themes, he attempts to reconnect the viewer with the natural world. He now resides in Venice, CA where he is revisiting and expanding his first series of paintings “Organica: Union with the Plant”.