“I started painting at a young age because my grandfather also wanted
to be a painter. I don't think he ever had the passion to really try;
instead he became an aerospace engineer and painted as a hobby. He taught
me how to paint and at age seven I had a full set of professional acrylic
paints. I wanted to paint in oils, like my grandfather, but my parents
wouldn't let me have toxic paints until I was older, so they bought me
the closest thing to oils - tubed acrylics.” -- Corey
Corey Sandelius was born in Seattle, Washington and attended the University
of Washington for two years before moving to Los Angeles to attend Art
Center College of Design where he graduated in 2000 with a BFA in Fine
Upon completing school, he became a freelance illustrator and contributing
artist to Spin and Detour Magazine, additionally; his work was featured
in Communication Arts Magazine in the "Fresh" segment with a
two page spread and interview highlighting up and coming artists/designers.
In his oversized acrylic paintings, he paints the people he observes with
emphasis on the relationships between people based in a surreal world.
While technology seems to constantly change, relationships between people
have not. From this basis, the language of his paintings emerges along
with his loquacious prose like titles.
Sandelius had received numerous awards and honors including; an honorable
mention in 1999 from the New York Society of Illustrators and in 1999
and 2001 he won the Gold Medal in the Uncommissioned Category of the Los
Angeles Society of Illustrators.
Sandelius has exhibited in Los Angeles and New York and is currently represented
by Billy Shire Fine Arts, Culver City, CA where he will be featured in
a group show in August 2007, followed by a solo show in 2008.His work
can be found in the private collections of Billy Shire, NRG Recording
Studios and members of the bands Linkin Park and Deftones.
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