Corey Sandelius

“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 Arts.

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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