Posts Tagged ‘tim liddy’

Artist of the moment……..Gary Taxali


Gary Taxali is a contemporary artist and illustrator from Toronto, Canada renown for his cartoon style that brings to mind the commercial themed pop art masters of the 1960s such as Lichtenstein and Warhol.

Taxali has a reputation for great fashion sense. Here we check out pocket square art made by Gary Taxali:

Gary Taxali was born in Chandigarh, India in the year 1968. He was raised in Toronto, Canada. Taxali attended the Ontario College of Art.

Below a great interview with Gary Taxali:

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Taxali reminds of American painter Tim Liddy. Liddy paints imaginary game boards and boxes, and his faces and figures have the same retro comic book style.

Below a link to the website of the artist:


700th POSTING!!!!……….Art and the games we used to play as children….

For this special posting I wanted to talk about a fundamental change in one of my favorite games, MONOPOLY.  After so many years with the same game pieces Hasbro has finally come to the conclusion that it is time for a change. I am in my mid thirties and none of my peers even owns an iron!


I don’t own an X box or Nintendo and very much enjoy the process of an old fashioned family game night. Have some friends and family over for some Pictionary, Trivial Pursuit, Scrabble, or Monopoly. It is nice to be able to play a shooting game against someone in Thailand, but how about spending some time with your friends and family.


One artist who did a great job in the 1800s at capturing the atmosphere and intensity of two people playing chess, checkers, or developing a war plan would be Carl Wilhelm Antony Seiler. I love the compositions used by Seiler. The viewer always has the feeling something important is being planned or thought about. Very intense, as if watching a live chess match!

Another artist who is a great painter with this genre is Tim Liddy. He is a trompe painter and he paints what appear to be the covers of very old board games from the 1950s and 1960s. Some are made up some are real, the viewer is hard pressed to tell the difference. The artist goes to tremendous lengths reproducing faded colors on the box as well as ver old and dried up scotch tape that barely has any tack left. Here we see a fantastic trompe style vintage Monopoly game by Tim Liddy.


Another artist who uses the name Alec Monopoly loves to paint the Monopoly Man in various poses and situations. The artist is known for doing street and graffiti as well as selling in galleries. Here is a great example of Alec Monopoly and his style. This work is acrylic on newspaper.


An artist working in a similar manner to Tim Liddy, painting the boxes of our beloved games of childhood is K Henderson. Similar to Liddy the artist enjoys painting a trompe surface going to great detail to describe worn tape and faded color on cardboard. Here we see a wonderful painting of a vintage Monopoly game. Below is  sample of K. Henderson’s trompe style.

Monopoly by K Henderson

A link to K. Henderson’s own website:

Micheal Fitts is another artist working with games. He works on scrap metal for instead of canvas and this gives his works a great sense of texture. Below is an example of a series done by Fitts featuring the original Monopoly playing pieces.


Below is another fine example of Fitts’s style and this time his subject is the vintage game OPERATION!


A link to Michael Fitts blog:


The last artist we will look at hails from Canada and his name is Alvin Richard. Working in acrylics the artist creates great visual interest in his work by painting a variety of textures. In this painting we see the smooth and shiny game pieces contrasting with the smooth game board.



Try painting something from your favorite vintage game!


Happy Easter Special…. Board game master painter Tim Liddy….

On line and land based gallery: William Shearburn located in St. Louis, Missouri.

mediums used: oils, enamel, urethane, sculpture

surfaces used: copper and steel

low price range: $5,000

high price range: $15,000

The artist also takes commissions that range from $3,000 to $11,000.  Find your old favorite board game and send it to this artist! Maybe even have him age it more by painting dog ears on the pages and adding tape.  If you can’t find your favorite board game look for it on ebay.

A short lecture given my the artist that covers his life from age 16 to current. Its awesome to hear what inspired him and the incidents he had to overcome to get where he is today. Its nice to see the progression of the artist in a slide show. At age 16 he broke his neck playing hockey and was nearly motionless for one year. He started drawing as a way to rehab his arms and legs and just feel in love with the process of creating. The disability made him learn the power of high goals and a strong work ethic.

The artist was born in Dearborn, Michigan in 1963. He studied overseas in Florence, Italy.  He attended college at the Center for Creative Studies located in Detroit, Michigan and received a bachelors degree.  Attended Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri and earned a masters degree in fine art.  He is a tenured professor at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Missouri.


This artist is well known for painting fantastic images of board games. The games may be real or invented by himself, he never says for sure.  The paintings are trompe works meant to “trick” the eye.  The artist paints mainly with oils and enamel on copper or steel.

An avid hockey enthusiast who loves the National Hockey League.

The board games works give a flash back to a different and simpler era. Many games don’t feature one single minority on the cover, they mainly include only white males.

The artist’s own website:

What I enjoy most about the artist is his ideas of paintings. Its a very unique niche he has found for himself and many of the paintings weren’t real games at all. They exist only in his head.  The artist is similar to Chuck Close in that he had to rehab in order to keep producing art.  For his mode of transportation the artist uses a segway, the motorized two wheeled power vehicle. The artist has had to overcome a lot to succeed and has become one of the nations premiere artists in the process.

Happy painting and happy holidays!