Alan Magee, born in 1947 in Newtown, Pennsylvania, attended art school in Philadelphia and, in 1969, began working as an editorial and book illustrator in New York. Among his regular clients were Time Magazine, Playboy, Atlantic, New York Magazine, The New York Times, Bantam, Avon, Ballantine and Pocket Books. His illustrations received numerous awards from the Society of Illustrators, Communication Arts Magazine and the Art Director's Clubs of Los Angeles, Chicago and New York. In the late 1970s, Magee began to concentrate exclusively on his personal paintings and, in 1980, had his first solo exhibition at Staempfli Gallery in NYC. Since that time, he has had annual one-man shows throughout the United States and Europe. A ten-year retrospective, Alan Magee 1981-1991, traveled to four US museums. Currently a thirty-year retrospective is traveling throughout the US.
A book of Magee's paintings, Stones and Other Works, was published by Harry N. Abrams in 1986 and the book, Alan Magee 1981-1991, was published in 1991 by the Farnsworth Art Museum. A 224-page monograph Alan Magee, Paintings, Sculpture, Graphics was published in 2003 by Forum Gallery. He received The American Book Award in 1982 and has received awards from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and the National Academy of Design. Several half-hour television documentaries have been made about his work including the WCBB production, Alan Magee, Visions of Darkness and Light. Magee has been interviewed on radio for Voice of America, Monito (Christian Science Monitor) Radio in NYC, WHYY in Philadelphia, and Pacifica Radio in San Francisco.
Magee's works can be seen in many public collections including The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, The Portland Museum of Art, the Farnsworth Art Museum, the Arkansas Art Center, the Arizona State University Art Museum and the Columbus (Ohio) Museum of Art. His work is included in the private collections of Mobil Oil, the Atlantic Richfield Co., Lucasfilm, Inc., Cargill Corporation, Continental Grain, the Bank of Japan, the Union Trust Bank, The Janss Collection, and the collections of Billy Wilder, Chermayeff & Geissmar, Johnny Carson, Mike Nichols and Diane Sawyer, Nicholas Cage, Morley Safer, and Richard & Jalane Davidson, among others. Magee is represented by Forum Gallery in New York and Los Angeles.
The Ghost of Joe McCarthy in Alan Magee's "Party Line"
Sordoni Art Gallery, Beyond Recognition: The Art of Alan Magee, Wilkes University, Wilkes-Barre, PA
Goethe Institut New York, Alan Magee: Traurarbeit (The Work of Mourning)
Elan Fine Arts, All Too Human: Alan Magee Monotypes, Rockport, Maine
Forum Gallery, Alan Magee: Time Pieces, New York
Work in the Davistown Museum Permanent Collection
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