Everyone has a destiny, some may say. It is either predetermined or gracefully outlined by our own actions and energy. If either of these is true, then this places Tadd Moskal as one of the fortunate few whose artistic destiny was predetermined with a colorful outline.
Moskal is an artist that continually explores his artistic boundaries, even challenging himself to create outside his comfort zone. His work does not cater to the masses in a safe artistic hue, but rather opens your mind and eyes to a delightful conversation. It is as if he is the male version of Snow White and the animal kingdom has come to land on his shoulder to whisper that they want to pose for him, allowing Moskal to create a picture of them in their daily lives or in a “wish I could” moment of human action. This clever, whimsical style didn’t come to fruition right away for Moskal.
Moskal began in bronze creating in the style of what he believes to be the North Western Native American style and then slowly over the course of 10 years moved to what he calls “the cartoonish” style with the big bulging eyes. “As I was leaning more towards the 3-dimentional cartoon characters, they seemed to always have these big bulging eyes” Moskal states and continues with a smile “Some people just don’t get the bulging eyes”. Moskal’s bronze work is playful, recognizable and affordable.
Moskal participated in a number of art festivals over the years, including the Celebrate Colorado Artists event. Nine years ago Michael Rieger, one of the owner’s of Lapis Gallery, approached Moskal to show his bronze work at the gallery. Moskal went to the gallery to get a better idea of what they were about. “Mike showed me where my bronze work was to be, and explained that they hadn’t decided who their 2-dimensional artist was going to be. I told him to hold on a moment, and that’s when I went home and created 10 drawings in a month for the upcoming show. Everything just came together. The style of how I present my work, torn edges and such” Moskal states. “It was natural for me to move into the medium of crayons. I liked the style I was creating in bronze, so I wanted to start creating the same in 2-dimension”.
Tadd Moskal will be showing his latest work as well as his bronze sculptures at Lapis Gallery’s First Friday Holiday Celebration tonight 6pm-10pm. Lapis Gallery is located at 3971 Tennyson Street, Denver, CO 80212, 303.480.5126. You may also view more of Tadd Moskal’s work at www.Bronzetoons.com.
Moskal is also participating as a “live painting” artist for the upcoming New Year’s Eve event, 11th Annual White Rose Gala & 4th Annual Champagne Hotel hosted by Kevin Larson Presents at the Hilton Doubletree, 7801 E. Orchard Road, Greenwood Village, CO. Visit KevinLarsonPresents.com for ticket information, special room rates available. Two Parties, One Hotel, December 31st, 2012.
I have always been a firm believer in this one simple saying “If the art moves you, then buy it”. You don’t need the approval of your peers to reinforce your decision, which is why I am a collector of artists work not an onlooker. I was delighted to be presented with telling Tadd Moskal’s story, as I am also a collector of his work. Happy First Friday and Joyous Holiday Season.
Wendy L. Pitton R. is a culture writer for 303 Magazine and the owner of WENDO Productions. WENDO Productions is an artistic production and artist representative company. WENDOProductions.com