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~About the Artist~
Wade Koniakowsky has enjoyed a 25-year career in advertising creating campaigns for the likes of Taco Bell, Reebok, McDonalds and Microsoft. In 1995, he founded Big Bang, with offices in San Diego and Seattle. Today, Wade divides his time between managing creative duties at Big Bang and his pursuit of fine art.
His art is clearly inspired by his love for the ocean. A surfer since 1966, Wade has developed a deep reservoir of ocean and surf imagery to draw from. ôInspiration comes in many formsàfrom Griffin surf cartoons to California Impressionism to watching the sky while surfing Swamisö says Wade. ôAdvertising has also provided me with a huge mental catalog of imagesö.
Wade has judged exhibits for Communication Arts Magazine, been the host speaker at The Artists & Art Directors Club of Sacramento and served on the board of The American Institute of Graphic Arts, San Diego chapter. His work has been featured in Graphis, Art Direction, Communication Arts, and Print. His work has been recognized by the New York Art DirectorÆs Club, The Houston Art DirectorÆs Club, The Los Angeles Advertising Club and The Clios. He is a guest lecturer at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena.
His ad agency Big Bang is a corporate member of the San Diego Museum of Art and creates advertising and design for their exhibits. WadeÆs love for painting began in college but eventually gave way to the more ôpracticalö career in commercial art. Coming full circle many years later, heÆs now dedicated to creating work that reflects his own life rather than the goods and services of his clients.
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