The Roosterfish is featuring homoerotic art by local gay and gay-friendly artists. So, check out the works of our featured artist now showing.
Raised in Detroit, Gregory Weir-Quiton knew he had found his calling when he saw his first fashion illustration in a local newspaper. After graduating from Cass Tech High School with a major in fashion illustration, he then received a scholarship to Art Students League. After graduating, Gregory worked in New York and Chicago before moving to Los Angeles. He then worked for over 35 years with major California retailers in the fashion industry including, May Company, Robinsons, Bullocks, The Broadway and I. Magnin.
Gregory's work reveals a passion for the contemporary form. Nearly all his work, with the exception of several notable pieces commissioned for television and film, are drawn from live models. Seeing the drawing as an end in itself, the artist rarely adds anything after the pose is complete. Moreover, when questioned about his obvious fashion industry influences, he explains that what intrigues him is the way people design themselves ("Everyone does," he says) and this is what gets translated into his drawings.
In the early 90's as many of California's luxury retailers were replaced by more traditional department stores and fashion illustration began to decline, Gregory reinvented himself at Hollywood ad agency, BLT & Associates, where he worked on major film and television releases. Perhaps most famously, his original concept sketch, drawn on a napkin for Stephen Spielberg, eventually became the iconic DreamWorks logo of the boy fishing from the tip of a crescent moon.
Gregory's film credits include: Titanic, Mission Impossible, Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter, Men in Black, Spiderman, As Good As It Gets, and Saving Private Ryan. His equally impressive contributions to television include work on The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Desperate Housewives, Boston Legal and Lost, to name but a few.
Gregory is also a respected mentor to other artists. He's taught drawing at Art Center College of Design, Otis College of Art & Design, Chouinard Art Institute as well as having conducted drawing workshops at Drexel University, Woodbury University and Weir-Quiton Studios in Venice, California. He's also been recruited to conduct drawing classes by the animation departments at both Warner Bros. and Walt Disney Studios.
Drawing from his extensive portfolio, Gregory has begun reproducing his original drawings as quality greeting cards suitable for framing. Distributed under the name GWQ Drawings on Cards, these beautiful greeting cards are an exciting and affordable way to collect Gregory's work. Selected cards are available for purchase for $5.00 at the Roosterfish!
The Roosterfish will be displaying several of Gregory's homoerotic works through the end of January, so please come down and check them out. For more information visit: www.GregoryWeir-Quiton.com
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