Rory Kurtz has been illustrating since he was old enough to hold a crayon. Self-taught and focusing in pencil, ink and digital paint, Rory has carved out his niche as a unique voice in the illustration community. Working with digital media allows his paintings a greater amount of versatility, and faster production time, which makes all the difference when meeting deadlines.
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His influences are spread out across the respective worlds of literature, fashion, art, film and music. His work isn’t necessarily easy to define, as he tends to shift from one style to the next and back again as it fits the assignment, but the individual pieces seem unified by a shared sense of fantasy in a modern reality.
Rory lives and works in Chicago, where he also moonlights as a commercial and editorial photographer.
The Atlantic Monthly, The New Yorker, Entertainment Weekly, The New York Times, Sony Pictures, StudioCanal, Neon Pictures, Playboy Magazine, Rolling Stone, Men’s Health, O Magazine, Mondo – Alamo Drafthouse, Variety, Men’s Journal, Runner’s World, Ogilvy & Mather, Ford Automotive, Simon & Schuster Publishing, Outside Magazine, ESPN Magazine, Capstone Publishing, BLT Communications, The Village Voice, Vancouver Opera, Blue Hive, Hachette Books, Pentax Cameras, Miami New Times, Las Vegas Weekly, Legion Magazine, Bicycle Times, Phoenix New Times, Popshot Magazine, Minnesota Monthly, The 1st Movement, Cossette Advertising
- Creative Quarterly (Gold Medal – Illustration)
- Communication Arts Illustration Annual (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018)
- Communication Arts illustration feature (2013)
- Society of Illustrators
- Taschen – Illustration Now
- Taschen – Illustration Now (Portraits)
- Juxtapose – Online
- Thinkspace Gallery (Los Angeles)
- Hero Complex Gallery (Los Angeles)
- Digital Arts Magazine
- Carne Magazine
- Migrate Magazine (Official Magazine of the Loerie Awards)
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