K. Bedrick is known throughout the world for his visionary/sci-fi/fantasy
art, which is displayed on greeting cards, web sites, and in galleries.
Bedrick's field as an artist covers not only just print art, but also
digital art. He recently designed a fully interactive utopia world,
and among other things, is persuing writing. Bedrick, currently located
in Los Angeles California with his new wife and child, is working on
a swarm of new projects. Our own Jennifer Charron interviews Bedrick
about his art, and more.
were born and raised?
in Providence, Rhode Island. My family moved to Northern California
when I was ten.
the way you were raised have an effect on you as an artist?
question. The answer is probably yes, but not in the way you might think.
I discovered art on my own, but the Bohemian lifestyle of my family
in the 70s exposed me to a sensibility that included psychedelia and
spirituality. These qualities certainly influenced my early work.
you have any siblings or children?
have a younger sister. My beautiful daughter Anja was just born on September
would you say your style of art falls mostly under if you had to catagorize
style for which I have received the most recognition has been called
Visionary, Fantasy, or Romantic realism. Each of these names have connotations
or limitations which keep them from being very accurate, but I think
most people can get a rough idea from them.
did you learn your craft?
self-taught, but I got a real boost during a private apprenticeship
with a well-known artist named Gage Taylor when I was sixteen. Since
then, I have learned new techiques from almost every artist acquaintance,
collaborator or project that I have worked on.
you have a favorite medium to use? Why is it your favorite?
of my paintings are done in the traditional medium of oil on canvas.
It was my favorite for many years because it was what I knew the best.
I also believed that I was helping to keep a noble artform alive. Nevertheless,
I am equally comfortable with other more contemporary media including
airbrush and even digital computer art which I use for commercial assignments.
More recently, I have been professionally designing and creating virtual
3D worlds on the computer.
you have a favorite painting or drawing and why?
"Daybreak" by Maxfield Parrish or maybe "Rainy Season in the Tropics"
by Frederick Church. Oh, you mean one of my own? I knew that. Not really,
but my most requested image by far is "Angel in Blue", painted back
are the galleries that display your work?
have exhibited at many well-established galleries in San Francisco,
Beverly Hills, New York, Chicago, and Tokyo, however none currently
since I have been occupied with more commercial work.
you working on any new and exhiting projects you can tell us about?
I am working with a new fine art rep and publisher called Platinum Raven.
They will be producing a new line of limited edition reproductions of
my most popular images. There is also serious talk of mounting a major
exhibit of new originals in Tokyo (once I have painted them.)
In the meantime, I am lead artist for an online 3D interactive community
called Cybertown. As I mentioned, I design and build interactive 3D
worlds and animated characters called avatars that members can use to
Also, I recently completed my art directorial debut on a humorus animated
Finally, I am about to begin work on a seried of book illustrations
on a classic children's holiday story that will someday be a major animated
is your favorite artist?
are so many, but I mentioned Maxfield Parrish and Frederick Church.
Also, J.W. Waterhouse, Gustav Klimt and Matisse come to mind.
did you want to become an aritst? And when did you know that's what
you wanted to be?
most kids, I liked to draw pictures. Pretty early on, everyone noticed
that I was good at it. That encouraged me to continue. I could do photo-realistic
renderings by the time I was twelve, so I was pretty sure even then
that I'd stick with it.
do they call your art visionary? Do you see the future? Or is it just
your look at life the way it is now?
was a term coined by an old friend and artist colleague of mine named
Norman Steigelmeyer (now deceased) to describe a movement of art that
grew out of the post-psychedelic era and focused on mostly spiritual
or idealized utopian "visions". By my association with this group, the
name stuck long after the description fit well.
do you think will happen in the near future?
are always many possibilites, but I am focusing on opportunites that
will allow me to spend more time at home with my family. This might
mean going back to doing fine art full time after about six years doing
other things. It will be coming full circle.