ALLAN PANAKAL

Allen Panakel

Born and Raised in Chicago, Allen is well versed in web design, graphic art, illustration and photography. He works as a full time UI/UX designer on all kinds of creative projects. 

Allen comes from  a family of artists and started his training at a young age. HIs uncle was the first one to talk to him about his calling. Being an artist himself, he started teaching Allen. He would tell him in their family there were those who are destined to be artists, and young Allen had been gifted with something great and he shouldn't waste it.

Allen has three degrees: a BFA in Multimedia and Web Design, a BS in Network and Communications Management and an MFA in Media Design.He worked for a corporation for 13 years until finally focusing  on his own creator-owned series, Ancient Ones, some of which will be exhibited here at IKON.

 
 ARMAND CABRERA

ARMAND CABRERA

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Armand makes his home in Northern Virginia. An award-winning, self-taught artist, and a full-time oil painter represented by galleries across the US.

Armand has spent over 2 decades as a successful production artist in the computer games and entertainment industry, creating conceptual designs and background art. His clients include LucasFilm Games, Disney, Electronic Arts, Virgin Entertainment, Zynga, Nickelodeon, Microsoft and Paramount Pictures.

Armand is often published in regional and internationally-known art publications. International Artist Magazine, American Art Collector, Art of the West, Art Business News, The Piedmont Virginian, Elan, Plein Air and Southwest Art Magazines have recognized Armand as one of the premier, contemporary painters in the country.

 
 KRISTIN KEST

KRISTIN KEST

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Kristin has been an illustrator for 28 years and made over 30 books, 15 years of calendars, many magazines and publications~ including a 100-page graphic novel. In addition she has created imagery for manufactured products such as wallpaper, greeting cards, labels, and more. Kest's work spans markets as well as genres, and her work is as fluid in the educational and technical sciences, as it is in historical fiction or sci-fi. She is specifically fascinated with the intersection between hard science and the Fantastic and the storytelling opportunities which exist in that space.

She earned MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), and had taught Illustration and Drawing at York College of PA for a number of years.
She works in both traditional media ~brush & oil paint~ and digital media.  

 
 JODY FALLON

JODY FALLON

Jody Fallon

Known for his haunting figurative work and expressionist  landscapes, Jody Fallon is a self taught contemporary artist, proficient in oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel and pencil

He studied extensively the works of his most admired artists, Frank Frazetta, Paul Lehr, and Ron Wing, affording him the vehicle of expression he had sought for most of his life.

Jody's hard work paid off and he has  exhibited in galleries throughout Pennsylvania, including the Packwood House Museum in Lewisburg, Rogue Space Gallery in Chelsea, Windows Gallery,Chelsea 32 Gallery, Abend Gallery in Denver, CO and IX Gallery's Innaugural Exhibition online he has been a main show artist in the prestigous IX (Illuxcon). His paintings are in numerous private collections throughout the United States. 

 
 MATT MROWKA

MATT MROWKA

MATTHEW MROWKA

Matt is a tattoo artist and a dark fantasy landscape painter currently working in upstate NY.

His work derives exclusively from imagination. He uses intense light sources, and a very selective color palette of mostly warm tones in his paintings to help portray heavy narrations.

While focusing on structures and landscapes as main subjects, Matt's creatures and characters are often abandoned inhabitants. He keeps the 'meanings' of his illustrations mostly a mystery for others to speculate and create. 

 
 STEVE EHRET

STEVE EHRET

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Self-taught painter Steve Ehret is inspired by the natural world, taking in his surroundings on year-round trail runs. He makes careful observations of moss spreading over a fallen tree, or plants reaching towards the sun. The mental notes of these Darwinian scenes inspire the phantasmal settings of his paintings. His goal is not realism, but rather a sense of gravity, whether working in oils, with mixed media, or on a mural. 

Steve relishes working large and his murals inhabit public spaces throughout the Midwest. His genuine self-taught style blurs the lines between fine-tuned illustration, expressive street art, and lowbrow urban culture.

 
 
 
 DEBBIE HUGHES ERICKSON

DEBBIE HUGHES ERICKSON

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Debbie  is a painter and illustrator who’s work has been published worldwide. She is one of the few women illustrators who has successfully broken into the male dominated field of Science Fiction and Fantasy publishing.  In addition her paintings have been sought after by collectors in the U.S. and abroad. Debbie is a graduate of Furman University. She is also the grand-daughter of Hildegarde Hamilton, a well-known impressionist painter.

Debbie's works have appeared on book covers, magazines, web, collectible game cards, interactive games and advertising since 1981.  Presently Debbie is creating paintings in the vein of magic realism, a term she prefers to use for works that have branched out of her years in Science fiction and Fantasy. The works she produces now explore worlds of her own creation that are both metaphorically fantastic as well as explorations into possible futuristic scenarios. Debbie lives with her husband Dean near Lake Lanier in Buford, GA.