spalenka

Fantasy & Visionary Art From The Mind's Eye

California, United States · 365 Sales

spalenka

Fantasy & Visionary Art From The Mind's Eye

California, United States 365 Sales On Etsy since 2008

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Announcement   Welcome to the Spalenka Etsy portal! This site is an introduction to my art.
I am a professional illustrator, concept designer for film, art career mentor, and song writer/percussionist. My real home is at Spalenka.com where you can see more in depth history and art projects in the making. I offer beautiful limited editions made with museum quality papers and inks along with higher end specialty items. It is a feast for the eyes and soul.

-I also teach classes on art career sustainability at colleges and universities around the world. Learn how to become an empowered artist entrepreneur! at ArtistAsBrand.com
The Artist As Brand® Workbook is used as a text book for art business courses.

All images in this shop are copyrighted and cannot be reproduced except by permission of Greg Spalenka.

Announcement
Last updated on Oct 26, 2015

Welcome to the Spalenka Etsy portal! This site is an introduction to my art.
I am a professional illustrator, concept designer for film, art career mentor, and song writer/percussionist. My real home is at Spalenka.com where you can see more in depth history and art projects in the making. I offer beautiful limited editions made with museum quality papers and inks along with higher end specialty items. It is a feast for the eyes and soul.

-I also teach classes on art career sustainability at colleges and universities around the world. Learn how to become an empowered artist entrepreneur! at ArtistAsBrand.com
The Artist As Brand® Workbook is used as a text book for art business courses.

All images in this shop are copyrighted and cannot be reproduced except by permission of Greg Spalenka.

Greg Spalenka

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Greg Spalenka

FLOWERS OF FORTUNE Art Cards- Set of 4
US$10.00
Lotus Faeries Poster
US$18.00
Most Beautiful Card Game in the World
US$10.00

About

The Interior Cathedral

From the beginning it seems as if my art was borne of two worlds. One world was sensual, dark and mysterious, the other spiritual, light and magical. Two sides of my nature competing for and completing my creative vision. As a little boy I was brought up in the Catholic faith. The imagery and feeling that came with standing in a large church with statues of various saints looking over me, candles flickering, and glowing stained glass windows was hypnotizing. I was enthralled and impressed, but I knew there was a cathedral inside my head too. I got glimpses of it and it was magnificent.

While growing up alongside 5 brothers and sisters (I was the oldest) finding space to myself was next to impossible. So I used my bed as a workspace, usually drawing something up from my imagination. In 4th grade I subscribed to the Science Fiction book club. Edgar Rice Burroughs novels (John Carter of Mars series) caught my interest, but it was the amazing covers of these books and inside illustrations of Frank Frazetta that sparked my passion! Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Bernini and other classical artists that I dug up from the local library were my only inspiration to date. I would stare at, study and copy Frazetta's images. What power his drawings and paintings possessed! Obsessed, I realized my own love for the human figure.

Drums. Even as a kid my hands, my feet, my heart, my head, my whole body were alive with infinite rhythms. The musical part of my being always wanted to partner with my visual self, yet this would not come to fruition until many years later.

Soon after graduating High School I was a full time student at the Art Center College of Design located in Pasadena CA. In technique, in thinking, in seeing, all parts of my visual vocabulary were expanded. Here my influences expanded greatly too and I learned what it meant to bring "concept" to a piece of art. Not just tell a story with pictures but say something in a new and unique way that goes beyond storytelling. I got turned on to early art, Gothic, Renaissance, and a lot of late 1800's art. The Symbolist period with the Pre Raphaelites, the Decadents, Art Nouveau. There was an ethereal quality I loved in the Pictorialist photographers of those days too. The editorial illustrators of the late 1970's Marshall Arisman, John Collier, Allan Cober, Ralph Steadman, Brad Holland, etc. grabbed my attention. The social and political commentary these illustrators were making struck a chord in me. Here was art with a real purpose to communicate issues about humanity. It was art that was speaking to thousands, in some case millions of people.

Soon after graduating from Art Center (BFA Illustration) I moved to New York. The jobs trickled in, Rolling Stone commissioned a portrait of Elvis Costello, New York Times Magazine put my portrait of a young Hemingway on its cover, but it was a series of illustrations I created for Sports Illustrated that finally put me on the map. One of the projects involved 10 days with soon to be boxing champion Mike Tyson. I created life size drawings, paintings and studies of Tyson and the trainers and boxers of Cus Damato's gym. Generally during the 80's I focused on social and political illustrations for magazines and Newspapers, as well as book covers.

I pushed hard to bring a new ideas to all my jobs but the norm in this business is the obvious, the literal and the cliche. There are too many editors and marketing people making decisions on art. After eight years of cranking out hundreds of editorial images for publications around the world, I realized I was reaching burnout, and yearned for something new.

I started hanging out with Kent Williams, Dave McKean, George Pratt, and the rest of the gang at the Allen Spiegel Fine Arts booth during the San Diego Comic Conventions.
Here I saw the power of the independent artist entrepreneur and started to create and sell my own products to fans, patrons, collectors. Now I teach this message of empowerment to others through my Artist As Brand workshops.

I started working in the world of film as a concept designer in 2004. I have concept designed for, The Ant Bully, The Golden Compass, Escape from Planet Earth, Kamlu, and the third Narnia film, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Now my focus is on personal book, music, and film projects while teaching and inspiring others. I started a company called Artist As Brand® to empower art career independence. http://bit.ly/a8PnIc

I am married to Roxana Villa who is an amazing artist, and botanical perfumer. http://etsy.me/LgWaYS
She is the mother to Eve, her creative daughter now a college student.

So my personal vision continues to transform. Making a living from my art on my own terms is a challenge and a lot of work. Sometimes it feels as if my soul is growing and bursting the seams of my self imposed limitations.
The cathedral is still there to remind me of the possibilities. It's still magnificent!

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  • Greg Spalenka

    Owner, Designer, Maker

    It has been a thirty year journey of working in industry as an illustrator in publishing and concept designer in film to building an industry around my own stories and visions. My heart is connected to my creations, may my art touch your heart too.

Shop policies

Last updated on July 24, 2012
When you purchase products from "Spalenka- Art From the Minds Eye" you are supporting a one man show. For 26 years I have made my living as an artist.
I am grateful for the opportunity to share some of my creations with you.
Thank you for shopping at "Spalenka- Art From the Minds Eye".

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
  • Money Order
  • Check
Payment
I accept payments via Paypal, Checks and Money Orders. In the case of personal checks, they must clear before orders are shipped.

CA Residents will be charged an additional 8.25% sales tax.

Ordering online is simple, safe and effective. If you prefer not to use the secure online system you may place an order by calling or sending me an email.
818-992-5828
greg [!at] spalenka.com

Should you need to cancel an order after payment has been submitted but before an item has been shipped, a refund will be granted only when order was paid through Paypal and minus any PayPal fees. Orders paid by check or money order will be destroyed.
Shipping
I ship orders within a day or two of receiving payment. If you need the item sooner, please contact me to work out other arrangements.

Orders are generally shipped via USPS First Class, Priority or International Priority Mail. All art is insured. The shipping charge includes packing/handling.
Please make sure your Etsy shipping address matches your PayPal address. I generally will compare your Etsy shipping address with your PayPal one to make sure there is a match. I ship orders to the PayPal shipping address.

************** US Customers ***************

If your order does not arrive please go to your local post office right away with the delivery confirmation number I will provide you. The sooner you go and talk to a live person the sooner they can trace what transpired with your package. I do not assume responsibility for packages unless they are shipped with insurance. If you would like insurance added please alert me before checking out.

************** International Orders ***************

I do ship outside of the US but may need to calculate shipping for you. If you are interested in a specific item please contact me and I will be happy to calculate shipping for you. I do not guarantee items shipped to foreign countries.
When your package arrives, you may have to pay additional customs fee for which you are responsible. Please understand that we cannot mark "gift" on the customs form as that is illegal. Thank you for your understanding.

If for some reason your product arrives damaged, please contact me immediately via phone or email so I can make immediate arrangements to send a replacement. The damaged item must be assessed via the shipping company, and returned to me in the original packaging.

If your country is not part of the shipping destinations included, please let us know and we will be happy to add it if there have been no challenges with customs or customers in that area.

If your item has been sent with the third party insurance carrier I use and the package does not arrive I will file a claim. Claims must be filed between 45 and 90 days of the ship date. Thus you must wait 45 days from the ship date to file the claim, but no more than 90 days. The insurer requires a signed letter from you stating that the package never arrived. If you do not wish to send this letter than I cannot move ahead with the claim. As stated above, sometimes the process takes some time to resolve. If you have any concerns please let me know how you prefer your item to be sent and I will create a special listing for you.I also send items using a third party insurance. Be aware that if your item is lost it can take at least one month to resolve the situation.

This is what must be included in the letter sent to the insurance provider:

1. Date the package was mailed
2. Invoice number
3. Description of product
4. If loss, state parcel never received
5. Signature and date.

This letter can be e-mailed to me, or snail mailed to me, the insurance carrier or faxed. In order for me to move forward with the replacement of your item it is required that the information above be supplied.

FYI: There have been no challenges with sending items via USPS International Mail to the UK. Australia occasionally is tricky and shipments to Canada have been known to take upwards of 8 weeks.

When your package arrives, you may have to pay additional custom or postal fees for which you are responsible.
Refunds and Exchanges
There are no returns. All sales are final.
Please see "Shipping" above for products damaged during transit.
Additional policies and FAQs
If you are a business owner and would like to carry my products, please contact me by e-mail or phone. I do not do consignment.

GUARANTEE
My intention is to create the highest quality product whilst using sustainable and environmentally sensitive processes during printing or manufacturing.