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Travis Simpkins Creates Portrait of Don Hrycyk, LAPD Art Theft Detective

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Recently, artist Travis Simpkins completed a portrait illustration of Detective Donald Hrycyk, lead investigator of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Art Theft Detail. The LAPD Art Theft Detail is the only Municipal unit in the United States devoted to recovering stolen art and antiques. Detective Hrycyk made headlines recently, on December 17, when it was announced that he had cracked a six-year-old case, one of the largest art heists in L.A. history, involving 9 stolen paintings worth upwards of $10 million. The recovered art included paintings by Marc Chagall and Diego Rivera. Don Hrycyk was featured in Joshua Knelman’s 2011 book, “Hot Art: Chasing Thieves and Detectives Through the Secret World of Stolen Art.”

External Link: Travis Simpkins Creates Portrait of Don Hrycyk, LAPD Art Theft Detective

OFFSET2015

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OFFSET is a 3 day creative conference held annually in Dublin’s Bord Gáis Energy Theatre. Every year the very best of Irish and International creative professionals come together for a weekend of presentations, lectures, interviews and discussions. We take multi-disciplinary approach to curating OFFSET and feature industry leaders from the worlds of graphic design, animation, illustration, advertising, film, fashion and more.

External Link: OFFSET2015 at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre

2 SHOT Print Series Now Available Thru Inprnt

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Following up my Never Mind the Mutants: Here’s the X-Pistols series, I’d like to announce my newest series of prints available: 2 SHOT. Essentially fetishizing compositionally emotive two-shots for some of my favorite films, 2 SHOT is the latest of my stuff that is hopefully ever increasing in size and color. Each print features a charged non-verbal exchange between the two characters rendered in each piece. Tonally they’re meant to address the connection between humans at certain crucial moments.

For the most part it’s just me diving in to stuff I love. This link also contains some other miscellany in a similar style but not included in this series. I hope you enjoy them.

External Link: 2 SHOT Print Series Now Available Thru Inprnt

Travis Simpkins Creates Portrait of Robert K. Wittman, Founder of the FBI Art Crime Team

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Artist Travis Simpkins recently completed a portrait of Robert K. Wittman, former FBI Special Agent and founder of the FBI Art Crime Team. A famous art theft detective, Bob Wittman searched the World as an undercover agent from 1988-2008. He recovered stolen masterpieces by Rembrandt, Goya, Rodin, Norman Rockwell and cultural property including Pre-Columbian artifacts and a copy of the Bill of Rights. Today, Bob works in the private sector, managing his own Art Recovery and Security Consulting company. Bob Wittman is also the author of the best-selling 2010 memoir, “Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures.”

External Link: Travis Simpkins Creates Portrait of Robert K. Wittman, Founder of the FBI Art Crime Team

Every Day Original (small works, small prices)

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I am very excited to announce this new project. It’s been a labor of love, and we love art. We make it possible for everyone to be an art collector. You don’t need tons of wall space, and you don’t need tons of money. You just need good taste and our hand-picked roster of artists.

Every Day Original is a collaboration between Drawn + Drafted and our favorite illustrators. We help our artists post and sell original works to the growing market for small originals.

External Link: Every Day Original (small works, small prices)