has always been the key element in the artwork
of William L. Eaken. As a child he was inspired by storybook
consequently, by his early teens was writing and illustrating his own
tales. A major influence on Will happened at the age of ten when
Coleridge's, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," and saw the
illustrations for it by the 19th century artist Gustav Dore. This
powerful and lasting impression on him. The poetic,
philosophical, and mystical
continues to be at the core of his work.
1981 Will entered college to study art, yet quickly found himself
concentrating on philosophy instead. But in 1984, returning to
love, he transferred to California State University, Fullerton, earning
Bachelor of Fine Arts degree four years later.For the next 10
years he enjoyed an
exciting and varied
career as an artist in the entertainment industry, creating everything
advertising and poster art, traditional animation, and magazine and
illustration. A highly versatile artist, Will has done
painting, computer animation, storyboarding, cartooning, and concept
games, books, and films.
has created work for Rhino Records, Paramount Pictures,
Steven Spielberg, and NASA, to name a few; and worked for three years
1998 he began pursuing his own mystical vision in fine art.
He enjoys working with the sculptural beauty and drama of human and
forms, but with a philosophical message hidden within.
I'm trying to do is not so much paint visual
representations, but visual poems. I think of it as 'Romantic
Symbolism.' They are romantic in that beauty and sensuality are
values. But they are symbolic in that personal and philosophical
runs very deep, even when it's not immediately obvious to the viewer."
His work has
appeared in many galleries in California, Hawaii, and Florida.
enjoying creative projects, Will has written a novel for middle school
and young adult, invented an a new kind of artist's paint,
and is currently developing a concept for generating electricity from
wind by using architectural elements of a building rather than