Art in the movies

The Maiden Heist, a comedy due out in the fall, stars Christopher Walken, Morgan Freeman and William Macy. But also look for a portrait by Southern California-based artist Jeremy Lipking to play a lead role in the film. Lipking (who was in the November 2008 issue of The Artist’s Magazine) was commissioned to paint The Lonely Maiden after the producer enlisted the help of Film Art LA, an agency that puts the movie world in contact with fine artists. The film’s plot centers around a trio of museum guards who steal works from a fictional Boston art museum.

Also, My Sister’s Keeper, a movie based on the novel by Jodi Picoult, opens nationwide on June 26. The film features Cameron Diaz and Alec Baldwin, but you may see paintings by Southern California painters John Brosio and Greg Carter in cameo roles. Tirage Fine Art, a Pasadena, CA, gallery that regularly rents out works by its artists to set designers for television and film productions, reports that Brosio’s dramatic tornado paintings are popping up in the trailers—a sign that they may not wind up on the cutting-room floor.

The gallery adds that it has rented out Elio Camacho‘s seascape Pacific View to the set of a new comedy starring Meryl Streep and Steve Martin. No title or release date yet. You can read more about Camacho in Southwest Art’s Artist to Watch column in our upcoming July issue.

—Bonnie Gangelhoff

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