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Artist Spotlight

Behind the Artwork

I was lucky enough to go to a Quaker school in Pennsylvania for 13 years when I was a kid. Their motto was ‘Turn to the light’. I always loved that saying. The community also said, ‘We are holding you in the light’ when someone was in trouble or need.

I know we are all in trouble and in need right now and… I know that shadows can only exist when there is light. All of my friends and family make so much light for me and I hope to turn to it, and share it as much as I can.

Aaron Meshon

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About the Artist

Aaron Meshon illustrates and designs for magazines, advertisements, children’s products, murals, food trucks and books that can be found all over the world.

Aaron’s first children’s book: Take Me Out To The Yakyu was on the New York Times top 100 of 2013 and received 4 starred reviews. Aaron has also written and illustrated Tools Rule! , The Best Days Are Dog Days, Delivery and Now That I’m Here. Aaron recently illustrated Tomorrow Is Waiting written by Kiley Frank.

Aaron teaches illustration at The School of Visual Arts and has also been a guest illustration lecturer at RISD, MICA, UArts, SVA, FIT and NHIA . Someday Aaron would like to sell his products from a small sweet potato truck in rural Japan.

Currently Aaron lives with his wife, son and their French Bulldog, Chubu in Brooklyn, New York. Aaron’s website is: www.aaronmeshon.com

What do you think of Aaron’s work?

Was there one illustration in particular that resonates with you?

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10 Comments

  1. Meg

    Everything Aaron draws brings light to the world. I’ve loved and appreciated all of these particular works, but hadn’t seen the wait training drawing and I LOVE it!

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  2. Mindy Van Wart

    The simplicity & subtlety make the message even more poignant. Thanks for sharing your work!

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  3. Jacqueline

    Image #4 resonates well — for me personally. The desolate orange, the boy swinging in a deserted urban park — it’s an unexpected feeling of calm in what appears to be a post apocalyptic world. Thank you, Aaron!

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    • aaron meshon

      HI Jacqueline. Thanks for your comment! I made this piece right before school was closed in NYC . I can’t wait till the playgrounds are open again when it is safe to do so.

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  4. 2012midtownoasis

    Wonderful work! Gently funny and full of light in these emotionally dark days. Thank you!

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  5. Susan

    Hi
    Love, Love, Love, the kites !!!!!!! meeting in the skies with the heart👍👍
    Do you sell your work online? I would love to buy this if so😊
    As a cirrhosis patient, this brought a burst of happiness, and excitement to my soul!

    Thank You!
    Susan

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  6. Jane

    Thank you for the undauntable shine of human spirit! Your art is beautiful and uplifting. Wishing you every dream come true.

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  7. Valerie Rosica

    Thank you for sharing your artwork. I’ve found it uplifting and so meaningful during this Pandemic. The broken snow globe really touched me and at the same time gave me hope for a future of love. Thank you

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  8. Barbara A. Hallowell

    I had not seen Aaron’s work before. I’m glad that I have now. The illustrations are some big truths, some big UGLY and SAD truths of what our world is like right now, but wrapped up in a whimsical cheeky style. I totally dig it. #7 hits hard. My son started his freshman year old college, Spring semester was his 2nd. He’s studying cyber security and as an elective chose pottery. He was REALLY enjoying it, then the college closed. All of his classes he has been doing online just fine. You can’t really do pottery online. His final grade project for his pottery class was to sculpt a teapot out of recycled cardboard, take a photo and explain his process in creating it in a minimum of 2 paragraphs. He did it, got an A, but who cares. I feel like he was cheated of the experience. So, it’s paid for, he gets full credit and actually touched clay 2 times before the shutdown.
    It’s just that his other studies are pretty intense and though creative all in the brain work, pottery was helping him chill, relax, do something tactile. He didn’t even care about Spring break, but was like “a freaking cereal box teapot? Are they for real?”

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  9. Dinah Stroe

    I love the minimal amount of colors and the starkness of the red. How do you do this? Is it on a computer?
    My favorite is #1. The message is clear and so needed. While so much is closed and unavailable, what we all still have is a heart and can reach out to others with love. When someone sends me yet another funny or inspirational article or clip, I accept it as a true gesture of love and know they are keeping me in their heart. Helps.

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