Wow! Such a lot has happened in the last two and half years; My affiliation with the Russell Collection was short but sweet, we sold some work but ultimately decided to part ways. They have decided to concentrate on big-hitters, celebrity artists so-to-speak, several times a year; I feel my work is best suited for a gallery dedicated to growing the careers of their artists. I'm now showing in Austin at UrbanSpaceInteriors, a fantastic design showroom with a busy and talented staff.
I'm very excited today to announce that I'm joining the roster of very talented artists at the Russell Collection here in Austin. Thanks so much to Lisa Russell and Ashley Nussbaum for making me feel welcome. I'm not writing any more right now as I need to get busy, the work isn't going to make itself and I have a feeling I'll be in such good hands that I'll be staying busy.
Many thanks to my friend Adrienne Breaux who gives a great shout out at one of the several outlets for her witty writing, design blog 2Modern; Thanks Breaux! (Check her website here for her other blogs and twitter feed). If you haven't yet, be sure also and check out my FB page Chuck Voelter Art.
Happy New Year everyone, lot's of exciting things happening in 2011! I've noticed an uptick very recently in visits from around the globe and I'm curious where everyone is linking from: My work as a production designer in film puts my name into hundreds of film-related pages and therefore search engine results as a google search of my name will reveal. Regardless of why you're here, welcome! Painting is a lifelong passion and I've been fortunate enough to develop my work alongside my other pursuits. As an artist who works in a lot of genres my output has ebbed and flowed with my changing life situations. Painting has clearly established itself as my dominant interest, not by default so much as by sheer will (the desire that is). Feel free to drop an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know why you've been here.
New website update! I finally got new copies of the Adobe CS and can fly while doing creative work on the computer. To wit, I've updated almost all of the site, mainly the Paintings page!
Finished a very nice commission for Oceania Cruise Lines for their ship The Marina through Ann Connelly, great experience. I typically struggle with commissions but they're getting easier. I didn't give them my usual nonsensical-yet-strangely-appropriate titles as they were requested to be painted 'after' the paintings they're titled after. They're all in a row on the painting page starting here.
for a whole year? Slacker! Been very busy working on the house, its now
back on the market. Recently took seven new pieces to Ann Connelly in
Baton Rouge then spent a day in New Orleans, will post them soon. Two
sales to the James Rebman and Edgar Barkley trust (Lamb
Brillo and Campy Twist, the latter named
during the hanging session's witty banter ;). Jim and Ed are very nice
gentlemen and have great taste.
to report good early sales with Ann Connelly in Baton Rouge! It would
be goache to state figures but for new artist sales in a new market, it's
Baton Rouge where I established a new relationship with Ann
Connelly Fine Art. Ann and gallery manager Amy Coe made me feel very
welcome and we look forward to fruitful times establishing my work in
I found this
on youtube the other day, stop it at the 0:10 mark -
painting 'Campy Twist' (the painting formerly known as 'NP1') and it's upside down =D
is to clarify where I'm heading with Chuck Voelter Designs: Although I
consider myself primarily an artist (and a painter in particular), my
extensive knowledge and experience at designing and building both spaces
and objects is something I'll always cultivate and is always for hire.
While some find it confusing (myself included, on occasion) I take to
heart the words of Richard Heinlein:
human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher
a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts,
build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders,
cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch
manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die
gallantly. Specialization is for insects."
even sure what 'conn' a ship meant until I finally looked it up (it means
'steer'), point being that it's a wide world and knowledge is power and
DIY is still a powerful credo.
In the new
year I'll be re-designing the site to more evenly reflect my current focus
on design and fine art.
to report a large painting sale, "Leash
on Life" is now owned by Anne and Tim Jarvis, Austin, TX.
descended on my family once again this year as my dear sister Alison died
on Oct. 3. She was an amazing woman and will be sorely missed. R.I.P.
happy to have artistic representation in two new markets, Jules Place
in Boston and Bering and James in Houston. I'm fortunate to be included
in these stables of great artists and I'm looking forward to long, prosperous
relationships with both. (update 05.15.09: the affairs were brief as it
happened ;) good folks nonetheless.
I have sad news to report today. My dad died on May 8. It was unexpected
although he had recently gone to live at the V.A Hospital's alzheimers
unit. He was a very talented man, an excellent architect, fine musician.
He loved his wife, Jesus and my sister and me, fairly well in that order.
I plan on posting a set of pictures of his buildings in the central Texas
area soon. R.I.P. Charlie Voelter.
Time to check in so check it!
I've painted a lot in the last couple of years, sold 17 pieces in '07
thanks to Jennie and Mia at Metropolitan. Our goal for '08 is to get me
painting full-time. I know my painting page needs a serious update; for
now I'm going to use Flickr. (since updated!)
On Christmas Eve '07 I quit smoking cigarettes! Everyone says how hard
it is to quit to which I say 'bullshit'. Better living through chemistry
my friends; I used Chantix which
blocks the nicotine receptors in your brain effectively weaning you off
nicotine before you've actually quit. It's easy so JUST DO IT HOLMES.
One of my favorite film buddies was in town recently for SXSW; here
he is holding Rhett.
of Rhett, how's this for cute? Well, what about this? That's a good segueway
into a few vaca pics; Sam at the
ski lodge, Mom, Rhett and Hannah
at Bandolier; Sam at Bandolier
and one more (at, guess where?). Santa Fe was awesome thanks to Cin's
bro Jamie and his wife Diana; they introduced us to Ten
Thousand Waves, a most beautiful Japanese spa that has re-kindled
my dream of building and running such a place. If you haven't got the
dough for a spa day and you feel adventurous, stop on Hwy 4, 6 miles north
of the town of Jemez Springs and hike up to Spence
hot spring. We did!
Okay world, please welcome Rhett Voelter! Cindy and I were delighted to
welcome our baby son into this existence on October 19, 2006. He's been
an amazing joy, source of inspiration and teacher (yeah, teaching me patience!).
I plan on an entire page devoted to his exploits but for now, check out
I've uploaded six painting images to the Saatchi Gallery's YourGallery
website. This is an interesting development for artists, a site hosted
by an extremely influential gallery with no qualifications, just images
of art. The link to my page is here.
I'm very happy to now be represented as a painter by Metropolitan
Fine Art in Austin.
Check out my new MySpace page! The link is here.
As of this update there are two songs, "Smile" and "Surprised"
available to download. Enjoy. update! now you can listen to 'California'
and 'Momma' as well. Get it!
Art directed a commercial for Texas A&M for Unleaded Productions out
of Dallas. Good Times.
Wedding bells rang recently for yours truly, I married my highschool sweetheart,
Cindy on June 26. I played three songs that I wrote for/about Cindy accompanied
by a string quartet. It was beautiful if I do say so. All our families
and friends (from as far away as Los Angeles!), awesome food, all-in-all
a magical day. We spent our honeymoon in New Orleans and were terribly
upset by the subsequent devastation caused by Katrina. Austin has opened
its heart to the displaced families and we are proud to be a part of that
Also, I've added some song files to the music page; they're 'old' ones,
check back for some cool new ones.
Wow! So much to report I don't know where to begin... I've relocated to
my home state of Tejas, Austin to be specific, recently voted the "#1
place to film and live" by Moviemaker magazine. My girlfriend and
I just bought an incredible little house, a 'mid-century' ('53) jewel,
the architect of which was an amazing character, A.D. Stenger. Never heard
of him? Neither has anyone else outside a hip circle of friends for whom
he designed dozens of amazing homes. I'm writing a book on the man, who
once lassoed a polar bear (things got ugly and he had to shoot it - duh!).
Look for a page on this project soon including pics of our home and some
of the others.
Apparantly I have a friend/fan at Aint It Cool News; hey Rav, did I know
you in L.A.? Anyway, thanks for the mention in your Sundance preview.
Hope you like the film! Link to the article here.
LONESOME JIM WORLD PREMIERE @ SUNDANCE 2005!
'Lomesome Jim' premiered Saturday January 22nd at 11:30 a.m. at the Sundance
Film Festival. In attendance were director Steve Buscemi, stars Casey
Affleck, Mary Kay Place, Seymour Cassels, Kevin Corrigan and Mark Boone
Junior. Also there were DP Phil Parmet, editor Plummy Tucker, costume
designer Vicki Farrell, producers Galt Niederhoffer, Celine Rattray, Daniella
Soto-Taplin, Regan Silber and InDigEnt's Jake Abraham (there were a coupla
others too that I either don't know or didn't meet - sorry!). Oh, and
of course, Jim Strouse who wrote the original screenplay and was busy
beaming over his beautiful six-month old daughter Magnolia. It's been
a productive year for Jim and Galt! ANYWAY - the screening went very well!
Were keeping our fingers crossed for a nice deal.
Painting show update: The opening of the new Seem gallery space, featuring
my paintings, is now Thurs., May 20. The address is 8211 W. 3rd St., phone:
323-653-5663. Come out and buy something already...
I've added some new illustrations done for Production Design mega-force
Kiki Giet for an M&M's commercial. Click this link to see them.
Shooting has wrapped on 'Lonesome Jim' and editing has begun. Look for
an LJ page here soon.
Looks like I'm off to Indiana for six weeks to be the designer on Steve
Buscemi's latest directorial effort "Lonesome Jim". The script,
written by James Strouse is brilliant, and the lineup is: Casey Affleck,
Liv Tyler, Kevin Corrigan, Seymour Cassels and Mary Kay Place. We begin
shooting March 13. The picture is being given life by InDigEnt Films of
NYC. I'm currently trying to wrap up art direction for the game show 'Deal
or No Deal', designed by the larger-than-life Bruce Ryan.
Was privileged to meet the amazing Dante Ferretti at a little cafe in
Palm Springs where he was giving a lecture. I told him I would love to
sharpen pencils for him someday. He was very gracious and effusive.
I now have two galleries showing my paintings: Primarily, Seem Interiors
(http://www.seeminteriors.com) in Beverly Hills (also there are three
at Art-Pic in North Hollywood). Seem is going to host an opening for my
works sometime in mid April, 2004. To see some photos of my paintings
go to the art page. Keep in mind, there are multiple layers of polyurethane
on the new ones and I have a hard time getting images of them that reflect
their depth. Ya just gotta see 'em.
Recently worked on a David LaChapelle shoot; the subject? Muhammad Ali.
Click here to see a polaroid pulled off the floor after the shoot.
Dallas 362 has just played the Toronto Film Festival and is getting excellent
reviews! Word is that a distribution deal should be in place very soon.
Here are some links to some of the awesome reviews to be found on the
here's another scroll down to 'Thu 11'
and another scroll down to 'Day 9'
And here's a link straight to the Dallas 362 page
UPDATE: Just finished art directing a movie, 'Red Riding Hood', a musical
adaptation of the classic fairy tale starring Joey Fatone (N'Sync) and
Lainie Kazan. Directed by Randal Kleiser ('Grease', 'Blue Lagoon' among
many others), this film was shot using the latest digital technology.
Working with production designer Kiki Giet, I did all of the set designs
and illustrations for the show. We built some amazing 'partial' sets which
were surrounded by blue and shot with an 'encodacam' system which sends
digital information to a program which composites the backgrounds in in
real time and perspective. It was great seeing the designs 'come to life'
even while being shot against a blue screen (and floors, the painting
and cleaning of which became my biggest nightmare!). We worked closely
with the incredible guys from Sandman Studios (Steve and James) who built
the composites according to our designs in very short time. Overall an
amazing experience. Check the art direction photo album for some pics.
Dallas 362 won the Critics Choice award at the CineVegas Film Festival
I Found out recently that 'Dallas and Rusty" is now "Dallas
362". I inadvertantly helped name the film when I grabbed the number
'362' out of thin air for a highway sign at the end of the movie. Any
numerologists care to speculate?
UPDATE: I landed a song in a movie! Check 'music news' below. 3/14/03
UPDATE: Finished shooting 'SAVE IT FOR LATER' on around December 14. The
shoot went amazingly well, except for a day of reshooting because of a
lost audio roll. Big kudos to all of my crew: Theo Fanning - Art Director,
Laura Evans - set decorator, Ben Leon - art assistant and last but not
least, Greg and Mark Runnels. To call them mere 'swing guys' is an insult.
LOOK ON THE 'FILM' PAGE FOR S.I.F.L. PICS AND INFO.
10/27/02 - Curently in San Francisco prepping a feature called 'Save It
for Later'. So far Teresa Russell and Gabrielle Anwar are scheduled to
star. We're building a loft space in a gutted brick barracks on the Presidio
grounds. There are @ twenty locations around San Francisco that we're
It's cold and rainy here, we're bracing for many late, wet nights. The
good part is working with friends: Mike Crawford is line producing, with
Scotty and Squirrel at his back...Abigail Nieto is doing costumes, my
second film with her. These four are my roomies...we're sharing a six
bedroom house in Pacific Heights that's our office also.
a music video for the band 12 Stones for their song 'The Way I Feel' the
second week of July. The shoot was helmed by acclaimed director Greg Dark
for Atlas Pictures. The band has been touring with Creed and doing well.
We shot at Van Nuys High School and Griffith Park (where our smoke machine/flame
throwers gave us fits - don't want to burn the park up you know...)
Designed a four minute video for the US Army's new science competition
going by the title 'eCybermissions' the first week of July. The spot will
be running on Channel One which is beamed to classrooms across the country.
It was directed by Jay Gibson and line produced by the indupitable Mike
Shooting wrapped on 'Dallas and Rusty' at the end of April. The latest
word I have on the film is that the picture is 'locked' (meaning the editing
process is finished) and only needs looping and whatnot before the answer
print. We should have a screening sometime in early/mid October... Test
audiences (who have no connection with the film whatsoever) are reportedly
enamored of it, care about the characters etc. This has been my finest
experience to date as a Production Designer. Thanks to the cast and crew
for a memorable time. See the Production Design/film page for lots of
details, photos and humorous anecdotes...
Music News updated updated 3/14/03
One of my songs has been chosen to be in the latest movie I designed,
'Save it for Later'. The song is called 'Nature' and can be heard on my
Work continues, albeit slowly, on the new Chuck Voelter CD at the studio
of Andy Shigekawa in Culver City. For a preview see the music page and
click on 'mp3.com' or just go there - www.artists.mp3s.com/290/chuck_voelter.html