Gideon Kendall

Gideon KendallGideon Kendall was born on December 12, 1966 in Austin, Texas, and lived on a commune in rural West Virginia between the ages of 5 and 12. Although during that time he longed for the type of middle class suburban lifestyle enjoyed by Mr. Wexler and Mr. Hulme, he has come to appreciate the unique aspects of his upbringing. With an actor/director father and an artist/dancer mom, he was brought up in an environment that nurtured creativity, often at the expense of any understanding of how "the real world" works. His mother instilled in him a love of drawing at an early age. She left a ballpoint pen in his crib, and Gideon covered his sheets with drawings of cars, roads, and buildings. He graduated high school in the Philadelphia area and then moved to New York City to study art. He graduated from The Cooper Union for Science and Art with a BFA in 1989. For the past 15 years he has been working as an artist, illustrator, animation designer, and musician in Brooklyn.

In 2001 Gideon published his first children’s book; “Littlebat’s Halloween Story”, written by Diane Mayr and published by Albert Whitman & Co. His other books for children include "Dino Pets" by Lynn Plourde (Dutton, summer 2007), "Rabbits, Rabbits Everywhere" by Ann McCallum (Charlesbridge spring 2007). In 2006 Gideon illustrated "The Caveman's Pregnancy Companion", a how-to book for dads-to-be, written by David Port and John Ralston and published by Sterling Press. He is currently working on a sequel. Gideon has shown his artwork in several NYC galleries including PS 122, HERE Gallery, and Ethan Cohen Fine Arts and Elizabeth Heskin Gallery.

As the lead singer of the rock band Fake Brain, Gideon recently performed a multimedia rock opera entitled "Dr. Wei-Wei & The Fake Brain" to sell-out crowds in lower Manhattan. There are plans for a movie version as well. Gideon's other musical projects include Cooling Pies, a collaboration with Toronto-based musician Kevin Lacroix, and the newly formed Ditty Committee which will begin performing in New York City in 2008.

Gideon's hobbies include cooking, eating lots of Korean and Mexican food, playing Ultimate Frisbee, and exploring Brooklyn on bicycle with his wife Julie, who also happens to be his favorite artist.