Media / Press


. The Philadelphia Inquirer, Cherry Street Pier artist paints dozens of portraits inside pizza boxes, and then gives them away for free, Grace Dickinson, Sep. 16, 2019

. New York Times, City Room, A Readers’ Drawing Board of Governors, Dec. 5, 2008

television / screens

. Tiny Room for Elephants Happy Hour, Ep. 2, YouTube | at 24:20, Sep. 14, 2020

. WHYY, Movers & Makers, Cherry Street Pier, May 14, 2020

. ESPN, Monday Night Countdown, Dec. 2, 2018

. Spectrum NY1 News, Fast fashion takes on new meaning at NYC sketch meetup, Sep. 11, 2017

press releases

April 7, 2021
Fat Man, Smiling, 40 years of selfies
Cherry Street Pier
121 N. Columbus Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19106
May 7 - 30, 2021
opens: Friday, May 7, 2021, 5 to 9 p.m.

Fat Man, Smiling, is a forty-year retrospective of the self-portrait art of Philadelphia artist, Ed Marion. Made with charcoal, paints and iPads, these portraits tell the story of one man painting himself, again and again, as young and old, fat and thin, smiling and not smiling, through good times and bad.

The show is an accidental exhibit, highlighting a body of work most artists would be reluctant to show. Coming at the end of Covid, it replaces a portrait show of other sitters who could not sit, and turns inward to a historical collection of a self-portrait practice, done in private, for the artist’s personal edification.

Quite simply, it is the work of one artist drawing and painting one sitter, himself, for 40 years, through 120+ incarnations. That’s bound to be entertaining.

Running the month of May 2021 at the main gallery of the Cherry Street Pier in Philadelphia, Fat Man, Smiling opens to the public Friday, May 7, 2021, from 5 to 9 p.m. Admission is free.

Ed Marion