Alan Sonneman


For over 30 years I have divided my career between the fine arts and the film industry.  I have exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States; most notably the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC; The Alternative Museum, NYC; The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston-Salem, North Carolina; a one-person show at  the Riverside Museum of Art Riverside CA in conjunction with my mural commission for the Riverside Hall of Justice (1992); the Directors Guild of American, Los Angeles, CA;  and most recently the  Katzen Art Center at American University, Washington, DC. I have received several grants and fellowships for my work including a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Painting.

    In film I have contributed as a matte painter to such movies as Cliffhangers, Dante’s Peak, Titanic, Matrix Revolution, AI, and What Dreams May Come. From 1997 to 2001 I was an artist for Steven Spielberg’s company Dreamworks.

Visit his web site for more information and samples of his paintings.

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2014 Marco Polo (TV Series) (matte painter – 10 episodes)
2008 The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (matte painter)
2008 Nim’s Island (matte painter: CafeFX)
2007 Blood Will Tell (Short) (matte painting)
2007 In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale (matte painter: The Orphanage – uncredited)
2003 The Matrix Revolutions (digital matte artist)
2003 Secondhand Lions (digital paint artist)
2002 People I Know (digital artist: PDI/DreamWorks)
2001 A.I. (digital artist: PDI)
2000 The Legend of Bagger Vance (matte painter: PDI)
2000 Supernova (digital artist)
1999 Forces of Nature (matte painter)
1998 Antz (digital matte painter)
1998 What Dreams May Come (matte painter)
1997 Titanic (matte painter)
1997 Dante’s Peak (matte painter: Digital Domain)
1993 Cliffhanger (matte painter)

Alan Sonneman and Michelle Moen working on a painting from Cliffhanger with  matte camera Alan Harding.

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