Paintings, Illustrations for Childrens' Menus and Floop.
Nationally known for her oil portraits, Lia Nickson, mother of the restaurauteurs, is known best to Chicagoans for her oil and acrylic surreal renderings of the Wishbone farmyard. Her paintings and cabbage pastels adorn the walls at all three locations and are an attraction in themselves for adults and children and reflect the humor of the restaurant.
On the blue moon of New Year's Eve, 2009, she passed from this world in the loft she had built in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood.
Poet, Childrens' Poems, Floop and Geronimo.
A collection of the lyrical verse of Richard Nickson, under the title STAVES, has been the source of many art song settings by contemporary composers and have been performed in venues as diverse as the former Fillmore East and New York's Town Hall. His more epigrammatic and humorous verse appear in a paperback volume entitled STONES--and both are available through Guy Nickson at Wishbone.
FLOOP, the child's verse about a boy and his rather unusual pet, was illustrated by wife Lia and published by Wishbone in 1995. It is available at both locations and is very popular with early readers and parents.
Lincoln Chandeliers, Hanging Lights, Design.
Brother, co-founder with wife Bianca of Wishbone. Filmmaker, of prize-winning shorts, DRUMSTRUCK and 38.
He now lives in Manhattan with Bianca and their two kids, Grant and Lia.
Painter- "Free Range Winged Migration" two-sided mural and Bar Wall (Lincoln).
A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Dean has been a scenic artist and muralist for over 15 years--with works displayed in homes and businesses nationwide.