This week’s pick is Camilla d’Errico’s self-titled postcard set that contains 30 various prints from her body of work. I know a lot of people seem to look down their nose at d’Errico’s art style but I’ve always had a soft spot for her combinations of cute big eyes girls and animals even if it’s often overplayed in the last 10 years since she started out. There is no denying her bright and colorful paintings are eye catching and make great merchandise and I for one am happy she seems to realize this and sells her work in a variety of products. Her paintings make much better postcards I find and they make for great mini-prints as well. Perfect for sending to friends with its eye catching colors and if your friend has a spirit animal chances are it’s included in the 30 set. There is also a lot of design on writing side of the postcards which I hugely appreciate when artist put the effort into stylizing the postcards to fit their own style. The size is the standard for postcards so they make pretty small prints but still a good gift for anyone who enjoys her work. I would definitely recommend these postcards if you enjoy anime style girl with colorful hair cuddling animals like lions, butterflies and everything in between.
a few of the postcards:
Camilla d’Errico: Femina & Fauna
Femina & Fauna is a 2011 art book by Camilla d’Errico, with 112 pages showcasing her mix of cute girls and animals. Camilla d’Errico is a Vancouver artist who has been around for a very long time, and even though there is many artists who have a similar style to hers, d’Errico always stands out above the others. She divides the book into paintings, black and white, and other works like toys and products. This for me is the only real mis-step she makes in the book, the section for products in very small only 8 pages, but its extremely bad taste. Toys and sculpture is a very modern way for artists to expand themselves nowadays, and that comes off well in art books. But products….that screams tacky to me, she doesn’t even dedicated the pages to just 1 product only but repetitive shots of the same pillows, metal wallets in 8 different prints, and the same t shirt from 2 different angles each. It comes across as advertising and not even subversive good advertising. My reaction was that I had already bought the book, i didn’t need to be sold things. Overall all this book is great for any fan, it includes vibrant full pages images of her best known paintings, and if simply looking on her website is not enough then its for you. If you just like cute girls with animals – my suggestion is to buy her postcards (Chapters has them at a great price), not only can you simply use them as postcards but as mini-prints for framing or putting on your wall and you are getting the same quality, vibrant colors and almost the same pieces of art. For her next book I hope d’Errico decides not to make a cash grab and leave that her website or magazines. Hope you liked this review!
Check out images of select pages below: