Featured Artist: Michael Page

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Featured Artist: Michael Page

Featured artist this week is surreal painter Michael Page from San Francisco, California. His landscapes are trippy and psychedelic with familiar forms interpreted in his own way.  He uses a vivid color palette that is eye catching and works to remove his work from reality often using motion in his work to distort the subject matters. Other surreal artist that I could compare his work to would be in a similar realm with James Jean and Salvador Dali although he really is very much has his own style. He is not an artist I’ve dug into too in depth so I am really interested to see more of his work and hopefully he releases a book in the future. Check out some of his paintings below and where to find him.

Michael Page Art (website)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Michael Page.

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Featured Artist: Caitlin Hackett

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Feature Artist: Caitlin Hackett

This week’s featured artist is one of my current obsessions Caitlin Hackett. She is an artist based out of Brooklyn whose medium is illustration and paintings.  She grew up in northern California and says her love of nature came from being “surrounded by redwood trees and mountains” and it’s easy to see that in her work. Most of her current works heavily feature the theme of anthropomorphism and mysticism in relation to animals. Her work deals with the conflicting existence of both humans and animals in the same space and the relations between them. The underline tension we as humans have with nature seem to be one of the causes for the rather dark tone of her work. The nuances are there however I don’t think her work is heavy handed with any kind of direct message. Her explorations of the conflict is very gripping and the images she creates although grotesque in their transformation still contain that regal and haunting beauty that all creations of nature have.  I adore her work and have several prints of her paintings hanging in my house; I would recommend checking out her work. Below is a few of my favourites pieces and the links on where to find her below that.

Contemporary Mythology (website)
Facebook (updates)
Society6 (prints for purchase)
Gallery Nucleus (originals)
 
StoreEnvy (originals and prints)

*all artwork shown in this post are the property of and copyrighted to Caitlin Hackett.

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Saturday Review: Camille Rose Garcia “Alice in Wonderland”

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“Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland”

“Alice’s Adventure in Wonderland” is the classic story by Lewis Carroll featuring illustrations by Camille Rose Garcia, in a hardcover 160 book. When I ordered this book, I thought it might be a graphic novel or just be inspired illustrations taken from scenes in the book. I was delighted to find that this is actually a book featuring the full store of Alice in Wonderland with illustrations through-out of Camille Rose Garcia’s work. There are over 40 full color illustrations included in the book from full paged scenes to characters immersed in the text. There are many small touches incorporated in the book, like stylized gold font for the beginning of chapters and more. It’s easy to see that this was a labour of love and there was a lot of work and thought put behind where the illustrations will go and how to add elements of her style into the book. It’s easy to see why her work has been influenced by her childhood and growing up close to Disneyland. What I like most about this version of the book is the overall style of the book and how her work brings out the more lurid parts of the story closer to the actual acid influence of Lewis Carroll than the Disney version. Her interpretation of the characters will feel alien yet familiar all at the same moment. If you wanted to pick up a refreshing look into Alice’s world or you wanted to pick up a fun fresh version of this classic childhood book you will not be disappoint. Her interpretation is very well executed and you get a good idea of her person style with the imagery and the magic of the Alice in Wonderland. If interest as well she has an illustration book for the story of Snow White.

A look at the book:

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Hear no Evil, Speak no Evil, See no Evil.

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Hear No Evil, See No Evil, Speak No Evil is a set of photos taken back in 2009 when I lived in Vancouver of my friend and room-mate at the time Sarah. She was one of the first people who let me make a mask of her face and posed specifically for the mask project (half of them are made with photos I’ve taken but not with the intention of making a mask). Her mask turned out far more surreal then I had expecting and I love the extra eyes. After I made the mask she posed wearing it and I love the results. She just so beautiful, it’s a shame in most of these photos her face is covered. I think my list of people I want to do more photo shoots with is getting super long. I am going back to Vancouver this summer so who knows.

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Saturday Review: Camille Rose Garcia “Tragic Kingdom”

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Tragic Kingdom is a 131 pages art book by Camille Rose Garcia, a LA based pop surrealist and lowbrow artist. It chronicles her artwork from 2000 to 2006 and has a illustration chronology as well as 4 separate introductions by Susan Landaver, Daniel Keegan, Doug Harver and Carlo McCormick.  The introductions are the usual art critic fodder, I find these really useless for enjoying the art contained in any given book and usually just give a quick read or skip. I’d rather have a book without these  introductions, but it harmless to skip through them. So those aside this is a solid book and covers a large amount of Rose Garcia’s work through the years and contains paintings, prints, drawings, and sketches. Out of all her available art books, this one has the largest body of work and is very thorough and covers the broadest range of her work. Camille Rose Garcia work focuses on “everyday violence that supports the current power structure” with the mixer of her childhood spent near Disneyland. Her artwork is very dark yet contain cartoon imagery and does a phenomenal job at combining these opposites aspects of life together seamlessly to create a unique art form of lowbrow. Not to mention the color scheme, unique and filled with whimsy yet creates such a creepy tone. I adore her artwork and love this book, its massive, the dimensions are 27.9  x 35.5 cm and its the largest book I have on my shelves. I love that about it, such a great way to digest art. The layout is very well thought out and I love the see through sketches pages, I have another art book that contains these and for some reason I just love this inclusion. The illustration chronology is very insightful and cute and I loved reading and learning more about Camille Rose Garcia in this way. Very informative and its done in such a great way. Tragic Kingdom was an amazing few hours spent flipping through and her artwork is the type that even after repeat viewing I still find some new emotion or character lurking in the background. I was over joyed when I got this in the mail having had limited exposure to her artwork and its probably one of my favourite art books. I hope you enjoyed this review! Let me know what you think of Tragic Kingdom in the comments.

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Saturday Review: James Jean “Rift”

rift, james jean, citizen erasedRift is an accordion-style book that shows off the unique artwork of James Jean, the Taiwanese American visual artist. It’s accordion aspect allows you to bend and fold the book as your want to create different images, or you can lay it out complete and get two large panoramic art printa (double sided, one in color and the other black and white). Its an interesting experience and its a lot of fun to flip through. I really like when artist do stuff outside of the box and experiment and he uses this simple idea very well. I think this is a really lovely way to showcase his art, its works effectively and is very fun. The book is very affordable to make up for the fact that in the end you really are only getting two separate panoramic prints.  I enjoyed it and have pulled it out on many occasions to play around with the scenes.

Check out below for a more detailed look at Rift, and this video shows all the differend possiblities you can do (here):


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Saturday Review: 3D Art Book

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3D Art Book

The 3D Art Book by designer Tristan Eaton is a collection of street art and contemporary art transformed into a 3D version of themselves. With 100 pieces of contemporary artwork this 223 pages book has almost every current artist represented like James Jean, Tara Mcpherson, Shepard Fairey, Junko Mizuno, Miss Van, Ron English and many others from genres like street art, graffiti, pop surrealism and graphic design. Eaton with this book is trying to bring back the 3D popularized in the 50’s, you know the one that needs those retro style red and blue-lens glasses to view. (Dont worry along with the book you receive 2 pairs of 3D glasses to help you view these artworks) As a kid I loved three-dimensional pictures, there is something about the popping out and trippy nature that really always appealed to me, however as an adult beside the occasional 3D movie I haven’t really looked much into 3D world beside a random piece of art here and there. What Eaton has done as taken know artist’s work and transformed them to a whole new piece, using this nostalgic form of 3D. I love this novelty, its very appealing to me and that’s why I picked up this book because it seemed a great way to experience artwork – and it is. The book is fantastic, you feel apart of the artwork and it adds elements never previous felt about each work, however there is some cons with this style. For instant I found a few images never really ‘popped’ for me, despite starting at them for a long time*, instead they came across limp (*you have to look at each image for certain amount of time so you eyes can adjust and actually reveal the 3D effect). As well as a person who has average motion sickness (I wouldn’t consider myself to have extreme or sever motion sickness at all) this book is deadly, after going through the book for 10minutes I manged to give myself a 2 hour long headache and I can mange to watch most 3D movies without issue. However this last con is avoidable, so it is definitely worth hitting up the gravol is you have any issues with motion sickness or 3D effects so this book can be fully enjoyed. I loved it, there is enough artwork in here to satisfy the genre you like, for example if graffiti doesn’t do it for you, there is still plenty of other stuff to look at it. My favourite pieces where James Jean “Shattered”, UPSO “Untitled” and Mint and Serf “Untitled”. The artwork ranges from full page, two pages, and everything in between and it is just plain neat to flip through. I loved it so much and will come back and re-look at it again and again. The novelty of the 3D never wears off while your looking through the book and the pacing  and sequence is very well thought out. I highly recommend this book for anyone looking for a good collection of contemporary artists works or for anyone who’s ever liked 3D, and really as a child of the 80’s and early 90’s didn’t who didn’t love 3D; I remember having comics and stickers and being over the moon when I found something that required those retro 3D glasses.

I’ve added images below of the book so if you have by any chance 3D glasses at home you can have a quick look at some of the artwork.

 

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