Tag Archives: Inspiration

Il Sung Na

5 Apr

Il Sung Na: Korean-born illustrator, works in Britain.

Il Sung Na. The Thingamabob. 2010.

Il Sung Na. The Thingamabob. 2010.

Il Sung Na. Zzzzz, A Book of Sleep. 2009.

Il Sung Na. Zzzzz, A Book of Sleep. 2009.

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Junzo Terada

24 Mar

I was recently blown away by Junzo Terada’s Animals at Work and Play Journal (2009, Chronicle Books). I couldn’t find any more information on this amazing artist other than his playful images.

Junzo Terada. Animals at Work and Play Journal. 2009

Junzo Terada. Animals at Work and Play Journal. 2009

Junzo Terada. Happy Animal Time Postcard Book. 2009

Junzo Terada. Happy Animal Time Postcard Book. 2009

Junzo Terada. Book of Imaginary Books, Hon no Hon (Le Livre du Livre).

Junzo Terada. Book of Imaginary Books, Hon no Hon (Le Livre du Livre).

Junzo Terada. Nature Morte Owl.

Junzo Terada. Nature Morte Owl.

Phil Frost: Self-Taught and Amazing

18 Nov

A self-taught artist, he began his career in the early 90s by aggressively blanketing New York City’s streets and doorways with strips of brightly colored wheat-pasted posters. More at Phil Frost: Staking his Claim.

Phil Frost

Phil Frost

Phil Frost

Phil Frost

Jamini Roy

2 Sep

Jamini Roy (1887 – 1972) was one of the first painters whose work I absolutely loved (and do). He is from my home state of West Bengal, and rebelled against the traditional western influences “realism” of the time, and found inspiration in the folk art of Bengal instead – the Kalighat pot painting in particular. The Kalighat pot painting tradition is identified by its flat earthy colors, bold graphic forms with minor embellishment, and is apparent in his work.

He is also one of the first and rare painters who believed art shouldn’t belong only in museums and the elite, but also the common folk. To this end, he sold his works very cheaply.

Jamini Roy. Mother and Child. Gouache on fabric mounted on board. 16 5/8 x 11 in. (42.4 x 28 cm.).

Jamini Roy. Mother and Child. Gouache on fabric mounted on board. 16 5/8 x 11 in. (42.4 x 28 cm.).

Jamini Roy. Crucifixion. Tempera on canvas. 28 x 38 in.

Jamini Roy. Crucifixion. Tempera on canvas. 28 x 38 in.

Camille Rose Garcia

1 Sep

Camille Rose Garcia was born in 1970 in Los Angeles, California and grew up in the generic suburbs of Orange County, visiting Disneyland and going to punk shows with the other dissenchanted youth of that era. Her paintings of creepy cartoon children living in wasteland fairy tales are critical commentaries on the failures of capitalist utopias. (From her website)

Camille Rose Garcia. Subterranean Orphans. 2004. Giclee prints on Canvas.

Camille Rose Garcia. Subterranean Orphans. 2004. Giclee prints on Canvas.

Created in 2004 for BLAB! Magazine, this 3 part print tells the story of animals that retreat underground to escape the ultraviolence of humans.

Camille Rose Garcia. Pharmaceuticool. 2003. Giclee prints on archival watercolor paper.

Camille Rose Garcia. Pharmaceuticool. 2003. Giclee prints on archival watercolor paper.

Created in 2003 for BLAB! Magazine, this 4 part print examines the highs and lows of pill popping and depression in America.

Camille Rose Garcia. Who's Afraid of the Peppermint Man. 2003.

Camille Rose Garcia. Who's Afraid of the Peppermint Man. 2003.

Created in 2002 for BLAB! magazine’s New and Used Collection, published by Fantagraphics Books, this 6 page story chronicles the creepy factory shenanigans of The Peppermint Man.

Check out her other book The Magic Bottle. I love it.


Mary Blair

23 Jul

Mary Blair (1911-1978), born Mary Robinson, was an American artist, and  best known for work she did for Watt Disney movies such as Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan.

Mary Blair. Alice in Wonderland (The Tea Party). 1951. Gouache.

Mary Blair. Alice in Wonderland (The Tea Party). 1951. Gouache.

Mary Blair. Tomorrowland. 1967. Tile Mural.

Mary Blair. Tomorrowland. 1967. Tile Mural.

Chris Raschka

22 Jul

Chris Raschka is a writer, illustrator and trained violist. I particularly love his Thingy Things series.

Chris Rashcka. John Coltrane Giant Steps. 2002.

Chris Rashcka. John Coltrane Giant Steps. 2002.

Chris Rashcka. Sluggy Slug. 2000.

Chris Rashcka. Sluggy Slug. 2000.

Chris Rashcka. Whaley Whale. 2000.

Chris Rashcka. Whaley Whale. 2000.