Monday, September 29, 2008

Chick Art, Vol I.

This week at Creative Influences is all about chick art. Popular chick art is fascinating. Many contemporary artists produce cute pieces, with a definite Japanese influence. The most intriguing of these works tinge the cuteness with just the right amount of creepiness or melancholy to render the work edgy and more complex. Merriam Webster defines creepy as "producing a nervous shivery apprehension." I like that, just like a mysterious woman. And like a mysterious, complex woman, these works all exude an independence of thought and sexiness. And oh yeah, the artists produce cool toys too. Here are a few of my favorites.

Julie West

These images are from Julie's Sickly Sweet exhibition featured on My Plastic Heart.

Images from Julie West's website. Check it out. Her art is fascinating. She has some really interesting futuristic, techno and robot paintings too.

Sara Harvey

Sara's work can be seen at her Etsy shop entitled Multiple Personality. Oh and by the way - Sara has the most enviable toy collection. It has to be seen to be believed! You can check it out at her flickr set here. I predict that one day Sara will design some groovy toys.

Jennifer Davis

Jennifer's website is here, while you're there be sure to check out her blog. Her work is ethereal. Her flickr set is here.

Fawn Gehweiler

Remember the prints from the 60s of the girls with big eyes? Everybody I knew had one in their home. Aren't these an amazing rethinking of that icon? Fawn's girls have the innocence the 60s prints had, but these girls are also wise, weary and wistful.

This work reminds me of an Eastman print. It would make a great album cover. I dig it. Fawn also designed two of my favorite Dunnies from the LA series.

See her website here and her flickr set here. Stay tuned. More fascinating chick art to come in the next few days.

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