Camille Rose Garcia is a pop surrealist artist who creates frighteningly beautiful works of art through illustration, paintings and print. Garcia’s artwork contains a huge influence from vintage Disney cartoons due to her upbringing near Disneyland and her fascination with Walt Disney himself. The majority of her works contain a very vintage antiqued theme of creepy mythological creatures, disturbing humanoid insects with lush dreamy landscapes. Garcia’s artistic vision shares a similar resemblance to vintage cartoons like Betty Boop, Popeye and Felix the Cat. I remember when I was younger my father would come home with these cartoons on VHS tapes and we would watch them together. There’s a feeling of sentimental nostalgia that takes over me when watching those videos and Camille Rose Garcia’s artwork is a welcomed reminder of those memories. What I find so incredible about Garcia’s art is her ability to create these contradictory pieces of illusion. On surface, her illustrations look to be morbid visions with ominous imagery but the effect of beautiful color schemes and the sweet usage of flowers, butterflies and forest critters creates a fantastic world of adventure and possibility, much like a dream.
Andy Goldsworthy is an environmental artist who creates pieces of art using natural objects such as rocks, leaves, twigs, ice and other materials. I first heard about Goldsworthy while I was taking an art class a few years back and I found his work to be interesting. A documentary titled Rivers and Tides was shown in class and I remember it was not only the structures Goldsworthy created that caught my attention, but the tools that he used to execute his work. Using only his hands and teeth, for the most part, he was able to construct these really intricate, delicate, sometimes monumental structures. I guess what I found most appealing about Andy Goldsworthy’s art is that the majority of his pieces are only temporary and exist in photographs which makes his work even that much more special and meaningful.
Here are a few of my favorite Goldsworthy structures…
Mark Chamberlain is a New York based artist who created a series of homoerotic Batman & Robin watercolor paintings in 2005. His inspiration behind his artwork was a photograph shot by famed photographer Terry Richardson (above) and these paintings were met with a lot of criticism due to their subject matter. DC comic officials immediately made The Kathleen Cullen Fine Arts Gallery remove the paintings from their gallery but thanks to the internet the images can still be found with a simple search.
These paintings are by no means new but I wanted to share them with you all because I think they are terrific and should be seen by everyone. Since I am a huge comic book nerd and grew up watching Batman & Robin regularly, I plan on getting a picture framed for my bedroom. I enjoy the sweetness in Batman & Robin’s kiss but I think I am leaning towards the picture of Robin straddling Batman. Too much? What do you guys think?
Check out the paintings below!