Julia Alora – Nailed Magazine https://nailedmagazine.com Fri, 17 Jan 2020 04:13:07 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.13 Artist Feature: Jaina Cipriano https://nailedmagazine.com/art/artist-feature-jaina-cipriano/ Thu, 12 Dec 2019 13:00:24 +0000 https://nailedmagazine.com/?post_type=art&p=17890 In an age of Photoshop, filters, and CGI, the art of photography can often be underestimated. Artist Jaina Cipriano defies expectations with emotional and intricate photos of subjects in worlds of her own design. Dreamlike qualities and vibrant colors contrast the very real struggles the models are expressing. Her series titled “Finding Bright” playfully blends […]

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In an age of Photoshop, filters, and CGI, the art of photography can often be underestimated. Artist Jaina Cipriano defies expectations with emotional and intricate photos of subjects in worlds of her own design. Dreamlike qualities and vibrant colors contrast the very real struggles the models are expressing. Her series titled “Finding Bright” playfully blends light and darkness to depict searching for oneself. In one image a woman sits trapped in a room reminiscent of childhood, holding a stuffed bear, with a distant expression of inescapable dissatisfaction on her face. In several of the photos women are depicted as powerful yet still suffering; a crowned woman bound in thick rope affixed to a marionette cross, and a medal wearing athlete covered in vicious bruises. “The Garden” series uses natural elements to create a bizarre and beautiful world of fire, water, and plant people. Cipriano’s work prompts the viewer to recognize uncomfortable truths through a wonderland-esque lense built solidly in reality.

From the artist:

Jaina Cipriano is creating visual metaphors for emotions she has trouble defining. Without the help of photoshop she builds physical environments that open her models up to becoming part of something bigger. This primes the space for an authenticity that is so raw and visceral it brings you back to your own memories. Jaina’s work takes the shape of a dream you wake up already forgetting, tasting only the vivid edges while the center dissolves.

Currently Jaina Cipriano’s work centers around coming to terms with the gut-wrenching loss of childhood dreams. The sets she is building now are bright, theatrical and dramatic. Cipriano mixes moments of childhood freedom with the sharp edges of an independence you are not prepared for. She is making a drama out of ordinary moments. The artist wants to encompass the freedom music and dance can give you when you are small and enclosed, like you have wings you do not know how to use.

“You are not allowed to—”

“I’m doing it anyways!”

These are visual metaphors for the crushing lows of abandonment and the joyous heights of a potential salvation. Love and loss, lost and found.

Cipriano is creating a mirror for her own internal landscape. She is mapping her darkness by exposing her subjects to the light.

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Jaina Cipriano is a writer, welder, photographer, set designer and business woman. She curates her own publication “Finding Bright” (available on her website) and works as the Master Carpenter at a local community theater. Jaina wishes she did not have to sleep and could learn, grow and create constantly.

Social media, IG: @jainasphotography
Website: jainaphoto.com

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Artist Feature: Darrell Black https://nailedmagazine.com/art/artist-feature-darrell-black/ Thu, 21 Nov 2019 02:22:50 +0000 https://nailedmagazine.com/?post_type=art&p=17869 While most of the focus of the audience viewing artwork is on the final product, for artists art-making is an exploratory experience. Some creators build towards a specific image in their heads. Artist Darrell Urban Black channels emotion and color instead, letting the image forming guide him to a conclusion between abstract and figurative. His […]

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While most of the focus of the audience viewing artwork is on the final product, for artists art-making is an exploratory experience. Some creators build towards a specific image in their heads. Artist Darrell Urban Black channels emotion and color instead, letting the image forming guide him to a conclusion between abstract and figurative. His pieces vary between mysterious forms, to looming spirits, to a cross section of a home during the holidays. The vibrant colors along with Black’s personal technique create visually captivating works that reveal more detail the longer you look.

 

From the Artist:

Darrell Urban Black is an American visual artist presently living in Frankfurt, Germany. He works in a variety of formats including pen and ink drawings, and acrylic paintings on canvas, wood, and mixed media objects. Black’s technique creates a three-dimensional effect on any surface that gives a sense of realism and presence in his creations. Much of his artwork focuses on themes of outer space and objects of a world unseen. His creative process starts off with a blank piece of paper or canvas. “Emotionally I’m feeling or thinking about nothing just an overwhelming urge to create something. I let the hands begin and it’s like being in some kind of trance. I can see the hands moving erratically, then an image starts to appear on the paper or canvas but I never interfere I let the hands do what they do and in minutes the image is done. My job as the artist is to make minor corrections after the act of creation.”  Black refers to this optical artistic illusion as ”Definism”. Definism portrays various differences in human nature; from life’s everyday dramas to humankind’s quest for self understanding. His artworks transport viewers from the doldrums of their daily lives into a visual interpretation of another reality.

 

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Darrell Urban Black was born in Brooklyn, New York. He grew up in Far Rockaway, New York. As a child he made spaceship models, eventually placing his artistic visions on paper resulting in some 500 drawings. In high school he excelled in science with an affinity for outer space. Phantasmal spaceships eventually carried Black to unique wonderlands of strange forms and colors.

In 1982, he joined the National Guard.  During this time his previous drawings were lost – but not his passion. In 1988 he joined the army and served another four years. Black earned his Bachelor Degree in Science of Criminal Justice Administration at the University of Phoenix. He has artwork permanently displayed in a number of art galleries, museums and other institutions in America and Germany. Black lives in Frankfurt, Germany and continues to draw and paint in pursuit of his artistic dreams.

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Photographer Feature: GITA https://nailedmagazine.com/photography/photography-feature-gita/ Thu, 31 Oct 2019 12:00:08 +0000 https://nailedmagazine.com/?post_type=photography&p=17836 A blank canvas is often a daunting challenge for artists, the emptiness staring at them in anticipation. For cosmetic artists like GITA, each canvas is actually alive and watching her. Using makeup, latex, colored contacts, and handcrafted wigs and nails, GITA expertly creates characters as unique as the women she works with. The women are […]

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A blank canvas is often a daunting challenge for artists, the emptiness staring at them in anticipation. For cosmetic artists like GITA, each canvas is actually alive and watching her. Using makeup, latex, colored contacts, and handcrafted wigs and nails, GITA expertly creates characters as unique as the women she works with. The women are transformed into otherworldly beings, at times ethereal, at times vicious and bloody. GITA also sets scenes for her subjects to interact with to create her photographs, at times collaborating with other artists and photographers. Her work in this challenging medium is an incredible demonstration of special effects makeup as an art form.

From the artist:

Art is the same as life – sometimes light, pastel, natural and nude; sometimes dark, bright, expressive and sharp; sometimes girly and flowery, and sometimes bloody and scary. GITA loves creating it all. Even though crime based and scary movies aren’t her favorite to watch, creating zombies, wounds and cuts is a different story! Transforming someone into something scary, abnormal, or out of this world gives the artist as much pleasure as creating beauty or fantasy styles. In the end she believes that art isn’t supposed to be only beautiful- it has to make you FEEL something – just like in real life. Every day brings different emotions: joy, sadness, fear, love, anger, fun, amazement… So if GITA’s art brings any of these emotions to the viewer she feels that she has truly created something.

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Born in Lithuania, Jurgita Gerbataviciute aka GITA was always fascinated by beauty when she was little, especially beautiful women and girls. She used to draw girls every day. She had never thought of becoming an artist, even though her talent for painting was recognized from early childhood. Then one day she found the courage to quit a well paying job for Emirates Airlines as a flight attendant in Dubai and start from zero – as a makeup artist. GITA felt comfortable and happy from day one! Blending colors perfectly, understanding their nature, and having the courage to use vivid shades were areas she excelled in. Very quickly and easily her career took off, as instructors would refer her to different kinds of gigs. One of them was a Lithuanian drama/crime movie where she had the chance to do some very specific special effects – wounds. Then she understood that there was a whole field of arts she wanted to dive in to. GITA left Lithuania and enrolled in San Francisco School of Makeup to learn special effects. It opened the door to fantastic worlds of ice queens, aliens, and zombies. Today she continues to work with production houses to create commercials and movies for world knows brands such as Honda, the 5 star hotel VOCO in Dubai, and Taleem- the biggest education provider in the Middle East.

See more of GITA’s work here.

 

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Did It Hurt? by Shirley Harshenin https://nailedmagazine.com/photography/did-it-hurt-by-shirley-harshenin/ Fri, 11 Oct 2019 03:26:47 +0000 https://nailedmagazine.com/?post_type=photography&p=17810 Prose by Shirley Harshenin Photography by Shirley Harshenin & Alexis Harshenin +++ Girls that slap boys’ hands away, play hard to get, make their boyfriends wait; chicks that tease but don’t deliver, and the easy girls, like you. Like their guy talk doesn’t matter, doesn’t hurt, like you aren’t even there. On his lap on […]

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Prose by Shirley Harshenin
Photography by Shirley Harshenin & Alexis Harshenin

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Girls that slap boys’ hands away, play hard to get, make their boyfriends wait; chicks that tease but don’t deliver, and the easy girls, like you.

Like their guy talk doesn’t matter, doesn’t hurt, like you aren’t even there.

On his lap on a bench in the woods he slides his thumb across your wet lips, asks if you want to fuck. No, you do not want to fuck. You twist the infinity ring too tight on your finger and nod your consent.

Your friend overhears them laughing. Planning. Bonfire heat, flames flit shadows across their huddled heads. Be careful, she warns. You ask, But what’s a gangbang?

Giggles from glossed lips defy the sign Library: Quiet. Like rolling thunder their hushed discussion: Who was your first?

You didn’t know you could slap the hands that unsnapped tight jeans, unzipped, dipped in, slid down, slid in.

Your father taught you not to do it, but also taught you not to say no.

If you’d have had a choice, would you have waited? For whom? For how long?

You marry the first guy who doesn’t try anything but is easily led to your bed.

Back-bending baggage– His and yours. You hurt each other but stay together, address the scars, heal the wounds.

What’s virginity anyway?

Does it even matter?

Did it hurt, she asks you, one leg dangling off the side of your daughter’s bed. Chin to chest, she lifts her lashes to your daughter, whose round eyes reveal anticipation, not surprise. Receptive and open the girls trust you to be truthful. I don’t remember. It was my dad. You look down when she turns away.

Yes. It hurt.

 

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Shirley Harshenin lives in the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia. She believes in angels, caffeine, and the human spirit’s extraordinary resilience. Her work has been published and is forthcoming in Room Magazine, Contrary Magazine, Entropy: Woven, Unlost Journal, Crack the Spine, and others.

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Artist Feature: Sienna Morris – Daily Creation https://nailedmagazine.com/art/artist-feature-sienna-morris-daily-creation/ Thu, 19 Sep 2019 12:00:11 +0000 https://nailedmagazine.com/?post_type=art&p=17774 By attempting to create every day for a year, Sienna Morris has given herself the freedom to fail and the room to grow. The rules for this challenge are simply to create every day to the best of her ability using any medium and completing each drawing in as much time as it takes. This […]

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By attempting to create every day for a year, Sienna Morris has given herself the freedom to fail and the room to grow. The rules for this challenge are simply to create every day to the best of her ability using any medium and completing each drawing in as much time as it takes. This means that some drawings are finished in an hour or two, while others are worked on over days or weeks. The goal is to create, not to be perfect or to fit into the mold of other challenges. Each drawing is numbered with the day it was completed.

When drawing everyday, the blunt force to the artist’s ego of a perceived failed session or the elation of a favored piece passes quickly to make room for the next drawing. There is only room for the work, and so the process is clarified. This challenge has taught her acceptance, patience, and the value of listening to the work we create. There is a quiet voice that is starting to be heard, slowly being made free by the simple act of daily work. Listening to it feels like letting go.

 

Reflections from the artist:

Day 120-122
“It’s like a warm nap in the sun watching it. Deft experienced hands turn, twist, pull, fingers, knuckles, veins and yarn. Beautiful. The movements connect me to forgotten feeling, missing memories. How bright and precious a match seems in a dark room.” – Rick Curtis
(Photo reference by Nicole Tignor)

I love this piece because the drawing process started so badly. If I hadn’t come back to this piece again and again, it would have just been a failed and forgotten attempt. My first several attempts were awful, with Day 37 being so bad that I was too embarrassed to share more than a detail of it on my Instagram stories for my daily drawing post. But slowly after several drawing attempts I started to find it, to find him and to connect back to the poem that inspired it. With work I found what I was looking for. This piece reminds me to embrace failure as a step on a path.

Day 236-238
The Storm series is interesting because of how peaceful the drawings are, given that they came from such a loud, thrashing place inside me. The storm series starts with a nude woman sitting with her back to us, calmly surveying a lightning storm before her. The inclement weather seems to have no effect on her. In the following two pieces, two other women sit passively watching the sky as it changes from a raging storm into a serene and cloudless sky. By the third day I realized I was drawing acceptance. A quiet part of me was asking myself to accept that there was a storm raging in my mind, and that by sitting with it without judgment I could let it go. The drawing experience for these was like a breath, falling effortlessly onto the page. I needed these drawings and didn’t know how much I needed them until I was finished with the series.

Drawing daily keeps these conversations with myself open, and sometimes I listen. This is all work. It’s hard. Sometimes I want to quit and be done with it already, but I can see the results in my drawings and in me and so I cannot stop.

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Sienna is an artist based out of Portland, OR, currently attempting to draw every day for a year. See the original drawings from day 1 – 238 at AFRU gallery during the month of September. Follow the challenge on Instagram at @Creative_Praxis and @SiennaMorrisArt, check out her website siennnaartstudios.com, and find her at Portland Saturday Market year round.

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Artist Feature: Natalia Bennett https://nailedmagazine.com/art/artist-feature-natalia-bennett/ Wed, 04 Sep 2019 12:00:52 +0000 https://nailedmagazine.com/?post_type=art&p=17748 From the Artist: The series of large works started as a way to help release the pain and emotional exhaustion Natalia Bennett felt after being used, lied to, and manipulated into sexual assault. Blame is something no one can help you let go of. Time is something no one can give you. Patience is all […]

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The series of large works started as a way to help release the pain and emotional exhaustion Natalia Bennett felt after being used, lied to, and manipulated into sexual assault. Blame is something no one can help you let go of. Time is something no one can give you. Patience is all you have in these moments. And one night, or early one morning Bennett made a choice to unroll a roll of cartridge paper, grab a pencil and put earphones in. She felt in that moment a need to release her assaulter from her mind. The artwork speaks of the harbored hatred that is too difficult to address out loud. Meaning is held in even the smallest details. The shaved head, the cuts, the noose, the birds, body hair, multiple faces and sides of the artist’s personality, the blood, exposed genitalia, wings, snakes, flora, and tattoos read like an essay of events transpired. These pieces were a process of pin-pointing events in time and creating a visual representation of their significance and the memories behind them.

The smaller series is based on the patriarchal masculinity that is puritanical in its reaction to hair growth, natural bodily function, and menstruation. This socially constructed norm often makes folks feel dirty or like an outsider. The issue is still strong and viable as it was and has been for years, including the concept of a woman inhabiting a clean, soft, and small shape. In response, the depicted figures have cellulite, body hair, and some shaved heads. Their expressions twist the perception of a subjectively normal life drawing and turn it into a natural, beautiful and representational rejection of what is viewed as “normal”.

Behind all of it is the determination to show the viewer that if they have something risky to paint, paint it. If there is something no one else knows about but the best way to express it is through a song, or a large-scale drawing; know that it can be created. The self-directed therapy projected into these works has been mental health help unparalleled in the artist’s life. Bennett wants the viewer to know that nothing they paint, write, draw, make or sing needs to be perfect. The judgement needs to take a seat at the door and be locked out for a few hours while tending to the hurt within. She hopes that through the process the emotional strain can be addressed, and the viewer can replant feelings of comfort and love for the sake of rebuilding and growing anew. Art has been Natalia Bennett’s saving grace. She will always be thankful for the days spent laid down on the floor with paper and pens. 

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Natalia Bennett is a 27 years old Australian Artist and Illustrator currently living in the UK. She hopes to get work as an illustrator or learn more about how and where she can become a mural artist. She also has aspirations to try tattooing and advocate more for Mental Health Awareness.

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Artist Feature: Sofiya Kuzmina https://nailedmagazine.com/art/artist-feature-sofiya-kuzmina/ Thu, 25 Jul 2019 12:00:10 +0000 https://nailedmagazine.com/?post_type=art&p=17700 Finding one’s place in the world can be a difficult and ever shifting journey, especially for those who are transplanted from one culture and country to somewhere entirely different. Sofiya Kuzmina’s richly detailed work highlights the dissonance of an immigrant’s experience through her series “Belonging”. From Moscow to Miami to New York- with the possibility […]

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Finding one’s place in the world can be a difficult and ever shifting journey, especially for those who are transplanted from one culture and country to somewhere entirely different. Sofiya Kuzmina’s richly detailed work highlights the dissonance of an immigrant’s experience through her series “Belonging”. From Moscow to Miami to New York- with the possibility of Thailand in the mix- Kuzmina’s oil paintings pull aspects of multiple locations and sensations together into stunningly colorful pieces. Her triptych “Breath Whisper Wind” captures small intimate moments universal to any location, while her latest pieces – “Happy (?)” and “Citrus Fever” – demonstrate her impressive skill as an artist while highlighting her New York City experience.

From the Artist:
Art is Sofiya Kuzmina’s way of communicating stories independent of the need for words. She has developed a personal vision based on intimate moments of her life as a means to draw commentary about complex yet commonly relatable ideas. Some examples from recent bodies of work include questioning the definition of art by finding artistic processes in everyday life, defining the impact art has on the creator, and discussing the sense of belonging in the context of immigration. Creating images layered with narratives helps Kuzmina to escape the limits of speaking language. Experimental and dynamic, her work captures situations that invite the audience to explore and question how the story and their interpretation of it are related to themselves. Her main source of inspiration is the process of creating itself: she considers every new piece an opportunity to challenge her skills, escape from the comfort zone, and find the best way to convey an idea or a story.

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Sofiya was born in Moscow in 1998 and is currently based in New York City where she attends the School of Visual Arts majoring in illustration.

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Artist Feature: Laurie Lipton https://nailedmagazine.com/art/artist-feature-laurie-lipton/ Wed, 10 Jul 2019 12:00:36 +0000 https://nailedmagazine.com/?post_type=art&p=17672 Through her massive wall spanning masterpieces, it’s easy to see why Laurie Lipton is the self proclaimed “21st Century’s Greatest Draftswoman”. Meticulously detailed, viciously outspoken, her charcoal and graphite works encapsulate the dystopian apocalypse looming over our technology obsessed society. Grinning skeletons stare at their phones while riding endless escalators in “Happy”, and a complex […]

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Through her massive wall spanning masterpieces, it’s easy to see why Laurie Lipton is the self proclaimed “21st Century’s Greatest Draftswoman”. Meticulously detailed, viciously outspoken, her charcoal and graphite works encapsulate the dystopian apocalypse looming over our technology obsessed society. Grinning skeletons stare at their phones while riding endless escalators in “Happy”, and a complex conveyor belt commodifies love and likes in “Newsfeed”. Self obsession and isolation run rampant while the outside world crumbles to a trash filled ruin. Artists capture the nature of the world around them, and Lipton does not hold back from revealing the ugly horrors so often sugar coated or ignored. These works demand you look closely at what our world is becoming.

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Laurie Lipton was born in New York in 1953 and began drawing at the age of four. Lipton was the first person to graduate from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pennsylvania with a Fine Arts Degree in Drawing (with honors). She has lived in Holland, Belgium, Germany, France, London and has recently moved back to the USA after 36 years abroad. She currently resides in Los Angeles. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout Europe and the USA. There is an award winning documentary film about her lifelong obsession with drawing called “LOVE BITE” (https://vimeo.com/ondemand/lovebite), and an exhibition of her work will open at MODERNISM, San Francisco (724 Ellis Street, San Francisco, CA 94109), on July 10th through August 31.

To see more work & to find out more, go to: www.laurielipton.com and/or follow her on Instagram @laurieliptondrawings

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Artist Feature: Dannika Rose Sullivan https://nailedmagazine.com/art/artist-feature-danaka-rose-sullivan/ Thu, 27 Jun 2019 12:00:20 +0000 https://nailedmagazine.com/?post_type=art&p=17640 In an era of smiling selfies and curated social media feeds, true emotion can be buried behind a facade of positivity. Portraiture has long been a powerful method of conveying the subject’s more captivating expressions, but Dannika Rose Sullivan pushes deeper into the spectrum. She creates a masterful blend of styles that entangle the subject’s […]

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In an era of smiling selfies and curated social media feeds, true emotion can be buried behind a facade of positivity. Portraiture has long been a powerful method of conveying the subject’s more captivating expressions, but Dannika Rose Sullivan pushes deeper into the spectrum. She creates a masterful blend of styles that entangle the subject’s energy with the viewer. The viewer can feel the sensation of each emotion being conveyed; both through the delicate details in the carefully rendered faces and in the strong intentional brush strokes and colors in the background. The artist creates a masterful combination  In the portrait “Swipe” the bold strokes in the oil paint mimic the motion of the subject’s hand. In “Unrest” the texture radiates from the subject’s head, signaling an alert, uneasy feeling. Her paintings tap in to the truth behind the smiling mask and illuminate the hidden emotions of our modern culture.

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Dannika Rose Sullivan is creating realistic portraits in oil and incorporating elements of impressionism and surrealism to further portray emotion in her pieces. Through her love of dramatic colors and texture she captures subtle expressions in her subjects to evoke feelings of anxiety, exhaustion, and reflection – emotional states she and many others know very well in today’s world of worry and unease.

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Dannika Rose Sullivan is a self taught portrait artist based in Portland, Oregon. Her passion for art was found at a young age, but her style began to develop when she was introduced to pastel pencils in college which allowed her to branch out into a new world of color and texture.

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Artist Feature: Felix d’Eon https://nailedmagazine.com/art/artist-feature-felix-deon/ Wed, 12 Jun 2019 16:54:47 +0000 https://nailedmagazine.com/?post_type=art&p=17620 From the Artist: Felix d’Eon is enraptured by various art-historical styles such as Edwardian fashion and children’s book illustration, golden-era American comics, and Japanese Edo printmaking. In his work he attempts to make the illusion of antiquity complete, using antique papers and careful research as to costume, set, and style. His goal is perfect verisimilitude. […]

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Felix d’Eon is enraptured by various art-historical styles such as Edwardian fashion and children’s book illustration, golden-era American comics, and Japanese Edo printmaking. In his work he attempts to make the illusion of antiquity complete, using antique papers and careful research as to costume, set, and style. His goal is perfect verisimilitude. He subverts their “wholesome” image and harnesses their style for a vision of gay love and sensibility. d’Eon treats vintage illustrative styles as a rhetorical strategy, using their language of romance, economic power, and aesthetic sensibility as a tool with which to tell stories of historically oppressed and marginalized queer communities. By painting images of queer love, seduction, sex, and romance, the gay subject is stripped of its taboo nature. Rather than focusing on the outlaw status of queer sexuality, d’Eon’s work seeks to normalize the marginal, and place the heretofore taboo subject at the center through the use of the rhetorical styles of the historically empowered and mainstream. In the artists work the illustrative imagery of the past does not cease to be wholesome through the inclusion of gay sex and sensibilities. He simply expands the notion of what wholesome is, erasing shame and celebrating desire.

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Felix was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, to a French father and a Mexican mother. At a very young age he and his family moved to Southern California, where he spent most of his childhood and adolescence. He attended college at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and subsequently lived in San Francisco until 2010, when he returned to his native Mexico. He currently lives in Mexico City with his mini schnauzer, Caperucita. While home is now Mexico, he travels extensively, and has lived in Florence, Tennessee, Bangkok, Oahu, New Orleans, and in various cities around Mexico.

He has exhibited all over the United States and Mexico, and his work is carried in stores and galleries around the world. His work has also been published in a variety of magazines and in other formats.

 

 

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