My friend C. came by the store today and kept me entertained as it was an incredibly slow day. She wanted to buy an Olivia Bettie Page book I was supposed to have stashed away for her, but it looks like it had been sold in the interim, so we looked through some other art books. The one she ended up enjoying the most is the new Juxtapoz book, Juxtapoz Erotica.
The two artists I enjoyed the most in the book (in addition to Tara McPherson, of course), were Mimi S., who provided the sweet cover picture, and Audrey Kawasaki, who does the most amazing portraits on to pieces of wood. Mimi S. proved slightly difficult for me to to track down online, but here’s a bio from her gallery in Berlin, Strychnin:
“Mimi S. was born in Berlin in 1974. In her digital paintings, she mostly draws girls with a special attitude and allure, an obstinate personality and a strange beauty. The defiant and moody expression on their faces often reminds her of female members or ancestors of her own family. Although she loves to tell emotional stories of the dark side of female nature, it always has to be accompanied by a portion of evil humour and sarcasm, which is mostly hidden in the detail.” Source.
There’s also a really sweet tiki picture in the book, found here at http://www.iheartberlin.de/?s=strychnin. It looks like they had a Tiki Christmas party at their gallery, which sounds amazing, click through the picture to find some more stuff.
Audrey Kawasaki proves much easier to find online, her website’s really nice: http://www.audrey-kawasaki.com/index.php. Here’s one of my favorites.
Here’s another one I really liked:
I get a strong James Jean impression from Kawasaki’s work, it must be the soft watercolours? I’m sure someone more versed in the ways of artistic expression could help me out with that. Oh, if only I had a few thousand dollars to spend on these lovely pieces…