A little while ago a colleague at work compared my paintings to an artist I hadn’t heard of called Tara McPherson, saying she did otherworldly women with strange cut outs. Well, I was more than flattered when I looked her up and then fell in love with her style immediately!
This is one of my favourites. I love the juxtaposition and the use of colour, The contrast between her hair, the background patterns and her skin. I love the ultra stylised shapes of the birds, flowers and the girl’s face, and the way McPherson combines interesting elements such as the ‘cute’ bubble hearts with the birds and detail in the face.
Here is an example of the cut out concept my colleague mentioned. Her paintings are almost hypnotising and powerful, and the playful element adds to a sinister undertone.
While looking up her book on Amazon I was recommended another book by Camilla d’Errico. Interigued, I did a search online and saw the similarities with McPherson immediately.
While her style is more fluid and playful, the use of innocent, anime style girls in a surreal setting was the main connection to McPherson’s work. Camilla d’Errico is more playful with colour, preferring a dominant colour for an overall design. Her use of animals is very interesting, especially in relation to the girls and how they interact with the piece.
I printed a few of these pictures for my walls and am very inspired by aspects of each artist.
I think this is one of my favourites, although I love all her paintings. It is very errie and the way she holds the crow while dark tears run down her face captures a very melancholic tone. The squid hightens the surrealism, yet becomes almost a part of her costume. Unlike McPherson, her lines are much less ridged, the hair and feathers given a life of their own.
Both these artists have given me a lot of inspiration in relation to my own ideas. I am hoping to combine them into my Seven Deadly Sins project.