Saturday, April 12, 2008

I know, I know, late, late, late, late, late, late, late. I'm late with this post. But give me a break OK, I've been laid off and in the midst of planning a return trip to Paris, for a month this time. Melicious and I leave tomorrow AM. Plus this is a long post chalk full of pictures and info and linky goodness.

Anyway, the artwork above is an original ink-wash by Tim Sale. Up until now the artwork covered here at The Crionna Collection has been fine art. But, I have a passion for well drawn and well written graphic novels...comic books. Quite frankly, compared with anything else there is no more easy, fun and portable way to see truly fine art than to read a good comic book. And Tim Sale is truly one of the masters. He has collaborated with writer Jeph Loeb (if you like "Lost" and "Heroes", you like Jeph's writing) to create some of the best books I've ever read. Their takes on Batman, Superman and Catwoman are fantastic.

Take a look at some of Tim's work:

The duo has also created an interesting series where they look back at how certain colors have affected the characters. Here are a couple of his best pieces from that series that includes Spiderman, Daredevil and The Hulk. The Hulk on the cliff is beautiful in its book form. So colorful.

I got to meet Tim at a March 23rd event at my favorite comic book store here in SF, Isotope. Isotope's owner, James, is well known in the industry and often attracts outstanding people to his after (store) hours parties (and for good reason, he and his staff of buddy's are some of the nicest people I've met in SF). The event was co-sponsored by Isotope and Whitney Matheson/USA Today/Pop Candy.

Isotope itself is an interesting place. As I said, James is well known and for each event he asks the artist to create something for his toilet seat collection. He's got quite a few:

This one is from an artist named Ben Templesmith. If you know "30 Days of Night" you know Ben.

Here's one of the guys who work with James at the store. Matt Silady wrote and illustrated a wonderful comic (if you can call it that, it's more like a beatifully drawn set of storyboards and a script for a great TV dramady) called "The Homeless Channel". That's "his" seat he's got with him.

And last but not least, here's James.

See y'all again in May, we're off to:


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I recently purchased a Veerakeat painting and am looking for a piece to hang in the livingroom with it. Can you recommend an artist whose work might compliment Veerakeat's painting, a wonderful Pacific Heights scene? Many thanks.

5:11 PM, May 12, 2008  
Blogger crionna said...

Hmmm, "compliment Veerakeat's painting"...

This is an interesting question, and one of a type that often can cause a lot of backlash quite frankly on blogs like this (not that many people read this one in particular). The reason is that your question sounds like something one might ask of an interior decorator. The decorator might then inquire as to the size of the painting you own, the size of the room, the light it gets, the furniture around it etc. etc.

I won't. IMHO, you can put anything next to a Veerakeat as long as you enjoy the work. We have a couple of sets of his works grouped together and a large piece featred alone on a wall. Before that though, the big one was paired with a very small Villierme.

Thinking harder though, I might put something with less energy next to it to offer a contrast. V's work has such a sense of movement that I wouldn't want to distract from it. So, the Villierme we have worked great. Also, the Jarrett works we have are great. So, I'd recommend something still rather than one that has movement.

Go to Thomas Reynolds Gallery and ask Thomas to show you some things. Or, go to James Jarrett's site (see the sidebar for both) and find a nice work from him.

And congrats on your purchase!

11:13 AM, May 14, 2008  

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