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A new artist to us but one with superlative fantasy work and fine, fine technical skills. From fairies and beautiful fantasy women, to--really--the most amazing illustrations of insects such as bees and dragonflies we have seen. We can only compare this side of her work to the great E.J. Detmold, who could actually romanticize insects with his high level of skill at water color and capturing the exact moment of dynamics. Law does this also, along with excellent design and creativity.
Also this is a very impressive book itself. It is a unique large but square size, with Japanese-style cover flaps. It is superbly laid out and designed, with an eye for fine detail and arresting images, sometimes with details extracted for your particular attention. We very much like this. It even reminds me at times of Barry Windsor-Smith's wonderful Pre-Raphaelite-inspired work on his fabled prints in the 1970s. And perhaps some Rackham influence is here also.
Law has distilled influences from classical sources but with her own high level of skill, she makes the subjects her own. From the artist of Shadowscapes Tarot & Dreamscapes series, a new art book presenting fantastic worlds, insect visions, dream creation.
Here's more about her from StephanieLawShadowscapes.com:
Stephanie Law's work is an exploration of mythology mixed with her personal symbolism. Her art journeys through surreal otherworlds populated by dreamlike figures, masked creatures, and winged shadows. The fantastical permeates through the visions, and you get a sense that this is a world that underlies our own...
Archetypes, the basis for the universal appeal of mythological concepts, are one of the defining inspirations for her imagery. This is mingled with the movement of dance. Stephanie has been a dancer for almost two decades, and she uses that experience of how the human body moves and emotes to create a bridge into her artwork so that not only do the humans dance across the page, but the very branches of her trees seem to move with a sinuous grace, and the arrangement of inanimate elements has a choreographed rhythm and flow.
Growing up in California, Stephanie has been surrounded by the wealth of natural inspiration all around her. The twisting boughs of live oaks from the hills near her home insinuate themselves into her paintings. The chaos of Nature's wild growth, and conversely the beauty of decay, echo in the textures and fractal patterns of her work.
Her techniques are mostly based in watercolor, supplemented by textured relief created with gesso and texturing mediums, ink, and metallic pigments.
She exhibits original works with regular shows across the country in galleries in San Francisco, Seattle, Nashville, and San Diego. Her work has also been included in the Spectrum annual of fantastic art for many years, and at the Society of Illustrators in NY, Spectrum show.
- Additional Information
Item Code DESCS Publisher Shadowscapes Publish Date 2016 ISBN 9780984489435 Binding Soft Cover Dimensions 10x11 # Pages 132pg Color Full Color