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An exquisite career retrospective, presenting the best works of artist Todd Schorr. One of the leading figures in the world of contemporary surrealism, Schorr has continually and systematically set the bar ever higher in his quest to bring classic old master painting technique to his pop-culture-infused subject matter. In addition to Schorr's previously celebrated paintings, here are 87 previously unseen new pieces: 33 new paintings, plus drawings, color studies, and images of his large sculptural work.
This hefty volume collects over 30 years of Todd Schorr’s paintings with stunning reproductions, including many close-up details of his large and intricate pieces. It also presents several concept and sketchbook drawings and watercolors, plus extra early pieces included in a biographical timeline.
Viewers will have hours of enchantment as they pour over Schorr’s impeccably rendered canvases. His outrageous vision is the culmination of formative years surrounded by the atomic and space ages; by Saturday morning cartoon, cowboy, and puppet shows; racks of comic books; and an early fascination with paleoanthropology fueled by his parents' subscription to National Geographic magazine and frequent trips to New York’s American Museum of Natural History. The compulsion to reinvent and distill these images into scenarios pulled from the deepest reaches of imagination led to a formal art education and a lifetime of painting.
Todd Schorr’s works have been shown in museum retrospectives and hang in the art collections of Leonardo DiCaprio, Patricia Arquette, and Mark Parker, CEO of Nike.
The only comparison I can come up with is to Robert Williams, especially to his earliest paintings that overflow with minute detail, exquisitely rendered figures that are almost psychedelic in their intensity, color and technique. His fine art technique and use of pop culture motifs is also akin to the work of Mark Ryden. Shorr is an artist that has done almost nothing in the comic book area, so is not well known in my circles, but in the worlds of Juxtapoz magazine creators and outsider art, he is at the top. His work is amazing, and I'm very pleased to have a new collection to pour over.
Here you will find everything from the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse to Betty Boop, Uncle Creepy and Cousin Eerie, Popeye, a nude Olive Oyl (perhaps better not to look), King Kong... But his work is much, much more. the creativity and inventiveness is just awesome, creating works like nothing you have seen before. Lush, rich colors, perfectly executed. And they also can make you think, as he twists modern ideas and characters into strange dimensions. With an introduction by the artist and a Foreword by Gary Sawyer, a physical anthropologist at the American Museum of Natural History! Yes, there is a connection with anthropology, from cavemen to aboriginal tribes.
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Item Code NEVH Publisher Last Gasp Publish Date 2017 ISBN 9780867198546 Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 11x12 # Pages 304pg Color Full Color