Absorbing fantasy worlds, fairytale, eroticism, and adding her own dash of art-historical figuration and contemporary pop culture, Isabel Samaras broaches new terrain with On Tender Hooks: The Art of Isabel Samaras (Chronicle Books). On Tender Hooks is the 1st monograph examining Samaras' stellar drawings, paintings and vintage lunchboxes - each piece showcasing her work with layers of reference that range from Renaissance landscape, the Old Masters, Neoclassical portrait painting to eroticism and fantasy, in the beautiful tome we see works Samaras combines with pop-cultural images as ground from which to make her quirky, sexy, pop-surrealist art carefully executed leaps into fantasy. Samaras' series includes depictions of homoerotic superheroes, inter-species romance, and some of our favorite television characters depicting mythological & legendary art creations. Samaras paints her characters with a masterful, glow reminiscent of the Old Masters and renders the entire pieces from the background depictions with a care that evokes some of the world's finest illustration. As such, this volume constitutes an enticing dossier on Samaras' encyclopedic exploration of various subjects and reproduces it entirety with the utmost perfection. This book is for lovers of art, fairytale and lowbrow luxe!
Essay and orchestration by Colin Berry