We here at Warholian absolutely love Isabel Samaras. Her work is always incredibly refined, beautifully detailed, and wonderfully fun. Isabel is well known for using nostalgic characters from television past and inserting them in situations and juxtapositions we’d all like to see. More recently her work has begun to focus on well known characters from fairy tales such as Goldilocks (as seen in her show Into the Woodz at Shooting Gallery SF) and “Heavy Gretel” this year at Corey Helford Gallery.
We filmed this interview with Isabel a few months back and hope you enjoy this glimpse into her studio and work.
Follow Isabel’s Blog here: http://isamaras.wordpress.com/
For more on Isabel’s more recent show “Heavy Gretel” at Corey Helford Gallery, read the official press release below:
On Saturday, May 21, Corey Helford Gallery is pleased to present “Flight and Fable” featuring new works by three remarkable female artists from New Contemporary Fine Art Movement: Sarah Folkman, Krista Huot and Isabel Samaras.
San Francisco artist Isabel Samaras’ highly-anticipated exhibition “Heavy Gretel” will debut in a special salon on the second floor of the gallery. Witty, mysterious, and tender narratives that are classical in technique and pop in content, Samaras’ paintings connect childhood themes with modern day icons. For “Heavy Gretel”, her clever visual storytelling is populated with birds, raccoons and deer as well as delightful hidden meanings where a honey badger represents Grandmaster Flash and a chicken bone becomes a lucky charm. For this body of work Samaras’ process takes a new direction, employing a more organic, intuitive approach to her imagery as well as dark backgrounds to illuminate her captivating subjects.
Isabel Samaras is best known for lush and meticulously painted riffs on Old Masters that send up pop culture and classic fables. Her ribald images are woven with references to classic horror movies, ancient mythology, cheesy television, and childhood fairy tales. Comparing her work to postmodern painting, one critic writes, “Samaras has created a truly populist art.” Samaras studied Illustration at Parsons in New York, and her work has been featured in Juxtapoz magazine as well as numerous books including “Vicious, Delicious & Ambitious: 20th Century Women Artists,” “Pop Surrealism: The Rise of Underground Art,” “Weirdo Deluxe: The Wild World of Pop Surrealism and Lowbrow Art” and her own monograph “On Tender Hooks: The Art of Isabel Samaras,”. She has also opened her studio to several TV crews and the documentary films “The Lowdown on Lowbrow” and “Newbrow: Contemporary Underground Art.” For more information about the artist, please visit www.devilbabe.com .
About Corey Helford Gallery
Located in the Culver City Art District, Corey Helford Gallery was established in April 2006 by Jan Corey Helford and her husband, television producer and creator, Bruce Helford (The Drew Carey Show, George Lopez, The Oblongs). Passionate art collectors, the Helfords are producers on the art documentary The Treasures of Long Gone John and have partnered to open their first gallery. Corey Helford Gallery presents a wide range of artists, from members of the new fine art movement, such as Ron English, Josh Agle (SHAG), Buff Monster, COOP, Natalia Fabia, Korin Faught, Sylvia Ji, Eric Joyner, Chloe Early, Ray Caesar, and award-winning photographer Chris Anthony, to early Modernist William S. Schwartz. Renowned for its notable exhibitions, the gallery has presented “Charity By Numbers”, which was co-curated by Gary Baseman and featured an unprecedented lineup of artists including Mark Ryden, Marion Peck, Shepard Fairey, Todd and Kathy Schorr, Camille Rose Garcia, and Michael Hussar, as well as “La Noche de la Fusion”, an epic Carnivalesque festival and solo exhibition for Pervasive artist Gary Baseman. In 2010, Corey Helford Gallery partnered with Bristol’s City Museum & Art Gallery for the transatlantic collaboration “Art From The New World”, a world-class United Kingdom museum exhibition showcasing work by a formidable group of 49 of the finest emerging and noted American artists. Corey Helford Gallery presents new exhibitions approximately every four weeks. For more information and an upcoming exhibition schedule, please visit coreyhelfordgallery.com .
Corey Helford Gallery
8522 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232
Open Tuesday – Saturday, Noon to 6:00pm