Our new artist of the week is a prolific Canadian illustrator of Italian origin, and her name is Camilla d’Errico. Camilla started her career as an illustrator trained to use computer programs, such as Adobe Photoshop, but she chose to position her art somewhere between the analog and the digital, placing her focus on developing her drawing and painting skills. Since she was self-taught in this field, it is probably where her most genuine emotion shows through. One of her first jobs was in the comic book industry, and she has been drawing comic books since 2001, which had probably preconditioned the route of her future path. Throughout her career, she has returned to this practice from time to time, but some of her biggest accomplishments are associated with a bit more commercial work. She has worked with companies such as Disney, Microsoft Zune, Ride Snowboards, Wizkids, Hasbro Toys, etc., and you may have also heard about her collaboration with the Canadian singer Avril Lavigne (d’Errico designed her Make Five Wishes manga style comic book). The artist has established a unique visual style when it comes to both painting and sketching, so she undertook the task of customizing vinyl toys as well. She has been producing and continues to make her own collectible toys, but she was working for several famous brands as well (Disney, Ad Funture, Osaka Popstar, the DCTO Jibun Project, Hasbro, etc.).
Both in the field of fine art and the comic industry, Camilla d’Errico pursues a standout manga-influenced style. It is with an awareness of this influence that the artist creates the worlds of her uncommon characters, most of which resemble human-like figures, which often have certain animalistic features. Some of these figures are translated into the three-dimensional space, presented as vinyl toys that we have mentioned above. Seeing these strange characters in all three dimensions is an exciting way to get in touch with a newly embodied form of the artist’s imagination. Most of the toys from her own product line are hand-painted, and not mass-produced, which gives them a flair of authenticity. In any case, regardless of the medium, Camilla’s work is seen as a dialogue between surrealism and the manga-style representation, and this special relation structures the nature of her work. But even with all of these aspects in place, there is still one thing that is hard to explain; something magical that she does, to make her illustrations seem to almost have a sweet smell, almost as if they are edible (however weird that might sound). Camilla says that she loves capturing passion, tension, and the deep-seated emotions, so perhaps she translates those emotions in such a sugary, pop manner, that it almost makes us want to eat them.
The reason we’re talking about Camilla’s endearing characters and magical worlds on this occasion is somewhat related to an upcoming show at Corey Helford Gallery, Dances with Dreams. Speaking about the exhibition, Camilla said: “ I wanted to invite the audiences to explore the hauntingly beautiful states of the subconscious mind - while awake and in a dream. The feeling as though they were walking through a colorful and serene dreamscape when pondering whether the girl in each portraiture is dreaming or whether she is the viewer's dream.” Her works will be exhibited from April 23rd to May 21st, coinciding with 2 other exhibitions, which will present works by Kazuki Takamatsu and Hirabayashi Takahiro, at the same gallery. There will be around 30 Camilla's original oil paintings and framed ink drawings on display. As a special event surrounding the exhibition, there will be a fan-dedicated book signing session on Sunday, April 24th from 2 to 4 PM. So if you find yourself in Los Angeles on Saturday, stop by the gallery for a chance to meet the artist!
Featured images in slider: Camilla d'Errico working, image via House of Betty blog; Camilla d'Errico's vinyl toy; Camilla d'Errico - Bubs; Camilla d'Errico - Candy Escape exhibition, detail from a painting.
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