Creating art about people and their odd ways, her characters seem to exude an idealized innocence with a glimpse of hard earned wisdom in their eyes. She explores through portraiture the realms of our psychological states via myths, legends, astronomy, physics, nature, love, loss, childhood and good old life experience, giving us a peek into the complexities of the human psyche through her otherwordly characters.
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Born in 1976 in San Francisco, California is an American artist based in New York City.
Tara exhibits her paintings and serigraphs in fine art galleries all over the world. Named the crown princess of poster art by ELLE Magazine, she has created numerous gig posters for rock bands such as Beck, Modest Mouse, and Mastodon. Her array of art also includes a variety of toys with Kidrobot, painted covers for DC Vertigo Comics, advertising illustrations for companies such as Wyden+Kennedy, Publicis, and Bernstein Andrulli. She also taught in the Illustration department at Parsons for 4 years.
With every body of work that Tara McPherson (HF Collected Edition 3) creates, there is a common theme and evolution to the next. Her upcoming show at Dorothy Circus gallery,
“I Know It By Heart,” carries on her exploration of ethereal imagery –
portraits of young girls caught in a magical moment, but not without
also recognizing the negative forces in nature. These include allusions
to disease, destruction, and deterioration. There is a balance between
what is visually beautiful and, possibly, emotionally discomforting for
Brooklyn based artist Tara McPherson,
first featured in our Collected 3 Edition, is constantly visiting and
exploring new themes and iconography in her art. Though her playful and
evocative characters first recalled issues from McPherson’s childhood
and adult life experience, they have since grown beyond that to
incorporate themes from science and nature.