Strange Angels: The Art of Tara McPherson

Troubles with Heroes

For the first artist focus since I went on my little self-imposed sabbatical I thought I would feature the work of New York City-based artist Tara McPherson. Tara was born in San Francisco in 1976 and raised in Los Angeles. She received her BFA from Art Center in Pasadena, CA in August 2001.

Somewhere Under the Rainbow, GreenMcPherson specializes in 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. Recalling myths and legends, as well as issues from childhood and life experiences, she creates images that are thought-provoking and seductive, while also invoking whimsy with subtle undercurrents of darkness. People and their relationships are a central theme throughout her work.

Besides her fine art pieces that have been hung in fine art galleries around the world, she is also an accomplished concert poster artist; in fact, ELLE Magazine has dubbed her ‘the crown princess of poster art.’ Some of that work is featured here.

Loss, love, and loneliness. Altered forms and transfigured ideas. Power and vulnerability. Parallel universes of the heart and mind. Space and time. Ladies and gentlemen, presenting the art of Tara McPherson.

About Stephen Kelly Creative

Hi, I'm Stephen Kelly, a writer, editor, photographer and graphic designer living in beautiful San Francisco, CA, USA. Amongst the things I love are writing, photography, movies, music, fitness, travel, Batman, all things Australian, food and fun, all of which I hope to reflect in this here blog. Welcome aboard ... now let's get busy!
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10 Responses to Strange Angels: The Art of Tara McPherson

  1. Colline says:

    Some interesting pieces.

  2. Paula says:

    Parallel universes of the heart and mind .. us humans got a bad deal. Thank you for the interesting presentation, Stephen.

  3. So many of the figures are female, and so many (but not all) of the colors are pastel pink and pastel blue–it’s like a child’s fantasy land with a weird babysitter in it!

    • Hello Victoria! Yes, this is but a small representation of her work, but almost all of her figures are female. At first I thought “Dark Hearted” might be a male, but I think it’s actually a tomboy-ish gal. Good call on the pastels, too.

  4. Amy says:

    Some cool design and ideas! Thank you for introducing!

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  6. Paula says:

    Stephen, may I ask you here for some help. We are using the same theme, and I tried to do something that you managed – adding drop-down menu, but I can’t figure how. Could you help me? Thank you, Paula

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