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.
McPherson 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.