Much like artist Korean artist Jee Young Lee, who I featured back in December, Spanish artist Irma Gruenholz creates self-contained worlds by hand, painstakingly building the sets and pieces for each of her amazingly detailed illustrations with hand-crafted clay before lighting and photographing it. Unlike Lee, who places herself in each of her scenes, Gruenholz’s worlds are populated with round-faced, whimsical characters who show no sign of the angst and tension that is prevalent in Lee’s sometimes melancholic scenes. Instead, she presents us with colorful worlds and humorous characters straight out of a children’s book.
Which isn’t unusual, as Gruenholz’s work has increasingly been appearing in kid’s books, magazines and ads around the world. Her past career as an art director with a Madrid ad agency obviously contributes to the pleasing composition and pastel colors of her work. But it’s the fun and whimsy of her work that really caught my eye and put a smile on my face. I hope it does the same for you.
See more of her amazing clay-crafted illustrations in the gallery after the jump, and be sure to check out her website for even more.