David, Tristan and I have been going to San Diego Comic-Con for some time now. I always enjoy trying to find books of art by new-to-me artists. Several years ago, I visited Mark Murphy's booth at the Con (whenever he has a booth there, it is always first on my list) and was introduced to the work of Irene Hardwicke Olivieri. If Mark has a book for sale (whether he publishes it or recommends it, I usually buy it.)
Last Fall, David and I went to Santa Monica's Robert Berman Gallery in Bergamot station to see Irene's work. I was enthralled and extremely delighted to have a chance not only to meet and talk with the artist but also to be able to see her work up close. I was very excited to hear that Pomegranate was publishing a hardcover book of her work this year.
A couple of weeks ago, Irene had a contest in her facebook page. I won a copy of Irene Hardwicke Olivieri Closer to Wildness. I've had the book for a couple of days now and I keep picking it up and looking at it. A book like this is very hard to put down. Even when you put it down, the work stays with you.
Surreal. Autobiographical. Poetic. Breathtaking. Stunning.
Irene's work whispers and calls to you. It pulls you in with its many layers, luscious images and colorful text. This was one of my Must Have Books of 2014 and I can recommend it as one that you really don't want to miss.
My other Must Have Book of 2014 is due out later this year. Maira Kalman has something scheduled that (as usual) intrigues me. I'm looking forward to holding a copy of My Favorite Things in my hand!
What books are you really looking forward to this year?