Saturday, September 12, 2009

Art Blogging: Caia Koopman

Caia Koopman is an American Pop Surrealist artist. For readers unfamiliar with that term, Pop Surrealism is a movement closely affiliated with lowbrow. But as Ms. Koopman identifies herself as a Pop Surrealist, I'll do her the courtesy of using that name.

Koopman was raised in Southern California, where she studied art at the University of Santa Cruz and became associated with the skateboarder culture. In an interview with Juxtapoz, she said of her work:

My girls are tethered to the earth by all its cycles, they are surrounded by and part of life, death and beauty....My biggest overall influence is the idea of humans being part of nature rather than separate from it.

You can get a good sense of this organic ideal in her work from these examples. Up first: Chemical Girl, acrylic on canvas, 2009.

Entomology 5 (Ismene), acrylic on wood, 2008.

Dancis, acrylic on canvas.

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