Since this blog is about the things I love, and things that interest and inspire me, I'm doing an entry about Theo Ellsworth's art. I love it, and it interests and inspires me. That's pretty much an understatement. The second I saw all those black lines--sometimes swirling, sometimes staccato, always insanely mesmerizing--I was seriously intrigued.
Studying the actual images (one bizarre creature/face/circumstance after another) is more entertaining than any afternoon in an art museum. I'm no art critic (and I mostly lump their vocab in with that weird wordiness of wine connoisseurs) so I'm not going to attempt to describe what I see in Theo Ellsworth's works. You can look for yourself. But look deep and long, because there's a huge reward waiting for your eyes and mind. And yeah, it'll be a treat for your spirit, too.
He makes comics, album covers, and illustrations for nursery rhymes; he publishes zines, makes remarkable wood cut-out art, and does shows. And I'm probably leaving a bunch out. All with works that are fresh water for thirsty eyes.
What inspires this work? Here's a quote from Ellsworth:
"My ideas feel like they come from all over. Things going on in my life tend to merge with ideas I've been thinking about, or a dream I had, and come out as a new idea. A lot of my ideas come together right on the page, which is why I enjoy the automatic quality of drawing so much. Making detailed work puts me in a state of mind where I can be relaxed and alert at the same time, and just let the work flow. I like being surprised by the outcome."
"I find nature really inspiring. Ancient art always strikes a chord with me, as well as a lot of outsider art. Adolf Wolfli, Henry Darger, Ernest Haekel, James Castle, Winsor McCay, Jack Kirby, Yuichi Yokoyama, and Jim Woodring are a few artists, off the top of my head, that get me inspired to sit down and make art. My favorite magazine is Raw Vision. I love comics and journals, and sketchbook art. I saw a nature documentary series called Life in the Undergrowth that inspired me more than most movies have, though I love film and all forms of storytelling."
So there you have it.
For more of his works, check out his site:
his Flickr stream:
and his Etsy store:
Thanks everyone, for checking this out--hope you enjoy it as much as I do. And thanks Theo, for your time and permission to do this.