Friday, July 11, 2014

Spirit Animals, Plus Paintings by Deedee Cheriel

A couple of weeks ago my sister emailed me about her friend that was looking for some "bear" art (?!), because her spirit animal is the bear. I have to admit that I cackled when I heard the term "spirit animal," but I wracked my brain for artists that feature bears in their work, and then went poking around to various sites looking for more bear art (here and here) to recommend.

And then I couldn't help but do a little hunting around to find out what MY spirit animal is. Turns out the bear is my spirit animal too.  RAWR!

Of all the "bear" art I found, I think Deedee Cheriel's works are my favorites. Here are a few of her paintings featuring bears and other fabulous fantastical creatures. 



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Nalini 'Deedee' Cheriel is a visual artist who started out creating record covers and T-shirts for the Oregon music scene in the early '90s. Born in Eugene, Oregon, she began her own band and record label at the age of 19. Influenced by the popular DIY culture of that time, she played in several all-girl bands (Juned, Adickdid, The Teenangels, The Hindi Guns) and co-created the semi-autobiographical film "Down and Out with the Dolls". Cheriel has lived and studied abroad: Honduras, Chile, England, Portugal, Spain and her native India. Deedee is currently residing in Los Angeles.

Cheriel's work explores narratives that recognize the urgency and conflict in our continuing attempts to connect to the world. With influences derived from such opposites as East Indian temple imagery, punk rock, and her Pacific Northwest natural environment, her images are indications of how we try to connect ourselves to others and how these satirical and heroic efforts are episodes of compassion and discomfort. Bold elements drawn from landscapes - both urban and natural - and pop culture, suggest the ability to find commonalities and relationships between ourselves and our surroundings that inevitably confirm our greater humanity and quest for love.


source for artist info above


P.S. Merry Karnowsky Gallery represents Deedee Cheriel.







7 comments:

Lorena said...

As an art connoisseur you'd freak out if you walked into my apartment.
I have one framed poster of the Guernica, all other walls are empty, well except the one with the palm tree decal and the steel candle holder.
I have no art at home whatsoever and if i did have to go out and buy … I would not know what to pick.

Meghan said...

I just took a test on the internet to see what my spirit animal is and it's a bear too!! I've always thought that my spirit animal is a little terrier dog, specifically my little terrier dog, or a prairie dog. Clearly I have a special place in my heart for various dogs! but a bear is great too!
I really like these paintings, although some of them remind me of true detective, which i'm almost finished with and which is creeping me out big time.

Tiffany Kadani said...

I love that your sister asked for art advice from you because she found out what her spirit animal is. That's love. Makes me miss my sister!

kristine said...

I just did the quiz ( can't resist a quiz ever!) and I'm a deer! Bears seem so much more dynamic, but hopefully you wouldn't tear this deer's throat out if we ever met in a forest. Love the mystical creatures. May have to search for images of mystical powerful deers now!

fabulousjunk said...

Another reason to move to Los Angeles!! Lol... These photos are FANfuckingTASTIC. You know I can picture these paintings hanging in my house one day (yeah I daydream a lot) Or maybe my van at the rate I'm going.. How do you find out what your spirit animal is anyways? I think mine is a sloth.

-becks
http://fabulous-junk.blogspot.com

Jen@Road Trip Creative said...

I got Wolf. You know I wanted the horse ;) These paintings are amazing!! I love the boobies riding the fish :)

Trissta said...

Eugeneeeeeee. I should have guessed! These are pretty rad, but definitely scream Oregon and PNW to me! Love them.

Much Love,
Trissta