Fantastically Fanciful Fauna

19 Dec

‘Twas the week before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a bird-mouse..?  The work of today’s artist captures the whimsy and fantasy that defines this time of year.  French artist Corine Perier creates hybrid creatures that, despite the works’ surrealist quality seem completely real, not to mention irresistibly charming.

Le Trophee de la Chance, oil on wood panel, 46x38cm

Though whimsical in feel, these contemporary portraits remind us of the very real problem of species extinction on our ever changing planet.

Le Petit Prince, oil on wood panel, 27x22cm

Her amalgamated creatures stare out at us with wide, vulnerable eyes.  They appear kind and wise, resembling characters from fantastical lands like Narnia and Middle Earth, here to guide witless humans on their journey.

Renaissance, oil on wood panel

But in the eyes of some, there is an additional element.. perhaps fear, perhaps resignation to their fate at the hands of the very humans they wish to help?

Boule de Neige, oil on wood panel, 65x54cm

Camouflage, oil on wood panel, 27x22cm

To see more of Corine Perier’s gentle enchanters, please visit her website.  A big thank you to Myra Wexler aka YO MOMMA for introducing me to Corine’s work.  Be sure to check out Myra’s blog, too.  It’s full of awesome sauce.

All images are via the artist’s website.

2 Responses to “Fantastically Fanciful Fauna”

  1. Art Toys (Susan) December 19, 2011 at 1:31 pm #

    Hi, Lesley!

    Another artist who creates some fabulously fanciful creatures is Janie Olsen; I think you might really enjoy her work! Her web site: http://www.thestorybookstudio.com/index.html

    Happiest of holidays to you!

    Susan

    • Lesley December 19, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

      Thank you for the suggestion, Susan! I’ve bookmarked her site, at first glance, loving her sweet goats and sheep.🙂
      Very happy holidays to you, too!

      Cheers,
      Lesley

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