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McPherson, Tara

Tara McPherson is a painter, poster artist and freelance Illustrator. Creating art about people and their odd ways, Tara's characters seem to exude an idealized innocence with a glimpse of hard earned wisdom in their eyes.

Recalling many issues from childhood and good old life experience, she creates images that are thought provoking and seducing. People and their relationships are a central theme throughout her work.

Her recent projects are painted covers for DC/Vertigo Comics (Including Lucifer, Sandman Presents: Thessaly Witch For Hire, and The Witching), a series of ads for Fanta soda (UK), and gig posters for contemporary rock bands such as Air, The Strokes, Modest Mouse, The Shins and others. She will also be showing her paintings and posters at M Modern, OX-OP, Froden, Chindogu, Landmark, Goodfoot, Toyroom, La Luz de Jesus, Tin Man Alley, and various other galleries in 2004.

Tara's art has been included in books such as The Art of Modern Rock (Chronicle), SWAG (Abrams), The Art of Electric Frankenstein (Dark Horse), Fleshrot (Frightworld Studios), Sci Fi Western (Last Gasp), and Panda Meat (Last Gasp).

Some upcoming projects include a sticker and t-shirt line due out in fall 2004 published by Poster Pop, a cell phone wallpaper licensing deal with Workhorse Visuals in Winter 04, vinyl toys due out in mid 05 released by Fewture Models/Artstorm (Japan), a series of art prints published by Poster Pop due out in Spring 05, a section in SWAG 2 published by Abrams due out in mid 05, and an adult/childrens book published by Baby Tattoo Books due out in Summer 05, and a poster and art book published by Dark Horse due out in Winter 05.

Tara graduated from Art Center in Pasadena, CA in 2001 with honors in Illustration and a minor in Fine Art. She interned at Rough Draft Studios, working on Matt Groening's "Futurama" during college.

Tara has been featured and/or interviewed by Magnet, F Magazine, International Tattoo Art, Skratch, Atomica, Silver Bullet Comics, Modern Fix, Fahrenheit, Willamette Week, LA Weekly, DC Comics, Destroy All Monthly, Burnout, Savage Tattoo and Fused Magazine. Some of her clients include DC/Vertigo Comics, Fanta, Goldenvoice, Knitting Factory, House of Blues, Atomica Magazine, Art Rocker UK, Skratch Magazine, Alchera Essentials, Complete Control NYC Booking, Nike, and Nederlander Concerts.


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