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Pop Painting

Inspiration and Techniques from the Pop Surrealism Art Phenomenon

by (author) Camilla d'Errico

Clarkson Potter/Ten Speed
Initial publish date
Jan 2016
Painting, General, Popular Culture
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A unique behind-the-scenes guide to the painting process of one of the most popular artists working in the growing, underground art scene of Pop Surrealism.

Get ready for a behind-the-scenes look at the painting tools, methods, and inspirations of one of the top artists working in the growing field of Pop Surrealism. For the first time, beloved best-selling author and artist Camilla d’Errico pulls back the curtain to give you exclusive insights on topics from the paints and brushes she uses and her ideal studio setup, to the dreams, notions, and pop culture icons that fuel the creation of her hauntingly beautiful Pop Surrealist paintings.

With step-by-step examples covering major subject areas such as humans, animals, melting effects, and twisting reality (essential for Pop Surrealism!), Pop Painting gives you the sensation of sitting by Camilla’s side as she takes her paintings from idea to finished work. This front row seat reveals how a leading artist dreams, paints, and creates a successful body of work. For fans of Camilla and the underground art scene, aspiring artists looking to express their ideals in paint, and experienced artists wanting to incorporate the Pop Surrealist style into their work, Pop Painting is a one-of-a-kind, must-have guide.

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Contributor Notes

Camilla d’Errico has gained wide acclaim for her illustrative work, and has been nominated for the Joe Shuster Award and the Will Eisner Award. She has worked with Dark Horse Comics, Image Comics, Hasbro, Disney, Sanrio, and Neil Gaiman, and created her own cult-sensation properties Tanpopo and Helmetgirls. She is also well known for her melting rainbow, big-eyed girl oil paintings, which have made her a hit in the international Pop Surrealism movement. Visit her at

Excerpt: Pop Painting: Inspiration and Techniques from the Pop Surrealism Art Phenomenon (by (author) Camilla d'Errico)

Pop Surrealism: What Is It?
Art movements are created in hindsight—we reflect on what happened and that’s how we are able to label and identify them. For those artists like myself, Mark Ryden, Audrey Kawasaki, James Jean, Camille Rose Garcia, and others, working within the movement, creating art before there was even a label, we didn’t pattern our art after something that we saw, but rather created it on the precipice of defining the style, giving the movement its foundation. My fellow Pop Surrealists and I actively created the art without being consciously aware of what we had to do in order to be Pop Surrealists.
People ask me whether I like being labeled as a Pop Surrealist, whether I like being defined in such a way. I don’t mind it at all, because I don’t limit myself to it. I create art for myself; whether or not it fits within the confines of the definition of Pop Surrealism is up for interpretation. However, I believe that artists within the movement dictate what Pop Surrealism is, simply by breaking boundaries and continuously creating new and diverse art.

Editorial Reviews

"An essential guide for artists and anyone interested in contemporary art."

"Camilla d’Errico’s vibrant personality and beautiful spirit overflows into her wonderfully unique and emotionally powerful art. In Pop Painting, a bright and insightful look into Camilla’s artistic mind, she generously shares her heartand creativity with the world, and inspires and encourages with every colorful page."
—BRANDI MILNE, Surrealist painter

"Pop Painting is a lovely guideto Camilla’s process."
—AMY SOL, visual artist

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