Carson Ellis on TMN

I’ve blogged my appreciation for The Morning News‘ galleries before — with their large-scale reproductions and interviews, they are my favorite virtual art gallery — but I’ve not quite gotten around to blogging about my great and abiding love for artist/illustrator Carson Ellis. Today on TMN’s gallery: Carson Ellis.

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Moscow, from her new series on TMN, Иркутск

I first discovered her, as many did, as the maker of the terrifically-appropriate visuals for The Decemberists (she was frontman Colin Meloy’s roommate, then girlfriend and now wife.) I can’t get enough of her style and lovely palette, reminding me of three of my very favorites of all-time: Shahn in the angles, Schiele in the ugly-beauty, and Gorey in the meticulous creepiness. And her handmade lettering is awesome and one-of-a-kind. Six older pieces that I love:

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carson_russiantown

carson_flowers

carson_decemberists

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