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Jeremy Fish: Rome-antic Delusions by Jeremy Fish

Drago invited Jeremy Fish to come to Rome and create site specific works, resulting in Rome-antic Delusions. The Italian touch has been added to his usual cast of characters and his rich iconography in a Roman remix of his extraordinary images.
Rome-antic Delusions is described by the artist as "a word play where reality and fantasy meet", a reflection of both sides of his artistic persona, solitary introspection and the exuberance of changing perspectives. Complete with an exclusive interview and many entertaining contributions from his contemporaries such as Travis Millard, Jeff Soto and Mel Kadel, this book provides a fun and insightful journey in to the fanciful world of Jeremy Fish.
“Fish’s work is ripe with imagery. Skulls serve as vehicles, armor, and even hollowed out shells for the living. Wings sprout from within, helping the creatures float on as they explore their surroundings. Wise old men with huge beards smoke corncob pipes and ponder the Universe. Nature is important in Fish’s world- rabbits, beavers, owls and of course, fish inhabit the land and mix in with man-made objects like umbrellas, vans and the occasional frog-drawn skull wagon. Creativity, originality and raw skill have been undervalued lately, but no one can deny Fish’s genius.” –Jeff Soto

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9788888493312
Publisher: DRAGO
Publication date: 03/28/2008
Pages: 96
Product dimensions: 8.90(w) x 11.70(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

The now San Franciscan based artist, Jeremy Fish, was born in Albany, New York, in 1974. A focus in screen-printing during Jeremy's education and work experience has lead to a career as a fine artist, and a commercial illustrator. He received his BFA in Interdisciplinary Studies from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1997. Fish has found a balance between exhibiting his work both across the US, and internationally in galleries and museums, while continuing to maintain a presence designing skateboards, t-shirts, vinyl toys, album covers, periodical illustrations, murals, and sneakers. This artwork is mainly about storytelling and communication, told through a library of characters and symbols.
Fish has collaborated with Aesop Rock since the latter's move to San Francisco in 2005. In the fall of 2006, the pair created a book entitled The Next Best Thing, which also included a 7-inch picture disk. Fish later created the artwork for Aesop Rock's fifth studio album None Shall Pass, released by Definitive Jux. In 2009, they again teamed up to release Ghosts of the Barbary Coast on Definitive Jux. In 2008, DRAGO staged RomeAntic Delusions, an exhibition of Fish's paintings, drawings and screen prints, which make up the book of the same name.. The exhibition was held in Rome, and much of the art was created there as well. His 2011 "Silly Pink Bunnies" sculpture and mural at Haight Street and Laguna Street in San Francisco was removed in 2013 due to construction. A Kickstarter crowd funding campaign was started and raised over $50,000 to erect a permanent bronze bunny at the same location in the future.

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