Nicomi “Nix” Turner, a senior illustrator for Emily the Strange, is debuting her solo work at the In Vein show at Gallery Extrana in Berkeley, CA. Sadly, I’m not local to CA, but if any of you West Coast folks are in the area, you should definitely check it out. If the artwork in Emily is any indication, it looks to be a good show. Hit the jump for a look at one of Nix’s pieces, as well as the full press release.
BERKELEY, CA – JUNE 25, 2008: Nicomi “Nix” Turner, senior illustrator for Emily the Strange, proudly debuts her solo work at the upcoming In Vein show at Gallery Extraña, 2912 Telegraph Avenue in Berkeley, CA. Nix’s paintings illustrate an earthy, somewhat dark interpretation of beauty through a skillful and romantic combination of women, animal skulls, veins, birds, and flowers. The show will open on July 11, from 7 to 11 pm, and continue through August 30, 2008. Music for the opening will be provided by San Francisco’s Beno + Minnie.
Nix’s day job is senior illustrator for counterculture icon Emily the Strange, the odd 13-year-old girl with the ubiquitous black cat quartet. So Nix is able to translate some of what makes Emily so popular into her paintings outside of work.
What’s obvious in her art is her love for anatomy. She said, “My mother taught college courses on anatomy and physiology. I would help by drawing anatomical illustrations for her students’ tests. And I was always fascinated by phlebotomies, and watching the students draw each other’s blood.”
What inspires Nix? “My home is decorated with anatomical charts and botanical illustrations from the eighteenth century. I have a skull collection that I base a lot of my work on – I’ve got bobcats, birds and foxes. I really see the beauty in a perfectly formed skull.“
Gallery Extraña co-director Aimee Friberg said, “Through careful linework and a choice color palette, Nix calls attention to what lies just beneath the surface of the skin, while reminding her viewer of the darker side of beauty. Gallery Extraña is very pleased to be showcasing what this talented artist does off the Emily clock.”
ABOUT EMILY THE STRANGE
Created in 1993 by artist, writer, and musician Rob Reger, Emily the Strange has become an internationally known icon for individualism, female empowerment, and do-it-yourself style. A product of the San Francisco graphic arts community, Emily graces a full, rock-influenced fashion clothing and accessory line, including everything from T-shirts, dresses, and underwear to toys, guitars, and school supplies. She is the featured character in a series of comic books from Dark Horse Comics, four hardbound Chronicle Books, and an upcoming series of young adult novels from HarperCollins Publishing. For more information on Emily the Strange, contact Jill Beaverson at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-845-3645 x220, or visit www.emilystrange.com.