Lewis Carroll published his most famous book "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" in 1865 and since then it has inspired myriads of illustrators and artists. I believe the reason is that the story of "Alice" is riddled with dreamlike and nightmarish fantasy, lack of logic, and bizarre characters. Most of us artists just love the strange and unusual. Who could resist the urge of making portraits of the cast of eccentrics who live in Wonderland? Certainly not me:
Last year, one of my very favorite European artists created an art exhibit around the theme of "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland". His name is Pat Andrea, he is a Deutsch painter who lives in Paris and Buenos Aires. I discovered his work in the late 80's and have been keeping an eye on him ever since. His art can be found in major museums in Europe and the U.S and art experts call him a neo-figurative painter. Take a look at his unique and even violent vision of Alice. Hold on to your mouse, it is kind of a wild ride:
Some of the most famous scenes of the book are easy to recognize. Others not as much but you can still spot some of the characters from the book.
She can even be downright scary.
Notice the mix of detailed painted areas and seemingly unfinished pencil parts. This is one of my favorite things in Pat Andrea's work.
And his sense of color blows me away.
One day owning an original painting from Pat Andrea is on my bucket list.
You can see more of his other paintings and artwork here