Camille Rose Garcia
Camille is a Los Angeles-based lowbrow artist. she produces paintings, prints and sculpture in a gothic, "creepy" cartoon style. She cites as influences Walt Disney and Philip K. Dick. Garcia's parents met in art school. Her father was a film producer and anti-Vietnam activist, and her mother was a muralist from Northern California. Garcia's parents had divorced when she was young and her mother raised her and her sister, within close proximity to Disneyland. Camille Rose Garcia received her Master of Fine Arts degree at University of California at Davis in 1994 and her BFA from Otis College of Art and Design in 1992. Six years of art school left her disillusioned and bitter, so she decided to move back home on Huntington Beach, California, and started a band, The Real Minx. Garcia's work has appeared in Modern Painters, Juxtapoz, Rolling Stone, Flaunt, and Blab! magazines. She also contributed work to ohGr's second album, SunnyPsyOp. She has published three books, The Saddest Place on Earth, (Last Gasp, 2006), The Magic Bottle: A BLAB! Storybook, (Fantagraphics, 2006) and Tragic Kingdom (Last Gasp, 2007) . She illustrated a version of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, in 2010. "The original illustrations by John Tenniel have always been some of my favorites," said Garcia in a recent interview when asked about the book. "I have three copies of the book here because I collect children's stories. That's one of my favorite stories because it's actually a real dark story. She falls down the hole and no one is really nice to her at all. Pretty much every character she encounters, they're not really on her side. So re-reading it I realized I could do a little bit darker of an interpretation than the original illustrations." Her work also appears in the permanent collections of LACMA and the San Jose Museum of Art.