"Isabel Samaras's quirky, sexy, pop-surrealist art has had a cult following for years and now at long last her first monograph, On Tender Hooks, is here. Drawing her influence from classic TV shows and paintings by the Old Masters, Samaras has created a witty, erotic, and surreal body of work. This fresh and dazzling volume includes a three-way interview between Samaras and fellow low-brow artists Shag and The Pizz, as well as delightful and enlightening commentary from gallerist Justin Giarla and art writer Colin Berry, and an erotic short story by Lucy Blue." — Chronicle Books
160 pages, full color throughout, the book begins with the early "Lunch Boxes for Adults" series, the TV tray paintings, and nearly a decade’s worth of oil paintings. There are studio shots, reference photos, and even a “lift the flap” painting (a la vintage medical manuals) — where you can "dissect” a painting to see the initial sketch, the underpainting, and the finished piece.
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"From painting homoerotic fantasies on vintage lunch boxes (The Lone Ranger and Tonto in flagrante) to bawdy television trays (starring Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock), Samaras went on to paint in oil on wood, using the techniques of the old masters to enliven the stuff of fairy tales. Or, to put it another way, you always knew that Goldilocks grew up and got a Honey Dripper tattoo.” — New York Times