Gary Irving gives us his arresting imagery, that occupies the unique space between the real and the digitally fantastic:
“I am a multimedia artist with a studio here in Santa Cruz. I create highly stylized narrative photo-composites, using Photoshop to combine subjects from different frames within a background to create a story in the manner of a painter. This originally developed for a commissioned calendar project for the Santa Cruz Derby Girls, and I have now used this style on four other distinct series: Santa Cruz Skateboard Legends, Surf Apocalypse, Zombieland, and Dark Portraits. I have several new series in the works, one of which will be released in September, showcasing the Deadly Sins relating to human impact on the Earth.”
“Having grown up in a small Welsh town, called Swansea, I moved to Santa Cruz in 1994 and have since been establishing myself as a visual artist working in digital medium in Central California. Originally interested in drawing and painting, I incorporated photography into my practice for source material and to document his work. Eventually, my interest in photography outgrew my love of paint and I immersed myself fully in the pursuit of mastering his technique.”
“Toward this end, I have studied studio lighting, digital photography, and editing techniques to make the most compelling final composition. As an artist, however, I am much more interested in the creative process and in working with people than with technology or technical details. Working with friends and models, I invite people to inhabit creative roles and the work is charged with collaborative energy.”
View more of Gary’s work on his website and on Instagram. Check out his upcoming show, First Friday September 1st from 6 to 9 pm, 1010 Fair Ave, Suite K, Santa Cruz CA.
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