iCanvas are thrilled to present a wonderful set of canvas prints straight from the studio of Camilla d'Errico, a self-professed Pop Surrealist artist who has captivated the imagination of art lovers and professional clients alike. This Italian-Canadian artist manages to cram into her already bulky resume the roles of comic artist, manga-style creator, and fine-art painter. Having courted interest from video game designers and moving image practitioners for her blend of materialities, d'Errico's elegant balance of form and shape is rendered with a mix of water-soluble paints and digitally aided design tools. This intermingling of age-old Japanese techniques and contemporary graphic design allows D'Errico's body of work to bridge the gap between historic art and modern popular imagery.
Inspired first and foremost by the Japanese Manga style of drawing, this collection of charismatic cartoons connects to a genealogy of popular art that stretches back to the iconic printmaker Katsushika Hokusai in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. His terminology gave us the word manga, which literally means "ridiculous image." Hokusai's manga prints, in their style and daring, gave birth to a form of graphic expression in itself, leading eventually to the formation of the comic book in the United States and the Franco-Belgian comic strip in Europe. In Japan, the term manga means simply comics, while in the West it has an undoubtedly Japanese connotation, but while many artists attempt to make this ubiquitous form their own, d’Errico’s accomplished craftsmanship and sense of respect for the drawn form sets her apart from her contemporaries.