chrisguarino

The Odd and the Beautiful, a Curiosity Shop

Illinois, United States · 30 Sales

chrisguarino

The Odd and the Beautiful, a Curiosity Shop

Illinois, United States 30 Sales On Etsy since 2012

4.5 out of 5 stars
(12)

Announcement   Find all your favorite work by Chris Guarino for sale here. New items added regularly.

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Find all your favorite work by Chris Guarino for sale here. New items added regularly.

Chris Guarino

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Chris Guarino

The Root Fairy
US$25.00
Green Eyed Witch
US$25.00
Hermes - Limited Edition Print
US$25.00
The Bee Queen
US$25.00
The Bee Queen - Gallery Wrap Canvas
US$500.00
The Autumn - Gallery Wrap Canvas
US$195.00
Flower Girl - Gallery Wrapped Canvas
US$195.00
Emergence - Life casting sculpture
US$50.00
Mother And Child - Gallery Wrapped Canvas
US$195.00
Statues by the Lake - Gallery Wrapped Canvas
US$275.00
Hermes - Gallery Wrap Canvas
US$195.00
The Root Fairy - Gallery Wrap Canvas
US$400.00
The Void - Gallery Wrap Canvas
US$400.00
The Creepicorn
US$25.00
Little Imperfection no. 4
US$500.00
The Witch
US$25.00
The Still
US$600.00
The Forest of the Root Fairy
US$25.00
Hold Together My Rusted Savior
US$350.00
Screws
US$600.00
The Void
US$25.00
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4.5 out of 5 stars
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janetnwonderland

janetnwonderland on Apr 23, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Just picked this up and I just have to say...WOW! This is remarkable. The print is of an exceptional quality, which is great. But the artwork is astounding. The colors are gorgeous and the piece is so detailed that you could look at it for hours. Mr. Guarino was a breeze to work with and he was very responsive to my needs and wishes. Also, the print was well packaged so as to avoid damage during shipping. And again, I cannot speak enough as to this man's talent! Superb! Proud to have this in my home. Very pleased and will be happy to order from him again.

Todd Cowen

Todd Cowen on Nov 23, 2015

5 out of 5 stars

I received the print today! It is perfect! Thanks for everything!

h s

h s on Nov 4, 2015

4 out of 5 stars

I love it! I only wish it was not rolled up so there wouldn't be fold marks on the print :( Thanks for sharing your work of art

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About

The Odd and the Beautiful, the story of an online Curiosity Shop.

"The Odd and The Beautiful" rose out of my desire to expose my artwork to a wider audience, and provide a way for people around the country to get their hands on some truly unique items. For a while now, it has been a dream of mine to own and operate an old world curiosity shop - the kind with things in jars, shrunken heads, and books that may or may not contain real magic. So I guess this is the first step to that. This is my collection of curiosities - all pulled from my imagination, and delivered to you in the comforts of your home computer screen (or mobile device). The work I create can be broken down into two categories - Two Dimensional and Three Dimensional. Both of which are creepy, but beautiful in they're own way.

I have been traveling around the country since I began my art career in 2000, putting up shows in coffee shops and small galleries, trying to open up the world to my brand of the unsettling, and like most artists, trying to find what I am really good at. It was around that time that I got my start in life casting sculpture. The methods I used were crude, and the sculptures that came from the castings reflected that. Bizarre, misshapen forms evolved from the casts I took from the models. From those forms I created intentionally unsettling sculptures, and then had the nerve to be insulted when the life sized crucified angel I made didn't sell at my first gallery opening.

Since that time, there has been a lot of experimentation, and quite a bit of discovery, and a huge amount of growth. In my sculpture series "The Little Imperfections" I created a collection of characters that reflected parts of myself, but each told their own story. I consider this series to be a turning point in my career. I was no longer doing things for shock value. I was doing things because they meant something.

Building on the skills I learned through trying to keep a "real" job in photo manipulation, and combining those with what I knew of sculpture and mask making - I created "The Masquerade." That being a series of digital art pieces created out of photographs I took of people wearing masks I had created. The first of which was "The Bee Queen," a piece that found its way into Spectrum 18, and has remained one of my favorites in the series. "The Masquerade" project took me around the country to photograph the masks in what I saw as their natural habitat. The images that arose out of the project have been displayed in galleries from San Francisco to Berlin and many points in between. The story of "The Masquerade has been compiled into a book which is now available in the shop.

These two distinct projects - "The Little Imperfections" and "The Masquerade" have given birth to a narrative that combines the characters into a wonderful fantasy world that I am currently fleshing out. More characters will arise out of the ether this year, and become available through this online curiosity shop. I may even try to work some customization into it so that you have a hand in the creation process.

Also - I'm in the process of cleaning out my studio, so for a while, every 12" x 18" print I sell will also include an original drawing!

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    Since 1998, Chris's work has been shown in galleries from San Francisco to Berlin, and featured in numerous publications and motion pictures. His work has been commissioned by large corporations, as well as private collectors.

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