Alice in Wonderland

Thanks to E! Online I finally found the trailer for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. I don’t hear much of the Comic-Con buzz up here in Seattle unless I go looking for it, and this trailer was no exception. I had already seen portraits of the cast at comingsoon.net so I have been eagerly waiting for footage. How great does Anne Hathaway look as the White Queen? So exciting.

In honor of the film, I thought I’d share my latest favorite Alice inspired works. It’s been a fairly common motif for years because of Lewis Carrol’s wonderful warping of common imagery.

On to the art. As Alice says, “What is the use of a book, without pictures or conversations?”

Justin Hillgrove is a local Seattle artist who’s art work can be found at Bluebottle Art Gallery on Capitol Hill, and Monster Art and Clothing in Ballard among other locations. He recently did an entire series of Alice paintings which can all be found on his website. His Mad Tea Party, priced at $2,500, is the only original still available. He’s also conscious that many of us are on a tighter budget; almost all of his art is also made into prints available for about $20.

Melissa Contreras, a.k.a. Axelhoney is an artist and crafter from Los Angeles. In addition to painting and illustration, she also makes jewelry, figurines, t-shirts, etc. Check out her etsy shop. Last March she was part of an Alice in Wonderland group show at the Compound Gallery in Portland, Oregon. The person who bought her Alice Plays Croquet piece loved it so much they commissioned another Alice piece from her. Look how calm she made the white rabbit! Love it.



My last pick is Mia, another artist from Los Angeles. Unlike the first two artists she is rooted in pop surrealism. I never get tired of looking at all the detail in her paintings. Locally her art shows at Roq La Rue Gallery in Belltown. Her most recent Seattle show was this May. This piece, Down the Rabbit hole, was created for a 3 person show last December at the Corey Helford Gallery in Culver City, California.

Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland premieres March 10th, 2010. I can’t wait.

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