Christopher Conn Askew

I saved a folder of images by Christopher Conn Askew a while ago, but I’ve been putting off posting about him because his work challenges my descriptive abilities. I’m an avid (nearly obsessive) consumer of art, but I’ve never studied it in the academic sense, so I risk sounding unrefined and ignorant when I try to put words with pictures.

In this intriguing mixture of styles, I see a bit of traditional Japanese influence in terms of the line work mixed with something that almost resembles…art deco? I see children’s book illustrations mixed with vintage political propaganda posters.

When I look at these, I have no idea how to feel (which I thoroughly enjoy)…I have to simply let my eyes wander around and drink in the detail. So stunning…

I love Askew’s color scheme (I’m a bit biased toward all things dark red and black). The following image reminds me of the Tournee du Chat Noir poster I’ve had on my wall for over half of my life.

Since I’m bound to be inelegant and clumsy in my own descriptions, I’d welcome any other reactions to this work.

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15 Responses to “Christopher Conn Askew”

  1. I believe the style you are looking for is French Art Nouveau.

    The funny thing is that as I was scrolling through the images I thought “Huh… this guy’s work looks a lot like that image I have as my Wallpaper of Behemoth, one of Satan’s demonic entourage from Bulgakov’s Russian novel Master & Margarita (and the namesake of the giant fat black cat that I share my apartment with)”. And then, there it was! Begemot is the Russian for Behemoth, but that’s him. The smart-ass, mushroom-eating, gun-toting tomcat.

    • shewalkssoftly Says:

      Thank you, Liesje! You may become my go-to girl for art style questions!

    • I love this interview! The inotdruction is so sweet! The girls are true Kristen fans and that turns the interview in something special. Her best answers are IMO the one on the ‘style-question’ and obviously the one about high school. She totally nails it in that answer – Especially by saying that it’s easy to SAY what you should do, but it’s hard to DO it. I can totally relate to do that! And beside that, Kristen also describes herself as I see her: she hasn’t really changed, but she has definitely grown! S, thank you for this sweet and interesting interview 🙂

  2. Thanks for sharing – very good art. Do you follow the art blog “Lines and Colors”? Updated practically daily and great for a dose of art and artists both new and familiar.
    http://www.linesandcolors.com/2010/03/26/karin-jurick-update/

    • shewalkssoftly Says:

      I believe I do have Lines and Colors on my blog list! Very informative site, and it exposes me to some things I wouldn’t otherwise see.

    • Thanks for sharing execnlelt informations. Your web site is very cool. I’m impressed by the details that you’ve on this blog. It reveals how nicely you understand this subject. Bookmarked this website page, will come back for extra articles. You, my pal, ROCK! I found just the information I already searched all over the place and just could not come across. What an ideal web site.

  3. My husband and I sit down to look at your website often and I really must say, we agree with your descriptions of Askew’s work completely! Really enjoyed the “propaganda”-esque pieces the most. Thanks always for finding new work-I’ve learned about so many artists through your blog.

    • shewalkssoftly Says:

      Thank you so much. I’m glad you both enjoy the site. It makes me so happy to read that people enjoy the posts.

  4. Wow! Thanks for cluing me in on this previously unknown (to me) artist. Must. Own. One. Of. His. Paintings.

    • shewalkssoftly Says:

      Isn’t it almost a mixed blessing to discover new fantastic art? On one hand, you get the sensory enjoyment. On the other hand…another thing to covet!

  5. […] as a paperback for the first time. This re-release, revised and with lush wraparound cover art from Christopher Conn Askew, is Crisp’s fourth, and according to Ziesings Books, a “much anticipated” […]

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