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Pheromone: The Insect Artwork of Christopher Marley Hardcover – September 1, 2008
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Christopher Marley sets out the philosophy of design that informs his work.
Leafing through the book takes you on a guided tour of the globe's most exotic bugs.
The colors are entirely natural, and to render the reproductions as accurate as possible some have been reproduced with fifth-color metallic inks and highlighted with spot varnish.
About the Author
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Marley collects or reclaims his subjects in an environmentally sensitive manner using a worldwide network of people and institutions that share his passion for nature. With a brilliant eye for color, pattern, and texture, Marley explores the deep relationships between vastly different natural objects and the love and unity we intrinsically feel with them and nature as a whole.
He maintains design studios in Oregon and Malaysia where he develops innovative methods to preserve natural artifacts of all kinds. His three dimensional art pieces are sold and acclaimed worldwide.
His popular first book, Pheromone (Pomegranate, 2008) focused on his artwork with insects and was named one of the best books of the year by The Times (UK). His second book, New York Times Best Selling Biophilia (Abrams, 2015) starts with Marley's work with insects and moves on to aquatic life, reptiles, birds, plants, and minerals. His work is a tribute to living things and the joy they bring, in the form of exquisite works of art.
Top Customer Reviews
Altogether "Pheromone" is a great read, a wonderful conversational peice for around the home, and just simply wonderful to look at.
I find I come back to the book almost every day.
The amazing quality pictures are engaging and colorful. The artist's dialog about both his history and the insects he uses is very informative about his art.
Well worth the money. A must have for artist, fine art lovers, and insect enthusiasts.
But that is all on the scientific level - a level that makes this book far more than a monograph on the art of Christopher Marley. The range of colors and shapes and bizarre aspects of insects recovered form around the globe is staggering and there are no two 'images' that appear the same. Other great artists, such as Jacquelyn McBain, have devoted much of their artistic career to exploring the beauty of insects: in McBain's case she also celebrates the flora on which these insects dwell and survive in paintings rich in observed accuracy and fascinatingly coupled with metaphorical titles and ideas.Read more ›
I bought this book for a friend that had just bought one of Marley's framed moths and he loved it.
I would highly recommend this book!
He preserves, mounts and frames the insects, sometimes arranging mixed species (like the "mosaic" on the book's cover, a sort of insect version of a wildflower garden), but more often composing groups of a single species (evocative of massed tulips) or even a striking lone insect. The nubby and hairy textures are practically tactile, the colors are fabulous, and every image is lively -- the circularity of a mandala of longhorn beetles; the waves of color washing across a page of massed scarabs; the page-full of 95%-identical moths that highlights their individuating differences. The book's Endnotes include the title of each work of art; the insect specimen's common name, scientific name, geographic location and actual size; and sometimes Marley's personal comments, which made me re-visit the images with new insight. I've given more than a passing thought to pulling out some of these pages to frame.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I bought the Japanese version of this book when i was traveling, never heard about Mr Marley even i can't read Japanese. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kaikaikiki
Beautiful photos that make nature's creepy crawlers look like living jewels.Published 10 months ago by Jason
Beautiful illustrations. A wonders book for any coffee table!Published 11 months ago by Jean Montgomery
Christopher Marley's work is absolutely amazing. This hard cover book has made a wonderful addition to my coffee table.Published 15 months ago by RStrubin
Fantastic critters, though I guess they had to die to be portrayed.Published 15 months ago by Anne Kinnel