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Pheromone: The Insect Artwork of Christopher Marley Hardcover – September 8, 2008


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Pomegranate (September 8, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764946196
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764946196
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 9.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Publisher

This magnum opus presents a comprehensive array of the works of the world's leading bug artist.
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

Christopher Marley was born in Covina, California, and grew up near Salem, Oregon. At 19 years old, he began his travels while serving as a missionary for two years in the Atacama Desert of northern Chile. Upon his return, he balanced studying design at Brigham Young University with extended sabbaticals to work both on and off camera for scores of fashion brands such as Donna Karan, Gucci, and Giorgio Armani. Over more than a decade, his assignments to dozens of countries in Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas spawned a passionate drive to share the unending variety of surprising natural artifacts with an unsuspecting public through his artwork. In addition to insects, his mediums of design include fossils, minerals, botanicals, bones, and sea life. His work has been featured in numerous magazines and is sold through hundreds of galleries, stores, and showrooms in the United States and abroad.

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Definitely a conversation book to have on the coffee table.
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This book is gorgeous with high quality binding and paper and beautiful pictures.
L. Gunn
A must have for artist, fine art lovers, and insect enthusiasts.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By J. Ovard on September 27, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Christopher Marley's very unique, and modern art is beautifully captured in this one of a kind book. The colorful images seem to leap from the page, leaving you awe-struck at every turn. Each and every picture is truly a feast for the eyes. Pure nature has never been captured in such a captivating and inspired way, clearly the eye of a true artist. The author's interesting biography is also recounted, revealing his incredible, albeit somewhat strange, transition from a phobic, to a lover of insects and their uncultivated and distinct beauty.
Altogether "Pheromone" is a great read, a wonderful conversational peice for around the home, and just simply wonderful to look at.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By J. WILLIAMS on November 5, 2008
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This book is above and beyond what I expected. I have admired Christopher's work at a local gallery for years and was excited when a book was published with his art.
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.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Queen Bee on December 2, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Gorgeous! I received this book as a gift and even when it's on the bottom of our coffee table stack, guests are sitll drawn to it- it ALWAYS creates interesting conversation. It is truly a beautifully done piece of art and is hard to believe that the colors and sizes are real! Two thumbs way up.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
'Pheromones are chemical stimulants that insects release to attract one another -- and they've been known to seduce the occasional human, too.' So Christopher Marley states about the chosen title of this fascinating, challenging and very beautiful book of excellent color reproductions of his art: his art is the preservation and design of mounting insects as the objects d'art. Marley is obsessed (in a good way) with the beauty of the 'Phylum ARTHROPODA, which is divided into a number of classes of which insects belong to the class INSECTA. Insects are classified into Orders based on certain characteristics, some of the larger Orders are Coleoptera - beetles, Diptera - flies, Lepidoptera - butterflies and moths. The various Orders are in turn, again broken down into Families ( and sometimes sub-families ) then into Genus and finally species. A particular insect is always referred to by its Genus and species, but for general purposes the Order or Family is normally quite acceptable.' Yes, for Marley this scientific information is important and with each of the insects he approaches in this extravagantly illustrated book he obeys this order of classification.

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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By lookngglassgirl on December 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Christopher Marley is a genius! His books and artwork are just spectacular!He takes colorful, exotic insects and turns them into almost mosaic patterns. They're beautiful.
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!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Debra Reinertson on November 16, 2008
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The most beautiful book I have ever seen. I enjoy turning a page and viewing that lovely sight through the day. The next day another page is consumed with delight. LOVE IT!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JM on December 15, 2011
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I bought this book mainly because I love insects and art. Also, I make bugs out of polymer clay and this is full of great inspiration. His knowledge and artistic sense may show others how beautiful bugs truly are.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By K. Monson on May 21, 2009
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I keep my Pheremone book on the coffee table, where all my guests see it. It intrigues everyone and they look through it, amazed. They are surprised and delighted by how beautiful everything is. I am too. I still marvel when I look through it, and I've had it awhile.
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