PHEROMONE: The Insect Artwork of Christopher Marley
by Christopher Marley
2008, 256 pages, 170+ color photos. This truly spectacular book presents the compositions of Christopher Marley whose graceful arrangements of jewel-like arthropods are stunning works of art. Marleys keen eye for design combines with his entomological education to produce mesmerizing, kaleidoscopic bug mandalas and striking up-close-and-personal single-insect portraits. Neither painted nor digitally enhanced, the artists subjects appear in this book just as they would if you found one on your screen door.
Each gorgeous creation is identified with its scientific and common names, and many are accompanied by concise descriptive text. In succinct essays, Marley writes about insect collecting and its benefits to the environment. He describes his creative process in choosing and arranging the creatures for optimal visual effect.
The colors are entirely natural, and to render the reproductions as accurately as possible, some have been reproduced with fifth-color metallic inks and highlighted with spot varnish.
The book includes indexes of artworks and specimens, both by common and scientific names. Smyth-sewn hardcover with jacket; 9-1/4 x 12″.
The work of this entomologist/artist 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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