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Artist Spotlight: Mary Syring

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Artist Spotlight on San Francisco-based illustrator Mary Syring.

by Daniel Barron

 

Bay Area-born illustrator Mary Syring draws from classic storybook illustrators like John Tenniel, art nouveau, witch lore, and her own Irish ancestry to craft colorful, symbolic worlds that are dark delights.

 

On her inspirations:

“Arthur Rackham is a huge inspiration of mine, his work is what convinced me to try out my hand in ink/watercolor back in college, before that I thought I wanted to do digital illustration. He changed my complete outlook on art, I’d probably be on a completely different career path if it weren’t for him. Another huge inspiration is Alphonse Mucha, art nouveau in general is one of my favorite styles, it has such a warm, inviting flow to it.”

 

On the motifs in her art:

“I love to incorporate nature, animals, and symbolism in my work, and yes, everything I do has some sort of creepy/dark undertone hidden throughout it. I love studying life cycles, and ever since I was a child I much more preferred the ghoulish fairy tales to the generic bubbly ones. Which is why I feel I love to integrate both subjects in my work now. If it’s not slightly eerie, it’s just no fun for me.”

 

Syring is a key component of the Bay Area and Boston-based artist community Paint Pens Collective, which was founded in 2008 by Shayna Yasuhara. Paint Pens Collective is female-run and highlights contemporary lowbrow & pop artists in addition to producing art events.

For 2015’s Yay! Horror Movie A Day project she interpreted Village of the Damned, Ginger Snaps, and The Only Lovers Left Alive. For 2016’s Yay! Legends Every Day series she chose the Hayao Miyazaki films Castle in the Sky and Howl’s Moving Castle.

 

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The Only Love Left Alive art for Yay! Horror Movie A Day

 

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Ginger Snaps art for Yay! Horror Movie A Day

 

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Village of the Damned art for Yay! Horror Movie A Day

 

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Castle in the Sky art for Yay! Legends Every Day

 

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Howl’s Moving Castle art for Yay! Legends Every Day

 

View more art by Mary Syring on her website.

Purchase art by Mary Syring on her Etsy page.

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Rudderless college graduate Daniel Barron founded Yay! LA Magazine on a love of writing, passion for the arts, and a firm belief that people really like talking about themselves. He contributed to a number of publications, including LA Music Blog and the defunct The Site Unscene, before deciding to cover arts and entertainment the way he wanted to read it. He works as a freelance writer and digital PR consultant in his current home of Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter at @YayDanielBarron.

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