Isabel Samaras’ Retro TV Shows & Classical Painting Mashups

In her work, Isabel Samaras takes us on a tour through Art History populated with characters from Modern Mythology (20th century television characters and narratives.) Referencing timeless themes, Renaissance Art, Dutch genre painting, Persian Miniatures and Victorian Ethnographic photography, Samaras compresses space and time to create alternative narratives for the familiar characters we grew up watching on TV. Painting beloved and known characters from “I Dream of Jeannie,” “Gilligan’s Island” and “Planet of the Apes,” Samaras at times constructs classical tableaus, referencing the Renaissance masters’ use of people, places and stories from Classical Antiquity. She at other times makes references to the intimacy of Dutch genre painting, giving them another chance at a life that could still yet be. Universes collide to create an alternate reality where our favorite characters from different programs co-exist in a world that is at once hilarious and bittersweet. Samaras opens an alternate dimension to address the what if.

I want to do the visual equivalent of whispering in your ear. – Isabel Samaras

See Samaras’ work on view at Varnish Fine Art In SF from November 3rd – December 22nd.



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  • joespeier

    these are kitsch, overdone, and simply boring. comon’ b/d you can do better than this!

  • Wakeupandsmellreality

    Don’t listen to Mr. High-on-Himself art school grad. Nice work, Isabel.