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The Drooling Dog

Scratchboard and Micron on paper; 10 x 8 in; 2014

© Eileen Mao

Ecstasea

Anthropomorphic arrangement of a horrific scene at sea involving a surfer, piranhas, sharks, and a few other humans; erotic grotesque; hand drawn on paper and digitally colored; 2014

© Eileen Mao

Elephant Woman (2014)

Microns on paper; 8 x 10 in This piece was originally inspired by The Elephant Man (1980) by David Lynch, thus the name. The subject’s self-love and pride are reflected by her poise as well as her choice of frock. Those qualities have carried her quirky self through the markings of time and the changing tides of life, in disregard of the views of others.

© Eileen Mao

Snake Princess

Mixed media on paper; 8 x 10 in; 2014

© Eileen Mao

Rosemary

Pen, acrylic, and watercolor on paper 17.5 x 23 in "A portrait of a woman. The dry-brushed marks indicate fire, metaphorical for the tests of time as well as her fervor for life. In a relaxed composure, she looks adoringly and firmly at a vision. The title is also an homage to the Roman Polanski film Rosemary’s Baby (1968)."

© Eileen Mao

Contrast

Mixed media on paper

© Eileen Mao

© Eileen Mao

Goodbye My Clown (2015)

Pen and ink on paper; 8.5 x 11 in

© Eileen Mao

Obi-Bow

Pen and ink on paper; 2016 Featured in Abook Magazine, Oct 2016 "The girl in the image stands alone in an isolated space. She is dressed in a kimono-like robe, with layers of abstract elements that resemble various obi-bows. These layers symbolize the emotional and physical baggage one accumulates through life..."

© Eileen Mao

Where the Wild Things Are

Hand-drawn illustration with a few analogue elements collaged digitally Drawn for a project to design paper bags for 11 Madison Park, New York Features ingredients incorporated in the dishes done by the restaurant, including lavender, blue chicken feet, octopus, etc. 2016

© Eileen Mao

Eileen Mao

Biography

Eileen Mao is an illustrator based in Los Angeles, CA. She moved from Taipei, Taiwan to Southern California at the age of 13. In 2016, she graduated from ArtCenter College of Design with a BFA in Illustration. Eileen’s work frequently deals with the concepts of abnormality and beauty. It constantly challenges viewers to question if what they see is appealing or unseemly, and enchants them to find and connect with something heart-felt and fascinating within the hideous or unconventional elements within. As an artist, one of Eileen's goals is for her viewers to empathize with what they've yet to experience personally. She is the most interested in revealing beauty in the grotesque.

Style/Techniques

Abstract, Acrylic, Black & White, Caricature, Collage, Colored Pencil, Design, Digital, Fine Art, Graphic, Line, Line with Color, Mixed Media, Painterly, Pen & Ink, Pencil, Watercolor, Floral, Film/Entertainment

Subject/Specialties

Animals, Book Covers, Children's Books, Editorial, Fantasy, Fashion/Cosmetics, Food, Futuristic, Greeting Cards, Holidays, Landscape, Leisure, Licensing, Mystery, Nature, Portrait, Posters, Romance, Sci-Fi, Textiles, Web Illustration, Lifestyle, Feminine, Masculine, Spiritual, Youth, Edgy, Grunge, Branding, Surface Design