For all the veracity implied by her meticulous and unflinching style, the works maintain a seductive fantasticalness and seem to dance a jig on the line between the real and the imaginary.
~ Graham C. Boettcher, Curator of American Art, Birmingham Museum of Art
They gathered and donned their costumes under the watchful eye of “The Dame”. This was no ordinary party though. The artist and the participants conspired. The guises were not simple whimsy, each were significant in their own way. Did they conceal themselves, did they reveal true selves, become something they aspire to, or divulge some fantastic alter ego, which is more descriptive than their “true” image?
The event and the resulting 25 award-winning portraits of the guests in their guises are cleverly and beautifully documented in this high quality, limited edition art book. Photos of the event as well as writings by the artist, the participants and an assortment of other commentators, punctuate the glossy photos of the exquisite paintings. All this is wrapped up in a campy film noir theme to deliver a coffee table art book that is far more entertaining than you thought possible.
Praise for The Incognito Project:
This form of play is her invitation to her friends, and her skill as a painter is devoted to communicating to them, and to us, her affection, both for the person as they are, and as they understand themselves.
~Daniel Maidman, The Huffington Post, Oct 2012
Signed, Limited-Edition Book,
9x12, hard back,
120 full color pages,
$5 US shipping, $10 international shipping.
|Book includes photos from the original art event, which was a costume party and photo shoot.|
|Original sketch book pages from the artist's journal are included to tell the complete story.|
|"Athena" was a finalist in the Art Renewal Center's International Salon 2013.|
|Extreme close-ups help document each painting. They capture a|
"one brush stroke at a time" journey through the painting.
|Still life props used in the paintings are arranged though-out the book in a trompe l'oeil manner.|
|"Professor Rattus and Her Royal Court" was awarded 1st Place in|
The Portrait Society of America's Annual Member's Only Competition, 2013.
|"Against a Sea of Odds", was a finalist in the Art Renewal Center's International Salon 2013.|
|"Lion Tamer" was Artist Magazine Annual Competition, 2011, Finalist., and featured in|
Poets And Artists Magazine, Dec 2011.
“This form of play is her invitation to her friends, and her skill as a painter is devoted to communicating to them, and to us, her affection, both for the person as they are, and as they understand themselves.”
~Daniel Maidman, The Huffington Post (from The Very Serious Dress- Up Playtime of the Soul, Oct 12, 2012)
"Artist Terry Strickland knows that the secret to throwing an effective party is to plan some things, and let others just happen."
~Phillip Ratliff, B Metro Magazine, (from The A-List: Terry Strickland, Jan 2013
The project in 4 parts:
The project in 4 parts:
~A 2010 costume party/photo shoot.
~25 pieces, designed and painted over the span of the next 2 1/2 years.
~An exhibit of the ensuing work, shown at Art Folk Gallery in Birmingham, AL, Nov 3, 2012.
~A 128 page hardcover, signed, numbered and limited-edition book was published by Matter Deep Publishing. It includes photos from the costume party, images of the paintings, ideas about the incognito concept, quotes from the models and more.
We all have hopes and dreams. Even as adults we still have what if fantasies. Exploring that idea is at the heart of this project.