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Corey Helford Gallery re-imagines art for a child’s room

Andrea Divirgilio / February 2, 2011

in the nursery kids room art

How would you re-imagine art for a child’s room? This was the question put forth by Jan Corey Helford, co-owner and curator of the Corey Helford Gallery, to 25 painters, photographers and graffiti writers. The upshot was seen in a show dubbed “In the Nursery,” and the artists came up with new, unique and somewhat strange ideas. Michael Mararian‘s “Le Bombe Atomique” shows kittens playing on a beach as an A-bomb destroys a nearby island. The work of art costs $1,800, including the handmade frame.

Another work that asks for attention is the “Beloved” by Ray Caesar, which depicts a Steampunk-influenced portrait of a young girl pushing a kids’ buggy with a tentacled baby. This one looks odd enough to help kids develop a fear of nighttime monsters. The 30-inch-square digital media on a varnished panel costs $17,500. Gallery co-owner Bruce Helford said…

Childhood has changed and so has parents’ taste in art. We get young, hip people who bring their babies to the gallery in rock ‘n’ roll T-shirts. So what do they put in those kids’ rooms?

The show features a range of artworks, which include everything from beautiful to bizarre. There are works by Paul Frank, sculptor Liz McGrath and multimedia artist Mike Stilkey. Los Angeles photographer Chris Anthony’s image shows a ghostly rendering of Little Red Riding Hood. Bruce Helford further said…

The best pieces work on two levels. Something for the disturbed child in yourself or something disturbing for the nursery. A lot of fairy tales were scary and meant to teach kids lessons. It’s important for kids to know that the world isn’t all just Care Bears.

So, if you think the art for your kid’s room means just cute fairies, teddy bears and cartoons, think again.

Via: Los Angeles Times

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