Gary Baseman是美國這幾年來產量最豐、人氣與跨媒介曝光度最高的藝術家之一，不管他創作什麼，似乎都能點石成金。沒受過正式美術教育的他，身跨報刊插畫、廣告、動畫、商品、玩具，是少數能自在發展個人特色而又能在商業與藝術間自在遊走的創作者，因此他稱自己的創作為「全面藝術」（Pervasive Art）。Baseman喜歡嘗試新媒介，致力創造「打破純藝術與大眾媒體之疆界分野的作品」，自承創作的出發點來自「欲望、渴求、性及無法觸及之美（unattainable beauty）」，最喜歡「……在愚蠢和聰明之間尋求平衡，在不被發現的情況下，偷偷把天才與蠢蛋的分界線抹糊掉。」
” Illustration ” is a kind of artistic expression combining artistic creation and writing, non-language and language, and has the disseminative nature of “narrative” inner thinking.
” Taipei Illustration Fair ” will create an illustration art exhibition that is part of Taipei City and Taiwan’s local and international Illustration activity.
Freedom Men Art Team through the annual thematic curatorial solicitations, the works are presented to local and foreign illustration creators, and reward systems are designed to encourage and support illustration creation. we hope this fair of illustrations belonging to the city of Taipei has become a regular event held at a normal state. It will bring together outstanding illustrators to share the benefits of illustrations and promote the virtuous circle of illustrator industry. ” Illustration is not just illustration. ”
The 1st ” Taipei Illustration Fair ” Curatorial subject: “New Age Ukiyoe”
“Worldly life” refers to people living in the real world at this moment and various forms of life. It tells the floating and indefinite people, and it also extends to a hectic attitude toward life.
“Ukiyoe” is a form of painting art that derives from the human landscape and daily life. Many times, contemporary illustration creation is also portraying our present and society. When the new generation of illustrations and the classic “Ukiyoe”, in the form of the mutual influence of the content, the old and the new concepts overlap, what kind of new stimulus, impact and spark?