The Man in the Iron Mask by Katie Wagner

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Artist Statement

"People always scoff and “eep!” at the sight of a city rat, but they have always been inspiring to me. City rats know the ins and the outs; the cracks and crevices of alleyways. They’re scrappers, collectors, and observers. While walking through a sea of suits and briefcases, passing luxury Chicago hotels I always find myself in alleyways picking up wooden panels to repurpose for my next work of art. It is through these not so elegant situations where I find my inspiration. Through my work I challenge viewers to accept a different kind of beauty by accentuating detail in bumps, wrinkles, slime, sludge, rust, cracks, globs, tears, holes, rips, and just about any texture I can throw into exaggeration. As a student I was always told not to use too much black in my work and to refrain from thick, heavy outlines. Lets just say I have always challenged the rules I have been given when it comes to art, and my work has come to embody the two things I was told to never do. I am a scrapper, a collector, and an observer. " - Katie Wagner

Katie Wagner is a Chicago based illustrator, designer and creator of City Rat Art. Her work has been heavily influenced by the surf art of Drew Brophy and bright, bold illustrations created by Alex Pardee. While studying illustration at Columbia College Chicago, her style has been become focused on precise, detailed line work. Wagner was hired by Step Logic to participate in live painting with T-Mobiles Artist Unleashed team at the Color Run Chicago, 2015. Her work titled, “Gum-Drop”, was featured in the Weather exhibit at the C33 Gallery in Chicago. She currently works under contemporary artist Allen Vandever and remains active in the Chicago art community.

About Recovering the Classics

Recovering the Classics is a collection of new covers for 100 of the greatest works of fiction in the public domain. Together we can help to keep these classics fresh, modern, and accessible to new generations of readers. All cover designs are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

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Each poster is hand-printed and handled, to make sure that only the highest quality is offered and sent out. The matte paper and high quality of inks make for a vibrant image which looks great both framed, and au-naturel. Printed in Los Angeles, CA, on Epson Enhanced Matte Paper, heavyweight stock, high color gamut, using Epson UltraChrome HDR ink-jet technology. Framed posters offer the same, museum-quality printed poster, but wrapped in a protective black frame. The frame is lightweight and includes a shatter-resistant acrylite front protector, so it won't break in the mail. International orders may be subject to customs duties & taxes.




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