Who the…?

Isabel Samaras is a painter and chocoholic living in California whilst obsessing about everything from monsters and fairy tales to succulents and how to score more high grade chocolate. Her favorite color is red. (You thought it was going to be Chocolate Brown, didn’t you?)

Where you can see some of her work:

Ye Olde Website


Pop Surrealism: The Rise of Underground Art

Weirdo Deluxe: The Wild World of Pop Surrealism & Lowbrow Art

Vicious, Delicious & Ambitious: 20th Century Women Artists

Devil Babe’s Big Book of Fun!

Devil Babe’s Big Book of Postcards!

Weirdo Noir: Gothic & Dark Lowbrow Art

And from lovely Chronicle Books —

On Tender Hooks: The Art of Isabel Samaras

The accompanying post card book —

On Tender Hooks: 30 Postcards

Aaaand the super deluxe Limited Edition!

Galleries that show her work include Roq La Rue, Jonathan LeVine, Copra Nason Gallery, The Shooting Gallery, and she is represented by Varnish Fine Art. For inquiries about original art, please contact: isabel@varnishfineart.com

Common questions:

Do you watch a lot of TV?

Well, what’s “a lot”? I watched a fair amount when I was a kid, but I don’t think I watch as much now, who has the time? I’ll watch anything Joss Whedon puts out there (past treats included Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly). This probably makes me a geek. Right now I’m watching American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, The Daily Show & Colbert Report hour of comic power, Bored to Death, and Doctor Who.

How long does it take you do to a painting?

Kind of impossible to answer. I keep trying to keep track and log the hours and then I forget. The longest I think I’ve ever worked on something was 3 months, and the quickest I’ve ever painted something was one week — but I stayed up till about 3am all week, so it’s kinda unclear if that was really “quick” after all. (And it was a teensy tiny painting, about 5 x 7 inches.)

Feel free to email other questions: isamaras@mac.com and I’ll get to ’em when I can.

9 responses to “Who the…?

  1. I think your work is wonderful and it brings me back to the days of being a latch key kid and having the same friends ( via t.v.) thanks, Isabel. Kepp up the work!

  2. Thanks! (I watched a lot of TV when I was a kid too — maybe that’s obvious. )

  3. Jim Torok jots down the dates and number of hours spent in each session on the back of each of his paintings. I’m not sure if he’s trying to keep track of the time spent on each piece or simply trying to justify his efforts to clients.

  4. Marcos thinks I should hang a little notebook off my easel to jot my hours down, but I want an old fashioned punch-clock with time cards!

  5. i remember taking this photo! 😉

  6. Dear Isabel
    I’m very impressed by your work, and I would like to know if you sells it.
    Could you kindly answer me by e-mail.


    Jorge, from Brazil

  7. Magnifica a tua Arte… Tudo muito lindo e expressivo!
    Quero um dos pássaros para minha próxima tattoo…
    Isabel Samaras, Eu Adoro Você…

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