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Scarecrow by John Casey


Oakland-based artist John Casey has described his work as “self-portraits that express his inner psyche”. His drawings reveal confused and tormented souls that find their head or limbs are deformed manifestations. The bold but limited use of color, and often delicate line-work, lends a melancholy beauty to the figurative monstrosities.

John Casey worked closely with us to create Scarecrow, a mid-level monograph that showcases his unique approach toward fantastic and grotesque illustration. His work combines realistic human forms with aspects of the fantastic, producing figures that are both familiar and otherworldly. This book features over 60 of Casey’s drawings, printed in his own  signature red and black style.

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item details

  • 6″ x 9″ softcover
  • Two-color offset printing with secret “ghost” pages
  • Limited Edition of 500
  • Signed and Numbered by The Artist
  • Forward by Jim Kaufman.
  • Printed in Oakland by 1984 Printing
  • 100% recycled paper, soy-based inks and perfect-bound with animal-free glue

Author Bio:

Born on Friday the 13th in 1964 in Salem, Massachusetts, John Casey has been inventing creatures as soon as he was able to hold a crayon. Drawings that his mother saved from when he was only three years old reveal an obsession with the figure. The figures in these drawings show not only the distorted perceptions of a child, but a fascination with skulls, teeth, spirographic eyes, and invented body parts. This obsession with strange creatures continued throughout his youth. “Monster models, war dioramas, dinosaurs, and horror movies on the T.V. [this included "Creature Double Feature" on Saturday afternoons, of course] occupied much of my time.” John graduated from the Massachusetts College of Art in Boston in 1988 with a BFA in Painting. He currently lives in Oakland, California with his lovely wife Mary.

Layout and Design by: Pete Glover
Publishing copyright Rowan Morrison Books
Artwork copyright: John Casey
Printed in Oakland, California, USA
ISBN-10: 0-9789671-2-7
ISBN-13: 978-0-9789671-2-3


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