Creatures of Habit: The Art of Joe Ledbetter

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Last Gasp, Jun 15, 2009 - Art - 168 pages
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For the first time Joe Ledbetter's best paintings have been compiled into one book. Influenced by classic animation, graphic design, and daily life, Joe Ledbetter's art is... well... a lot of things. Light-hearted in its approach, he often combines cute and cuddly creatures with unfortunate albeit humorous situations. With emphasis on the subversive and absurd, these scenarios are all too familiar, questioning our tendency of taking life (and ourselves) too seriously. Creatures of Habit offers a look at Ledbetter's unique and original painting style during the first five years of his career (2003 - 2008). The book is arranged chronologically, and the viewer can follow the development of the artists trademark visual style of emblematic line-work, vibrant colors, and endearing characters. Throughout the book Ledbetter includes his favorite paintings from his many solo exhibitions, themed group art shows, collaborations with fellow artists (such as Nathan Jurevicius, Luke Chueh, and Greg Craola Simkins), and many pieces from private collections previously unseen by most fans.

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Known for his popular paintings of cute cartoon ruckus and innovative toy designs, Joe Ledbetter's career has rapidly accelerated in only a few short years. After studying sociology at Humboldt State Univ., he returned to his hometown, working as a graphic apparel artist for 3 years. He also became

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