by Laura Hutson
In this week's art story about Jennifer Uman and Valerio Vidali's book Jemmy Button, I compared the collaboration between the artists to oil and water, saying that their styles don't mix as much as they intertwine.
Uman's work follows in the tradition of outsider artists like Margaret Kilgallen and Bill Traylor, while Vidali's work leans toward great mid-century illustrators like Charley Harper, or even the expansive backgrounds of early Hanna-Barbera cartoons. Uman is unpolished and detailed, Vidali is lush and graceful.
To give you a visual jumping-off point, I've collected some works of the artists I mentioned in that description. See if my comparisons make sense to you in the mathematic equations of artistic influence I've assembled below.