I was pretty much sold when I read that Queens native Jenny Ping refers to the cast of human and dinosaur-like performers in her intricately detailed drawings of imaginary ballet and opera performances as "dansaurs." Her boldly colorful drawings and paintings are inspired by classic 19th and 20th century ballet companies, from Marius Petipa to Diaghilev's Ballet Russes, and they depict every aspect of theatrical stage presentation, from inventive "choreography" to extravagant sets of onion-topped buildings and mountainous landscapes. The figures are fitted in elaborately ornamented costumes of Ping's own design with a minute level of detail in each textile and accessory.
The details of her "Bird Of Autumn Emerald Nights," "Ottoman Ballerina," "Rainbow Dust Queen," and the rest of their dancing and singing Playbill-like castmates are drawn with marker, pen, pencil, and colored pencil. It amazes me what a set of Pentel markers can do when combined with some Tchaikovsky and a bit of pre-historic fantasy. If you're interested in dino-dance-art and you're in the NY area, the Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery in Brooklyn is showing On the Stage, the first solo exhibition of Ping's work, through October 28. Ping's work was also shown in three group gallery exhibitions in Brooklyn between 2005 and 2006. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design in 2004, and currently lives and works in Scarsdale, New York.
To see more of Ping's intricate drawings,
Artist of the Day: Jenny Ping