Fancy Mammal is an alias for the covert collaborations of artists Kirsten Moore and Brent Wear. Brent and Kirsten met over a decade ago when they both had studios at a freaky art collective known as the Egg. They became fast friends, and soon started collaborating on clothing pieces. Over time they started to veer into the realm of 2d art pieces. They eventually realized that their strengths could be combined by utilizing Kirsten’s ability to make intricate, detailed drawings and Brent’s knack for painting lush, surreal landscapes to make charming and mysterious works of art. So Fancy Mammal was born, and continues to evolve as Brent and Kirsten continually trudge with their collaborative works back and forth between their respective homes in Southeast Portland; usually followed by a crow or two.
Brent Wear was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, and has been living in the Portland area for the past 18 years. He studied art and illustration at Parsons School of design in New York and the University of Kansas. While living in Portland, he has had many solo and group shows, and has become known for his brightly coloured paintings of whimsical creatures in odd situations. In the past several years Brent has been exploring the realm of abstract painting, along with collaborative works with artist Kirsten Moore. In his free time Brent likes to ride bikes, chase trains, and make friends with crows.
Kirsten Moore is the proprietress of Piper Ewan, a fashion design and now illustration company in Portland, Oregon. She started in 2013 drawing a bird a day to hone her drawing skills to possibly translate to surface designs on corsets for her fashion design business. The project was supposed to last a year. Since then illustration has taken over her life. Kirsten moved to Portland when she was 6 months old, and has lived here ever since. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Music from Portland State University in 1995. In her spare time, she pets cats, talks to crows and knits piles of shawls.