Neotrope Press Announces Publication of ‘Fractopia’ Art Book by Christopher Simmons

REDONDO BEACH, Calif., May 28, 2009 — Neotrope® Press announced today the publication of the limited edition of “Fractopia” (ISBN: 978-0-9710555-0-6, hardcover), by digital artist Christopher Laird Simmons. The book collects the best of Simmons’ abstract images created by combining fractal imagery with photographic effects, textures and hand-applied layers. This special edition includes a video DVD with slide show of all images found in the book.

Simmons’ “Fractopia” series images have been featured in such venues as the “Bytes of Art” gallery shows that were hosted throughout San Francisco in 1997; the Cosmic Cafe online art gallery in 1996-7; and the first image in the series was used as the full color cover for the 1997 California State University Long Beach (CSULB) Science and Technology course catalog.

“I’m very proud to finally see these images in book form,” said Simmons. “The DVD also provides a more accurate look at how I envisioned the colors, which look very different on a computer monitor than on the printed page. Some of the blues, metallic colors, and reds are far more ‘electric’ in video form.”

Christopher Simmons is an award-winning graphic designer, photographer, musician, and digital imaging professional. He has created original images for national magazine covers, product packaging, and managed diverse brand identity projects for more than 25 years. His first computer-based artwork was done for the Adventure International game “Stone of Sisyphus” in 1983.

Simmons is also a respected marketing guru and technologist, who has been interviewed by publications as diverse as Entrepreneur, PC World, Chicago Post-Tribune, and TrendWatch; and is one of the experts quoted in the book “Career and Corporate Cool” by Rachel C. Weingarten. He is the CEO of Neotrope, and is a member of PRSA, and ASCAP.

“I created these images in a creative rush during the mid nineties,” added Simmons, “and Photoshop was my palette for these visions. I tried to take the chaos theory behind fractal imagery then combine that with deep colors and organic sensibilities to create something unique.”

FRACTOPIA, the limited edition, ISBN-13: 978-0-9710555-0-6, is published in hardcover with slip cover; full color throughout, with video DVD. Size is approximately 9×11.5 inches. Price is $39.95 plus shipping.

More information: www.NeotropePress.com or www.FractopiaBook.com.

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