Chantella Viala, The Rob Granito Of Canada? (UPDATE)

UPDATE: Viala has removed her website, Twitter ID and Facebook page. The original article follows below.

This is Canadian artist Chantella Viala working on a painting. She is clearly a talented artist. But might she want to acknowledge the "inspiration" for some of her pieces?

As she says,

Everyday Chantella is currently working on new, unique pieces of art which are either her own creations for sale to anyone, or private commission work.


And here is that painting.


Some of you may know it better as part of this painting by the Hildebrandt Brothers for Wolverine #90. Not that they get any credit from Viala.


Equally, this image of the Justice League..


Is, as she says, for sale. But some may know the rather well promoted Justice League #1 image by Jim Lee, again not credited.


Viala's work, which includes many other aspects, including recreating ublicity photos of film stars, nevertheless used comic book imagery as its main selling point. Such as this exhibition earlier in the year.


Where you might have found this image of Thanos.


Held aloft by the proud Viala.


Without any indication that she might have read Guardians Of The Galaxy #8.


And remember, you can buy any image of hers on bags as well.


Or on phone covers.


Or on more phone covers.


Maybe one of the artists who recognises their work being used in such a way can use one of those phones to give her a call? As she quotes on her site,

"When you buy from an independent artist, you are buying more than just a painting. You are buying hundreds of hours of experimentation and thousands of failures.

You are buying days, weeks, months, years of frustration and moments of pure joy. You are buying nights of worry about paying the rent, having enough money to eat, having enough money to feed the children, the birds, the dog.

You aren't just buying a thing, you are buying a piece of heart, part of a soul, a private moment in someone's life.

Most importantly, you are buying that artist more time to do something they are truly passionate about; something that makes all the above worth the fear and the doubt; something that puts the life into the living."
-Rebekah Joy Plett



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