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In the Land of Ghouls and Monsters – Feratum Film Fest art show

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I am thrilled to announce I am an official guest at this year’s Feratum Film Fest, Mexico’s biggest and baddest horror and sci-fi film festival.

I am also pleased to say I will be exhibiting a career retrospective of art work for the first time in Mexico, which spans my fifteen year career creating horror inspired imagery.

The exhibit will feature many original drawings published on the covers of RUE MORGUE, silk-screened posters of some horror film favourites and art print that have gained international recognition.

In addition, Feratum will be screening the George A. Romero doc I illustrated, Birth of the Living Dead and I’ll be on hand for the screening and the Q & A.

I’ll be in attendance for the whole festival with guest Rodrigo Gudiño, founder of Rue Morgue Magazine. My wife and I are very much looking forward to meeting horror fans south of the boarder and taking in all of the madness the festival has to offer. My art exhibit, In the Land of Ghouls and Monsters, opens on October 3, 2013 at 5:30 pm at the Raymon Museum in Tlalpujahua, Mexico.

Re-Animating the art of Re-Animator

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When WaxWork Records contacted me earlier this year to create the artwork for their upcoming vinyl release of Richard Band’s score for Re-Animator, what was a fan of the film like I to do? Grab some Re-agent for inspiration and pray brain death doesn’t kick in until the job is off the slab. I watch Stuart Gordon’s Re-Animator once a year and I crave it like a sick snack. Loosly based on H.P. Lovecraft’s short story, The Strange Case of Dr. Herbert West, Gordon’s adaptation is a demented and explosive mix of gonzo gore, pitch black humour, and features one of the craziest sex scenes ever filmed for a horror film. On top of all that is Richard Band’s orchestral score which I’ve always felt elevated the film from pure camp to instant classic and much like the movie itself, when the score is over you never forget it.

In creating the artwork for Waxwork’s re-issue, I knew I wanted to do something completely different than what had been created for the film in the past. The original illustrated poster for  Re-Animator has always been a big inspiration. It’s a perfectly painted image and who can forget the tagline, “Herbert West has a good head on his shoulders… and another one on his desk.”

Google “Re-Animator poster” and an abundance of images and concepts pop up. Just about every avenue or direction has been taken with the material since it’s release in 1985. Some clever ones include the glowing green needle shaped as a headstone cross, or Herbert West holding up Dr. Hill’s very alive and very severed head in victory. All great stuff, but one thing a lot of these posters and fan-made artwork all have in common is Herbert West as the focus. It makes perfect sense of course, he is the lead character in the film and Jeffrey Combs gleefully demented portrayal of the young surgeon couldn’t have been more perfectly played. I wanted to make sure my bases were covered conceptually with the artwork and V.1 features West as the hero on the cover. Doctor Carl Hill, his evil nemesis, also perfectly portrayed by David Gale, makes up the face on the back cover.

In V.2, we were going for a more minamilist approach to the design but we felt it just didn’t have that over-the-top impact of the film, so it too landed on the morgue floor. After a quick discussion with Kevin at Waxwork Records, we settled on the final concept, V.3. An explosion of Re-Agent forming the evil Dr Hill, one of horror cinema’s most demented villains. Doctor Hill is an incredible foe to watch. The film shares similar themes with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and the jealous Dr. Hill eventually becomes the monster that West creates using his trusty Re-Agant serum and ultimately must be destroyed. We also wanted to find a way to feature Combs,Bruce Abbott and Barbara Crampton who all deliver performances that have continued to contribute to the success of the film with their dedicated performances. Their faces became the tendrils of serum and before you can say “Cat dead.”, we finally had a concept that spoke to Richard Band’s sprawling orchestral score and the insanely over-the-top spirit of the film.

Thanks for reading and I hope this sheds a little green light on the work that went into presenting the new re-issue of Richard Band’s memorable score. Pre-orders are available from WaxWork Records here.

See you in the dark,

Gary

 

 

Mondo Presents The Universal Monsters

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I’m honoured to have a piece in Mondo‘s Universal Monsters art show, which opens on October 19 and runs until November 10. It’s their biggest and baddest show yet and I can’t wait to see all the amazing artwork on display. I’m happy to say I’ll be in attendance for the opening, along with my talented pals Justin Erickson and Paige Renyolds from Phantom City Creative and our good buddy, Jason Edmiston. To say we’re excited about this particular show is an understatement. In case you haven’t noticed, we happen to like classic monsters, a lot. Here’s the flyer with all the artists and info.

I was recently commissioned by TIFF Bell Lightbox to whip up a quick poster for their In Conversation series with legendary horror director George A. Romero. Co-presented by Rue Morgue, Living Dread: The Cinema of George Romero starts it’s run on Halloween evening with Creepshow on Wednesday October 31, a screening of Martin with an introduction by Romero on November 1, Monkey Shines on November 2, all day screenings of Night, Dawn and Day of the Dead with intro by Romero on November 3, and finally the director introduces Michael Powell’s creepy classic, Peeping Tom on November 4.

The poster will be available only in the TIFF store during the event, so grab one while you can.
Limited to 100 copies, measures 18″ x 24″, signed and numbered and is printed by Toronto’s Kid Icarus. The poster will be available only through TIFF, but watch for some artist copies to appear right here on my site after the event. Hope to see you there!

Have a safe and happy Halloween!

Yours,

Ghoulish

Hitchcock Tribute Poster

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I’m thrilled to be a part of Gallery 1988‘s upcoming Hitchcock themed art show, Suspense & Gallows Humor: A Tribute to the All-Time Greatest. The show appropriately opens on Friday the 13th at their Venice location and runs until May 5th. Here is a picture of my contribution simply titled Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. This print is an extremely limited edition of only 20 copies, measures 18″ x 24″ and features a cameo by the maestro of the macabre himself.
I recently spoke with Flavorpill about the print, check out the article here. If you’re in the L.A. area drop by to see all the killer artwork on display, this show is not to be missed. And take one of these home won’t you? I don’t know when it will expire.

 

 

Mondo Gallery launches at SXSW

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On Saturday, March 10, Mondo celebrated the launch of their gallery with an art show for the ages. The event had SXSW goers and poster fans camping out the night before to be the first to grab a glimpse, a limited print or a shot at an original piece of art. I was honoured to be invited to participate in the show alongside some of my favourite artists working today. A special thanks to Jason Edmiston for delivering my piece safe and sound to the gallery and scoring me a couple of awesome prints.

Here’s a picture of my painting, “Beware of… THEM!” It is 15″ x 20″ acrylic, pen and ink on illustration board. Swing by the Mondo Gallery to check it out and all the other amazing art, open 12-6 every day during SXSW and located at 4115 Guadalupe Street in Austin.

Update: Below is a picture of the piece in its frame and “angry red” matte. Thanks to Ruben Leal at Digital Eyez Photography for snapping it at the event.