Thankfully someone has co-opted the lost art of painting on velvet, and made it his own, depicting some of my heroes in his artwork. Bruce White is a tattoo artist and painter based in North Carolina where he earned his BFA in Printmaking from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995.
Bruce has been tattooing for over 13 years and has recently turned his artistic eye towards an often under appreciated medium: black velvet. Bruce feels that working with velvet gives his paintings a degree of visual contrast that cannot be replicated by painting on any other surface.
He also believes that Elvis and Jesus are not the only icons of the world worthy of being immortalized on a velvety canvas. He has chosen this medium to channel his admiration for many of pop culture’s most iconic characters.
Have a look at some amazing examples of his work right below, and be sure and haunt his official website and Facebook page to find out more about this unique artist and his great sense of humor!
Hillary White is a Maine native, born from the salty depths of a bubbling cauldron overflowing with ’80s pop culture, classical art, and Alice in Wonderland. She spends most of her time painting classical art and pop culture mash-ups, and designing T-shirts.
Her work is truly beautiful, and I have been repeatedly blown away by the tongue-in-cheek playful sense of humor prevalent in all of it. Consistently amazing, Miss White has left a prolific trail of work for us to enjoy.
Many of these pieces are available as T-shirts, prints, cell-phone covers, and even throw-pillows (!) at her shop here.
“There are times in our lives when we must make choices based more on instinct than intellect. Often, the soul recognizes its choice before the rational mind has time to process the information.”
The white rabbit symbolizes that inner voice, the soul’s choice. Pay attention!
Les Edwards has been a professional illustrator for over thirty- five years.
He has worked in many fields and areas but is best known for the huge number of book jackets he has produced in the Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror genres; the latter sometimes being known as his “Red Period”.
His work has included major advertising campaigns, movie posters for films including John Carpenter’s The Thing and Clive Barker’s Nightbreed and he has worked in film production and gaming.
He has illustrated two graphic novels based on stories by Clive Barker; Son of Celluloid, about an ambulatory cancer, and Rawhead Rex, which tells of the adventures of a baby-eating monster and has absolutely no connection to his own views on children. Both books were critically acclaimed.
When he is not chained to his easel, his spare time is taken up with half building plastic model kits and allowing them to gather dust in an appropriately artistic fashion, playing the guitar in a uniquely unmusical manner, and fencing, a sport at which his enthusiasm is surpassed only by his almost supernatural lack of ability.
He lives in Brighton in East Sussex, England, with his wife, Val.
Let’s take a look at some of the incredible work Mr. Edwards has produced over the years!
Shadow of a Ghost
This started out as a personal piece but became the cover for Curious Warnings; The Great Ghost Stories of M.R. James, edited by Stephen Jones and Published by Jo Fletcher Books.
Particularly impressive is Mr. Moore’s large collection of pencil drawings, featuring his trademark bold line work and talented shading techniques. Check out some of my personal favorites below :
As I mentioned earlier, Mr. Moore writes and draws his own independently-published comics, which you can find for sale here. Check out the covers and some artwork from his current book “The Withering”.
About the book, Mr. Moore says :
“This body of work can best be described as depictions of a narrative.
With the imagery I seek to provoke feelings of horror and absurdity while expressing the burden of human consciousness and existence, but this is merely a departure point. The true subject of the work deals with a state of tension, the visual and mythical objectification of a metaphysical rebellion. An art which inspires, triumph over fate, becoming through ordeal, a constant struggle I have come to call: The Withering.”
Be sure to do your homework and visit Leaky Pen Productions on Facebook for updates and new artwork from this fantastic and prolific horror artist! And find prints, postcards, books and much more for sale at the official website.
Now we need to talk him into making some prints of that Horror Homework piece, or maybe a cage match knife fight to the death amongst the admins here for the original?
Log in and leave some comments, maybe we will have a contest or something if you guys ask for it!
Matthew Dutton lives and works in Hixson, Tennessee. Outside of his studio practice, Matthew works as the Art Specialist at Rock City Gardens. He is a graduate from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga majoring in BFA 3D Sculpture.
As part of the Special Events team at Rock City, Dutton builds large scale props that help aesthetically tie the park together for the different events held at Rock City throughout the year. He builds gnomes for different areas of the park as well as restores and rebuilds the antique gnomes and fairy tale characters for the parks vignettes.
Matthew Dutton is involved in many facets of the local art community including the 2011 HATCH, (History, Art, Technology and Cultural Happenings) event, where he and an artist group installed several public sculptures in the Chattanooga downtown area. Dutton has been involved with several mural projects, constructions for theatrical performances, and local art happenings around town.
Dutton’s busy artistic lifestyle allows him to persistently pursue new levels of artistic enlightenment through material exploration and technique development.
HH : Are these creations inspired by nightmares? They seem very dream-like.
MD : Well maybe subconsciously they are inspired by dreams.. But not directly… I often dream of building the sculptures more than being frightened by them. The idea for these creatures originally came from a raccoon that was living in my attic one winter. I would be lying in bed trying to sleep and would hear Christmas ornaments bouncing across the ceiling as if something was tossing them around. I formulated these Phigments as a mental visualization of what was causing such a ruckus in the attic. The scratching, stomping, fighting sounds I would hear allowed my imagination to wander and come up with these domestic intruders. Maybe they are dream-like for I would drift to sleep as I imagined what was up there raising hell in the attic! Many of them are set up onto and around domestic objects for they get into your food and stuff once you drift to sleep.
HH : What is your favorite horror film?
MD : I grew up watching horror films my whole life! some of my earliest memories are being hypnotized by the lighting and effects in Pumpkin Head. I love the weirdness of In the Mouth of Madness. Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Child’s Play, Poltergeist, The Gate, Maximum Overdrive, Pet Sematery are some of the oldies but goodies I like.
HH : Have you ever been approached by film-makers for set designs or special effects work? Are you interested in that?
MD : I have helped some local musicians work on special effects for their music videos recently!
Strung Like A Horse has a trailer for the new video that we worked on. The first Video called GLAD has me and some of my work in it.
Well, there you have it!
It’s funny that just a few days ago, one of our Facebook admins was desperately trying to find the info on this artist so we could post his work with proper credit, and it was a true struggle! Thanks to the keen eyes of some Facebook fans we found him, and now can pass on this great stuff with all of you.
I hope you enjoyed this quick look at an amazing artist!
Be sure and find Matthew Dutton on Facebook and follow him on tumblr!
Do your homework!
And join him on Facebook for consistent updates, and click the photo below of Toby Larson as his character “Sludge” for Nightmare Factory to see his frightening FB page…
Check this guy out. We are huge fans here at Horror Homework.
I suspect you will find a lot to like…