Perhaps you didn’t get enough scare last week. Local artists that you may not be aware of share the unusual, offbeat and macabre side of art. They are growing in popularity, and work year ’round to appeal to a world of collectors who love the creepy, fantasy, supernatural and downright scary subjects. It’s a fun world to explore, and here are three featured artisits right here in Ogden. You might even consider this for your holiday gift giving.
Vanessa Colunga (of Colunga Art) shows her work regularly through Pandemonium Art Gallery on Historic 25th Street. You may have been fortunate to see her work at the Ogden Arts Festival. Vanessa pulls upon pop culture and horror icons, figuring into mixed media portraits.
“I love drawing people and anything creepy or odd,” she states. Edgar Allen Poe, Edward Scissorhands, the classic monsters of the golden age of television and movie screen, and characters of dreams and nightmares leap off of her self-patinad canvases or right here on her Facebook page. Here are examples of her work posted on Facebook:
Another artist whom you have probably seen work by but didn’t know hails from Utah is Chris Bodily. You may recognize his unmistakably creepy series of covers on the Utah Stories magazine. Chris is another illustrator, but with a more flat, graphic style. His #hatrobot website will blow you away with the prolific collection of work he has produced in a relatively short amount of time. The graphic design (screen-print-look) lined with heavy black ink borders has the illusion of the work being “childlike” in a “cartoon-but-not-quite” kind of way. Then, things turn unexpectedly dark.
Here he can be seen with fans with his artwork on the wall behind at #ComicConSLC. Seriously, if you don’t know Chris’ work by now, you will. I suggest checking out all three of these highly accessible artists. They have prints that are affordable and make wonderful, special gifts (and no, I won’t say what holiday will start nagging at you now).