FIVE ARTISTS YOU'VE PROBABLY NEVER HEARD OF
...but will scare the hell out of you
Written by Alan Robert
Earlier this year, I had the chance to hang out at Paul Booth's Last Rites gallery in NYC while doing a Rolling Stone interview to promote the new Life of Agony album A Place Where There's No More Pain. If you've never been there, it's an amazing place filled with extremely dark and disturbing original artwork from a ton of up an coming and established artists from around the world. Even the sofas are coffins! While I was there, I got turned onto some fantastic artists that produce some of the creepiest visuals I've seen in a long time...
Eric Lacombe (Lyon, France)
Eric uses acrylics, paper, oil, pens, paper mixed up with glue and acrylic, and various other techniques and materials to produce works that are focused on melancholy feelings accompanied by fear, anxiety and sadness.
Emil Melmoth (Mexico)
Emil creates insane sculptures that are creepy, fragile, powerful, morbid and truly visually stimulating. Very exciting stuff!
Alex Reisfar (Oregon, USA)
Amazingly detailed and controlled macabre work, including Arch Enemy's new album cover for "Will to Power".
Chris Mars (Minnesota, USA)
Chris is an artist and musician who played with The Replacements as their drummer from 1979-1990. When Mars was five years old, his eldest brother, Joe, was institutionalized for schizophrenia. Memories of the archaic institution, society's prejudgment, medical anonymity and familial shame had a profound impact on the young Mars, setting him on a life path of creative expression.
They say that lightning doesn’t strike twice, but in the case of Life of Agony’s Alan Robert, it didn’t just strike twice, but at exactly the same time, forcing him to choose a career between his two passions: art and music.
During his senior year at New York's School of Visual Arts, where he studied under Marvel Comics' Thor artist Walt Simonson, Life of Agony was offered a coveted record deal by RoadRunner Records. The band’s newfound opportunity and success resulted in Robert putting his artistic aspirations on hold, something that he had pursued since the age of 10. “The band was building great momentum and you could just feel that something was going to happen,” he told Revolver Magazine. “There was a definite aura about it. There was something really special going on with the band that I couldn’t ignore.”
However, passion is a fire that isn’t easily snuffed. Nearly two decades after Life of Agony dropped their debut album, River Runs Red, Robert released his first ever comic book via IDW Publishing, Wire Hangers, a four-part horror/conspiracy miniseries entirely penned and illustrated by Robert himself. Since then, Robert has gone on to release two other original comic book series (Crawl to Me and Killogy) as well as his first ever critically acclaimed macabre adult coloring book, which is one of the best-selling adult coloring books in 2016 and has a 5-star rating on Amazon!
With the recent release of the first new Life of Agony album since 2005, A Place Where There’s No More Pain, Robert has now found a balance between his visual arts and music. Despite a copious amount of touring and writing new music, Robert has managed to crank out the second edition of his coloring book series, The Beauty of Horror 2: Ghouliana's Creepatorium - Another GOREgeous Coloring Book via IDW Publishing. In addition, Crawl to Me is currently in development to become a live-action feature film.
HorrorTalk would like to thank Robert for taking time out of his busy schedule to share with us this piece! You can purchase The Beauty of Horror 2: Ghouliana's Creepatorium - Another GOREgeous Coloring Book by clicking one of the links below!