U Universal Monsters-Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, the Wolf Man, and the Creature from the Black Lagoon– are some of the most iconic, unforgettable characters in the history of cinema. They are such famous people that almost every pop culture artist has made an interpretation of one or the other. So for a piece to stand out it has to be unique, something striking and detailed, which is exactly what artist Ashton Gallagher is the best at.
Gallagher is on track to open his third Mini-Portrait show at the 1988 Gallery in Los Angeles on Friday, June 4th and io9 is excited to debut just a few of his incredibly hand-painted works. Specifically, three Universal Monsters that the artist created for the show: tthe Mummy, Creature from the Black Lagoon, and a Invisible Man. “My mother is a Universal M.onster fan and she talks about her personal connection and what it was like to see them in the theater, “Gallagher told io9 by email.” Every time I see them, I try to imagine what it would have been like to experience them. these movies in his shoes. Doing so feels like a generational pop culture overlaps. I had flashbacks to my childhood when Doritos or Pepsi campaigned with the Monsters. I saw my mom go crazy in store taking every product that featured monsters on them in the same way I did with Star Wars o Batman and he knew immediately that continuing the sector was a must. The Black Lagoon Creature was, in fact, the first painting I completed in Mini-Portraits III ”.
Yes, as he said, it is a continuation. In a previous show, Gallagher had already done Dracula, Frankenstein, and the Frankenstein’s bride, so I wanted to complete the set. This idea has become a unifying line for this whole show. “In my 2020 show, I was drawn to doing something classic, ”she said.“ I started with Bride of Frankenstein-such a fantastic character to paint. I had so much fun with painting that soon I had Frankenstein and Dracula next to it. For the 2021 plot, I wanted to expand the sector. ”
Unlike his other works, the Universal Monsters are rendered in black and white, to replicate the look of those classic movies. But, interestingly, the pieces aren’t really painted that way. “I’m destined to see black and white –but are painted with five specific colors designed to feel a little grainy, a little blurry, “Gallagher said.” I like to change my palettes as much as possible and working monochrome from time to time is a welcome change. The pieces of the Universal Monster produce a very different feeling –they breathe a different life into a picture. For me, using this palette fools my brain into almost hearing that low-level buzz / static / scratchy background noise in black and white movies. That makes them so much fun to paint. ”
As for what else he painted for the show, think “continuation”. So if you’ve made one or two characters that feel like they’re in a series, you’ve probably done another piece to end that series. For example, if he made Furious and Immortal Joe out of it Mad Max: Fury Road, you feel that another piece is needed to complete the set, right? See that, the Universal Monsters, and even more so when Mini-Pictures III comes on sale both in person and online, Friday, June 4 at 3 pm EST at the 1988 Gallery. Gallery visits site for more.
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