Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Merry Karnowsky Gallery Opening

Merry Karnowsky Gallery Opening 
Saturday Nov 12th 8-11pm
I'm exciting about these new artworks featuring characters with their unusual pets and their unusual circumstances. I"ll have a few of my new Uncle Six Eyes busts there as well.
If you are in the Los Angeles area, come down and take a gander.

gallery is located at 
170 S La Brea Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Some details below

Wilbur and His Hypnotic Gaze

14 x 11” Acrylic on board
Caldwell had a bulldog named Wilbur who possessed a hypnotic gaze that increased perception as well as causing slight bouts of madness. When Caldwell spent too much of his time staring at his dog, he went into a trance-like state, where he was able to see more than one dimension. He could see the spirits of the recently departed as well as visions of a possible future.  He never made the connection that it was only through his dog’s gaze that he managed to see his visions. Convinced that it was his one eye that allowed for the “sight”, he took out an ad in the newspaper. He became an advocate for monocular vision and attracted a cult-like following. 

Herman and Morris
20x15 acrylic on board

Herman found his prized huntsman spider in the basement of his parents’ house. It followed him where ever he went for most of his adult life. He named it Morris because it reminded him of his Uncle Morris, who had long spindly legs and a strange gait that often confused people as to which direction he was about to step in.
Although it was common to have large insects as pets in this town, it was frowned upon to have an arachnid as a pet.  When they would go for a stroll or take in a show at the theatre, Morris would hide in Herman's stovepipe hat and watch through tiny holes near the top of the hat band. Herman could even hear him clapping at the close of the each performance. It made him laugh out loud every time.  
Herman and Morris(Detail 1)
Herman and Morris(Detail 2)

Oscar and the Truth Toad(Ted)
20x16 acrylic on board

In 1895, a large toad broke into Oscar's house. This was not an uncommon occurrence for Devonshire in the summer of 1895. Fore there had been a plague of toads that season, thought to be brought on by a curse. There was always some curse or misplaced talisman causing mayhem in that town. This incident, however, was very unusual in that the toad was enormous. It was the size of pig and seemed to speak a kind of gibberish that sounded like a child trying to mimic a foreign language. It held Oscar hostage in his kitchen for several hours while it appeared to be trying to tell him something. As Oscar attempted to make his escape, the toad would “speak” louder and raise its slimy hands in fist-like gestures and a curious motion resembling throat slashing. As the sun started to come up, the toad threw its hands up as if in disgust and made itself a home in the study of the house. Oscar was both terrified and mesmerized by the experience and decided to keep the toad, . . .or more or less let it go about its business as he had no control over what it had in mind. He started to call it Ted because it seemed to utter that name at the end of every “sentence”. 

As months passed, Oscar started to decipher the strange language that his toad was speaking. He also discovered that Ted had a very special talent. His presence compelled people to speak the truth. Oscar, who was not very trusting of people, began to carry Ted around on his head so that no one would be able to lie to him. From a distance it appeared that Oscar was wearing a large turban and passersby would be startled when the toad would suddenly snatch a bird in flight with its tongue. At first, Oscar was empowered by his new found ability to keep people honest and learn their secrets. It wasn’t long before Oscar became very lonely as his toad made everyone uncomfortable. Remorseful and tired of carrying around such a heavy load on his head, he convinced the toad to go back from whence it came, or so he thought. Ted was actually quite frustrated with Oscar and wanted to leave anyway. Ted was never heard from again and Oscar had to undergo a year of speech therapy to undo the strange gibberish that he acquired.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Smoking Krampus

The Smoking Krampus
During the off season he works as a part-time henchman and fry cook.
During the busy season, he likes to crash corporate holiday parties; consume all food and drink and snatch his victims away in a large sack that he drags through the bumpiest streets he can find. Once back at his lair, he dangles them over an open fire while thumping them with a rolled up newspaper or phone book, shouting "Bad, Bad!!"

Friday, June 3, 2011

Strange Factory images

acrylic on board
oval frame convex glass

He came out of the ground in 1886 to look for his friends.
They had all passed on except for his barber; who when approached
by Norman was so frightened by his decaying body he tried to run away.
The chase lasted for several blocks before the old barber gave up and collapsed.
He explained to Norman how long he had been buried and gave him a shave, a
haircut, and a mustache waxing for old time’s sake.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Upcoming Show

November 12th at Merry Karnowsky Gallery

Friday, February 25, 2011


Germ # 28
graphite and chalk on toned paper

Thursday, January 6, 2011

what I'm working on now

The "Bull" Patterson
father of 5, purveyor of dime literature,
and eater of biscuits.
sketch for a portrait commission

Gentleman Cthulu
concept sketch for painting
the finder of "lost" lint
concept sketch for a story I'm working on
involving lint of course.

Friday, December 17, 2010



Henry Twice

These small sketches are priced special for the holidays
contact me through the inquiry section of my website for details