Scary Basement Media loves horror and genre movies and we love the fan art that can be found around the inter webs. That is why I wanted to begin a series of posts that spotlight the artists that have given so much to be the horror and art community. What better way to kick this series off than by showcasing one of the most talented and recognizable names in the industry, Mr. Jason Edmiston. He has created for some HUGE companies known to horror and genre fans such as Mondo, Rue Morgue, and Famous Monsters of Filmland. Not to mention, Coca Cola, Nike, and Hasbro.
“A commercial illustrator since 1996, Jason has created work for advertising, editorial, packaging and book publishing clients internationally. He is a traditional artist, painting in acrylic on watercolour paper or wood panel. His style ranges from realism to exaggeration, usually emphasizing the figure, and a certain degree of humour or caricature. Jason is often asked to emulate a specific genre of illustration, such as movie posters, pulp covers or retro style advertising. His fondness for pop culture, especially movies and toys often creep into his work.” – From his official website.
I have been a huge fan of Edmiston’s for a few years now when I was introduced to his beautiful Halloween and Evil Dead 2 prints as seen below…
I am not art critic as I don’t know the right terms to “judge” art but I know what I like and I like what I see with his images. One of the things I love is that he isn’t confined to just creating a screen grab from a film. Granted, he has done this with some of his amazing work, but he has also created all original compostions. If you didn’t know, Edmiston creates these beautiful pieces with he help of his family. According to his book, he will have his father or wife pose while he creates the basis for what he is creating.
As I mentioned previously, earlier this year, Edmiston released “VISCERAL: The art of Jason Edmiston”. It’s a collection of his early work and a ton of freakin’ cool artwork referencing horror and genre pop culture icons in his classic style. If I were you, I would get your hands on this book and try not to drool all over the pages as you flip through.
Do you have and Jason Edmiston prints decorating your walls? What is your favorite piece?