Spooky! Have Some Halloween-Inspired Art

October 31, 2019

It’s Halloween again - the one night of the year when we like to get scared! Originally an occasion to remember the dead,  it became an important part of popular culture as well. As a result, a range of new secular traditions have developed around this old holiday, such as costume parties, trick-or-treating, scary stories and houses decorated with jack-o’-lanterns.

If you’d like to mark Halloween with an appropriate artwork to hang on your wall, we bring you a selection of eerie works to choose from!

Featured image: Candice Tripp - Your God Is An Ugly Man (detail), 2019. All images courtesy of their respective galleries.

Santiago Rubino - Skull X

A self-taught street artist and illustrator born in Buenos Aires and living in Miami, Santiago Rubino creates work rooted in a diverse range of principles, from Renaissance cartooning and Classical Antiquity landscapes to contemporary graffiti and character animation. His work lingers at the delicate border between the dream and the real, reflecting the artist's deep fascination with the visual luxuries of ancient mythology and a potent desire to explore the inherent beauty within the disciplines of the physical and metaphysical sciences.

Skull X, an object evoking the Victorian era, reflects the artist's painstaking draftsmanship and razor-edged precision.

See more info about the work here.

Brusk - Death Kiss

A French artist constantly craving new techniques and working in various media, Brusk is best known for his dripping style. The balance of his compositions is based on a subtle space management, voids, accumulations, materials, and multilayered plans.

The sculpture Death Kiss, created in ceramics and painted resin, depicts two dripping skulls kissing, forming a heart shape.

See more info about the work here.

Banksy - Grin Reaper

A United Kingdom-based graffiti artist, political activist, film director, and painter, Banksy still manages to maintain anonymity, creating a mysterious allure to his persona. It seems his spotlight is guaranteed for many years to come.

A limited-edition screenprint, Grin Reaper is one of the artist's earliest and most recognizable works, depicting the skeletal figure of the Grim Reaper holding his traditional scythe and seated casually upon a large clock face. The traditional hooded face is strangely replaced with a bright yellow smiley face. The image first appeared on Old Street in East London in 2005.

See more info about the work here.

Mark Evans - Death And Taxes 2

An artist from Wales, Mark Evans creates large-scale micro-sculptures from leather, carving photorealistic scenes, symbols, and figures into pieces of leather. When he first discovered the leather-etching technique, the artist saw a world of possibilities. "I locked myself away for the next few years and just focused on developing this brand new technique," he explained.

In the work Death And Taxes 2 from 2017, Evans depicted a skull with a star crown in his distinct technique. The work embodies inherent juxtapositions: it is both functional and aesthetic, ancient and modern, sensual and masculine.

See more info about the work here.

Salvador Dali - Hommage à Quevedo

Salvador Dalí was certainly one of the most famous, interesting, eccentric and talked-about personalities in art history. He combined avant-garde subject matter with academic style, paving the way for generations of artists to come. In addition to his works on canvas, Dali produced works on paper for reproduction using drypoint, etching, woodcut, and lithography.

From the set titled Visions de QuevedoHommage à Quevedo is an original engraving with color by pochoir in 1975.

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Aurora Santika - Online Predator (Be Wary Of Spider)

Aurora Santika is an Indonesian artist whose vivid-color artworks are inspired by illustrations and symbolism-filled movies, music, and literature. Her pieces are often divided into a number of thematic series, each with their own period, style, and narratives.

The work Online Predator (Be Wary Of Spider) is part of Snakes & Rabbits series which deals with sexual abuse in its many forms toward children, teenagers, and young adults. Featuring many metaphors in the form of plant and animal symbols, it is the first painting series by Aurora that is designed to convey a specific narrative in certain sequences.

See more info about the work here.

Ben Ashton - The Secret Of Pembrooke Park

A London-based artist, Ben Ashton combines precision in execution with humor and character, balancing emotive response with a strong contextual foundation. He is known for hyper-realist portraits and ambitious, immersive installation works.

The Secret Of Pembrooke Park is an eerie 2019 portrait rendered in his distinct hyperrealist style.

See more info about the work here.

Johan Creten - Untitled

A Flemish sculptor, Johan Creten is considered one of the precursors in introducing ceramics in contemporary art. Fascinated by its beauty, its symbolic impact and the richness of its history, the artist explores the medium through multiple techniques and scales, dealing with themes such as nature, the female form, power, politics and spirituality. He describes clay as "the ashes of the dead"“At the same time it’s mother earth, it links the sacred and the profane, in a brutal way, disgusting and magical at the same time.” 

Created in 2016, Untitled is an unsettling work with contorted shape and intricate surface.

See more info about the work here.

Candice Tripp - Your God Is An Ugly Man

A London-based South-African artist, Candice Tripp creates oil and ink paintings of eerie fairy tales and childhood imagery. Child-like subjects pluck at adult themes in paintings whose narrative provides all the answers one could expect to find on a single page torn from a book.

Oil and ink on canvas, Your God Is An Ugly Man combines unsettling imagery with vibrant colors.

See more info about the work here.

Lakshmi Mohanbabu - Screeching – Strident Cry

Having a diverse background, Singapore-born artist Lakshmi Mohanbabu has been studying art, architecture, jewelry and design all over the world, managing to incorporate cross-cultural elements in her work. Skillfully shifting between techniques and mediums, she exhibits a genuine passion for art as such.

The piece Screeching – Strident Cry is from her Expressions series, inspired by Chinese opera and Japanese Kabuki theatre. In this series, the artist explores a plethora of complementary emotions, executed in a unique precision of painting style, using acrylics on paper. Most facial outlines have been eliminated with an approach to minimalism.

See more info about the work here.

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