‘Vampires Exist’ by Dylan Garrett Smith
Artist: Dylan Garrett Smith
Title: ‘Vampires Exist’
Medium: Chalk-lead and ink on black cotton-rag paper
Dimensions: 12.25″ x 11″
Year of Creation: 2021
About the Artwork:
Dylan Garrett Smith has created several pieces with bats as the subject due to a combination of the occult lore, superstitions, stigmas, and ecological importance of the creatures. When the NJ-based hardcore band, Dumpweed, contacted him about their new upcoming single, ‘Vampires Exist’, he jumped at the opportunity to illustrate them once more. The piece embodies the feeling of cutting yourself loose from the people and things draining you of your energy, love, and life.
About the Artist:
Dylan Garrett Smith is an artist/designer whose work is a product of his views regarding humanity’s relationships with – and the continually growing distance from – the natural world. Combining concepts of occultism, ecology, and memento mori, Smith stresses the importance of the cycle of birth-bloom-decay and the necessity of solitude in nature. Ashes, chalk-lead and ink on black cotton rag paper serve as the primary media to make his images, while reinforcing the natural process of life, death, and rebirth.
Smith earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Fine Arts from Pratt Institute of Art in Brooklyn, NY and currently lives and creates in Los Angeles, CA.