‘A Demonic Interlude’ by Chet Zar
Artist: Chet Zar
Title: ‘A Demonic Interlude’
Medium: Oil on ACM Panel
Dimensions: 14″ x 11″
Framing: Framed in Custom Frame (Frame Size: 21.5″ x 18″)
Year of Creation: 2020
Artwork Will Ship From: USA
About the Artwork:
“This piece was created in the midst of a bunch of Tool concert posters I was doodling (it’s a long story). It was a welcome break and the first time I had a chance to paint in a couple of months due to prior non painting duties I had been taking care of for my art business. It was a spur of the moment creation that came to me very easily due fact that I had not painted for so long. I started it spontaneously on a live stream chat session for members of the Dark Art Society (a ‘Dark Art’ centric community and podcast I founded) and finished the next day.
The title came from the post title I gave it on my Patreon profile. It was a descriptive and funny way to present this painting and once I posted it I realized that it was also the perfect title for the painting. As with all of my work, it was a complete stream of consciousness piece and the meaning is left up for interpretation by the viewer. This is my preferred method of working and allows for maximum creativity on my part and involves the viewer as well.” – Chet Zar
About the Artist:
Born on November 12th, 1967, in the harbor town of San Pedro, CA, Chet Zar’s interest in art began at an early age. His parents were always very supportive and never put any limits on his creativity. His entire childhood was spent drawing, sculpting and painting.
Zar’s interest in the darker side of art began in the earliest stages of his life. A natural fascination with all things strange fostered within himself a deep connection to horror movies and dark imagery. He could relate to the feelings of fear, anxiety and isolation that they conveyed. These are themes which had permeated most of his childhood drawings and paintings and are reflected in his work to this day.
The combined interest in horror films and art eventually culminated into a career as a special effects make up artist, designer and sculptor for the motion picture industry, designing and creating creatures and make up effects effects for such films as, “The Ring”, “Hellboy I & II”, “Planet of the Apes” and the critically acclaimed music videos for the art metal band Tool. Zar also embraced the digital side of special effects as well, utitlizing the computer to translate his dark vision with 3D animation for Tool’s live shows and subsequently releasing many of them on his own DVD of dark 3D animation, “Disturb the Normal”.
But the many years spent dealing with all of the politics and artistic compromises of the film industry left Zar feeling creatively stagnant. At the beginning of 2000 (at the suggestion of horror author Clive Barker), he decided to go back to his roots and focus on his own original works and try his hand at fine art, specifically painting in oils. The result has been a renewed sense of purpose, artistic freedom and a clarity of vision that is evident in his darkly surreal (and often darkly humorous) paintings.
His artistic influences include painter James Zar (stepfather and artistic mentor), Beksinski, H.R. Giger, Frank Frazetta, M.C. Escher, Bosch, John Singer Sargent and Norman Rockwell just to name a few.
“Chet’s art is beautiful & scary. His style has a modern twist crashing into a classical approach. I think Chet is a master painter on his way to making a great mark in our little world. Wanna do something smart with your money? Invest in a Chet Zar painting.” – Adam Jones (TOOL)