‘Count Wembley of Cragganmoor’ by Allen Douglas
Artist: Allen Douglas
Title: ‘Count Wembley of Cragganmoor’
Medium: Oil on panel
Dimensions: 8″ x 8″
Framing: Framed (frame size: 11.75″ x 11.75″)
Year of Creation: 2021
About the Artwork:
“WARNING: DO NOT hang this horrific artwork in a child’s room!! The ghastly, hideous nature of this painting will spawn torturous nightmares for years to come and any unpleasant yet expected results of this can not be attributed to the artist. The setting for the forever home for this abominable image should be none other than some dank creepy basement in a far away dilapidated castle somewhere. I also named him after a Fraggle.” – Allen Douglas
About the Artist:
CRYPTID is a term often used for creatures whose existence has been suggested but has not been scientifically documented. It is a term that seemed fitting to describe the world that has taken shape in recent years featuring the independent artwork of ALLEN DOUGLAS, depicting animals in both a familiar and unexpected way. He often turns to folklore for the concepts of his work and distorts size relationships, environments, or animals themselves to create visions that are truly unique, while at the same time paying homage to animals’ natural physical attributes and behaviors. To a lesser extent he also creates paintings of animals as they exist today in their natural environment… sometimes the creatures of planet Earth need no embellishment. He combines his affinity for nature with what he has been painting professionally since 1994… fantasy illustration for the publishing and gaming industries.
Educated at Syracuse University, he has created paintings for many notable book publishing, editorial, and gaming clients including Penguin Putnam, Tor, Berkley, Random House, Scholastic, HarperCollins, Harcourt, Little Brown, Macmillan/McGraw-Hill, Disney Hyperion, Audible, Bookspan, Wizards of the Coast, Hasbro, Upper Deck, Weekly Reader, the Village Voice, and Realms of Fantasy. Additionally, his paintings have been exhibited in galleries and museums both in the United States and Internationally, including Gallery Nucleus, the Mazza Museum of International Art from Picture Books, the Society of Illustrators in New York and Los Angeles, and the Strong National Museum of Play. His artwork has been recognized by many prominent juried illustration competitions including Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art, the Society of Illustrators of New York and Los Angeles, Art Renewal Center, Infected By Art, Ballistic Publishing and Step-By-Step Graphics. In 2019 he joined the United States Mint’s Artistic Infusion Program to help design coins and medals. Allen also has been teaching at the Rochester Institute of Technology since 2003. His studio is located in Rochester, NY on the southern shores of Lake Ontario.