Featured Artist – Kerbcrawlerghost

One of the more positive aspects of our modern technology is how much we are able to discover through the use of social media and the fact that more and more people are connected.  Creative communities are now able to share their work across multiple channels and effectively be their own PR companies.  We had the good fortune of stumbling upon Chilean artist Kerbcrawlerghost in just this manner.  His depictions of what some may consider sacrilegious imagery are the stuff of dreams, nightmares, and sexual fantasies.  He has recently done cover art for Weregoat and is in the process of collaborating with new bands.  We look forward to seeing his work pop up elsewhere.  Check out our interview below!

finguersuckHow long have you been creating artwork with religious connotations, and are you interested in conveying a specific view or message regarding religion?

Not very long ago I started to learn about the tarot and the figure of the devil became very significant for me because represents from my point of view my ideals as an artist, my creativity. My search of beauty always comes from darkness, pessimism, obsession, addictions and mostly by lust and desire.  It is not a negative card for me at all.

But religion was always implicit in my formation as an artist, since I remember my mother was studying the bible and became a Jehovah´s witness when I was just a kid, she made me study the bible too with a book called “My Book of Biblic Stories.” It was fully illustrated, and from the beginning I felt attracted when the evil was represented by demons, whores, giants, diseases, or when the anger of god fell over burning cities and fucking everything up with plagues…. So I started to love the apocalypse since very young.

My art is not focused on trying to send a specific message against religion. I don’t mind people’s beliefs, what I really hate are the institutions that rule behind, those are the real demons.

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What influences you to create your art?

The exorcism of reality, the possibility to perform my desire and appreciation of life without going to jail, and the quest of finding beauty in the meantime, and I love to find it in that thin line between horror.

Do you have any specific artists that have had a big influence on you and why?

Yes, and the list can be endless. Right now my top five should be Hieronymus Bosch, Peter Bruegel, Albert Durer, Gustave Doré and Theodor Kittelsen. But there are great living artists that I have been lucky to follow in the process as they create and evolve, like Jeremy Bastian or Vania Zouravilov. Some of them have become friends, like Godmachine, Joshua Jay Johnson, Paul Rentler, Frenchinald and many others. These are good times we are living, to share our art and take it out of fucking museums and galleries and get regular people’s appreciation and feedback of your work.  And aaahh, why are they are big influences? Because I steal the best from them, and then apply all those great techniques and ideas to my work, it’s one way to improve. I just rob them!

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What is your favorite piece that you have created so far and why?

To be honest I don’t have one, but I have different feelings for them. With some I have learned or discover techniques in the process. Others have a special effect on people, and that is something you can’t predict. Some have a lot of hours of work but very few people like them, others are very simple doodles that condensate a better idea and everybody loves them. That’s why I don’t have favorites. Maybe the day that I get to a perfect illustration, I will be the rest of my life trying to reproduce that, and it will be nonsense.

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What would be your dream project?

I love stories, and I would love to expand my art to a narrative, create a universe out of a comic and maybe animation. Now I’m working on a couple of scripts to [achieve] that step, and both are related to my actual favorite themes; eroticism, occultism, satanism and mythology. But writing a story and designing characters is a very slow process, it’s hard to get everything right and eats a lot of time. I hope to be 100% dedicated to that next year with a comic Kickstarter campaign, and stop living from doing storyboards and shit for advertising… But for now that’s only a dream.

 

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-Thalia Gore-

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Featured Artist – Lost and Found Fine Art

We are very honored to present Juliana Peloso of Lost and Found Fine Art as our featured artist.  This Savannah, Georgia resident has been in gallery shows across the country and her award winning work ranges from photo-realistic depictions of nature to celebrity portraiture.  She has spent a majority of her years developing her craft as an oil painter and her pieces are devastatingly mesmeric.  From the painstakingly accurate detail of a bird’s wing, to the glimmer in David Bowie’s eye, she has an acute sense of detail and is definitely an artist you should keep on your radar.  Check out our interview below!
How long have you been painting and what is the method to your process?
I started painting when I was a kid, but did my first oil painting I think at 16, I’m about to be 42, so that’s a few years there.
My process of painting has changed over the years. I would originally spend months using layer upon layer of oil glazes. Over time, I guess I became more efficient in my brushwork, so I try to complete a painting in one or two sittings if possible.
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 Many of your previous pieces were of various species of birds and have now transitioned into more portraiture, what do you think inspired the transition in subject?
Just like my process, my subject matter is constantly evolving. My real passion is for my larger scale narrative works.  Although I may be criticized that I jump around subject wise, it’s all a long term learning experience for me to become a better oil painter . Craftsmanship and respect for the medium are very important to me. I got into painting birds, other animals and still life objects as a form of doing studies. This then led to my current series of celebrity portraits. It’s a way to explore all types of facial features/ hair/ skin color etc. without worrying about making a meaningful statement.  This process has been a lot of fun, and after about 70 celebrity paintings, I can definitely say I learned quite a bit.  At this point in my career, I’m not concerned with being known for one thing (subject wise).  One day it will all come together into my narrative work (when I decide to settle down).
 
What would you say your favorite piece is?
My favorite pieces are usually ones that signify a transitional moment. I worked on a piece titled “Primal Scream” for months, and put so much of my “self” into it. I felt as though it came off as expressive, and really evoked emotion.
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Primal Scream
Another favorite of mine was “Ad Astra Per Aspera” a collaborative piece I did with my talented friend Kelley Hagemes of Claw and Bone Artworks. We had an exhibit together in 2012, and I felt like our styles melded perfectly together. I’d really love to do more collaborative work with different artists in the future.
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Ad Astra Per Aspera
 
If you could have anyone sit for a portrait, dead or alive, who would you choose? 
That’s difficult to say, but I suppose it would be interesting to sit and paint another artist while they painted me. Someone like Frida Kahlo, I could watch her process, which is very different from mine. Or Bob Ross, he was probably a very pleasant man and it would be fun to paint his hair.
What is the best advice you have been given as an artist?
What advice would you give aspiring artists?
I  was told by someone once that to call yourself an artist, you have to do art everyday. I’m not sure that is the best advice, but it was always something that stuck with me and gave me motivation.  Maybe “doing art” is thinking about your next project, or researching something that inspires you. As in any other skill or craft, having it part of your daily routine is some way or another keeps you in practice. I guess my advice would be to always move forward and grow, but of course, enjoy the journey.
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What projects are in store for Lost and Found Fine Art?
I always try to keep busy and be involved with various group/ benefit shows. It’s an easy way of having a presence in your local art scene and being part of the community. In April, I will be having work in an exhibit ” Southern Discomfort”, work inspired by writer Flannery O’Conner, and “Art Deko” one of 100 regional artists creating original works on / with skatedecks, to be auctioned off to benefit our future free public skatepark.
What I’m most excited about are my two upcoming solo exhibitions:
“I’m Your Biggest Fan” in April, will feature over 60 celebrity portraits. I’m happy to be involved with Location Gallery here in Savannah. They are newly opened, and they donate their gallery commission to local non profits. My exhibit will be donating gallery profits to One Love Animal Rescue. They are even going to hold a coinciding animal adoption event.
My other exhibition will be in Durham, NC at SPECTRE Arts. The gallery is in an old converted church and will feature my narrative work and still lives. Although I’ve shown pieces around the country, this will be my first solo show outside of Georgia.