Tuesday, June 10, 2008


If anyone is familiar with monsters, it is American artist Chet Zar. He explores them every day. They are part of his life, both professional and private. As a designer, special effects make-up artist, sculptor, and 3D animator for major Hollywood studios and rock bands such as Tool, he sketches, creates and builds them on a day to day basis – if you know the movies Hellboy, The X-Men, or The Ring, you have seen his creatures come alive. As a painter, Zar portrays them as they are: ugly. When you look at Chet Zar’s paintings, you will realize an inescapable truth: We are the monsters.

Friday 13th will see his UK solo show "Ugly American" open at Strychnin Gallery in London. There will also a limited edition catalog featuring works from the "Ugly American" exhibition. You can see a preview of the catalog and order here.

Strychnin Gallery | 65 Hanbury Street | London E1

On Saturday, June 14th, Chet Zar will be signing the "Ugly American" catalogue that accompanies the exhibition at Orbital Comics & Collectibles. Between 3 and 5 pm, the artist will be at 148 Charing Cross Road in London - the first twenty copies will be given away for free, so come early! See the Orbital website for more details.