The Maleficium Dark Art Exhibition closes in less than 24 hours! If it wasn’t two time zones away from us, we’d be there just to see the two Joshua Hoffine pieces.* In fact, if you only click on one link in this article, take a look at the superb “virtual gallery” online – we love looking at it, we just wish they didn’t remind us that everything is available for sale. Kind of like going into the giant “Merch rooms” at a horror convention– the immediate reaction yer pal Mrs. Horror Boom here gets slammed with is BUY EVERYTHING, OR BUY NOTHING. **
J. Anthony Kosar elaborates: “Maleficium is a Latin term for mischief and dark art, and, if horror is your thing, this is a must-see show.” Mischief and dark art? Check. Horror being our thing? CHECK! A last chance to catch the Maleficium Dark Art Exhibition is being offered with a closing reception from 7 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15 at Kosart Effects Studios & Gallery in Westmont. The works are by thirty-four award-winning artists of all media. The complete list of artists, along with their biographies, is on the website, KosartGallery.com.
“Maleficium is a Latin term for mischief and dark art, and, if horror is your thing, this is a must-see show.”
-Gallery founder and award-winning artist J. Anthony Kosar, instructor of special FX classes and workshops at Kosart Effects Studios
From the press release: The artists include sculptors The Shiflett Brothers (Sideshow Collectibles, Bowen Designs, Moore Action Collectibles, Toy Biz), world-renowned sculptor and concept artist Jordu Schell (“Avatar,” “Prince Caspian,” AVPR, “Predator 2,” “Edward Scissorhands,” “Batman Returns,” and seen on the Travel Channel’s “Making Monsters” and “Toy Hunter”), Eisner Award-winning artist Alex Ross (Marvel, DC Comics, Dark Horse, Dynamite Entertainment and Warner Brothers), award-winning sculptor Tim Bruckner (Kenner, Gentle Giant, DC Direct and co-writer of the book “Pop Sculpture”), Eisner Award-winning artist Jill Thompson (“Scary Godmother,” “Magic Trixie” and “Beasts of Burden”), Eisner and Inkpot Award-winning No. 1 “Star Wars” artist Dave Dorman (Dark Horse, Marvel, DC, IDW, Image, Hasbro, 20th Century Fox) and many others. Kosart Effects Studios and Gallery is located at 760 Burr Oak Drive, Westmont. Other viewings are by appointment only. Please call to schedule an appointment: 630.310.8353.
You can see even more here– visit this link for the original 2011 MALEFICIUM Dark Art Exhibition (also held at the Kosart Gallery).
Here’s Mr. Kosar’s official, and impressive, bio:
J. Anthony Kosar is an award-winning artist who specializes in Fine Art, Illustration, Sculpture, Creature Design, Make-up FX, and Product Design through his company Kosart Effects Studios, LLC. In 2007, he interned at legendary Stan Winston Studio creating effects for INDIANA JONES 4 and James Cameron’s AVATAR, and studied sculpture under world-renowned creature designer Jordu Schell. Kosar designs and sculpts Halloween masks for Zagone Studios, creates special effects for theater, film, and commercials, and between projects, teaches the art of FX through his studio in Westmont, IL. Besides FX, Kosar is an internationally awarded fine artist and illustrator, having been awarded by the Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles, American Watercolor Society, Illinois Watercolor Society, and several others. He designs and sculpts prototypes for toys, collectibles and medical anatomical models, illustrates for novels and comic books, and creates fine art paintings and sculptures. Kosar was Valedictorian of the class of 2008 at the American Academy of Art in Chicago, IL where he earned his BFA in Illustration.
Not too shabby, huh?
*Please note: all images are from the exhibition (we probably wouldn’t need to tell you which one is Joshua Hoffine’s “Bathory” even without his name on there), and are for promotional purposes of the Maleficium Exhibition only – we do not own the copyright, that belongs to the artists. All artwork and images © their respective artists. All Characters TM and © their respective owners.
**not a healthy reaction for a recovered compulsive spender. Plus, that’s when I walk in there stone cold sober. My most recent strategy was to give Mr. Horror Boom my credit card and debit card, ask him to get me a specific amount from the ATM, then hold onto everything else that could get me in trouble.