THE SHADOWOOD COLLECTIVE proudly presents their 7th show… DO WE MAKE YOU UNEASY? After 6 years of hibernating the collective crawls out of the shadows and presents a stunning collection of dark imagery. With original works from Clive Barker and Anita Kunz at the helm of the exhibition, not to mention a fantastic assortment of whimsical miniatures created by an incredible group of award winning artists, you simply don’t want to miss opening night! Special deals on much of the artwork will be exclusively available to everyone who purchases a ticket. We are especially happy to announce that “SEDATIVE” (Mark Thibideau) will be performing darkly ambient noises, beats and grooves to emphasize the themes within the show. In the lower gallery, we will be showcasing a collection of video installations, short films and music videos that involved several members of the Shadowood Collective (see the trailer for clues to what those may be, and yes the directors will be in attendance). For those who would like to imbibe within the shadows… this event will indeed be licensed. It’s worth noting that anyone who buys a VIP ticket will also get a very limited nickel enamel “Shadowood Collective” pin (see the design below, each one with a unique number etched on the back). A VIP ticket holder also gets an exclusive SHADOWOOD COLLECTIVE poster signed by the artist. Order your advanced VIP ticket now before they are gone… there are only 100 available.
You can also purchase the tickets directly at The ARTS Project directly at their box office here ~ 203 Dundas Street, London, Ontario 519.642.2767
Clive Barker, Anita Kunz, Alex Garant, My Pet Skeleton, Sarah Legault, Sara Deck, Richard A. Kirk, Jeremy Hobbs, Ryan Price, Paige Reynolds, Gary Pullin, Justin Erickson, FN Vegas, Anthony Veilleux, James Zirco Fisher, Josh Deck, Chris Austin, Nidia Martinez, Sean Chappell
The show will run from Feb 7th – 19th.
Poster reveal for the next group show I will be involved in this summer at Copro Gallery. I am really pleased to be showing next to so many great artists. It’s a truly remarkable lineup brought together by Cris Velasco.
L’Himby, 1996, ink and watercolour. Illustration for Imajica CCG
L’Himby card from the Imajica CCG, published by Harper Collins, 1997
I guess most artists must have a place where old sketches and ideas stratify over the years. Mine is known by the unremarkable designation of “the paper rack,” which is actually an old library atlas stand. It is so overburdened that one day I expect it will fall through the floor into the basement. Yesterday I was rooting through the paper rack looking for something, and I came across 3 rough sketches for a project I did back in the 90s. The project was a collectible card game based on Clive Barker’s Imajica. I did a number of cards, along with a small army of other illustrators. The whole thing was coordinated by Hans Rueffert and Sean Curran.
The top image is the finished artwork – ink and watercolour. Below, is the card as it actually appeared, 2.5″ x 3.5.” Naturally I had to fill it with as much detail as possible. The line graphite drawing was the under-drawing to the painting. The other images you see here were simply my thinking through various problems. It’s hard to believe this was 18 years ago.
The Dark Seed – Work in Progress
I thought I’d share my progress to date on The Dark Seed. It took a bit of a back seat to Bells Call Others, but it’s not unusual for me to have several drawing on the go at once. This strategy is necessary as pointillism is by its nature a slow technique. Having a few drawings in play allows me to keep my interest high, and my eyes rested.
As time permits I’m also working on getting 2 books ready for printing, a novel (Necessary Monsters) and a collection of 5 short stories (Magpie’s Ladder). I’m working toward having them both out for 2016 under the Radiolaria Studios imprint. Time is needed to produce the illustrations and as anxious as I am to have them out in the world, I want to make sure the illustrations are perfect. I will no doubt be posting samples in the months to come.
On the subject of books, a little bit of poking around on the internet revealed that Tome II: Melancholia has been received by the publisher 44Flood. If you are not aware, Tome is a sumptuous art book featuring many artists, and interviews where the artists talk about their work. My work is included and I was fortunate enough to be interviewed by the author Clive Barker. As soon as I get a copy in hand I’ll post some images. In the meantime, follow the links for more information.
That’s it for now.
The traycased version of the 25th Anniversary Edition of Weaveworld arrived at my house today. Opening these books was one the proudest moments of my career as an illustrator. Paul Miller at Earthling Publications has done an absolutely spectacular job at realizing this production. My photographs can’t do it justice, but you should be able to get a sense of what I am talking about.
The Exterior Case
Inside is the hardcover Weaveworld with no type on the cover, just the artwork
Okay, I get that this shot is totally vain but I’m especially proud of this one!
A glimpse inside and a big fat trilobite
A close up of Immacolata, my favorite character in the book
Ink and watercolour
© Richard A. Kirk 2013
Digging around in my drives I came across this piece from the mid-90s. It was one of a number of images that I created for a collectible card game (CCG) based on Clive Barker’s novel Imajica. The project was created by Zehrapushu, a company co-founded by my good friend Hans Rueffert. This was the first project that I did in connection with Clive Barker. It was the project that started my illustration career through a chance response to a newsgroup call for artists. Life will take you interesting places if you let it.
Clive Barker E-book
Fans of Clive will definitely want to check this out.