MONDAY, DECEMBER 10, 2012
LA LUZ DE JESUS
4633 Hollywood Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Black Magick–The Art of Chet Zar presents, for the very first time, a chronicle of Chet Zar's eclectic career. From his beginnings in the Hollywood special-effects industry to his establishment as a widely respected fine artist, Chet's unique world of monsters has fascinated and influenced those in fields as varied as tattooing, music and art academia. Now, through this publication, Chet gives us unprecedented access to his story. In addition to Chet's own reminiscences, this book offers contributions from creative forces who run the retrospective gamut of Chet's career, including Paul Booth (renowned tattooist), Jovanka Vuckovic (award winning author, filmmaker and former editor of Rue Morgue magazine) and Guillermo del Toro (film director).
Featuring over 150 full-color images of his paintings, sculptures and sketches, plus behind-the-scenes images from his time in the special-effects industry, Black Magick–The Art of Chet Zar is a must-have for anyone who has ever been curious about monsters… or the man behind them.
Born on November 12th, 1967, in the harbor town of San Pedro, CA, Chet Zar's interest in art began at an early age. His combined interest in horror films and art eventually culminated into a career as a special effects make up artist, designer and sculptor for the motion picture industry, designing and creating creatures and make up effects effects for such films as, "The Ring", "Hellboy I & II", "Planet of the Apes" and the critically acclaimed music videos for the art metal band Tool. Zar also embraced the digital side of special effects as well, utitlizing the computer to translate his dark vision with 3D animation for Tool's live shows and subsequently releasing many of them on his own DVD of dark 3D animation, "Disturb the Normal".
His artistic influences include painter James Zar (his stepfather and artistic mentor), Beksinski, H.R. Giger, Frank Frazetta, M.C. Escher, Bosch, John Singer Sargent and Norman Rockwell just to name a few.
"Chet's art is beautiful & scary. His style has a modern twist crashing into a classical approach. I think Chet is a master painter on his way to making a great mark in our little world. Wanna do something smart with your money? Invest in a Chet Zar painting." – Adam Jones (TOOL).
11" x 9.3" x .8"
Published by beinArt Publishing. Distributed by Last Gasp.