Monsters: Art Exhibition of dark fantasy creatures and anatomy
Gallery exhibition of drawings by Whitby artist Karen Ruffles
By: Grejczik Gallery
Karen lives the Goth dream in Whitby running her studio Drawing in Dark, a play on her favourite materials - carbon in all its velvety forms. It's also her favourite time of day as everything changes when the sun begins to set, and her monsters come out to play.
The star of the show will be Stephen, the spider human hybrid named after the Alice Cooper song of the same name which is what the artist was listening to when he first came crawling out of the dubious recesses of her imagination.
Alongside Stephen will be a new artwork created specially for this exhibition, plus the chance to explore his asylum file, a few of his monstrous friends, and see sketchbook studies by the artist. The sketches share how each of the nightmares is thoroughly researched and drawn literally from the bones up to make sure they work before she starts on the final piece.
"What has four hearts and sneezes ? A hagfish. Why do I know this ? My brain came with monsters installed and the only way I can explain them to other people is through my art. Because I know what they look like and how they behave, I spend a lot of time studying anatomy so that I can reverse bioengineer a translation. I have, however, learnt to do my research after breakfast...."
Grejczik Gallery is Scarborough's 'micro-gallery' is inspired by a love of both art and science, offering seasonal themed exhibitions by local and international artists.
THE OPENING DAY is on Saturday 21 May 2016, open 12-5pm.
MONSTERS continues through 11 June, open Thurs-Sat 12 to 5pm.
More images can be viewed here:
Grejczik Gallery, 9a Hanover Road, Scarborough, YO11 1LS
On the road just across from Scarborough rail station, behind the Stephen Joseph Theatre.
Tina Mammoser - Director