Sorry for skipping a week in our The Devil’s Muse coverage. When life comes at ya, it comes at ya hard.
This week, I want to highlight the incredible work of artist and designer Laz Marquez, who actually got a little bit of love on Dread Central recently with his piece for Gallery1988’s recent IT exhibit. After seeing his work and being able to premiere it, I checked out Marquez’ site and was simply blown away by what I saw. He creates movie poster concept pieces that are richly detailed, full of nods to scenes and props within the film, and can effortlessly transition from minimalistic to heavily packed offerings, both of which styles are absolutely fantastic in their own ways.
Marquez tells Dread Central, “As a child, much to my family’s dismay, I was instantly drawn to the classic VHS covers of the horror genre and the films themselves as a result. I remember the impact of the iconic artistry of those covers and how bold and eye-catching they were compared to other covers of the time. My love for the horror genre began there and lead me on a journey of respecting and appreciating the lessons, themes and strength of metaphor in such films as ‘A Nightmare On Elm Street’, ‘Psycho’ and ‘Poltergeist’. Having grown up as an artist and my love for horror being so strong, the two worlds merged as I matured. Today, I make it my living to create posters, book covers and illustrations that mix my fine-arts background, my love of the macabre and bold design to hopefully get you to stop like a kid in a VHS rental shop.”
Marquez will be represented at Alternative Movie Poster’s “30×30” Show with his poster for The Gate. You can find more information here.
Below is a sampling of Marquez’ artwork. I hope you enjoy his macabre beauty as much as I do!