August 15, 2011

The Art of Frankenstein : Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo

Born in Chile, moved to Spain, and recently operating out of Manchester, England, Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo is a much traveled, multitasking artist who has worked in film, graphic design and illustration. His art references pop culture with interpretations of classic fashions, famous figures of film, music and the arts, and horror icons.

The paint-spattered Bride is just one of the many movie monsters vividly illustrated by Hidalgo.

This monster grouping is, in the artist’s words, “an allegory of fear, represented by a girl’s dream of horror as she is threatened by the shadows of monsters and other creatures of the night. It is a nostalgic vision in which monsters are represented by icons of the classical horror movies…” Present are a Wolfman, Christopher Lee’s blood-drenched Dracula and the classic Boris Monster. Note the bats and a baying wolf in watercolor silhouette.

The film and TV gallery on Hidalgo’s website is crowded with stunning illustrations. Poke around, you’ll find, among many others, Nosferatu, Bela Lugosi’s Dracula, and portraits of Boris Karloff, Vincent Price and Rondo Hatton.

Alvaro Tapia Hidalgo’s website.

A short interview with the artist on VforVlog.

Hidalgo’s Vimeo page, including his remix of the 1962 film, The Brain That Wouldn’t Die.


The Vicar of VHS said...

Wow. Absolutely stunning!

BlacknickSculpture said...

Great piece of work! The eyes really draw you into the painting.

Max the drunken severed head said...

I've been introduced to so many intteresting and talented artists through this blog. Thanks, Pierre!

Jerry Gonzalez said...

Great technique and style.
Thanks for sharing:)