Crazy Face is a painting done in acylic, ink and charcoal on illustration board. This was an early work completed in 2014 and it started me on a journey to create more works inspired by vintage rubber hose era cartoons. Inspired by the Fleischer Animation Studios, Ub Iwerks, early Disney and Warner Brothers cartoons, I added a creep and horrror factor and let my mind and hand wander. This continues to be an exciting artistic journey for me. This painting was featured at an exhibition at the La Luz de Jesus Gallery
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Established in 1986 La Luz de Jesus Gallery is the brainchild of entrepreneur and art collector Billy Shire, considered primarily responsible for fostering a new school of California art and prompting JUXTAPOZ Magazine to dub him “the Peggy Guggenheim of Lowbrow.”
Showcasing mainly figurative, narrative paintings and unusual sculpture, the exhibitions are post-pop with content ranging from folk to outsider to religious to sexually deviant. The gallery’s objective is to bring underground art and counter-culture to the masses. Past shows have been groundbreaking, exhibiting artists, such as Manuel Ocampo, Joe Coleman, and Robert Williams.
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Here’s one of my paintings from a few years back. Most of these works are inspired by classic cartoons and rubber hose era animation. I love the old Betty Boop and Fleischer Brothers animation style. Warner Brothers and Ub Iwerks also had a great style in the 1920s and 1930s. Even the comics and newspaper strips had this look and feel. They are very fun and playful but also have a very creepy feel as well.
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Frank Forte Bio
Frank Forte is an accomplished designer, storyboard artist and comic book artist. Frank’s film and TV credits include:Lovecraft Country, Fantasy Island, Solar Opposites, Dreamwork’s 3Below, Bob’s Burgers, Insidious 4, Lego: Guardians of the Galaxy, Despicable Me 2, Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out, The Super Hero Squad Show, Marvel Heroes 4D, and Lego Hero Factory. Frank’s comic book credits include: Heavy Metal Magazine, Bob’s Burgers, Warlash, DTOX, Zombie Terrors and Chicken Soup For Satan among others.
In Frank’s spare time he paints. Influenced by classic cartoons and comic books, Frank’s paintings are an assemblage of inspiration from what he grew up watching on TV and reading in comic books. Trying to capture the feeling and emotion of a moving cartoon on a flat canvas, Frank’s work incorporates horrific and twisted subjects in disturbingly bizarre situations. His work has been exhibited at the La Luz De Jesus Gallery, Copro Gallery, Corey Helford Gallery, CASS Contemporary, Dark Art Emporium, Arch Enemy Arts, Phone Booth Gallery, Night Gallery Fine Arts, Cannibal Flower, LTD. Gallery and Hyaena Gallery.
Frank is also the publisher at Asylum Press (www.asylumpress.com), an indy graphic novel and comic book publisher. Asylum Press is a publishing company that produces premium comic books and graphic novels within the horror, science fiction, and action genres.