Acrylic, ink, cel vinyl, pencil, cut paper, vellum and charcoal on Bristol Board
12 × 16 in (30.5 × 40.6 cm)
La Luz de Jesus Gallery is pleased to present “The Exploration of the Cartoon Myth” by artist Frank Forte. This will mark Frank’s second exhibition with the gallery. Inspired by a steady diet of classic cartoons, comics and horror films, Frank Forte continues to explore the realm of disturbed characters that seem trapped in a nightmarish animated world. This new series of paintings incorporate the reappropriation of figures and images we know from the yesteryear of the animated film as well as introducing Frank’s original characters. We also see the return of “Dickey Wolf” and “Molly,” two-bit players that, despite their previous disembowelments, decapitations and seemingly horrid demises, still keep returning to the canvas like some reanimated Lovecraftian horror. The Exploration of the Cartoon Myth tries the fuse the old and the new and act as a launching point for the next series of works.
Frank Forte (born 1969 in Stamford, CT) is an artist, writer, and storyboard artist. His work has been exhibited at La Luz De Jesus Gallery (LA, CA), CASS Contemporary (Tampa, FL), Sally Centigrade Gallery (Denver, CO), Arch Enemy Arts (Philadelphia, PA), The Gabba Gallery (LA, CA), Dream Factory Art (Frankfurt, Germany) and The Phone Booth Gallery (Long Beach, CA). Frank’s film and TV credits include: Bob’s Burgers, 3 Below (Trollhunters spin-off), Truth or Dare, Insidious: The Last Key, Despicable Me 2, The Emoji Movie, LEGO Guardians of the Galaxy: The Thanos Threat, LEGO Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out, The Super Hero Squad Show, Marvel Heroes 4D, and more. Frank is also the publisher of Asylum Press an indie graphic novel and comic book publisher. Frank has written, illustrated and published such comics as; The Vampire Verses, Warlash, Fearless Dawn, Billy Boy, The Cletus and Floyd Show.