Sunday, December 20, 2009

Wednesday, December 16, 2009


I just launched a new side project/blog called The Fake Laugh Project - come check it out and pass it along.....even though I have quite a few photos which I have taken with my friends over the years, I'd love to get submissions from other people to keep the blog pass it on....

Monday, December 14, 2009


From the Corey Helford Gallery's multiplane show - this is my last piece as Inky Dreadfuls. And a foray into some color and Non-ink mediums....

It's called "Little Montresor" based on Edgar Allen Poe's Cask of Amontillado.


Just a few of the highlights on our recent trip to NYC

(Tiny Pants found laying on airport floor)

Monday, December 7, 2009


Found this tag on a pole in Chicago last Fall..... it gave me a good laugh. I was recently notified that it is probably the work of artist Jeffrey Brown -- but disclaimer* -- not necessarily the work of Jeffrey Brown in regards to pasting it. ;)

Sunday, December 6, 2009


Call me a sucker for meat but I like this New Mark Ryden piece.
It was unveiled at Basel Miami this year.

I have always had a fond liking for Mark's work since his was the first to turn me on the the movement coming out of California years ago. His work got me collecting this type of art in addition to the photography collection I was amassing at the time, and eventually leading to a greater focus of my own art. Thanks Mark for the continued inspiration. Here are some more images courtesy of Arrested

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Friday, November 27, 2009


Australia just passed new legislation that allows artists to receive 5 percent of the resale of their work 1,000 dollars or higher. I can't imagine those fat-cat American collectors having to give up an extra 5 percent at auction after already paying the 30 percent to the auction's the article in full (link)

Saturday, November 21, 2009


I can't help but look at this photo of the New Zealand Santa being refurbished and think of those Abu-Ghraib abuse photos.

Friday, November 20, 2009


My wife Elizabeth Lambert Mararian has a show opening tonight that she has put together with her Brother William Lambert. The work looksgreat - large scale colorful pieces that examine landscapes and leftovers in and around the city of Buffalo, New York.

I'm very proud of my wife - she's also featured in a book coming out this Saturday of photography and poetry - but in this case not for her photography, but for her haiku.

Good luck sweatheart....!


Amidst working on my January show I was asked if I want to
do a piece for the Corey Helford's one week group show
called the Multi-plane show, which hearkens back to the old
animators who used layers of glass to achieve depth in their work.

I have to say it was a challenge for me to paint of the glass
but I was happy with the concept (an Edgar Allen Poe theme)
i did for it. I got to flex my muscle at a more painterly approach
with this piece than my typical work

Anyhow, it opens in a few weeks...

Sunday, November 15, 2009


Ron Magliozzi, the Museum of Modern Art's assistant film curator, who recently organized show of Tim Burton's private paintings, sketches, photographs, and sculptures in a major retrospective acknowledges the pop surrealistic movement going on.

"I started to think that pop surrealism was a much more appropriate and more rewarding way of framing the work" in the exhibition, says Magliozzi, referring to the genre that took root in California during the '60s, when painters like Robert Williams began to base their work on "lowbrow" consumer culture—tattoos, cartoons, pinups, and toys—rather than on fine-art traditions. Pop surrealists share a "hip outsider perspective," writes Magliozzi in the show's catalogue, and promote "an alternative to the usual museum fare."

Just a matter of time before this movement is fully realized by more institutions I of the article is here via

Monday, November 9, 2009


I have a few - 3 or 4 - small straggler pieces I have yet to do but the bulk of it and the very large pieces are in the can! Now I can celebrate the holidays and relax a little - get back to the gym so I can fit in my thong again before L.A. in January...ha

Anyway I'll post an image from the show soon....

Friday, November 6, 2009


All Week I have been intensely working on a detail painting of an M1A Rifle. As I have been doing it all week there have been two shooting rampages so far- both in Fort Hood and now in Orlando, Florida. I better stop painting for awhile and let everyone catch up....

Saturday, October 31, 2009


They had a Zombie Walk in buffalo today - the middle of the day- and i missed it. However I did catch some photos which were posted on Facebook and I found myself looking at each person's rendition of a zombie. Most were people in white tees with blood but some worked really well and it occurred to me the key to being a successful zombie is to make sure you have a unique enough character or occupation.

A 1970's jogger zombie could be cool or maybe even a womanly shaped 1920's wrestler zombie. How about a Terminex exterminator?! What makes all those film so creepy are are when the zombies are part of our every day life. Any zombie in a a uniform woud be perfect. A UPS guy would be fun and understated as well because the blood would probably look like chocolate syrup on the "what can brown do for you?" outfit.

Monday, October 19, 2009


I guess probably because of the fact that it's the 40th anniversary of the slayings that occurred in California. I was asked if I wanted to contribute to a local "Artists and Authors" fund raiser at the Carnegie Art Center this week in Buffalo, NY where they have artists create book marks to auction off.

I did this one.... It's good old Charlie with one of his quotes.

As I told the woman running the auction
"Everyone needs a Manson Bookmark"

I don't know what it is, but he's fun to draw. I think I will use him again as a subject for my upcoming January show.

I'm not sure if you can bid remotely on this but here is their info if you want to contact them directly

Please contact Mary Simpson at the Carnegie Art Center at 716-694-4400 x301 or for more information.

Monday, September 28, 2009


This show has been grueling for me only because i have decide to tackle some larger pieces 44 x 60 inches. They look really huge in my studio, but then again, even though my walls are 12 feet high the pieces still may seem small in the gallery space whose walls are much higher. It's been a challenge though and I like that. Also have been using more paint than ink on this newest show and more color as well so it should prove to be a nice departure for me and give any collectors I have out there something new to look forward to.

I need to wrap this show up before November and then start framing.....

Monday, September 7, 2009


Launched the new site this weekend - it will take awhile for it to show up in search engines and i have to work out the kinks as far as my email address but here it is, . Let me know what you think. My old site was a Little too clunky and never showed up quite right on Mac computers. All in all it's a bit more sleek in it's appearance and functionality.

The old site will go offline mid November.....

Saturday, August 22, 2009


I need to revamp my site and am looking to put a new one together come September or October. I'll keep you posted....

Sunday, August 2, 2009


Will be the title of my next show (a solo) at the Corey Helford Gallery in Los Angeles - January, 2010. Thanks to my wife Elizabeth for suggesting it. I think it will encapsulate all the of themes on childhood violence I'll be enlisting.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009


Starting in November I will be dropping the Inky Dreadfuls moniker from my name and presenting my work simply by my real name, Michael Mararian.

When my work was all created using only ink it was a fun title to use but since my newer work has evolved into using paint as well as ink I feel a need to drop the title and also it has gotten to the point where I'm known by so many names it's confusing. Am I Inky Dreadfuls? M. Mararian's Inky Dreafuls?, M. Mararian?, or Michael Mararian?.

Every gallery has me listed differently and sometimes they send me checks I can't cash because they'll make them out to Inky Dreadfuls. So I think come this Fall ,when I put together my new website, I will go by my real name, Michael Mararian.

Until then call me Inky all you want for at least this summer.

Monday, June 29, 2009


Ryan, with whom you may remember from my earlier post back in December 2008 hit me up with the latest images of my Inkwork artwork turned inkwork again. Check 'em out....

Tuesday, June 23, 2009


A write up about the gallery -- Can anyone translate? I would have copy pasted the text myself but it's a PDF...and I'm too lazy to re-type it all ;)

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


Taking a break from painting - thought i would just doodled for awhile - came up with this, i thought he was cute....

Saturday, May 23, 2009


You never know how interviews will turn out once they come out in print but thankfully this was one of the good ones. John Daley, editor of Knightlines, a quarterly publication from the University of Bridgeport, did an excellent interview with me "Theater dreams led to Mararian's Gorey-esque art" for the Spring 2009 issue. Check it out here. Thanks John!!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009


We just got back from our maiden voyage to Draculacon in Windber, PA to partake both in the inaugural festivities and to see my old college friend Blair Murphy after 20 odd years. We have both gotten older and a little more filled out but have maintained all the fun and creative elements I remember so well from 1987.

Blair used my "Children of the Night" image for event T-shirt (they came out great) and the two day event had a interesting line up of well know and versatile acts including "The Cadillac Creeps", Phat Man Dee , Rosemary Ellen Guiley and Bauhaus bassist David J.

The residents of the small town of Windber were more than gracious and we actually met some incredibly cool people at the hotel - particularly Caddilac Creep bassist Joel Mercado and his girlfriend (who did a stunning job of bringing my poster character to life in the photo above) as well as the silent film expert who spoke before the showing of Nosferatu, Bill Eggert.

It was really a great time.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009


A little melancholy today - it would have been my father's 81st birthday today. It's sunny and crisp outside, a beautiful day.

Saturday, March 14, 2009


So again the death keeps coming...sadly I read today on facebook that an old friend Pricilla Allen whom I had done theater with years ago had passed away last summer, I had no idea. She was most commonly known to all sci-fi horror geeks as the "Two Weeks Lady" from Total Recall. My favorite memory of her was when I had to drive her to Boston that summer from the New Hampshire playhouse we were working at to do more latex face casting....she was describing what happens to her in the scene...that her head explodes etc...who would have know it would be such an iconic scene. Anyway here is her obituary and famous scene right here....
Also here is a great article for further reading about the woman by Michelle collins, writer for

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


So I finally got around to getting some new prints together...

The whole PHOBIA SERIES is available as a complete set of mini-prints! 13 phobia prints in all! This is a really cute set - printed on heavy weight 308 gsm Hahnemuhle fine art rag paper each print is 6" x 6" inches, signed in pencil and numbered. Edition of 30 sets only (seen below). - pencil not included :)

I am also offering 12 of the phobias separately as well, so you can just buy only the ones you want if you like! These prints are the same size as the original pieces - 10" x 10" also printed on the heavy weight 308 gsm Hahnemuhle paper, signed, numbered and dated on the back. (the 13th phobia, in case you were wondering, is still available as an original work so that one will not be available in the full size, sorry)

And lastly I have the print "Youth Explosion" from my last December show, Les Enfants Diaboliques which I've had a lot of requests for. This is comes in at 11"x 14" inch size in editions of 50

So Get them all Here!

Monday, March 2, 2009


This has been some year so far for me, personally. My Father died January 9th of this year and a week later a long time friend of the Theater Alfred Christie died as well in his home on January 14th. We had a memorial for him Saturday in New York City and today
Courtney Sullivan, a past apprentice with the Hampton Playhouse (where long time parntners Alfred Christie and John Vari gave me my Theater "legs" in acting, directing and writing)wrote an article about the celebration in today's New York Times found here

Thursday, February 12, 2009


Came across this masterpiece on Facebook via a post by Adam Wallacavage

Can someone please explain this "Technology Knife" to me, because me no get.

Wednesday, February 11, 2009


You know that question artists often get "If there was one artist you wish you were, who would it be?" Well, I would definitely NOT say Gottfried Helnwein.

And it's not because he's an awful artist, he's breathtakingly talented, but it's his mind that unnerves me. I wonder if Mr. Helnwein read Dr. Seuss's "Oh, the Places You'll Go!" because even Dr. Seuss would be agog at the outcome. Don't get me wrong, this guy is no Charles Manson, or Ted Bundy by any stretch of the imagination but the sorrow and pain he manages to drill down into are devastatingly real and personal.

Check out the rest of the pieces from his The Disasters of War series from 2007 here. They are astounding. I don't much follow the rest of his Media work but these pieces (in addition to some of his older drawings) always make me smile. Which says a lot about me as well. So then fine, I'll say it...I wish I was Gottfreid Helnwein, okay? I've said it.

The Disasters of War 21 2007
mixed media (oil and acrylic on canvas)
In Memory of Francisco de Goya

Saturday, January 31, 2009


I received a call from a gallery in Dusseldorf, Germany about doing a show with them.
The Antonia Von Fraunberg Art Gallery. Funny to see all my info in German (find me under the Die Kunstler tab) The Show is scheduled for May 16 and most likely will be just an introduction to some of my older pieces that are still currently available.

I can't wait - my first international spot :)

Monday, January 19, 2009


just a few random photos of him. He died January 9th, 2009
I hope you'll know how much I'll miss you, Dad.

Thursday, January 8, 2009


The ISM Untitled Love Project Book is out on the stands (Barnes and Noble Union Square)thanks to the hard work of Creator/Director Kevin Staniec. It's a great collection of artist's works created to illustrate the times of unrequited love in their lives.

On page 33 you can read one of my many pathetic experiences dealing with the beast. But here's more about the book from ISM's site and where to purchase it...

The untitled LOVE project is an emotionally influenced experiment examining the broken heart. Each individual artist will revisit a past relationship through their medium (illustration, painting, photography, etc).

The book features each original artistic expression accompanied with interviews, short stories, or journal entries regarding the story behind the conceptual recollection.

Vulnerability is a necessity.

Click here to purchase a copy of the book.

Friday, January 2, 2009


Not sure what the name refers too but it's a great site that hosts an on-line quarterly of poetry and art. Eloquently laid out, take a break this new year and check out some of the work - yours truly has an older piece showing within it so for that I am grateful - here's the link for Sixth Finch