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Hosted by renowned Dark Artist Chet Zar, the Dark Art Society Podcast covers a variety of important and contemporary topics. Themes include Dark Art, literature, film, music, culture, philosophy, dreams, paranormal experiences, magick and much more! While each episode focuses on specific issues, the nature of this podcast is conversational and organic. With that said we encourage you to take up position, like a fly on the proverbial wall and tune in.
 
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Friend of the show Gabe Leonard stopped by this episode to help me test out my new video set up and talked about what we have both been going through: trying to new things and getting outside of our comfort zones. This is a pretty loosey goosey episode with talk about NFTs, blockchain, becoming a YouTube content creator, creating multiple revenue s…
 
This week I interview creature/character designer Bobby Chiu! We talk about his move from Taiwan to Canada at 2 years old, growing up as an art kid, going to business college and then art college, building his character design studio and getting his big lucky break in the film industry, starting Schoolism….as well as some esoteric topics like commu…
 
This week I interview Swedish realist painter Linnea Strid! We talk about how her parents were supportive of her artistic inclinations, her bad experience with art school, her subsequent success in the REAL art world (where it matters!), her unusual painting techniques, how she creates her paintings and tons more! Another fun and great conversation…
 
This week I interview creator and owner of The Dark Art Emporium, Jeremy Schott! We learn about Jeremy's background in film, music and starting his Long Beach dark art gallery. Another great and fun interview!Also- an art life updateJeremy's Dark Art Emporium Links:www.darkartemporium.comhttps://www.the4thhorsemanlbc.comwww.carsexlbc.comThe Dark Ar…
 
This week I interview Copro gallery owner Gary Pressman. We talk his early days of art collecting, coming up in the early LA punk scene, working at the original Copro Gallery location, moving Copro to Bergamot Station, the Copro art community, advice for artists and tons more! Another great interview!Also- an art life update and the synesthesia wor…
 
This week I interview Canadian dark artist Kamila Mlynarczyk (aka woodedwoods on Instagram). We discuss her early childhood in Poland, emigrating to Canada, drawing monsters from a young age, her disappointment in art school, creating her amazing dark art dolls and the switch to drawing as a fine artist, her new book on Kickstarter "I can be myself…
 
This week I try something different- just me on the mic. I talk about the "Chaos" show experience and offer some extremely positive reflections on the Dark Art movement. The Dark Art Society Podcast is produced by Chet Zar.Become an Official Member of the Dark Art Society:www.patreon.com/DarkArtSocietyChet’s Patreon: www.patreon.com/ChetZarThe Dark…
 
This week's guest is art dealer, collector, author, musician, book publisher, art historian, film maker (among other things), Thomas Negovan of Century Guild. We discuss his career trajectory from his lower middle class background in Chicago to antique dealer to art dealer and now book publisher, the 20 year journey of researching and creating his …
 
This week's guest is multi disciplinary Dark Artist, Spinestealer (aka: Johnny Weiss aka: Spooky Jack)! We discuss her time in high school as the weird goth kid scaring the teachers, spending all of her time in art class, growing up catholic, fully embracing the Dark Artist moniker, weird art projects like giving people flowers on a unicycle, devel…
 
This week I interview non-binary artist Rachel Britton (twin sibling of K. Britton, last week's guest). Rachel is a super talented, creative and digital photographer with a super dark twist! We discuss gender identity, drag, going to college, mathematics, dysmorphia, BDSM, twin telepathy and much more! A super interesting and fun interviewAlso a qu…
 
This week I interview non-binary artist K. Britton (and their sibling, Rachel Britton, for a couple minutes in the beginning. Rachel is next week's DAS podcast guest). K. is an extremely talented fine artist, drag artist, illustrator and overall super creative person! We discuss their love of drag, being a non-binary artist, leaving their day job f…
 
This week I interview artist and musician Wendy Gadzuk. We talk about about her young life as a creator, living in Joshue Tree, curating shows and helping run a gallery, being a musician and playing in bands, her creative process, her oracle deck and upcoming book and tons more! This is a long one! Wendy is a great artist and active member and cont…
 
This week I interview awesome dark artist Eric Messinger. We discuss his fascination with monsters and how he creates them, how his monsters "visit" him during the creative process, having great art teachers, the mysterious nature of art making, working in graphic design, flying under the radar, the madness of growing up in the 70's and tons more! …
 
This week I interview the incredible Dutch artist Iris Compiet. We talk about creating her book "Faeries of the Faultlines", her career in graphic design, her path to becoming a fine artist, her philosophy about creating artwork, deciding follow her own vision and a lot more! This is a really great episode with tons of great advice for artists!Also…
 
This week I interview Dark Artist Tania Pomales. We talk about her beautifully colorful dark artwork, her secondary job as a teacher, her struggles with depression, mediation, opening an art gallery and a lot more! This was an awesome conversation it gave me a lot of insight to her artwork. I’ve been wanting to get Tania on the show for some time n…
 
This week I speak to tattooer and painter Christian Perez. We discuss his journey to becoming a full time tattooer, his road to becoming a painter, tattooing at Hope gallery, dealing with a troubled childhood….and then things start to get weird! This is one of those interviews that ends up veering into the supernatural in a big way! Christian share…
 
This week I speak to producer, writer and active DAS community member about a new documentary he is producing called "Mental Health and Horror". We discuss how he worked his way up the ladder from online journalist to movie producer, the important role that horror films play in the mental health landscape, developing a strong production team and to…
 
This week I interview my old art pal Mirs. Mirs created the successful couture enamel pin company called Almost Amusing with her partner Brian Warner. We talk about her early days as a child growing up in Germany, her experience of enlisting into the Marines to pay for her art school, getting a a degree, and her grassroots approach to starting Almo…
 
This week's guest is painter Bryan Mark Taylor. Bryan is truly a master of his craft. His incredible paintings have won international awards and been shown in museums all over the world. He has been featured in magazines such as Fine Art Connoisseur, Plein Air, Southwest Art, American Art Collector, Imagine FX, and American Artist Workshop magazine…
 
I brought Gabe back on again to talk about one of the most important subjects for anybody wanting to make a living full time with their artwork- the business of art. Gabe is one of the most successful artists I know personally and we had so much fun last week that it seemed like a good idea. Definitely one not to miss if you are looking to go pro i…
 
This episode marks Gabe Leonard's 2nd appearance on the DAS podcast and we discuss working with galleries. Gabe has been a successfully artist making a living from his art for over 20 years and his insights about the art world are invaluable for anybody looking to get into the fine art business.Also, check out his YouTube live streams where he pain…
 
This week I talk crypto with an old friend of mine, Josh Breckenridge. Josh is an artist, musician, songwriter, engineer, music producer and one the people who helped get me interested in cryptocurrency. This episode is dedicated to discussing cryptocurrency and blockchain technology but we talk about other stuff too. A really fun an informative ep…
 
This week I interview the brilliant dark art sculptor Sadan Vague!!! We talk about life in Ukraine, spending stolen money on his first block of clay when he was a little kid, creating work for the “Contemporary” art scene, deciding to become a sculptor, going to college (twice), living on little money in order to be able to put all of his energy in…
 
This week I interview automaton super genius Thomas Kuntz! We talk about his monster kid childhood, growing up in Arizona, becoming a garage kit sculptor, sculpting for the toy industry, creating his first automaton and becoming a fine artist, silent films, the occult and Magick, Disneyland, his friendship with Maila Nurmi (Vampira) and tons more! …
 
This week I interview the incredibly talented Dark Art painter Jim Pavelec! We talk about being an art kid, his love of fantasy and horror, going to an art college that didn't teach anything about representational art, graduation and then finding proper instruction at Watts Atelier, becoming a fantasy illustrator, getting burnt out and leaving to p…
 
For this very special episode 200(!!!)I interview legendary Dark Art pioneer (and co founder/drummer of the indie punk band The Replacements), Chris Mars! This was the ultimate guest I wanted to have for episode 200 and thanks to Chris and his amazing wife Sally for coordinating it, we were able to make it happen! We discuss his previous life as a …
 
This week I interview the legendary artist, painter, musician and "Godfather of Street Art", Ron English!!!! We talk about his early years as a vacuum cleaner salesman, how he left the "thug life" for a career as an artist, his work ethic, his views on art school and the highbrow art world and surprisingly, NFT's!!! This interview went all over the…
 
This week I interview BAFTA-nominated British film score composer, conductor, producer and musician, Simon Boswell! Simon's career spans over 30 years and 150 films and he has worked with a diverse array of artists such as Elton John, Dolly Parton, Dario Argento, Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols), 23 Skidoo, Richard Stanley, Clive Barker, Alejandro Jodoro…
 
This week's interview is with multi disciplinary artist Mike Fisher for another crossover episode with hi Anyway, Whatever Podcast! Mike has done TONS of band artwork and gig posters. We discuss Derek Hess, Frank Kozik, how he got his start doing band merch and gig posters, making a living with his artwork through diversifying, being in a band, Nom…
 
This week's interview is with the incredibly talented Adam Dougherty. We discuss his love of 50s and 60s monster stuff, his parent's love of Halloween and their support of his work as a child, learning to sculpt, working as a sculptor in the garage kit industry at age 15, breaking into the makeup effects business, leaving the film industry, making …
 
This week I interview an artist whose work I greatly admire, Mark Covell. Mark is a storyboard artist and associate producer at Family Guy and also an excellent dark art painter! We discuss his artistic early life, his early years working in video games, his friendship with DAS guest Frank Forte, showing in galleries (including Copro, moving to LA …
 
This week I interview artist Charles Ratteray. Charles does a lot of work in the film industry as a storyboard artist and I totally love his loose, sketchy design style. We discuss his path to becoming a professional artist, growing up in Washington DC, being interested in graffiti art as a kid, going to business school and then art school, getting…
 
This week we do our first "crossover" episode with Shane Izykowski's excellent art podcast "Drawing From Experience"! Shane and I are both sharing this interview on our podcasts in hopes of getting some crossover listeners. We had a really great time chatting about dark art, the hard work of building an art career, trying to earn money, spiritualit…
 
This week I interview the incredible digital sculptor Gio Nakpil! Gio has worked on tons of blockbuster films and currently works on the Adobe Medium team. We talk about his childhood as a horror fan, his early desire to become a makeup effects artist, learning digital modeling, breaking into the digital animation business, working with Carlos Huan…
 
This week I interview French sculptor Lélia Wattez! We discuss her unusual path to creating creating her incredible creature sculptures, growing up in a small French village, her difficult work as a stone carver for 10 years (and the trauma of that experience), leaving that industry and going to makeup effects school, learning to code and getting a…
 
This week's interview is with an old makeup effects pal of mine, master mold maker Rob Freitas! Rob has worked on TONS of amazing films and is regarded as one of the very best mold makers in the industry. We discuss: being a "monster kid", the influence of his grandfather, leaving Northern California to get into the FX biz, being mentored by Moto H…
 
For the first episode of the new year I catch up with my old co-host of The Dark Art Society Podcast, Mike Correll. To make this episode special we recorded video as well (which you can see on the DAS Patreon: Patreon.com/darkartsociety) but as you will hear it was a bit of a disaster. But the conversation was still good and it was great to hear ab…
 
This week I interview the legendary Dark Artist Allen Williams (and his wife Vicki says hello). I'm a huge fan of his graphite and paint work and was really excited to interview him here! Some of the topics we cover: moving around when he was young and being a 'monster' kid in a small town in the south, drawing from a very early age, beginning his …
 
This week I interview prolific painter, tattoo artist and Dark Art Society member Brian Brown. We talk about his life growing up in a family of 14 kids (!), building childhood guillotines, mask collecting, art collecting, skull collecting, living in Egypt and stealing a mummy skull, seeing auras, his freeform oil painting and tattooing techniques, …
 
This episode I interview fine artist Kris Kuksi. You are probably familiar with his totally unique style of fine art sculpture that is often copied but never equalled. We discuss his early life experience living in rural Kansas, going to art school and traveling to Europe to study the old masters, primarily being a painter and suddenly becoming kno…
 
This week I interview tattoo artist turned full time fine artist, Ego Shoreclay. We talk about his childhood influences, getting into tattooing, getting out of tattooing, his unusual acrylic painting techniques, working as an illustrator, his use of cryptic symbols and ancient forgotten languages in his paintings, teaching, the importance of online…
 
This week I interview Brad Gray, a fantastic painter and Dark Artist living in Ireland. We discuss his path to fine art, traveling the world with his family for the last 20 years, living in China, living in South Africa, his creative techniques and how he develops his paintings, his philosophy about Dark Art, working with Copro gallery and tons mor…
 
This week I interview my old sculptor pal Matt Levin. We discuss his roundabout way of becoming a sculptor who specializes in creatures, moving to LA, Guillermo del Toro encouraging his fine art making, moving to Atlanta, being inspired by the work of DAS member Paul Komoda, going to a Buddhist college, Alan Watts, Zen, working with computers/3d an…
 
This week I interview artist, DAS member and creator of the Friday Night Dark Art Jam, Steve Cleff. We discuss his unique approach to creating his unusual watercolor paintings, his experience in my Patreon Mentorship tier, his experience in art school, his day job as Director of Product Design in the tech industry, his (and my)synesthesia, working …
 
Another legend on this week! Derek Hess! We talk about all kinds of things including his (highly recommended) documentary "Forced Perspective", his take on "dark art", his loose style, his art teachers, how he got into creating rock posters, mental health and tons more. This is one of those conversations that we both forgot was being recorded so th…
 
This week my guest is the legendary Wes Benscoter!!! Wes was a big inspiration for me when I was starting to think about having a painting career so this interview was one I was kind of nervous about doing. We talk about our many similarities (LOTS of similarities), drawing monsters as a kid, working on many legendary metal album covers (straight o…
 
This week I interview creature sculptor Dug Stanat. We discuss a wide range of topics, from the esoteric to the highly technical! We talk about Dug working for 12 years at PDI/Dreamworks, getting into the animation industry, leaving the animation industry, his fear of horror films, magick and the supernatural, his techniques for creating his charac…
 
This week I interview the amazing Mexican painter Dos Diablos for a 2nd time (3 years almost to the day later)! We chat about many things including: the quarantine, his process for creating artwork, art history, bad acid trips, designing creatures for the film "IT", favorite artists and much, much more! This is a long episode clocking in at over 2 …
 
This week I interview monster painter Scott Sherrod about mushrooms, UFOs, Twitch live streaming, stamping numbers on silicon computer chips, and his awesome monster watercolor paintings among other things. This is a super fun conversation that went in many directions (just the way I like it!).Also a quick art life update and new subscribers.Interv…
 
This week I interview creature creator/designer/mask maker Casey Love. We discuss growing up in Monrovia ion the 80's and 90's, loving monsters and horror films as a kid, discovering masking (relatively) late in life, working for Sideshow Collectables, the power of obsession, working conventions, old dude stuff and much more! Casey is a super great…
 
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