As a child, Chet Zar would doodle the fantastic and macabre. In fact, he drew the weird and wonderful very well indeed. And when he could finally hide in the shadows of the local movie house, his visions matured. For Chet Zar realized he had a deep connection to the more pungent horror films he witnessed. He could relate to the anxiety and isolation the dark imagery flickered from the screen.
It touched the wounded child, caressed the artist fair, and launched another icon into the maddening spinning sphere.
I am in awe of his oil-based world. Like a kid with my nose pushed up against the window of an exotic toy store or sneaking into the tent of the Freak Show that just rolled into town, Chet’s art attracts my notice complete. Something dreadful is happening but I cannot look elsewhere. I cannot turn around, walk away from it. I cannot forget the mysterious metaphors resting on the canvas there.
Chet Zar is an artist of unique vision. He has an extraordinary talent. Fall into his world of sinister beauty that in many ways mirrors all of us. For these are not creatures looking back at us. They are merely all of us upside down and inside out.
“The characters i paint may seem like creatures from another dimension, but I think they are simply us, here and now. Modern humanity without it’s masks, without the adornments that make us acceptable to whatever group we are a part of. From the straight laced conservative to the tattooed, anti-social rebel, we all cover up to fit in someplace . Yet the only place where we are truly the same is on the inside. We all share feelings of fear and loneliness. We feel ugly and insecure. We feel separate from our environment and each other. These are the feelings that i try to convey in my paintings. These are the feelings that connect us.”
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Brazillia R. Kreep