Artist Spotlight: Martin Darkside

0 Comments 13 April 2017

Artist Spotlight on the macabre works of UK-based fine artist Martin Darkside.

by Daniel Barron



Martin Woodhead, aka Martin Darkside, is a UK-based fine artist who has specialized in surreal oil paintings since 2002. Incorporating elements of pinup art , tattoo culture, fantasy, horror, and pulp cover illustration, his macabre aesthetic brings a mythic power to explorations of torment and transformation. Woodhead is a member of the international Strange Dreams Art Collective, who recently opened their first physical group exhibition at the Thumbprint Gallery in San Diego.


On his affinity for darker subjects:

“I have always been a fan of horror and fantasy films since I was a kid, so I was always drawing weird and wonderful things, but it wasn’t until I was introduced to H.R Giger when I was in high school that I really started to bend that macabre style into my work.”


On the art and entertainment that informs his work:

“There are a lot of films and music types that I love, mainly horror and sci-fi, rock and metal . My all-time favorite films are The Lost Boys, An American Werewolf in London, and Aliens, and I always have music on when I’m working.”


For Yay! LA‘s Summer 2016 Yay! Legends Every Day series he interpreted James Cameron’s Aliens and the 2004 anime Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence.


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‘Scarlet Witch”


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“Become That What They Are”


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“Whispers From The Veil”


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“Lips of Morphine”


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“Bad Moon Rising”


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“Deep Inside Only I Remain”


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Aliens art for Yay! Legends Every Day


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Ghost in the Shell 2: Innocence art for Yay! Legends Every Day


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Photo: Clinton Lofthouse


Martin was a recent guest on Scott Holloway & Jessica Perner’s The Painting Loft podcast! Have a listen.


Learn more about Martin Darkside on his website.

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Rudderless college graduate Daniel Barron founded Yay! LA Magazine on a love of writing, passion for the arts, and a firm belief that people really like talking about themselves. He contributed to a number of publications, including LA Music Blog and the defunct The Site Unscene, before deciding to cover arts and entertainment the way he wanted to read it. He works as a freelance writer and digital PR consultant in his current home of Los Angeles. Follow him on Twitter at @YayDanielBarron.

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