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.
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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