Clive Barker, the British artist, film director, and author, comes to the Copro Gallery in Santa Monica with a new show. “Wunderkammer,” running Aug. 6-27, focuses on the artist’s neo-expressionist paintings. Like Barker’s work in other mediums, the subject matter leans toward fantasy and horror imagery. But as the title suggests (translated to mean the “Cabinet of Curiosities” of the Renaissance), there’s both a playful and mysterious nature to this body of work.
While his most well-known projects are his horror novels and short stories, Clive Barker has a long career as painter that will be surveyed in his new exhibition, “1977,” opening tomorrow night, August 23, at Century Guild in Culver City. The interdisciplinary artist — whose biggest credits include having his novels adapted for the Hellraiser and Candyman film series — will be showing a series of paintings he created in 1977 when he was 24 years old, as well as new works from this year. Filled with macabre imagery, Barker’s paintings have a bone-chilling quality while balancing horror with humor. Coinciding with the exhibition will be the release of Barker’s new art book, Imaginer.