A new work by London-based artist Joe Fenton entitled Eternal. The artwork is a tribute to the filmography of Guillermo Del Toro and was inspired by his first film Cronos. The piece will be on display in the group show In Service of Monsters at Gallery 1988 (West) in Los Angeles, Sept. 11–Oct. 3.
Joe's art work is influenced by many of the early surrealists. Embracing the grotesque by his employment of Hieronymus Bosch like figures that are gangly, writhing and cramped. Joe also uses motifs that suggest Eastern philosophy and Middle Eastern architecture whilst maintaining a feel for European Baroque and Rococo with complex frame ornamentation and plant like details. A common theme in all his works which recurs again and again is that of death and the fear of death. The fanciful and even freakish nature of his images seem to spring from the need to distance himself from the fear while at the same time acknowledging it.