‘Slasher Series’ paintings by Samuel Bazdresch

Artist Samuel Bazdresch’s ‘Slasher Series’ is a group of oil paintings in which he explores: “the archetypal nature of contemporary horror movie icons.”

The St. Louis-based artist continues: “By placing these characters from our current fictional mythology into compositions taken from classical artists like William Adolf Bouguereau, Diego Velasquez and Jean-Leon Gerome, I am examining the nature of the boogeyman archetype, and how it is recycled repetitively throughout the mythologies of history.

Additionally, I simply find it ridiculous and silly to think of these gruesome figures, often associated with fear (or in some cases cheesy cornball one-liners), depicted in such a classical manner usually reserved for individuals or stories of great importance.”

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