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Horror Artist Bio, May 2023

Updated: Sep 26, 2023


Self-portrait of the artist, Cross-Eyed Morgan. Shows just more than half of the face, three-quarter view, and closely cropped. Red hair, hazel eyes, dark makeup, nose ring, and spiked collar. Painted in watercolours and has a dark background.

CROSS-EYED MORGAN, HORROR ARTIST


Why do people like horror stories? Hopefully, you didn’t read that thinking I’m about to answer the question. I’m not. I just wonder why I and others get excited when we see a Cenobite, or a Xenomorph, or a child possessed by a demon. The fact is, I do get excited by weird and creepy imagery, so that’s what I want to create. I consider myself a horror artist, and I create figurative, representational artworks, usually using the traditional medium of watercolour painting. While horror movies are a big inspiration to me, I don’t think my artwork looks cinematic at all. My work is more like portraits of the characters that may be in a horror movie (or your nightmares). If you’re one of us, my artwork will be a strange comfort to you. I hope you find something you can put on your wall (yes, you can put weird artwork on your wall, I do!). Or, at least, join me on my forays into making t-shirts, book covers, and other fun stuff. Most of all, I hope you stick around to interpret your own horror stories from my paintings. Morgan Ryan, BFA (Cross-Eyed Morgan) Wellington, New Zealand

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