44FLOOD are partnering with Lady Beck, an artist-led studio space in Leeds, to host HERETICS, an exhibition of folk-horror art by Leeds College of Art and Plymouth College of Art graduates, alongside original artwork from the upcoming 44FLOOD comic-book series HERETICS, created by Martin Simmonds and P. M. Buchan, with series editor Kasra Ghanbari.
Curated by illustrator and artist John Pearson and comic-book writer and critic P. M. Buchan, the HERETICS exhibition juxtaposes unsettling folk-horror artwork by emerging British comic-book artists alongside New York Times bestselling US artists, award-winning metal-makers and dark bohemian jewellery artists, to create something bold and new.
Buchan, HERETICS co-creator and HERETICS exhibition co-curator, said: “The genesis for the exhibition may have grown from the comic-book series that I’m working on with artist Martin Simmonds, but it has rapidly grown into a showcase for some of the most exciting emerging comic creators. The range of diversely talented people that have come together to make HERETICS possible is staggering. We’ve got an artist that’s worked on Red Dead Redemption and the Grand Theft Auto series, an internationally-acclaimed glitch artist, artists who are creating comics based on some of the world’s most popular licensed properties, and to top it all off we’ll have an original piece from Ben Templesmith, one of the best respected artists in the comic-book industry. I’d advise anybody coming to the opening party to arrive early!”
Contributing artists include: graphic designer Martin Simmonds (Death Sentence); New York Times bestselling artist and writer Ben Templesmith (30 Days of Night); comic artist and illustrator Caspar Wijngaard (Limbo); and illustrator and artist John Pearson (Beast Wagon). Also exhibiting are recent Plymouth College of Art graduates, contemporary dark bohemian jewellery artist Stevie-Leigh Smith and award-winning metalsmith Luke Axworthy.
HERETICS launches with a free party at Lady Beck from 19.00 on Friday 4 November, with live art, drinks and music throughout the night, including a playlist selected by Rue Morgue’s horror music specialist, Tomb Dragomir.
For more information visit HERETICScomic.com