Boston, MA, September 18, 2007 --(PR.com
)-- Ever since Paul Carrick attended art school in Providence, Rhode Island, he has had a greatened level of appreciation and connection to the writings of H.P. Lovecraft (1890 – 1937). Lovecraft, often described as a godfather of gothic horror writing, frequently incorporated his beloved hometown of Providence into his macabre tales. As Paul read these stories, knowing that they sometimes took place only blocks away from his residence, his imagination took root and ran wild on the surface of his paintings. This deepening connection has made a large impact on his art, and Lovecraft's stories and characters have become a dominant vein in Paul's body of artwork. Nearly fifteen years later, Paul is receiving international recognition for his contribution, and will have his artwork displayed in a Swiss museum exhibit along with other noted artists in his field.
In late October, artists from all over the world will be displaying their artwork inspired by Lovecraft at the Maison d'Ailleurs (the House of Elsewhere) of Yverdon-les-Bains, Switzerland. The Maison d'Ailleurs, founded in 1976 is the only science fiction museum in the world and also an exhaustive library of 40,000 copies of related books, magazines and other publications. Other contributors include H.R. Giger (Aliens films), John Howe (J.R.R. Tolkien illustrator), James Gurney (Dinotopia), Dave McKean (Sandman) and director Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Pan's Labyrinth).
The show, on display through April, will be celebrating the great influence that Lovecraft has had on the creative community. Each piece will be inspired by a selection from the writer's Commonplace Book, a list of over two hundred and twenty ideas and brainstorms that he had collected over his career. "It is a great honor", says Mr. Carrick, "to be included in such a prestigious company, and a humbling challenge to expound on some of Lovecraft's concepts." As a way to share his excitement with other fans of Lovecraft, Paul has created a blog to chronicle the development of the artwork at blog.nightserpent.com. Once the four paintings are completed and shipped to Switzerland, Paul will commemorate the experience by sculpting a statue of Cthulhu, and it's creation, too, will be shown in-progress on his blog.
"We're pleased to have an exciting young artist like Paul participating in this exhibition.” Said Patrick Gyger, the museum’s coordinator. “Paul's paintings and illustrations really capture the tortured yet poetic side of Lovecraft in ways that no one else seems able to.”
As Lovecraft's one hundred and seventeenth birthday passes, Paul looks excitedly to the future about sharing his art in a prestigious venue with his peers.
Paul Carrick, son of children's book author/illustrator team Carol and Donald Carrick, has continued on an artistic family tradition. His hundreds of published illustrations have spanned from fantasy role games to children's books. For more information, visit Paul's online gallery www.nightserpent.com.