Monday, 4 February 2013

An Interview With Artist Lou Rusconi

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I had the pleasure of interviewing the great Horror artist Lou Rusconi, here's that interview:


First of all thanks for taking the time to do this.

Thank you! I have known you quite a while and your love of horror is legendary!

Q1: How did you get into painting?

My Father was in WWII, when I was a wee lad he painted a lot, mostly war ships and such, my Mom did some portraits too, I was influenced by them. I started drawing in-between 1 and 2 and painting at 3 years old.

Q2: Did you get inspiration from any other artists?

As a kid, I was influenced a great deal by comic books. I worshipped Steve Ditko, Jack Kirby, Steve Buscema, Graham Ingels, EC Comics, Mad Magazine, Frank Frazetta, Salvador Dali, H. Bosch, H.R. Giger, Robt. Williams, Robert Crumb, and "Big Daddy" Ed Roth. As I got older I really got into all of the late 70's underground comic artists.

Q3: As an artist how do you feel about these artists who use photo-shop and other technologies?

I use photo-shop to color inkings, I do my best not to judge what others do and try to find merit in everything creative. That being said, I do tend to favor things hand-done.

Q4: What works are you most proud of?

They are all my children, it is hard to choose. I try and do varied work, I'm very proud of my Black Comedians Solo Show that was at bitchin' gallery Hyaena Gallery (check out www.hyaenagallery.com), for new edgier stuff check out what I'm showing lately at the awesome Sev Ven Gallery (www.gallerysevven.com).



Q5: Who are your favourite Horror actors/actresses?

Vincent Price, Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, Ingrid Pitt, Donald Pleasance, Herbert Lom, Christ I could go on and on. I really love the Hammer Productions obviously.

Q6: What were your favourite horror films growing up?

"Night Of The Living Dead", "Don't Look In The Basement", "The Fly", "I Drink Your Blood", "Asylum", "Dr. Phibes", "Cry Of The Banshee", "Mask Of The Red Death", hahaha, I could go on and on...

Q7: What is your view on the Horror scene nowadays?

It is kind of weak, but I always try and support it in hopes that something good happens, "T.C.M. 3-D" was okay, I hope that the "Evil Dead" reboot is good, the trailer looks great!

Q8: Have you got anything exciting lined up? There was talk of a comic.

Right now I am working on painted pieces for a burlesque themed show at Sev Ven Gallery March 16th 2013. My wife Paula will be performing with her troupe: Remele Spark's Visual Indulgence and I will be MC'ing the show.

I hope to finish up my series of Serial Babies and do a book, show, t-shirts buttons, prints, etc. I have an incredible writer in friend Leon Marcelo, who is writing "Noosery Ryhmes", I hope to have a forward by Killjoy from Necrophagia and more guests and surprises!

I have a TON of other stuff planned as well. As I get older I try and do as much quality stuff as I can.

I want to eventually do a comic, but it is a big undertaking and cost has always been a factor...














Q9: Do you have any advice for anyone wanting to follow in your footsteps?

I wear big shoes, have big feet :) Seriously, do what makes you happy. I have to work a day job like most and of course it is not the greatest, but come home afterwards and do what makes you happy, drawing, painting, making music, making falafels, whatever makes you happy! Life is short, you need to amuse yourself and have a sense of accomplishment.

Q10: Do you have any last words for anyone reading this?

Thank you for the interview, your site is incredible, keep up the great work!!

For everyone else; I say this this: Love of all things Horror is a FULL TIME JOB! Don't get involved unless you have the GUTS!

Cheers,
            Lou

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