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10 Interpretations of Legendary Monsters at Hyaena Gallery

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Mon, Apr 23, 2012 at 10:26 AM
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Hyaena Gallery is a small Burbank shop dedicated to dark art, outsider art, pop surrealism and other unusual styles. Every year, the gallery hosts an exhibition at the annual horror convention Monsterpalooza. It's different from the shows you'll normally see at the gallery, "more of a fun show," according to owner and curator Bill Shafer.

"A lot of times, in the gallery, I want to see an artist's original thoughts, what's in their heads coming out that no one has seen before," says Shafer. "With Monsterpalooza, people want Frankenstein, Dracula, Vincent Price. They want to celebrate what they grew up with."

So Shafer brings together many of his regular artists to dig deep into their influences and create work based on the classics of the genre. After the convention, he brings the exhibit into the store. "For Those Who Slept..." brings a bit of Monsterpalooza to people who couldn't attend the convention. But even if you attended the original show, there's reason to stop by the shop as well. Shafer has added a few new pieces to the exhibit, including Daniel R. Horne's exquisite oil paintings. Check out 10 selections from the show after the jump.

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10. Vampira

Woody Welch

Acrylic on canvas

Woody Welch's art often features sexy ladies and elements of mid-20th-century pop culture; he fuses both with this stunning acrylic painting of Maila Nurmi's legendary character, Vampira. The little flying saucers hanging from wires in the background reference Ed Wood's Plan 9 From Outer Space, which featured the L.A. horror movie host.

This photo is only of the top half of the painting. It's actually a fairly tall piece at 48" long.

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9. Grandpa Munster

Daniel R. Horne

Oil on canvas

Daniel R. Horne is an illustrator and painter whose work has appeared in Dungeons & Dragons books and on Magic: The Gathering cards in addition to many other projects. Shafer, who has admired Horne's work since the 1980s, refers to him as a "dead brilliant" painter.

In Grandpa Munster, Horne casts the eccentric vampire/scientist of TV's Munster clan as a regal figure fit for a museum wall.

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8. Freddy vs. Eddie

Donnie Green

Oil on canvas

In the Battle of the Claws, who would win, Freddy Krueger or Edward Scissorhands? Donnie Green pits the slasher-film villain against Tim Burton's sympathetic monster in this painting. Green does a great job of juxtaposing two completely unrelated characters in a seamless fashion.

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7. Captain Howdy

Jeremy Cross

Oil on canvas

One can only imagine the kind of nightmares that might stem from hanging Jeremy Cross' homage to one of the scariest movies ever made on a bedroom wall. In Captain Howdy, the local artist captures all the terror of The Exorcist's resident demon. I shivered at first sight of this intense oil painting.

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