By Frank Forte
Beginning on Saturday February 21st, denizens of New England and New York City were treated to an art opening of the disturbingly beautiful work of Jed Leiknes. The current exhibit entitled “Anathema” presents the latest unseen works from the mind of this remarkable talent. The Wisconsin native paints dark subject matter such as zombies, decayed flash, monsters and creatures from our dreams and nightmares. His painterly style is delightful to look at as you can see the brushstrokes and fervor that went into creating these masterpieces of the macabre. We can only hope that Jed isn’t using real corpses as models! But if he is, we’ll just turn our heads and pretend we don’t know as we marvel at his art. Jed, please keep doing what you’re doing.
Last Rites Gallery is pleased to present “Anathema”, new work by Jed Leiknes, in what will be his first solo show at the gallery. “Anathema” will include 19 new paintings of the accursed, the decaying and the decomposed. Leiknes is an impasto painter who uses quick, gestural strokes to build up hue, light and composition. He paints macabre portraits of the grotesque kind laced with sinew, rot and harrowing deformities. Despite these qualities of putrefaction, Leiknes’ paintings are very alive with their sitter’s presence. Each stroke pulsates and breathes life into the rotting flesh and skeletal cadavers that star in Leiknes’ portraits.
Anathema is an exploration of transformative processes evil people put themselves and others through, in an attempt to become something else.
Key figures are depicted and titled appropriately. Decomposition of the organic is ever-present as Leiknes depicts those filled with the scars and blood of their own actions or those of others. Given life, one holds the capacity to not just alter their own being, but that of others. These portraits represent the lingering curse and ephemeral temporality of all living things and their metamorphosis of evilness.
Jed Leiknes is a painter and tattooer based out of northwest Wisconsin. He’s been tattooing for a decade, and painting for about six years. His inspirations include Beksinski, Sienkiewicz, and Sargent to name a few.
Where and when:
Last Rites Gallery
325 W. 38th St.
Feb. 21st -April 4th
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Frank Forte Bio
Frank Forte is an accomplished designer, storyboard artist and comic book artist. He has worked in animation for feature films, TV and gaming. Some of the shows Frank has worked on include: Bob’s Burgers, Despicable Me 2, Lego Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Out, The Super Hero Squad Show, Marvel Heroes 4D, Lego Hero Factory, Lego Bionicle: The Legend Reborn, Hi Hi Puffy Ami Yumi, Re-Animated Pilot (Out of Jimmy’s Head), The Mr. Men Show, Bionicle: The Legend Reborn (DVD-2009), Lego Clutch Powers 4D ride at Legoland and Lego Atlantis. He co-created The Cletus and Floyd Show with Gene McGuckin, a tribute to animation directors Tex Avery, Bob Clampett and Chuck Jones. Robert S. Rhine and Frank Forte created the pilot episode of Sickcom the Animated Series, which was sold to Spike and Mike’s Sick and Twisted Festival Of Animation in 2003.
In Frank’s spare time he paints. Recent shows include Laluzapalooza 2015 and Laluzapalooza Jury Winners Group Show 2015 at La Luz De Jesus Gallery (Los Angeles, CA), Villains of Animation at Van Eaton Galleries (Sherman Oaks, CA). Past shows include the CATZ Group Show at LTD. Gallery in Seattle, WA and the 6×6 group Show at The Phone Booth Gallery in Long Beach, CA. His art has been exhibited at Cannibal Flower (Los Angeles) and the Animation Guild Gallery 839 (North Hollywood).
Frank is also the publisher at Asylum Press, a publishing company that produces premium comic books and graphic novels within the horror, science fiction, and action genres.