Mark Hammermeister

King For a Day

Category : Portfolio · No Comments · by March 20, 2014

The Shawshank Redemption

So late last week I first learned that the Hero Complex Gallery was putting on a show themed around the works of Stephen King. I think I was about 11 or 12 when I read my first Stephen King book, really too young to be reading his work, but it didn’t matter because I was hooked from that moment on and I’ve read everything he’s written ever since. I took a chance and contacted the gallery owners to see if they had room for me to enter a piece and as luck would have it, they did. I came very close to painting Pennywise from “It”, but instead opted to do caricatures of Morgan Freeman and Tim Robbins from what is probably the best Stephen King movie ever made, “The Shawshank Redemption.” Often when I do a caricature nowadays, I like to introduce some element of story into the scene beyond just exaggerating the features, and I thought it might make a nice composition to include Jake the Crow too. This also allowed me to use the fancy shmancy composition known to artist’s and scientists alike as “The Golden Ratio”.


One more rather cool thing:Short List Magazine has a blog post up about their favorite pieces from the show and mine made the list!

The show opens Friday, March 21. They’ll be selling limited edition prints of my my piece, among the many fantastic works of art. Check it out.