Blain Hefner, a local artist with a passion for pop culture in film and television, is embracing the season by presenting his first solo art show if more than a decade, “Monsters, Movies & The Dude,” at the IJ & Jeanne Wagner Jewish Community Center, Oct. 1–30.
"Karloff: Frankenstein's Monster" - 9" x 12" ink, ink wash and gouache on bristol board
Halloween themes will not be lacking in the show as portrait studies of classic Universal and Hammer Horror films, including “Young Frankenstein,” will be sure to point out. There will also be a variety of other pieces on display featuring the Indiana Jones films, “The Big Lebowski,” “The Avengers,” “Star Wars,” “Star Trek,” “Doctor Who” and “Harry Potter.”
In addition, original drawings done this past summer for JCC Summer Camp will be on sale next to the display of the cover Hefner painted for local author Bryan Young’s latest novel, “Operations: Montauk.”
("'Raiders of the Lost Ark' throwback poster" - 24" x 36" acrylic on illustration board. Text applied digitally.)
We sat down with Hefner to talk about his show, artwork and more:
Q: Have you been doing this kind of art pretty much since Kindergarten?
A: "I've loved art ever since I was 18 months old and my dad showed me how draw a smiley face. My parents were constantly buying me sketchbooks, which I would fill with pictures of comics. I didn't start painting until I was in high school though."
Q: If someone could only see one piece in your show, which one should it be?
A: "I guess one of my favorite works is a collection of nine different monster portrait studies I just completed. I'm really proud of those. They turned out nicely and look good all put together in a group on canvas."
Q: What other artists do you admire and learn from?
A: Obviously I take inspiration from a lot of different artists and I'm always finding new ones that I like, but I've always liked Drew Struzan and his movie posters.
Q: What do you like to do when you are not churning out a masterpiece?
A: "I love to watch movies. Or if the weather's nice, I also like to ride my motorcycle. I haven't had a lot of time to do that this summer since I've been working so hard on this show, but I am a big movie buff."
Q: Any hopes for the show?
A: "I just hope people enjoy coming out and seeing my work. It's not just horror works, there are lots of others like James Bond, Indiana Jones and even a few television shows, which I think will really resonate with people who like movies."
"The Dude or 'What the @#$% you talking about?'" - 9" x 12" digital print
The show runs Oct. 1–30 at the Jewish Community Center, 2 North Medical Drive, SLC. The opening reception will be held on Oct. 3 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the gallery on the second floor lobby. To view more of Hefner’s work, visit his website here.