Local Calgary artist, Drew McGrath, illustrates the age-old conflict of good vs. evil in his latest series paintings, which he describes as “pop art shadows.”
The paintings, aptly titled, Good vs. Evil, feature silhouettes of memorable scenes from popular movies and TV shows splashed against vivid colours like hot pink and electric blue.
Scenes from Fight Club, The Shining, Indiana Jones, and Looney Tunes are featured in the series.
“Good vs. Evil is the most common theme in books, films, and television. It’s something everyone can relate to,” said McGrath.
“The easy answer would be to choose good over evil, but the line separating the two isn’t quite as clear as we’d like to think,” he elaborated.
The visual artist said he has always identified with the ‘good guys’ in films and television, but added that everyone has a little of the ‘bad guy’ in them.
McGrath, 40, only recently discovered his talent and joy for painting.
Last March, after writing a book that details his time working as a massage therapist, McGrath struggled to find a photo for the cover of his novel. He took matters into his own hands as he began to paint the cover.
“I thought it looked good enough, and I had a few empty canvases left over. One day, I just had this weird brainstorm and did a Monty Python painting, and it ballooned from there,” said McGrath.
The paintings take McGrath approximately 12-15 hours to complete, and prices range from $300 to $700.
“They look simple, but the detail is very intricate,” he said.
The series is a hit. McGrath has already sold four of his Good vs. Evil paintings.
“I never imagined people would respond so well to them. I think the theme really resonates with them and they feel nostalgic seeing paintings of their favourite TV shows and movies from childhood,” said McGrath.
For more information about McGrath’s paintings or to view or purchase one, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.