Marcel Dzama’s Strangely Delightful, Violent Drawings

While in recent years Canadian artist Marcel Dzama has ventured into three-dimensional work and film, as The Jealous Curator notes, it’s his earlier drawings that feel incredibly appropriate for revisiting on Halloween. Think the surreal world found in a Grimm’s fairytale, but made even darker, more subversive, by the Beatrix Potter-style illustrations and subtle palette. It’s like something from your childhood nightmares. There are talking trees, gun-toting girl scouts in masks, men in bear costumes, and lots and lots of bats. Click through to check out a selection of our favorite pieces, and if you’re a fan of Dzama’s quirky aesthetic, pick up a copy of this lovely collection of his work that McSweeney’s published back in 2008.

Marcel Dzama, Untitled, 2004. 14 x 11 Inches Ink, watercolor and root beer on paper. Image courtesy of Richard Heller Gallery