Vinyl Artist Poll – Chet Zar

This is the ninth of ten artist profiles we’re presenting as we lead up to our Vinyl Artist Poll
in which we’ll ask you to vote for the artist you’d most like to see
work in vinyl. The poll is strictly for fun and to get a read on what
you like art wise. Click on each of the paintings to read a description of the piece by the artist.

Chet Zar

“I was born on november 12th, 1967, in San Pedro, California.  My interest in art began at an early age. the first thing I can remember drawing was a turtle at age 3.  My mother, who is the reason I have gotten to where I am today,  always encouraged and supported me in this area.  I remember one time I asked her if it was o.k. to draw something (I don’t remember what) and she told me "You can draw anything you want".”– That was very liberating.  It seems that as far back as I can remember, I had always wanted to be an artist. I used to imagine what it would be like to be in my very own studio, painting whatever I wanted.

My interest in scary things began early as well.  I remember watching "Night Of The Living Dead,” fresh out of the bathtub and sitting directly in front of the TV in my tighty whities. something about it was fascinating as well as terrifying.  I could not turn away.  I think I felt some kind of connection to it, due to the fact that my family was slowly beginning to fall apart around this time.  There was a lot of fighting, not a lot of communication,  and I really didn’t know why.  It was then that I began to immerse myself in art, often drawing monsters with bloody  knives, carrying bloody heads, you know, those sorts of things.  It somehow made me feel better.”

Chet has been married to his soul mate Lisa for 13 years and they have two kids.  He worked as lead designer and sculptor at Alterian Studios for ten years, including work on The Blob and Darkman.  He also did the animation for Tool’s live shows, and currently works at Cinovation Studios in addition to painting.