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Ugly American - Strychnin Gallery London

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

AN EXHIBITION of new works by American artist Chet Zar, Ugly American, is on display at the Strychnin Gallery London until July 6, 2008.

Zar is a man who knows monsters. As a designer, special effects make-up artist, sculptor, and 3D animator for major Hollywood studios, as well as rock bands such as Tool, he deals with them on a day to day basis – as the movies Hellboy, The X-Men, The Ring, or the Oscar-winning Guillermo del Toro film Pan’s Labyrinth will attest.

As a painter, he portrays them as they are – ugly. We are told that when you look at Zar’s paintings, you will realize an inescapable truth – we are the monsters.

A catalogue featuring the works from Ugly American as well as some older works will be available both in regular and limited editions.

Strychnin Gallery, 65 Hanbury Street, London, E1 5 JP.

Times: Friday to Sunday – 12 noon to 6 pm and by appointment.