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Celebrating Halloween with 15 Macabre Artists

It’s time for Halloween, and do we even have to finish this introductory paragraph? You know what’s coming. Let’s get to it.

In the pictured work from this Houstonian, we have a pope in a wheelchair with a…what the hell is that thing in his lap?

According to his artist statement, this San Antonian tries to “demonstrate undaunted expression much like that demonstrated in the art of children.” Really creepy children, we presume.

The Houstonian behind the Give Up street campaign clearly is someone with a plan to spread a message of positivity. Oh wait, sorry. We meant to say the exact opposite thing there…

We’re not sure if this Houston artist minds the term “lowbrow,” but we sure don’t, and we think her stuff is a great example of it.

Speaking of lowbrow, this artist’s work first appeared on the Houston streets in ghostlike shapes and became more cartoonish over time. The frequent presence of vomit or saliva seems to be a constant.

Somebody call Focus on the Family. We definitely get a devil-worshipping vibe from some of this Houston-based artist’s work.

You can’t mention Medrano without including his collaborative partner, and when the two get together, as they did in the pictured work, you get weirdness.

The work of this Dallasite often has a layer of whimsy atop a dark undercoat.

Wanna make something look creepy? Age it. That seems to be this Dallas artist’s trick, and it’s a good one.

If the medium is the message, this Houston-based artist’s message is cremated human ashes.

Quit staring at us, bird. We know we’re going to die, and we don’t need this bone carving from Houston-based Eberle to remind us.

We prefer this Austin-based artist’s posters once they’ve aged and curled a bit.

Why yes, that is a ceramic bowl covered in guns and shells by San Antonio artist de Leon. Nice of you to notice.

This San Antonio artist is obsessed with all things death. We’re talking bone dust, smallpox blankets, corpse hair, amputee Civil War soldiers. We’re talking death.
This list was compiled in large part from suggestions made by our Twitter followers and Facebook fans. Y’all are a bunch of macabre mofos, and we thank you.

also by Roy Neinast
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