Gary Pullin is an artist and full-time creature creator, and his colorful signature style has graced numerous magazines, books and movie posters. He’s had his work featured in galleries across North America, done highly sought-after screen-prints for Mondo and Skuzzles, and created key art for such films as The Babadook and the George A. Romero documentary, Birth of the Living Dead.
A film fan since he could slide a tape into a VCR during his youth in London, Ontario, Canada, “Ghoulish” Gary Pullin served as the horror magazine Rue Morgue’s original art director and designed the magazine’s famous look. Pullin still contributes an art column, “The Frightful Gallery,” to Rue Morgue. Both Gary and his art are seen in the documentaries Twenty-Four by Thirty-Six and Why Horror?
He lives in Toronto, Canada.
How would you describe your piece?
My piece is a limited edition silk-screen print and I drew it by hand using a Cintique drawing tablet. It is a tribute to the “Mirror Mirror” episode from The Original Series. I always loved the very first series - the over-the-top acting, the weird aliens and the colors of the sets. There’s a simplicity to the look of the show; I just identify with that. It’s so rooted in the 1960s and it’s like watching a time capsule of America from that era.
In creating your artwork for the exhibition, what was your inspiration?
I knew I wanted to feature Spock and that it was going to be from The Original Series as, for me, he’s the most identifiable alien in the show. I had submitted my sketches to CBS and, within a few months, Leonard had passed away. I didn’t know he was so ill. When it came time to finish the approved sketch, it was kind of bittersweet. But the print became my personal tribute to Nimoy and his most iconic role.
How quickly/easily, or not, did your concept come to you? And how long did it take from start to finish to complete the piece?
“Mirror Mirror” and a “bizarro” Spock facing off with his more logical self just seemed like a natural way to go. I would say the piece took about a week, all said and done.
How/Why did you choose the colors you used?
I chose colors that would fit The Original Series. The blue and gold remind me of the 1960s.