Dark Shadows: The Macabre Art of Esao Andrews


Esao Andrews is an intriguing artist whose work ranges between the comically grotesque and simple, understated beauty. A native of Arizona, Andrews has developed a signature cast of dark and surreal characters, blending erotic and sometimes bizarre images in a manner that is often compared to other American surrealists like Mark Ryden and Joe Sorren. His oil paintings explore haunted and lonely landscapes, portraits and scenes that merge surrealism with real world emotion.

And while the majority of work shown here is typically dark, he also shows wonderful diversification. In one moment, he can create a bizarre schoolroom portrait that would give Tim Burton the willies (“Fayette Middle School”) while in another he presents serene and thoughtful portraits that are evocative (“The Haircut”) and playful (“Megan”). In between you get a whole lot of fun if somewhat unsettling weirdness.

Specializing in the gothic and grotesque, Andrews has also produced projects for DC Comics, created album cover artwork, and worked as an animator and skateboard designer. He currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

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18 Responses to Dark Shadows: The Macabre Art of Esao Andrews

  1. Wow! Grotesque and macabre are right! But I really like this artist, I really, really, do! Thanks for sharing (we can all stand to be alarmed and terrified once in a while).

    • Hello Victoria! Was wondering what you might think of Esao Andrews. Agreed … I like that dual nature of his work … I’m at once terrified and mesmerized … not that there’s anything wrong with it!

  2. Interesting pop-surrealism. Great stuff!

  3. Pat says:

    Fun art to visit, and a fun peek into his mind, but I’m not sure I would want to live there. 🙂

  4. Impybat says:

    Ahhh, these are delightfully creepy! I hope I never see a tree riding a bicycle. I really like “Surrender Cat” and “Off To the Little Village”. Really beautiful.

  5. Max510 says:

    Very very nice ! He’s in Frisco now ?

  6. Forest So Green says:

    wow, interesting and scary and fun too

  7. Colline says:

    He has certainly created some interesting images.

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