Art: The Invisible Man by Jonathan Burton

Cinema and horror especially owe a lot to Universal’s monsters—they paved a legendary path through film, leaving an undeniably influential print on the genre starting way back in the early 1920’s. Universal went on a monster movie tear that lasted 30 years, spawning many of the genre’s most iconic movie monsters: The Phantom of the Opera, Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Wolf Man, The Creature from the Black Lagoon, and of course The Invisible Man, which is the focus of Jonathan Burton’s stunning piece.

I feel like I’m the last person an artist wants talking about their work seeing as how I know nothing about the kind of work that goes into something like this. But I will say this: I know good when I see it, and Burton’s piece is as good as it gets. The chaos surrounding a silhouetted Griffin (The Invisible Man himself) is a brilliant touch, eluding to both his “reign of terror” and the film’s final moments. How do you represent something invisible in art? Just like this.

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If you are ever attacked by a gorilla just sit back and relax while you enjoy the once in a life time feeling of your limbs being ripped off.

6 thoughts on “Art: The Invisible Man by Jonathan Burton

  1. Dear Ryan,

    This is a very good, concise article. That is indeed a nice piece of artwork. It really captures the spirit of the Invisible Man, played by the great Claude Rains. He is a favorite actor of mine! Although I have never seen the Invisible Man, from the clips I’ve seen, I’m sure he gives a great performance.

    My name is Rebekah Brannan, and I’m one of the founders of the Pure Entertainment Preservation Society. Seeing that you are a fan of horror and drama, I think you would be the perfect person to participate in my upcoming blogathon. This year, on September 23-25, I am hosting The Phantom of the Opera Blogathon. The blogathon will be dedicated to all adaptations, spin-offs, prequels, and sequels of the immortal tale The Phantom of the Opera! As devoted Phans, my sister, Tiffany and I could not let the 110th anniversary of the beginning of the original novel’s serialization in the newspaper Le Gaulois pass without some form of commemoration. I invite you to celebrate this event by joining The Phantom of the Opera Blogathon.

    You can read the announcement here:

    I hope you will join us for this three-day celebration of all things phantasmic, and that you will advertise it on your blog using one of my dramatic banners!

    Thank you very much for your time!


    Rebekah Brannan

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