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Kirk Demaris uses familiar faces for his family portraits



Siloam Springs artist Kirk Demaris had been drawing a lot of attention lately for his contributions to "Crazy 4 Cult 3-D," a forthcoming art show tribute at LA's Gallery 1988.

He's produced a number of paintings of cinema families in family photo portrait pose. "There Will Be Blood's" Plainviews, the Griswolds, the Johnsons from "The Jerk," the Freelings from "Poltergeist" and more.

Here's how Demaris describes his portrait of the Emersons from "The Lost Boys"

I count The Lost Boys among the top five most influential films of my youth. (Incidentally, the others are Pump Up the Volume, The Karate Kid, Footloose, and Ferris Bueller's Day Off.) I wanted to see what it might look like if mom would have talked to the boys into a photo shoot in an effort to redefine their post-divorce family unit. I could see Sam (Corey Haim) getting into it (he may have had some say in the cheesy curtain backdrop) while Michael (Jason Patrick) would have had to struggle to tolerate such an outing. Keifer Sutherland's character David might have provided more visual interest, but the notion that he and his dad would ever get together for a photograph was too far fetched.

This isn't Demaris' first buzzworthy project. Several years back, his book "Life of the Party" on the famed S.S. Adams Prank and Magic Company came with a foreword by Chris Ware and got blurbed by Chip Kidd and Glen David Gold. JJ Abrams plugged it in WIRED several months back.

I need this for my coffee table.

ALSO: Check out Demaris' website, Secret Fun Spot. It's definitely an afternoon waster.

Tip courtesy of Jason Weinheimer, who roomed with Demaris in college.

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