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Camp-Horror Aesthetic: Illustration by Sean Bernhardt

A black and white ink drawing of a bizarre cocktailGoth-Trop Cocktail, sharpie marker and pen on paper

Our featured artist today, Sean Bernhardt, is an artist and illustrator currently located in New Jersey. Sean’s illustrations feature often grotesque line-art and a camp-horror aesthetic rendered in stark black ink on white backgrounds.



A psychedelic band poster with an illustrated skullMAC/ALEX CALDER/WALTER TV flyer

Skulls, bones, body parts and a bizarre beach-vacation aesthetic factor prominently into Sean’s illustration works. As we touched on in our last feature, the artist’s works exist in the dark side of paradise. I rather enjoy the way that Sean manages to coax a fun-in-the-sun sort of feeling out of his stark skulls and psychedelic imagery.


A screen capture of Sean Bernhardt's art websiteThe front page of Sean's website

Sean also works in collage, and has had his works featured on t-shirt and clothing designs for various companies. The artist’s recent works in the field of collage have seen him collaborating with Cory Patterson to create illustrations with photographic backgrounds. Sean’s illustrations imposed on idyllic surf photos serve again to emphasize the contrast between darkness and light in his works. 


A collage of a drawing of a skull and snake over a photo of ocean wavesGood Days, collaboration with Cory Patterson for waves for sale art/photo book

About the author

Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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