The Devilish Hedonism in the Work of the Dark Artist Kerb Crawler (69 Pics)
2 juni 2021 

The Devilish Hedonism in the Work of the Dark Artist Kerb Crawler (69 Pics)

Until recently I was unfamiliar with Chilean art, but there are two striking examples that have piqued my curiosity. The first is the film Trauma* (2017), a gut-wrenching settlement with the traumas after the Pinochet regime, and the second is the work of the independent artist Cristóbal López, working under the moniker Kerb Crawler** (aka. Kerb Crawler Ghost), who is is a representative of the incendiary Dark Art movement.

Dark Art

Before we take a closer look at the wicked illustrations of this Chilean whiz, first a short introduction to Dark Art. Dark Art is closely related to protest art that seeks controversy (often against religious authorities) and has a long tradition dating back to the 15th century to influential artists like Hans Memling (Fig.1), Hieronymus Bosch and Pieter Bruegel the Elder. The artists working in this genre convey their thoughts in an enigmatic way, and often include surrealist components. They use horrible and macabre imagery in an attempt to understand more deeply human nature and evoke a reaction in the viewer. As the collective name suggests, black is often the predominant color.

Hans Memling by Michaël Hussar

Fig.1. ‘Hans Memling‘ by Michaël Hussar

Monstrous Goats

Kerb Crawler’s impressively perversive artwork, consisting of meticulously detailed ink illustrations, takes the viewer to a decadent universe that is filled with rebellious nuns, monstrous goats and other terrifying representatives of the underworld that disturb you in a thought-provoking way.

Bosch and Rops

His influences range from Renaissance masters from Leonardo da Vinci to Bosch, the Romantics like Gustave Doré (Fig.2) or Luis Fernando Falero, others like Goya, Velazquez, Balthus, Kittelsen, Martin van Maële, and Félicien Rops. Other inspirations are tarot cards, 19th century medical illustrations, comic book art (except superheroes) and Freud’s psychoanalysis.

gustave dore the vision of death

Fig.2. ‘The Vision of Death‘ (c.1868) by Gustave Doré

Concept of Darkness

To Kerb Crawler, the concept of darkness in Art is connected with the subconscious, all the fictional secrets in our minds, desires, and impulses out of our control that we can’t handle, because they are repressed by morality and social order. In an earlier interview he explains, ‘Personally, I think the role of dark artists is to unlock those deep, dark, occult desires within the depths of their viewer. I don’t know if I’m doing it right or if there is a real way to achieve that. I think it all depends on who the viewer is because the imagery is so subjective.’

Now, let’s descent into darkness…

Kerb Crawler erotic demon

Fig.3. ‘We’re Goat I‘ (2019)

Kerb Crawler we are goat II

Fig.4. ‘We’re Goat II‘ (2019)

we're goat kerb crawler

Fig.5. ‘We’re Goat II’ (Bloody night version) (2019)

Kerb Crawler we are goat

Fig.6. ‘We’re Goat III ‘ (2019)

Kerb Crawler Monja

Fig.7. ‘Monja‘ (2019)

Kerb Crawler garden of eden

‘Fig.8. ‘TBMN Kheprint’(2019) Piece designed for the band ‘The Black Dahlia Murder‘, based on the track “of god and serpent of spectre and snake’

Kerb Crawler Salome

Fig.9. ‘Salome (Daedalvs Design)‘ This was a commissioned work requested by the death metal band called “Daedalvs“.

Kerb Crawler decapitated Jesus

Fig.9a.

Kerb Crawler Doom

Fig.10. ‘Doom‘ (2019)

Kerb Crawler Snakepussy

Fig.11. ‘Snakepussy‘ (2019)

Kerb Crawler monsters holding bitches

Fig.12. ‘Monsters Holding Bitches‘ (2019)

 

Blessed shall be the fruit of thy womb

Fig.13. ‘Blessed shall be the fruit of thy womb‘ (2020)

Kerb Crawler Feast

Fig.14. ‘The Feast‘ (2019)

the feast Kerb Crawler

Fig.14a.

dark art Kerb Crawler

Fig.14b.

erotic dark art Kerb Crawler

Fig.14c.

Kerb Crawler XV-Kheprint

Fig.15. ‘XV-Kheprint‘ (2019)

Kerb Crawler Chilean artist

Fig.16. ‘Osculum infame‘ (2020)

Kerb Crawler nightmare gray

Fig.17. ‘Nightmare gray‘ (2019)

Kerb Crawler Pieta Michelangelo

Fig.18. ‘Pieta (After Michelangelo)‘ (2019)

Kerb Crawler spider kiss and fuck

Fig.19. ‘The Spiderkiss and fuck…‘ (2020)

Kerb Crawler the forest treat

Fig.20. ‘The Forest Treat‘ (2019)

Kerb Crawler Mother

Fig.21. ‘Mother‘ (2019)

Kerb Crawler Unholy Mary

Fig.22. ‘Unholy Mary‘ (2019)

Kerb Crawler Omina

Fig.23. ‘Omina‘ (2019)

Kerb Crawler Head

Fig.24. ‘Head‘ (2020)

Kerb Crawler La Bete

Fig.25. ‘La Bête du Gévaudan‘ (2019)

Kerb Crawler sensual beast

Fig.26. ‘Possession

Kerb Crawler beast

Fig.26a. ‘This illustration was removed from Instagram’

Kerb Crawler dark erotic art

Fig.26b.

Kerb Crawler pissng demon

Fig.27.

Kerb Crawler Skull Fucked

Fig.28. ‘Skull fucked‘ (2019)

Kerb Crawler shock art

Fig.29. ‘Monsters Holding Bitches

Kerb Crawler suck

Fig.30. ‘Suck‘ (2019)

Kerb Crawler Moonchild

Fig.31. ‘Moonchild‘ (2019)

Kerb Crawler demon cunnilingus

Fig.32. ‘Incubus‘ (2019)

Kerb Crawler goat demon

Fig.33.

Kerb Crawler unfinished drawing

Fig.34. Unfinished drawing (2020)

Kerb Crawler corpulent cunnilingus

Fig.35.

Kerb Crawler Gulliver's travels

Fig.36. ‘Variation on Gulliver’s Travels

Kerb Crawler Coven

Fig.37. ‘Coven‘ (2021)

Kerb Crawler snaketits

Fig.38. ‘Snaketits‘ (2018)

Kerb Crawler La Fuerza

Fig.39. ‘La Fuerza‘ (2019)

Kerb Crawler sphinx

Fig.40. ‘The Sphinx‘ (2019)

Kerb Crawler Extraction

Fig.41. ‘Extraction‘ (2019)

Kerb Crawler Discipline

Fig.42. ‘Discipline‘ (2019)

kerb crawler ghost art

Fig.43.

kerb crawler female goat

Fig.44.

kerb crawler erotic drawing

Fig.45.

kerb crawler the apprentice

Fig.46. ‘The Apprentice‘ (2019)

Odaxelagni Kerb Crawler

Fig.47. ‘Odaxelagni

Odaxelagni Kerb Crawler detail

Fig.47a. Detail ‘Odaxelagni

feeding the mermaids kerb crawler

Fig.48. ‘Feeding the Mermaids

kerb crawler red ride

Fig.49. ‘Red Ride‘ (2019)

Red Ride Kerb Crawler

Fig.50. ‘Red Ride (Black version)‘ (2019)

kerb crawler zombie girl

Fig.51.

Kerb Crawler ghost drawing

Fig.52. Unfinished drawing

kerb crawler lust

Fig.53. ‘Lust

Kerb Crawler Ghost Christ

Fig.54.

Kerb Crawler peeing girl church

Fig.55.

Kerb Crawler peeing girl close up

Fig.55a.

Kerb Crawler bloody girls

Fig.56.

Kerb Crawler strangulation

Fig.57.

satan with nude dark art

Fig.58.

Kerb Crawler dark erotica

Fig.59.

Kerb Crawler Skull grls

Fig.60.

Kerb Crawler the mask

Fig.61. ‘The Mask‘ (2021)

Kerb Crawler Ghost Underwear

Fig.62.

Kerb Crawler Alice in Wonderland

Fig.63.

Click HERE for an interview Shunga Gallery had with the dark artist Michael Hutter…!!

A lot of Kerb Crawler’s merchandise (Limited edition prints, a book and t-shirts) have been sold out but you can check it out on the following page…!!

*Trauma is a film from 2017 directed by Lucio A. Rojas. A group of women visit a rural area in Chile. However, they are brutally attacked by a man and his son. The friends go looking for help in a village. With the help of some police officers, the friends decide to confront the two men. The opening sequence is easily one of the most depraved ever been put to film and involves a mother and a son. The film is mainly available in heavily censored editions. An uncensored version is issued by Artsploitation.

**A kerb crawler is a person who drives around areas known for street prostitution soliciting prostitutes for sexual activity. The act is known as “kerb crawling” because the person will typically drive very slowly along the kerbside. (Source: educalingo.com/)

What do you think about the Dark Art of Kerb Crawler? Leave your reaction in the comment box below….!!

About the author
Marijn is the founder of shungagallery.com. With more than 20 years of experience within the sensual and erotic art of shunga he is an authority in the genre. During this time he served many customers with complementing their art collection.
Alexandre Rodrigues
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Alexandre Rodrigues

on 2 June 2021

Wow! What a spectacular artist you brought us, Marijn. The image of Mary masturbating Christ is fantastic. It's strange that no artist has done this representation before. Right now, I can't remember any artist who has done it that way. I loved all these images. Thank you very much.

Marijn
By

Marijn

on 2 June 2021

Thanks Alexandre, I'm pleased you share my enthusiasm. Yes, it's really fascinating to see him putting his own spin on this iconic scene. Somehow it works very well!

Tom
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Tom

on 3 June 2021

spectacular work. Thank you!

Marijn
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Marijn

on 3 June 2021

Thanks Tom!

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