Creator of “The Crow” visits UMES’ Mosely Gallery

Oct 3, 2014


An illustration from The Crow by James O'Barr.
Credit UMES Office of Public Relations

James O’Barr, the graphic artist best known for his creation of the comic book series and subsequent movie, “The Crow,” will be on hand at a film screening and reception for an exhibit of his work at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore’s Mosely Gallery.

“Dark Dreams:  The Art of James O’Barr,” opens Oct. 6 with a meet-the-artist reception from 4-6 pm. in the university’s Thomas Briggs Arts and Technology Center.  A film screening of the 1994 movie, “The Crow,” based on his graphic novel, takes place at 8 p.m. in the Student Services Center Theater.  Book signings follows both events.

“We’re very fortunate to have James O’Barr come to our campus to expose students and the community to his art,” Susan Holt, Mosely Gallery director, said.  “He is a prolific and talented sequential (comic book) artist and the show is a perfect fit for UMES with the ever-increasing popularity of our sequential arts program.”

The exhibit, on display through Oct. 30, features the artists’ original art, Holt said. 

“Of the 30 pieces in the show, a lot of the works are pieces created for “The Crow,” she said.  “Most of it is done in acrylic paintings and ink washes.”

O’Barr’s life has been wrought with personal tragedy reflected in his art.  Born in Detroit, he was raised in the foster care system.  When his fiancée was killed in 1978 by a drunk driver, he joined the U.S. Marines and started illustrations for “The Crow.” 

O’Barr’s art was also influenced by a newspaper article of the murder of a young Detroit couple over a $20 engagement ring.  In the graphic novel, the protagonist and his fiancée are killed by a gang of criminals.  The Crow returns from the dead to find the killers and avenge their deaths.

In addition to O’Barr, Russian animator Konstantin Komardin will be a guest artist during the opening activities.

The show closes Oct. 30 with a Halloween costume party in the Mosely Gallery from 4-6 p.m.  All events are free.  Call 410-651-7770 or visit www.moselygallery.com for more information.


Gail Stephens, assistant director, UMES Office of Public Relations, 410-651-7580.