Tom Ryan is an artist with an eye for horror, and as iHorror gears up to celebrate the 45th anniversary of JAWS, he’s got some work that we just had to share!
Ryan has an entire series based on the classic film and you just have to see them.
As an artist, Ryan has an interesting approach to painting. Though he works in multiple mediums, he most commonly uses acrylics which, unlike oil paints, are thinned using water. The artist takes that thinning process one step further by using rain and ocean water in his work.
In fact, his JAWS-inspired paintings were all created using water actually collected in Martha’s Vineyard where the movie was filmed.
It creates a deeper connection to the film and perhaps because of this, he was invited to show his work at Jawsfest in 2012. Some of that artwork is now included in the private collections of Richard Dreyfuss, Kevin Smith, and Greg Nicotero.
The granddaddy of all shark horror films, JAWS hit screens back in 1975 directed by Steven Spielberg with a script by Peter Benchley and Carl Gottlieb based on Benchley’s novel.
It all takes place on Amity Island, where the newly elected Sheriff Brody (Roy Scheider) finds himself at the center of a terrifying rash of great white shark attacks. When the local mayor refuses to closes the beaches over the holiday weekend, Brody sets out with grizzled fisherman Quint (Robert Shaw) and a marine biologist named Hooper (Richard Dreyfuss) to stop the beast before it kills again.