Theatre Bizarre Architect John Dunivant Pays Homage To The Cramps With Human Fly

Simply put John Dunivant is an artist who you need to know about. Read on for the 1xRUN Thru Interview with John Dunivant and his latest RUN The Human Fly.

1xRUN Thru Interview

The Human Fly by John Dunivant

1xRUN:  What materials printed on/drawn with?

John Dunivant:  The original is a 12″ x 12″ acrylic and oil on board.  The prints are giclee’s with several, hand applied layers of varnish.

1xRUN: Is the original still for sale?

John Dunivant: Yes, at 323 East, as part of the Lyric 2012 show curated by Glenn Barr.

The Human Fly Original Painting by John Dunivant - Available for Purchase at (Update - The original is sold) - Click To View

1xRUN: When was the piece drawn/created?

John Dunivant: In April of this year.

1xRUN:  Tell us how the idea and execution came about?

John Dunivant: The piece was created for said show, the lyrics I chose were “I’m an unzipped fly and I don’t know why”, “I got 96 tears in my 96 eyes” from “Human Fly” by The Cramps.  These Human Fly’s have been appearing in my work for a while and are little delinquents.  The more-human of the two brothers was always jealous of his sister’s ability to fly and all of the attention she received so he enjoyed torturing her.  The older brother has his finger hanging out because it’s what Lux (Interior) would do.  Or,  he’d probably just have his dick out, but I thought this was funnier.

The Fly Boy (in) Run #00115 // Oct 31, 2011 - The Clown by John Dunivant

Run #00115 // Oct 31, 2011- The Clown by John Dunivant

1xRUN: How long did the piece take?

John Dunivant: About a week.

1xRUN: What is unique about this piece?

John Dunivant: It has layered varnishes that bring out the depths of the inks and brings it closer to the original.

1xRUN: Why should people buy this RUN?

John Dunivant: It has a fly pretending his finger is his wiener.

1xRUN: Describe the piece/print in one gut reaction word.

John Dunivant: Regurgitation.

1xRUN: When did you first start making art?

John Dunivant: When I was just a wee lad.

1xRUN: What was your first piece?

John Dunivant: A water color of two dancing clothes pins.

1xRUN: What artists inspired you early on?

John Dunivant: I was fairly sheltered from art early on, the only two artists that I knew were Ralph McQuarrie, one of the main concept artists for Star Wars and Norman Rockwell.  I wrote off Rockwell as a teenager until the first time I saw an original in New York in college.  It blew me away, that guy can paint your pants off.

Ralph McQuarrie

Normal Rockwell

1xRUN: Do you listen to music while you work? If so what? If not then what is your environment like when you work?

John Dunivant: I listen to all sorts of stuff, depending on what I’m painting, whether I’m drawing or whatever.  Sometimes I’ll have documentaries or the commentaries from movies on, it’s like conversations going on in the background. For this piece, I played The Cramps a lot.

1xRUN: What was the first piece of art that you bought? Do you still have it?

John Dunivant: A sketch by Kent Williams about 20 years ago.  It’s just a few simple lines, but it kills me.  Yes, I still have it, it’s hanging in the hallway.

1xRUN: What was the last piece of art that you bought?

John Dunivant: Yanked by the Unknown Comic ” A personal highlight!” by Matt Gordon.  He’s amazing.

Matt Gordon

1xRUN: What else do you have currently in the works?

John Dunivant: I have a solo show coming up at 323 East in July.

1xRUN: Where can people find you across the internette?

John Dunivant:  Theatre BizarreWebsite