March 15, 1978 |
Liverpool, United Kingdom
|Education||Bachelor of Arts with Honours
University of Leeds, West Yorkshire, England & Post Graduate Certificate in Education. Huddersfield University, England
Sam Shearon (born March 15, 1978), also known under the pseudonym Mister-Sam, is a dark artist born in Liverpool, England in the United Kingdom. Specialising in horror and science-fiction, his work often includes elements inspired by classic literature including H.P.Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu and Oscar Wilde's The Picture of Dorian Gray, both of which he has illustrated.
Shearon's main influences stem from ancient cultures, the occult, industrial/art/revolution-eras, the supernatural, the paranormal, cryptozoology and the unexplained. Shearon has created covers for comics including The X-Files, Mars Attacks, 30 Days of Night, Angel and KISS, and album sleeve artwork and merchandise designs for some of the biggest names in rock music, such as Ministry, Rob Zombie, Iron Maiden, A Pale Horse Named Death, Powerman 5000, American Head Charge, Rammstein, Jason Charles Miller and Fear Factory.
Shearon studied at the University of Leeds in the College of Art & Design, West Yorkshire, England. He was awarded a Bachelor of Arts Degree with Honours in 2000 for Visual Communication. Shortly after, he went on to become a qualified Art teacher gaining a Post Graduate Certificate in Education from Huddersfield University. His first solo exhibition entitled "A Walk On the Darkside", featured forty five pieces of his original artwork including 6-foot-tall (1.8 m) demonic statues, biomechanical monsters and giant canvases depicting images of horror and the macabre. The exhibition was featured in various national newspapers including The Daily Telegraph as well as BBC Radio One and live interviews on BBC Radio Leeds North. The show attracted protests and boycotts over its inclusion of animal bones, and the mutilation and disembowelment of children's toys, but the show was extended to six weeks due to popular demand.
His work has been described by the British press as "bizarre", "grotesque" "gruesome", and "groundbreaking". Shearon is known for his work in the field of cryptozoology, most notably for compiling artists impressions, of the Beast of Lytham from eyewitness accounts. Shearon's cryptozoological art was on display at the 2005 Weird Weekend, an annual conference at the Centre for Fortean Zoology. His work can be found in publications of the Fortean Times, Paranormal Magazine as well as the cover artwork for IDW Comics for the Angel series, 30 Days of Night, The X-Files, Alan Roberts Wire Hangers, H.P.Lovecraft's The Call of Cthulhu, KISS, Mars Attacks and also horror magazine Fangoria's Trinity of Terrors. Shearon provided cover art for the official collectors programme to a Halloween weekend event featuring the rock/metal band Slipknot depicting a portrayal of their lead singer Corey Taylor.
Shearon has created artwork for a variety of rock and metal music related clients including Jason Charles Miller, Godhead: At the Edge of the World, Keith Caputo, Ryan Oldcastle, HIM, Shane Gibson's stOrk featuring Thomas Lang, A Pale Horse Named Death - featuring members of both Type O Negative and Life Of Agony, Iron Maiden, Fear Factory, Rammstein, Biohazard, Black Water Rising, and Rob Zombie. Shearon’s artwork can also be found in the form of graphics on the bodies of guitars, carry cases, drum skins and merchandise. Clients include Coffin Case, ESP Guitars, Dean Guitars and Schecter Guitar Research.
- 2008: Godhead - At the Edge of the World
- 2008: Keith Caputo - Dass Berdache
- 2008: Ryan Oldcastle - Patience Seeds
- 2009: Black Water Rising - Black Water Rising
- 2009: Godhead - The Early Years
- 2010: Rob Zombie - Hellbilly Deluxe 2
- 2010: stOrk - stOrk
- 2010: A Pale Horse Named Death - And Hell Will Follow Me
- 2011: Indestructible Noise Command - Heaven Sent... Hellbound
- 2011: PLUG-IN - HIJACK
- 2011: Crowned By Fire - Prone To Destroy
- 2012: Jason Charles Miller- Uncountry
- 2012: Biohazard - Reborn In Defiance
- 2012: September Mourning - Melancholia
- 2012: WRENCH - Dry Heaves & Tears
- 2012: Jason Charles Miller- Natural Born Killer
- 2012: The Dark - Teenage Angst
- 2012: Arise In Chaos - Civilization Decay
- 2013: American Head Charge - Shoot
- 2013: A Pale Horse Named Death - Lay My Soul to Waste
- 2013: stOrk - Broken Pieces
- 2013: Crowned By Fire - Space Music For Cave People
- 2013: Ministry - From Beer To Eternity
- 2013: Kill Devil Hill - Revolution Rise
- 2014: Powerman 5000 - Builders of the Future
- ESP Guitars
- 2008: Cobweb & Redburn TWO EC Graphic guitars
- 2009: Clockwork Zombie Series 1 & 2 (SOLD OUT) SIX graphic guitars models-( EC, Viper, EX) 
- 2013: Vampire Bio-Tech THREE graphic guitars models-(EC, Viper, M).
- Dean Guitars
Guitar Cases - CoffinCase
- 2009: Maila Nurmi 'VAMPIRA' Memorial Portrait CoffinCase.
- 2009: TKL Cases: 'The Beast'.
Comics & Graphic Novels
- IDW Publishing
- 2009: 'ANGEL' - Landau/Lynch/Urru - comic (Issue 24 - 3 X Limited Edition cover artworks).
- 2010: 'Wire Hangers' Alan Robert comic (Issue 4 - cover artwork).
- 2010: 'Wire Hangers' Alan Robert Graphic Novel / Full series collection. (cover artwork).
- 2011: '30 Days of Night' - Infestation 2 - 'Cthulhu-styled' cover.
- 2012: 'The Secret Battles of Genghis Khan' - cover.
- 2012: 'H.P.Lovecraft' - 'The Call of Cthulhu and other Mythos Tales' - Cover & 20+ Illustrations.
- 2012: 'Oscar Wilde' - 'The Picture of Dorian Gray' - Cover & 20+ Illustrations.
- 2012: 'KISS' - 'Kiss Girls' - two variant covers.
- 2012: 'KISS' - 'Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park' - Cover Artwork.
- 2012: 'KISS' - Greatest Hits Volume 3 - (cover artwork).
- 2013: 'KISS' - Greatest Hits Volume 4 - (cover artwork).
- 2013: 'KISS' - Greatest Hits Volume 5 - (cover artwork).
- 2013: 'Mars Attacks' - 'Beast and the Beauty'. (cover artwork).
- 2013: 'The X-Files' - Classics Volume 1 - (Cover Artwork).
- 2013: 'The X-Files' - Classics Volume 2 - (Cover Artwork).
- 2013: 'The Other Dead' - Issue 3 - (Cover Artwork).
- 2014: 'The Other Dead' - Issue 5 - (Cover Artwork).
- 2014: 'The Other Dead' - Issue 6 - (Cover Artwork).
- 2014: 'The X-Files' - Classics Volume 3 - (Cover Artwork).
- 2014: 'The X-Files' - Classics Volume 4 - (Cover Artwork).
- 2014: 'The X-Files' - Annual - (Exorcist) - (Cover Artwork).
Merchandise & Tour Shirt Designs
- 2007: Iron Maiden: 'Somewhere Back in Time' World Tour Scarab Image.
- 2007: HIM : Various T-Shirt Designs.
- 2008: Godhead : At the Edge of the World T-shirt Designs.
- 2008: Keith Caputo : Hearts Blood / Das Berdache.
- 2009: Cradle of Filth : Various T-Shirt Designs.
- 2010: Fear Factory : Various T-Shirt Designs.
- 2010: Jason Charles Miller : The Devil T-Shirt Design.
- 2010: Rob Zombie : Hellbilly Deluxe 2 - Portrait / T-Shirt Design.
- 2011: A Pale Horse Named Death : And Hell Will Follow Me : T-Shirt Design.
- 2011: Rammstein - Tour Merchandise.
- 2012: Rammstein - Tour Merchandise.
- 2012: Many of Odd Nature - Tour Merchandise.
- 2012: Slaves On Dope - Summer Tour Merchandise.
- 2012: Jason Charles Miller : Natural Born Killer.
- 2013: American Head Charge
- 2013: A Pale Horse Named Death : Lay My Soul to Waste : T-Shirt Design.
- 2007: Keith Caputo : European Tour Poster for 'Hearts Blood on your Dawn'.
- 2008: Keith Caputo : European Tour Poster for 'A Fondness for Hometown Scars'.
- 2008: SCUZZ - Sky network Rock/Metal music channel.
- 2009: FANGORIA : 'Trinity of Terrors' 3 Day Halloween event in Las Vegas - Featuring Slipknot: Programme/booklet cover artwork.
- 2010: Devolution Magazine : Official Cover logo.
- 2010: Monsters of Comedy : Tour Poster/Merch Designs : Tour fronted by Jason Rouse.
- 2011: A Pale Horse Named Death & Seventh Void : European Tour Poster for their debut album release.
- 2013: Zulu Tattoo L.A. : 'Zulu Lounge' Charity Event - Flyers / Posters / Banners / Portraits / T-Shirt designs.
- 2014: Ministry : 'NEW DAWN' Logo Design.
- Education (2003-01-24). "Call to boycott artist's 'Dead Teddy Bear' show - Jan 24th 2003". Telegraph.co.uk. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
- "National Focus For Art on BBC Radio ONE as reported by The Lytham St. Annes Express Jan 30th 2003". Facebook.com. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
- "Call to Boycott Artist's 'DEAD TEDDY BEAR' Show - Jan 24th 2003". Facebook.com. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
- "Grotesque World of Sam's 'DEADY BEARS' - Jan 16th 2003". Facebook.com. 2010-12-15. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
- "The Daily Star 'Deady Bear...' - Jan 24th 2003". Facebook.com. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
- "Sam's Shockers Go On Show Jan 30th 2003". Facebook.com. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
- "Beast of Lytham - May 5, 2005". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
- "Centre for Fortean Zoology - Aug 14 2009". Cfz.org.uk. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
- Weird Weekend - Aug 14 2009
- "Angel Aftermath #24 (Sam Shearon Variant Cover Edition) - 2009 ref". Tfaw.com. Retrieved 2014-02-19.
- Sneak-Preview: TRINITY OF TERRORS Collector's book[dead link]
- ESP Guitars LTD Series[dead link]
- "TKL Products Corp - The world's leading manufacturer and distributor of musical instrument cases and bags. (guitar , bass , percussion , drum, etc)". Tkl.com. Retrieved 2014-02-19.