Laz Marquez is one of our 30×30 exhibition artists, and in this series of showcases we aim to show and tell you a little more about the artist, their work and why they chose the film they will be creating work for.
The Gate (1987)
Two young boys accidentally release a horde of nasty, pint-sized demons from a hole in a suburban backyard. What follows is a classic battle between good and evil as the two kids struggle to overcome a nightmarish hell that literally begins to take over the Earth.
About the Artist
Laz is an Illustrator/Graphic Designer from New York City, currently working in the Advertising world. Having studied both design and fine-arts, his work blends the cleaner/refined aspects of design with the freedom and unpredictability of the painting mediums. Having been enamored by storytelling and film as far back as he can remember, Laz brings his love of genre entertainment such as Horror, Sci-Fi and Adventure to life in his work. Above all else, Laz has remained true to the one thing he has understood for years, that he cannot live a day without his passion to create and looks forward to it each and every chance to entice others to feel emotion through his work.
His clients include Sony, Fox, BBC America, Penguin Books, Simon & Schuester and AMC.
When he is not working, Laz loves diving into the world of comic books, reading Stephen King and re-watching episodes of “Star Trek: The Next Generation”.
Why did you choose that film?
I remember seeing “The Gate” as a kid and immediately falling in love. The visuals of this film burnt themselves into my psyche and have remained since. As a young child I was always drawn to horror or darker dramas and loved the visuals showcased in 80’s/90’s films in the genre. Naturally, this made my parents very concerned at first, so as any parents would, they found a middle ground with films by Steven Spielberg or Tim Burton to allow me to obsess over because they were more “child friendly”. After realizing the darker films (after some disobeying and sneakiness on my part) didn’t have the effect they thought, they kept opening their minds to new selections at the local “Blockbuster”. One of the films we picked up on a whim was “The Gate” and it was the perfect merging of horror and Spielberg-esque storytelling. There was a wonder, sincerity and terror in this film that felt innocently scary. I remember me and my family watching it together, loving it and how as a result “horror” became a staple.
Any upcoming projects you want to tell us about?
Laz frequently showcases artwork through Gallery1988 in Los Angeles throughout the year for their various group shows. In addition, Laz also frequents covers for literature/book covers through publications such as Penguin Books, Adaptive and Simon & Schuester.
Although he cannot announce some of his more immediate releases (due to confidentiality) – he is very excited to have created key pieces for some anticipated films/tv to be released later this year! Stay tuned through his social media channels for updates and sneak peeks!
Be sure to check out all of Laz’s work, and we’ll be sure to share some teases of this Horror classic real soon.