2 inch Krampus decoration, sculpted with super sculpey, copper mesh, wire, wool yarn and painted with acrylics.
Kezeff is an artist who specialises in super detailed sculptures. Much of his portfolio includes monsters, demons and otherworldly creatures. He also creates festive ornaments concerning the darker elements of Christmas, like the one above depicting the legendary figure of Krampus. Krampus is a beast-like creature from the folklore of Alpine countries thought to punish children during the Yule season who had misbehaved, in contrast with Saint Nicholas, who rewards well-behaved ones with gifts. Krampus is said to capture naughty children in his sack and carry them away to his lair.
This Christmas tree decoration is named Grrgl, and stands at five inches tall. He is constructed from paper, copper mesh, super sculpey, felt, fake fur and painted with acrylics. All of his many eyes glow in the dark. I don’t about you, but he reminds me of the iconic monster designs in the Hellraiser franchise, and I think he makes a great replacement for angels and reindeer.
Do you remember the scene from The Snowman, where the kid finds his snowy friend melted in the garden. Not only is it good for emotionally unbalancing small children, but it’s a pretty horrible concept if you picture the snowman as a sentient creature. Kezeff has captured the snowman’s terror as the sun rises perfectly with this piece. If I was slightly more heartless, I’d leave this out for the kids to find on Christmas morning.
If you want to further traumatise your child, he’s also taken one of the most iconic villains of all time and combined him with Hello Kitty. The figure was created using paper, copper mesh, super sculpey, nails and painted with acrylics. The box is removable, and attaches with a strong magnet. Loving that the nails form whiskers from the side. Genius!
Dead Man’s Brains
His more realistic pieces are also really impressive. This one is inspired by the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark illustrations by Stephen Gammell. Kezeff was terrified of the images as a young child, and when he rediscovered the book as an adult, he wanted to re-create the picture of Dead Man’s Brains.
Make sure you check out more of Kezeff’s work.