About the artist:
Sandy DeLuca ia an American writer and visual artist, born in Providence, Rhode Island. Her paintings are lyrical, colorful and spiritual; moving from the abstract to Pop Surrealism.
She penned several chants published in Silver Ravenwolf’s book TO STIR A MAGYCK CAULDRON (pen name Autumn Raindancer).
As an author, she is known for dark and surreal prose; often visceral and shocking. She is best known for her work in the horror genre. However, she has written Noir fiction, fantasy and mainstream fiction as well.
She edited and owned a small press magazine entitled GODDESS OF THE BAY from 1998 through 2001, also producing anthologies and collections. In 2003, she operated another publishing company, DECEMBER GIRL, an imprint of DELIRIUM BOOKS. Once again in 2015 she founded MIDNIGHT TOWN MEDIA, focusing on publishing her out of print fiction and compiling books which reference her extensive career in the visual arts.
Although she created visual journals, containing offbeat drawings, since childhood, she began painting in 1985, and had her first solo art show in 1986 at the Community College of Rhode Island, while still a student. Each painting was accompanied by prose written on a card; pieces of the story she told with her paintings. Since then, her paintings have been exhibited widely. In addition, her artwork has been featured as cover art and interior art for various publications, most notably the poetry chapbook, VAMPIRES, ZOMBIES AND WANTON SOULS, with poetry by Marge Simon; with Simon receiving the Bram Stoker award for poetry in 2013. Her own poetry book, BURIAL PLOT IN SAGITTARIUS, also contains her cover art and interior art, and it was nominated for the Bram Stoker for Poetry award in 2000. A copy of this book is maintained at the Brown University library. The poetry collaboration, DANGEROUS DREAMS, with Marge Simon, was nominated for the Bram Stoker award for 2013.
POETRY AND COLLECTIONS
BURIAL PLOT IN SAGITTARIUS (Poetry), 2000, Thievin’ Kitty Publications (Nominated for the Bram Stoker for Poetry award and the Rhysling Award)
PATHS OF DESTINY (Selected poetry and short stories), 2001, Double Dragon Books
DANGEROUS DREAMS, with Marge Simon (Poetry), 2013, Electrik Milkbath Press (Nominated for the Bram Stoker for Poetry award and the Elgin Award)
HUNTER’S MOON, selected short stories, 2015, Midnight Town Media
FRAGMENTS, selected short stories and poetry, with Bob Judge (Art), 2015, Midnight Town Media
SETTLING IN NAZARETH, 2003, December Girl Press
DESCENT, 2005, Delirium Books
MANHATTAN GRIMOIRE, 2007, Delirium Books
FROM ASHES, 2008, Delirium Books
DARKNESS CONJURED, 2010, Delirium Books
REIGN OF BLOOD, 2011, Delirium Books
INTO THE RED, 2011, Damnation Books
MESSAGES FROM THE DEAD, 2013, DarkFuse
HELL’S DOOR, 2013, DarkFuse
CITY AT THE EDGE OF THE EARTH, 2016, Midnight Town Media
LUPO MANNARO, 2016, Night to Dawn Books
(Novelette: Journey to Talazia, with my illustrations and forthcoming from Alban Lake).
PAINTING THE THIRD FATE, 2005, Sam’s Dot Publishing
THE MAD HATTERY (with Marge Simon’s poetry), 2012, Electrik Milkbath Press
VAMPIRES, ZOMBIES & WANTON SOULS (With Marge Simon’s poetry), 2012, Electrik Milkbath Press
APPARITIONS: Thirty Years of Strange Art, 2015, Midnight Town Media
ETHEREAL BEINGS, 2015, Midnight Town Media
NAUGHTY LADIES (With Marge Simon’s poetry), 2015, Eldritch Press
CHILDHOOD, 2015, Midnight Town Media
TALES OF AN EARTHBOUND TRAVELER, 2015, Midnight Town Media
SMALL SPIRITS, 2016, (With Marge Simon’s poetry), 2016, Midnight Town Media
* Note: Some of these books are out of print, but you can find most of them at Amazon.
Goddess of the Bay Publications, where she produced and edited a monthly zine of poetry, art and short stories. In addition, specialty projects such as A Midsummer’s Night Terror, Something Wicked (experimental fiction collections) were produced under this banner.
December Girl Press (an imprint of Delirium Books): She produced and edited a collection of ‘Noir fiction called Crime Spree and a rare collectible novel Saying Uncle, by Greg F. Gifune. (1999 through 2003)
VISUAL BODIES OF WORK:
Figures and Fantasies 1986—ongoing. Expressionistic figurative work, Shapeshifting–fantasy paintings of felines, strange lands and the female figure.
The Genre 1995-ongoing. Paintings inspired by genre writings and imagined images related to my own writings.
Abstract Experiments in the City 2002-2006
New York inspired art 2007-2008
Digital Experiments 2016–ongoing project.
AWARDS AND HONORABLE MENTIONS:
Burial Plot in Sagittarius was a finalist for the Bram Stoker award. A copy of the book is maintained in the Brown University Library. Her Poem Sarah (a piece from Burial Plot in Sagittarius) was nominated for the Rhysling award. Her poem Girls of the Seventies from a group called Wicked Verse received an honorable mention in Years Best Fantasy and Horror, 2004.
Community College of Rhode Island, Solo show at Warwick and Lincoln campuses; 1986. Two paintings were on loan for exhibit in President’s reception area Community College of RI, 1987. Various group shows Warwick Community College Campus, 1984-1997; while earning my AFA in the 1980’s, and then later studying art seminars in the 1990’s.
Border Books, Cranston and Providence, Rhode Island (2003).
Winky Dink Ink Gallery and Tattoo Parlor, (New York) 2010.
Various shows, New Hope Gallery (Cranston, RI) 2011-2015.
Various shows, Hughes/Donahue Gallery (Taunton, MA), 2011-2013.
Anything Goes Gallery (Warwick, RI), October 2011-2012.
Right Studios, Woonsocket, RI, December 7th, 2011.
Jerry’s Artarama (Providence, RI), 2012.
Gallery Q Summer, Juried, (Providence, RI) June 1, 2012.
Ugly Dog Gallery (Attleboro, MA), August 2012.
Bank RI, Providence, RI, solo exhibit, December/January 2012-2013.
University of Rhode Island, Feinstein Campus, Group show, November 2014.
*There are more, including mail art exhibits in France, Italy, Malaysia, Spain and other countries. My art resides in European collections, American, Japanese and Australian. I’ve exhibited in hair salons, tattoo parlors and bookstores. There’s much more, but I’m a horrid record keeper and it doesn’t matter as long as it’s out there…somewhere…in this world…as long as I’m still creating..
*I no longer exhibit, but for select shows. My paintings are available for sale, and queries are always welcome. In addition, prints of both my digital work and paintings are available at venues like Redbubble, Deviant Art and Society6. Of course, I also sell my art on Ebay. I enjoy working in the publishing world and love to pair my visual art with my writing. I also enjoy making cover art for genre magazines and books, and doing illustrations, and that remains an ongoing project.