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Please help fund my next solo show of new paintings, Ego Death. It's going to be epic!

UPDATE 8/13/13: New Stretch Goal! If we hit $70,000 within the next 24 hours, everybody who donates $100 or more will get a FREE signed, limited edition 8x10'"mini print of the centerpiece painting from the Ego Death show! Print edition number will be determined by the amount of folks who have donated over $100!!! This is a Kickstarter exclusive and will never be available anyplace else!!!

"Ego Death" the centerpiece painting of the show- in progress!
"Ego Death" the centerpiece painting of the show- in progress!

UPDATE 8/13/13: $60,000 Stretch Goal reached! Thanks, everybody!!!

UPDATE 8/12/13: Stretch Goal! If we reach $60,000, EVERYBODY who donated in any amount gets a secret link to a compilation video of both Ego Death openings (shot and edited by Mike Correll) and people who chose a reward tier will get a signed Ego Death show promo card!

THE CONCEPT

In the wee morning hours on the first day of 2013 I got an idea for the title of my next solo show of original paintings: EGO DEATH. Ego Death is a term for a mystical experience where the ego temporarily loses its grip over our consciousness. It is that moment when the veil is lifted, you leave all of your internal baggage behind and have that crystal clear vision of the way things REALLY are.

The EGO DEATH title came with another great idea: What if I presented the show like a funeral? You know, decorate the gallery like a traditional Gothic funeral―with Lillies, wreaths, a hearse and even a coffin―a funeral for our collective ego..

The concept really got my mind going! Not only was this a visually exciting idea, it also said something that I have been wanting to say with my artwork for years: perhaps it is finally time to lay the ego to rest. Maybe the same ego that was instrumental in bringing us to this stage in human evolution has outlived its usefulness, and has become the problem. What better way to symbolically lay the ego to rest than a mock funeral?

I have long been toying with the idea that my paintings are, and have always been, representations of our collective ego. Maybe this is why I have not only been painting monsters but I have been painting monsters with pathos.The paintings are portraits of ourselves, the parts of us that we are often afraid to look at. The parts of us that are vulnerable and wounded. They are the parts of us that are in pain.

It is with this sentiment that I will be creating artwork for EGO DEATH. The paintings won't be a style shift or anything. Don't worry! I'm still painting monsters!  But the goal is to present my new work in a creepy new package.

"Black Magick Suicide"- I always thought my character Black Magick was the personification of the ego. This painting expresses the idea of "Ego Death" in a nutshell.
"Black Magick Suicide"- I always thought my character Black Magick was the personification of the ego. This painting expresses the idea of "Ego Death" in a nutshell.
Ego Death paintings in the works...
Ego Death paintings in the works...
The Heart Eater-18x24" - Ego Death painting in progress
The Heart Eater-18x24" - Ego Death painting in progress
Ego Death poison bottle and talking board planchette design from the Ego Death sketchbook
Ego Death poison bottle and talking board planchette design from the Ego Death sketchbook

YOU CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN!

I have never had the resources to do a big show like this. Thanks to the phenomenon of crowd funding, it is now possible. Your donations will not only get you some really cool rewards (many of which will only be available through this Kickstarter campaign!), but you will be supporting what will surely be my biggest and best solo show to date. Not only will it be a killer show of my newest work, it will also be an event where we can all say goodbye to our collective ego, thank it for it's assistance and wish it well on it's way out. It will be a meditation on life, death and the frightening and wonderful journey we are all on.

Softspot sculpt being molded for bronze for the show.
Softspot sculpt being molded for bronze for the show.
"I Like To Paint Monsters" Signed T shirt/ Sticker Combo- $40
"I Like To Paint Monsters" Signed T shirt/ Sticker Combo- $40
Peace, Love and Monsters Signed Limited Edition T-Shirt- $30
Peace, Love and Monsters Signed Limited Edition T-Shirt- $30
"Lilith" signed, framed canvas giclee with original Chet Zar sketch on back- $750
"Lilith" signed, framed canvas giclee with original Chet Zar sketch on back- $750
Dan Quintana charcoal and ink drawing on paper reward- $900
Dan Quintana charcoal and ink drawing on paper reward- $900
"All Too Late" original painting by Alex McVey $950
"All Too Late" original painting by Alex McVey $950
Silver Bat Choker by Rob McClurg- $350
Silver Bat Choker by Rob McClurg- $350
"Easter Bunny" signed ink drawing + 10 signed 11x17 poster prints by Shawn Coss- $350
"Easter Bunny" signed ink drawing + 10 signed 11x17 poster prints by Shawn Coss- $350
Bat Skull custom frame corner sculpt in progress
Bat Skull custom frame corner sculpt in progress
Painting sketch from the Ego Death sketchbook
Painting sketch from the Ego Death sketchbook

The money raised here will go to funding the entire show down to the art materials, custom framing, molds, bronze and resin casting, catalogs, hiring assistants, rentals, gallery decor...basically all the expenses that it will cost to put on an epic show like this. I am also going to cover the cost of getting Mike Correll (director of the I Like To Paint Monsters documentary about me) out to the show so he can film the opening!

Most rewards are estimated to go out Jan 2014. This is because I will be working on the show up until October...and after that is the holidays. I usually have to do a lot of shipping for orders from my website between Nov and Dec. I will make every effort to get the rewards out before the estimated date but I wanted to cover myself to be sure. If you are planning on giving a reward as a gift for the holidays just contact me and I can probably make that happen.

Softspot sculpt to be bronzed for the Ego Death show.
Softspot sculpt to be bronzed for the Ego Death show.
5x7" signed custom frames- $150
5x7" signed custom frames- $150
Ego Death original sketchbook. $5,000
Ego Death original sketchbook. $5,000
Glow in the Dark Lil' Zombie Head magnets- $35
Glow in the Dark Lil' Zombie Head magnets- $35
Black Resin Skull Frame Corners reward- $45
Black Resin Skull Frame Corners reward- $45
More Ego Death sketches.
More Ego Death sketches.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The only real risk involved in this project is getting as many paintings finished as I would like. If I don't get enough funding then I may not be able to focus exclusively on this project to get them done. But if I do, those of you who are familiar with me will know I'm not afraid of hard work. I am an obsessive workaholic- my art is my life. Period. I can and will put on the best show of my career with your help.

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    DRIED LILY A dried Lily that was used in the "funeral gallery" decor for the Ego Death show.

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    SIGNED PAINTBRUSH. One of the paintbrushes used in the creation of the Ego Death paintings. Paintbrush will be signed. KS exclusive!

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    EGO DEATH FUNERAL ARMBAND. Funeral armband with the Ego Death logo.

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    LIMITED EDITION SIGNED T-SHIRT: PEACE, LOVE AND MONSTERS. Collector Bill Muntz made this custom t shirt as a gift for me a while back. Now you can own one! On the front is a peace sign, a heart and my personal sigil that represents my own ego death experience in 1987, the triangle with the number 5 in it. On the back it says "Peace, Love and Monsters". I will also be signing these limited edition shirts with a paint pen. Please indicate size (S, M, L, XL, 2XL, 3XL). KS exclusive!

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    GLOW IN THE DARK LIL' ZOMBIE HEAD MAGNETS. Approximately 2x1.5x1.75". Hand painted, limited edition of 100. Come with signed and numbered mini Certificate of Authenticity!

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    "ILTPM" SIGNED T SHIRT/STICKER COMBO. Mike Correll has agreed to donate a limited edition of 50 of the shirts he made for the "I Like To Paint Monsters" documentary he is making about me. Shirt says, "I Like To Paint Monsters" and "Official Chet Zar Documentary" on the front (with my gas mask logo) and "ZARMY" on the back. Also includes an ILTPM sticker! T shirts will be signed by me and director Mike Correll. Sizes, S, M, L, XL, 2Xl

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    BLACK RESIN SKULL FRAME CORNERS. I am reissuing my black resin skull frame corners from my When Worlds Collide show. Cast in resin in a black finish and signed on the bottom.

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    $50 EGO DEATH CATALOG. Ego Death show catalog featuring all of the paintings from the show. Will include a thank you list in back of catalog to ALL supporters of any tier of this project.

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    CUSTOM EGO DEATH POISON BOTTLE.

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    GLOW IN THE DARK EGO DEATH TALKING BOARD PLANCHETTE. A custom hand sculpted glow in the dark urethane resin planchette. You know, the pointer you put your hands on when using a Ouija board. Planchette is signed on the bottom. KS exclusive!

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    BLACK MAGICK: THE ART OF CHET ZAR BOOK SIGNED W/SKETCH. Copy of my book, signed. Also includes an original full page detailed silver Sharpie sketch on one of the blank intro pages of the book.

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    CUSTOM FRAME, 5x7" . For the first time ever I am offering my hand sculpted custom frames (without artwork), signed by me on back. Hand cast in urethane resin. Comes with hardware and wire for framing and hanging. Black only.

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    BE A PALL BEARER IN THE FUNERAL PROCESSION. We will be having a funeral procession for the Ego Death show on the night of the opening at Copro gallery in Santa Monica on Saturday, October 26th. YOU can be one of the pall bearers. NOTE: Must be willing and physically able to carry a casket along with 5 others. Must wear all black (Victorian/Gothic style is preferred) and also be responsible for travel to the show.

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    "YOU NAME IT" ORIGINAL SKETCH. An 5x7" original graphite sketch on paper that you get to name. You send me the title and I interpret that title as a sketch.

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    BLACK MAGICK PLASTER DEATH MASK. A Black Magick dummy will be in the coffin at the show so I will be sculpting his gas mask for it. I will be pouring plaster in the front half of the facial part of the mold to create his DEATH MASK. I will also give the death mask an aged patina similar to famous death masks such as Lincoln's and Napoleon's (Google DEATH MASK to get an idea). Only 20 will be made. Includes Certificate of Authenticity.

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    SHAMANIC TENDENCIES CANVAS GICLEE 16x20x1.5" This painting represents my own Ego Death experience back in 1987. Printed on canvas Signed and numbered by the artist Gallery wrap edges- needs no framing Limited Edition of 250 Certificate of Authenticity

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    BRONZE EGO DEATH TALKING BOARD PLANCHETTE. Limited bronze edition of the Ego Death planchette. KS exclusive! Signed and numbered on bottom of planchette.

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    SHAWN COSS ORIGINAL SIGNED INK DRAWING. Artist Shawn Coss has generously agreed to donate a signed ink drawing (16.5x14") on paper entitled, "Easter Bunny". Also included in this reward tier are 10 signed, 11x17" Poster prints! You can choose your prints here: https://www.facebook.com/ShawnCossArtrocities

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    BAT CHOKER. 1oz. .980 Semi Fine Silver w/ Satin choker by artist Rob McClurg.

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    BRONZE FRAME CORNERS. Limited edition bronze casts of the custom frame corners I will be creating for the show. Signed and numbered on back.

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    SIGNED LIMITED EDITION CANVAS GICLEE. 24x30" canvas giclee of one of the pieces from the Ego Death show. Edition number will be determined by the amount of people who donate using this tier (ie: if 10 people choose this tier, the print edition will be limited to 10 giclees). KS exclusive!

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    MIX AND MASTER 5 SONGS. Josh Breckenridge has offered to mix and master 5 songs for anybody who donates to this tier. His band, "With Our Arms To The Sun" was used in my Kickstarter pitch video. He is a really talented guy! You can see his list of credits here: http://www.joshbreckenridge.com/discography.html

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    "LILITH" FRAMED CANVAS GICLEE. Signed, framed canvas giclee with an original signed sketch on back. 30x42". One of a kind piece available for this Kickstarter project only!

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    GRAPHITE MONSTERIZED DRAWING OF BACKER. Send me a photo and a little info about yourself I will draw an 8x10" sketch of you as one of my monsters!

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    DAN HENK TATTOO SESSION. 8 hour tattoo session with master tattooer, Dan Henk. A $1200 value, Dan has agreed to donate his time for this project! Transportation to Dan's shop in Philadelphia is supporter's responsibility and date must be organized around Dan's schedule.

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    DAN QUINTANA CHARCOAL AND INK DRAWING. My friend and colleague Dan Quintana has donated an amazing charcoal and ink drawing on paper! 5x9, comes unframed.

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    OIL STUDY IN CUSTOM FRAME. 5x7" oil study for a painting in the Ego Death show. Comes with custom frame. Also includes LILY+ARMBAND+CATALOG. KS exclusive!

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    ORIGINAL 16x20" ALEX MCVEY PAINTING. 16x20" oil on masonite original painting by artist Alex McVey entitled, "All Too Late"

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    TOMMY LEE WENDTNER/CHET ZAR COLLABORATIVE TATTOO. I will design an image and Tommy will interpret it with his own unique twist as a tattoo (must coordinate location/date based on Tommy's availability - travel expenses not included in reward). A $1500 value! Only 5 available! Note: Tommy will be in the US next year but dates have not been set. I only put delivery at Dec of 2014 because Kickstarter makes you put a delivery date.

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    TOMMY LEE WENDTNER/CHET ZAR COLLABORATIVE PAINTING. I will collaborate with the brilliant tattoo artist, Tommy Lee Wendtner, on an 8x10" monster painting. These will be our first ever collaborations in paint! KS exclusive!

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    CUSTOM MONSTERIZED PORTRAIT IN OIL. Send me a photo and a little info about yourself I will paint an 11x14" oil painting of you as one of my monsters! Comes with custom frame. Also includes GLOW IN THE DARK EGO DEATH TALKING BOARD PLANCHETTE+LILY+ARMBAND+CATALOG

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    ONE ON ONE PAINTING OR SCULPTING INSTRUCTION FOR 1 WEEK. 1 week (25-30 hours) of one on one painting and/or sculpting instruction at my studio in Monrovia, CA. Also includes GLOW IN THE DARK EGO DEATH TALKING BOARD PLANCHETTE+LILY+ARMBAND+CATALOG Does not cover travel, food or lodging expenses. To be scheduled based on supporter and my schedule

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    EGO DEATH ORIGINAL SKETCHBOOK. 5.5x8" bound ORIGINAL sketchbook featuring ALL of the original sketches, conceptual designs and production notes for the Ego Death show! Only one lucky Backer will be able to pick up this signature item! KS exclusive!

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    ORIGINAL PAINTING FROM THE SHOW. Pre buy an original painting from the show priced $5,000 or under. Also includes GLOW IN THE DARK EGO DEATH TALKING BOARD PLANCHETTE+LILY+ARMBAND+CATALOG

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    BRONZE SOFTSPOT. #1 casting of the bronze Softspot sculpture edition.

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