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Molly Crabapple

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Molly Crabapple is a New York artist and the creator of the global drawing movement Dr. Sketchy's Anti- Art School.  She has created subversive, Victorian inspired art for clients including The New York Times, Red Bull, the Wall Street Journal, Marvel Comics, DC Comics, and South by Southwest Interactive, as well as Occupy Wall Street.  Her fine art projects include Week in Hell, where she locked herself in a hotel suite for a week, filled 270 feet of walls with art, going quite mad in the process, and Shell Game, a crowd-funded series of ornate, six foot tall paintings about the revolutions of 2011.  
Molly has been called "Equal parts Hieronymus Bosch, William S. Burroughs and Cirque du Soleil." by The Guardian, "A brilliant and principled artist" by BoingBoing, and "A Downtown Phenomenon" by the New York Times. She has been profiled in hundreds of media outlets around the world, including BBC Newsnight and The New York Times.


New York Times says...
"Molly Crabapple is a downtown phenomenon".

Molly Crabapple is an award-winning artist, author, and the founder of Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School

Molly learned to draw in a Parisian bookstore. She later drew her way through Morocco and Kurdistan, and once into a Turkish jail. She's developed her trademark Victorian style based a fascination with ambition and artifice. Remember, the devil's in the details

Molly's drawn for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Marvel Comics the Bloomberg Corporation and Playgirl, and illustrated eight books. She's also turned her talents to 30-foot theatrical backdrops, children's books, parade installations, burlesque posters, critically acclaimed webcomics, pornographic comic books, art writing, and gallery shows around the world. She's the resident Toulouse Lautrec of The Box, one of New York's most exclusive nightclubs.

In her free time, Molly created Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School, the world's largest chain of alternative life drawing classes, with over 60 branches in every continent except Antarctica . Dr. Sketchy's has spawned a book, calendar, jewelry line, US and European tours, an internet radio show, series of comedic YouTube shorts, and show at the 2007 Edinburgh Fringe Festival. You can find out more about it at

Molly and her projects have been covered in: The New York Times, The LA Times, The New York Post, Time Out London, Time Out New York, The Village Voice, La Repubblica, BUST, HEEB, Venus, HOW Design, Bizarre Magazine,, Suicidegirls,, BoingBoing, The Scotsman, The National Post, The Houston Chronicle, SF Chronicle, Sydney Morning Herald, Melbourne Age, BBC Radio, AP Wire, NPR, The Channel 11 Morning News, Publishers Weekly, Fleshbot, and hundreds of other media outlets around the world.

Recent Exhibits

Molly Crabapple participated in these exhibits:

Sep, 2016 Annotated Muses
Jul, 2015 Women Crush Wednesday #WCW
Jan, 2015 RESPOND
Smack Mellon
Dec, 2014 Temple of Art Exhibition & Book Launch
La Luz de Jesus Gallery
Nov, 2014 Portrait in the Twenty-First Century
Jul, 2014 Message in a Bottle
Cavalier Galleries, Nantucket
Click here to see all exhibits for Molly Crabapple
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