Artists: The Gremlinologist

The lithe, balding artist nosedives at a canvas spread on the studio floor. His brush uncurls a reptilian ripple of paint that twines and insinuates itself into a snakepit of color. "All I try to do is let out the monsters inside me," he says, "the monsters we all are." Shades of Jackson Pollock? No, it is Belgian-born Artist Pierre Alechinsky speaking, and at 37 he is already a latter-day saint of action painting.

Old Pens. The monsters that uncurl on his floor are puckishly reminiscent of the grimacing gremlins, eerie puppets and...

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