Arts preview: 'All Grown-Ups Are Pirates'

Jim Fischer
"Hook" by Paul Giovis

The characters in Paul Giovis' paintings are usually from his own imagination, but for this exhibition, opening this weekend at the Gallery at Gateway Film Center, the characters are from some of his favorite movies, as filtered through Giovis' imagination.

The 12 large-scale, acrylic-on-wood paintings in "Grown-ups" reflect Giovis' recent making practice, itself inspired by mural work he's been doing around Columbus for the past couple years. The works are done on wood, cut with a jigsaw and layered to create 3-D paintings.

"I went to school [at CCAD] for graphic design and advertising, but in the past couple years I've strayed from computer work and moved into painting and building - more hands-on things," Giovis said.

The exhibition includes scenes and characters from movies including "Alien," "Predator," "Ghostbusters," "Hook," "Edward Scissorhands," "Beetlejuice" and more.

"They're all in my style," Giovis said. "The images aren't recreations of anything that's already been made."

Giovis will also paint murals on the walls of the gallery for the opening. A post-reception party will be held at Carabar, where Giovis bartends and where more of his work can be seen.

Gallery at Gateway Film Center

6-9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14

1550 N. High St., Campus

gatewayfilmcenter.com