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Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 10/31/2011

Happy Halloween: Pumpkin carvers inspired by art

Some might not consider pumpkin carving to be an art, but carvers Marc Evan, Chris Soria and Scott Cummins prove the contrary with their pulpy holiday homage to some beloved paintings and drawings.

Evan and Soria are the duo behind the Brooklyn-based Maniac Pumpkin Carvers. Graduates from the Parsons School of Design, they are visual artists outside of their pumpkin-carving practice. Cummins, who lives in Texas, is a junior high school art teacher and carves his pumpkins purely for fun.
Maniac carved this pumpkin after Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss.” (Courtesy Maniac Pumpkin Carvers LLC )

Cummins’s intricate carving pays tribute to the Japanese art of origami. (Courtesy Scott Cummins )

Maniac does a take on Andy Warhol’s image of Chairman Mao. (Courtesy Maniac Pumpkin Carvers LLC )

Maniac also references the Art Nouveau painter Alphonse Mucha. (Courtesy Maniac Pumpkin Carvers LLC )

And both pumpkin carvers offer their take on M.C. Escher:

After M.C. Escher’s “Drawing Hands.” (Courtesy Scott Cummins )

After this 1949 wood engraving by M.C. Escher. (Courtesy Maniac Pumpkin Carvers LLC )

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