According to a report by Gizmodo, Netflix’s upcoming adaptation of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina will feature over 150 paintings by Clive Barker decorating the walls of Greendale’s witches-in-training school.
Production designer Lisa Soper revelaed that “… most of the artwork in the Academy of Unseen Arts—Greendale’s mysterious and dangerous magical school—came courtesy of Barker himself. Soper said she befriended Barker thanks to her work on Sabrina, and chatted with him about the project and her plans for the set design. According to Soper, Barker was immediately on board to help out.”
Soper stated that “We spoke about kind of the idea and the themes behind what we were doing here and he said, ‘Why don’t you come down, spend the weekend, take a look through all the artwork and pick out what you want?”
Barker is well-known for his writing and directing in the horror and fantasy genres, but he is also an accomplished artist. His first art collection was published in 1991 (entitled Clive Barker: Illustrator) and he has continued to produce art books and illustrations for many of his novels, most prominently in 1993’s The Thief of Always.
Soper also indicated that she is trying to convince Barker to visit the set and film a possible cameo as a teacher at the Academy of Unseen Arts.
Be sure to keep an eye out for Barker’s distinct art when The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina debuts on October 26.