The tragic life and haunting artwork of Zdzislaw Beksinski

523447_347031255380467_499100489_nZdzislaw Beksinski is a Polish painter, sculptor, and photographer, born in the town of Sanok in 1929. After studying architecture and working as a construction site supervisor, Mr. Beksinski discovered a love of photography and painting, and focused on creating original artwork.

His abstract paintings gained popularity throughout the 1960’s, and he became a leader in the Polish art world, with his incredibly detailed, nightmarish landscapes populated with ghostly images, skeletons and deformed figures in post-apocalyptic settings.

Beksiński was adamant that even he did not know the meaning of his artworks and was uninterested in possible interpretations; in keeping with this, he refused to provide titles for any of his drawings or paintings. Before moving to Warsaw in 1977, he burned a selection of his works in his own backyard, without leaving any documentation on them. He later claimed that some of those works were “too personal”, while others were unsatisfactory, and he didn’t want people to see them.

At the time, Beksiński claimed, “I wish to paint in such a manner as if I were photographing dreams”.

The late 1990s were a very trying time for Beksiński. His wife, Zofia, died in 1998; a year later, on Christmas Eve 1999, his son Tomasz (a popular radio presenter, music journalist and movie translator) committed suicide. Beksiński discovered his son’s body. Unable to come to terms with his son’s death, he kept an envelope “For Tomek in case I kick the bucket” pinned to his wall.

On February 21st 2005, Beksiński was found dead in his flat in Warsaw with 17 stab wounds on his body; two of the wounds were determined to have been fatal. Robert Kupiec (the teenage son of his longtime caretaker), who later pleaded guilty, and a friend were arrested shortly after the crime.
On November 9th 2006 Robert Kupiec was sentenced to 25 years in prison, and his accomplice, Łukasz Kupiec, to 5 years by the court of Warsaw.
Before his death, Beksiński refused a loan to Robert Kupiec a few hundred złotys (approximately $100).

What a sad story, but we were left with a great wealth of amazing artwork from this talented man. Rest in peace, sir.
Check out the gallery of Mr. Beksinski’s work below :

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An awesomely horrific video to mark the release of Queens Of The Stone Age : Like Clockwork!

 

933911_10151443621741344_1309589823_nThis week saw the release of the new Queens Of The Stone Age album on Matador Records. “…Like Clockwork” features ten new tracks with that familiar QOTSA sound — the thudding bass and sinister guitar, fronted by Josh Homme’s monotone howl and dark-edged lyrics.
A must buy for fans, you can find the album for sale here, or stream the whole thing on Spotify below!

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Floating around Youtube for the past few weeks has been this animated work of art by an artist known only as Boneface. Featuring a selection of edited songs from “…Like Clockwork” and some haunting, beautifully hand-drawn imagery, this video is a must-see for all of us fans of the dark and strange.
Check it out right here :

I was very impressed by the artwork in this awesome video, so I haunted Boneface’s gallery for a bit, and check out the gems I found buried there!

15_helle15_cannibal15_blackopsiizombies115_blackopsiizombies215_beachhead215_thrillerBe sure and pick up the new Queens Of The Stone Age album …Like Clockwork and catch them on tour this summer!
Don’t forget to stop by Boneface’s Facebook page to stay updated about this fantastic artist!



Black Velvet Paintings For Your Inner Nerd by Bruce White

581049_319168734833386_212709402_nWhen I was just a little biscuit growing up in south Florida, my uncles tried to corrupt my impressionable young mind by forcing Elvis on me. They were true fanatics, but unfortunately turned me off to the guy forever. They used to cry on the anniversary of his death, record VHS tapes of his horrendous movies and force us to watch them repeatedly, and their homes were filled with one form of decoration.
You guessed it ; velvet Elvis’s (or Elvii?).
Everywhere I looked, the guy was there, looking back at me from different angles.
Elaborately framed on shining velvet, everywhere you turned…

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Thankfully someone has co-opted the lost art of painting on velvet, and made it his own, depicting some of my heroes in his artwork. Bruce White is a tattoo artist and painter based in North Carolina where he earned his BFA in Printmaking from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995.
Bruce has been tattooing for over 13 years and has recently turned his artistic eye towards an often under appreciated medium: black velvet. Bruce feels that working with velvet gives his paintings a degree of visual contrast that cannot be replicated by painting on any other surface.
He also believes that Elvis and Jesus are not the only icons of the world worthy of being immortalized on a velvety canvas. He has chosen this medium to channel his admiration for many of pop culture’s most iconic characters.
Have a look at some amazing examples of his work right below, and be sure and haunt his official website and Facebook page to find out more about this unique artist and his great sense of humor!

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The Art Of Hillary White Rabbit

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Hillary White is a Maine native, born from the salty depths of a bubbling cauldron overflowing with ’80s pop culture, classical art, and Alice in Wonderland. She spends most of her time painting classical art and pop culture mash-ups, and designing T-shirts.

Her work is truly beautiful, and I have been repeatedly blown away by the tongue-in-cheek playful sense of humor prevalent in all of it. Consistently amazing, Miss White has left a prolific trail of work for us to enjoy.
Many of these pieces are available as T-shirts, prints, cell-phone covers, and even throw-pillows (!) at her shop here.

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“There are times in our lives when we must make choices based more on instinct than intellect. Often, the soul recognizes its choice before the rational mind has time to process the information.”

The white rabbit symbolizes that inner voice, the soul’s choice. Pay attention!

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A few years ago I became intrigued by the idea of a “White Rabbit persona” (which became my online artist ID) and developed a physical papier-mâché mask based on my affinity with “Alice in Wonderland.” For practice, I began remixing some of the great works/styles, replacing the various subjects’ heads with a 2D version of the mask — the “Rabbit-Head Series.” The rabbit-head theme ran its course but led to the idea doing something similar with characters from my ’80s childhood. (It also gives me the opportunity express my subversive sense of humor.)

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431970_10151426437146704_647982572_nCheck out a few more of my favorite of her shirt designs, and click the link to see all of them available for purchase!

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Be sure and check her out on Facebook and her official site to stay updated with all the new stuff coming from her and her prolific tenement mind. I will leave you with a few more of my random favorites!
Do your homework!

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Internet memes in a landscape.

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A tribute to Ray Harryhausen, 1920 – 2013

225098_343739632376296_1636971844_nYesterday the world lost one of the greats.
After years redefining and perfecting the art of stop-motion animation, legendary special effects master Ray Harryhausen left this world a better place.

fx001-4_3_rx513_c680x510Born in Los Angeles, the signature event in Harryhausen’s life was when he saw ‘King Kong’ at the age of 13. He was so enchanted that he began researching the film’s effects work, ultimately learning all he could about stop-motion photography.

His most memorable works include the animation on Mighty Joe Young, with pioneer Willis H. O’Brien, which won the Academy Award for special effects (1949); The 7th Voyage of Sinbad, his first color film; and Jason and the Argonauts, featuring a famous sword fight against seven skeleton warriors.

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George Lucas himself is quoted as saying, “Without Ray Harryhausen, there would likely have been no Star Wars.”

fx012-3_4_r383_c0-0-380-510Mr. Harryhausen was 92 at the time of his passing, and will be greatly missed.
What an amazing life he lived, and a great gift he gave all of us with his creativity and ingenuity. 92 is a good number, and he had a long and fruitful life.
Rest in peace, sir.
Thanks for the memories.

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Contest winner Brian Sharp and his Hellraiser-inspired Monopoly board!

Earlier this month, we announced the winner of the March contest with Clive Barker, as voted by you!
Artist Brian Sharp and his Hellraiser-inspired Monopoly board received the most votes, despite all of the other amazing pieces of artwork that were submitted.
If you missed this great contest, take a look back at the ten amazing finalists here.

This impressive work of art was designed, hand-crafted, and sculpted by Mr. Sharp.
So many people were asking for more details on the set, so let’s take a closer look!

Limited to 9 hand-made pieces in existence, these beauties are practically begging to be put on the shelves at Toys R Us, or at the very least for sale in Clive Barker’s Official Store!

Mr. Sharp has told me that he would be very interested in seeing his sets mass-produced, but not without the consent and participation of Mr. Barker. Out of respect for art and the artistic process, the limited edition sets are all that is available at the present time.
As we all know, fan art is one thing, but when it comes to profiting from another person’s creative ideas, it becomes something else entirely.
So, what do you think, Clive Barker?
Can we get you to sign off on this one, so all of us can have one of these boards in our homes?
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Amazing book covers and more by artist Les Edwards!

Hello class!
Today we are going to take a look at some fantastic artwork from a young man named Les Edwards. Many of you will recognize his work from some great book covers and movie posters, and we are glad to present a brief gallery of some of his unique work.
For more examples of his other work, including options to purchase prints or buy commissions, please visit his official website by clicking right here!

Les Edwards has been a professional illustrator for over thirty- five years.

He has worked in many fields and areas but is best known for the huge number of book jackets he has produced in the Fantasy, Science Fiction and Horror genres; the latter sometimes being known as his “Red Period”.

His work has included major advertising campaigns, movie posters for films including John Carpenter’s The Thing and Clive Barker’s Nightbreed and he has worked in film production and gaming.

He has illustrated two graphic novels based on stories by Clive Barker; Son of Celluloid, about an ambulatory cancer, and Rawhead Rex, which tells of the adventures of a baby-eating monster and has absolutely no connection to his own views on children. Both books were critically acclaimed.

When he is not chained to his easel, his spare time is taken up with half building plastic model kits and allowing them to gather dust in an appropriately artistic fashion, playing the guitar in a uniquely unmusical manner, and fencing, a sport at which his enthusiasm is surpassed only by his almost supernatural lack of ability.

He lives in Brighton in East Sussex, England, with his wife, Val.

Let’s take a look at some of the incredible work Mr. Edwards has produced over the years!

 

Shadow of a Ghost

Inside book illustration for a collection of ghost stories for children entitled Victorian Ghost Stories, edited by Mike Stock and published by Usborne.
Also used on the cover of Weird Tales magazine.

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Crypt of the Sorcerer

A paperback cover for one of the re-issued Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks by Ian Livingstone and published by Wizard Books.
Used on the Danish and two French editions of the book. Also used on the cover of the 80th Anniversary Issue of Weird Tales Magazine.

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Weirder Shadows over Innsmouth

The cover of Weirder Shadows over Innsmouth to be published in 2013 by Fedogan and Bremmer. Edited by Stephen Jones.

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The Gate Keeper

This started out as a personal piece but became the cover for Curious Warnings; The Great Ghost Stories of M.R. James, edited by Stephen Jones and Published by Jo Fletcher Books.

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Regan

Cover for a special issue of Cemetery Dance devoted to William Peter Blatty.

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Graveyard Shift

Commissioned by KHBB advertising company for the UK film poster of the Stephen King film Graveyard Shift.

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The Wishmaster

Cover art for a short story collection by Peter Atkins. It contains the original script for the film Wishmaster plus other stories, with an introduction by Ramsey Campbell. Published by Pumpkin.

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The Street Party

A private commission.

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Smoke and Mirrors

The cover for Smoke and Mirrors, a collection of screenplays, teleplays, stage plays, comic scripts and treatments by 13 masters of Horror and Fantasy. Edited by Richard Chizmar the book includes scripts by Joe Hill, william Peter Blatty and Neil Gaiman. Published by Cemetery Dance.

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The Little Green God of Agony

Illustration for the Stephen King story The Little Green God of Agony in the PS/Cemetery Dance edition of A Book of Horrors, edited by Stephen Jones.

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The Visitor

The second of three paintings commissioned by fantasy art aficionados Jane and Howard Frank for their private collection.

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The Night Boat; The Crew

One of the interior illustrations for Robert McCammon’s The Night Boat, published by Subterranean Press.

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Nightbreed

UK poster for Nightbreed. Also used on the cover of the Czech paperback edition of Clive Barker’s Galilee and the Polish paperback edition of Stephen King’s Firestarter.

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Victorian Ghost Stories

Hardcover and paperback cover for a collection of classic 19th century ghost stories aimed at children and retold by Mike Stocks. Published by Usbourne.

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Pelican Cay

Painting for the cover of David Case’s collection of stories entitled Pelican Cay and other Disquieting Tales, edited by Stephen Jones and with interior illustrations by the very scary Randy Broecker.

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Summer Chills

Cover for an anthology of tales of vacation horror edited by Stephen Jones. Includes stories by Clive Barker, Michael Marshall Smith, Ramsey Campbell, Christopher Fowler & Robert Silverberg. Published in the USA by Carroll & Graf.

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The Second Wish and Other Exhalations

Cover for a collection of stories by Brian Lumley and published by Hodder.

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House of Hell

A paperback cover for one of the re-issued Fighting Fantasy Gamebooks by Steve Jackson, published by Wizard Books.

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Villains Victorious

Cover for a paperback edited by Martin H. Greenberg and John Helfers, published by Daw Books.

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I hope you enjoyed this look at the work of very talented artist, Les Edwards!
As mentioned, be sure and check out his official website for more info on purchasing prints or commissions!
Catch you next time, freaks.




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