Here are a handful of artists that are perfect for admiring while you wait for the creeping approach of All Hallow’s Eve. I’ve actually chosen pieces that are relatively mild for some of these guys, so if you have the stomach for the more gruesome stuff, I’ll lead you in the right direction and the rest is up to you . . .
John Abrahamson happens to be one of the first artists I discovered when I got my internet connection lo these many years ago. His work often incorporates the sort of religious iconography that flourished in the Middle Ages, only turned to darker ends. While at first these appear to be little more than overtly Satanic paintings, in reality they are sensitive meditations on individual suffering, guilt and frustration that use occult semiotics to that end.
Kris Kuksi is a sculptor who takes the concept of model kit-bashing in whole new, completely spectacular directions. His finely detailed pieces call to mind (and frequently reference) Gothic cathedral ornamentation, rococo design and Indian Hindu temple decorations, matching these with military weaponry for an interesting take on modern international warfare. The muted or monotone colors lend the false impression of age and weight to the pieces.
Maciej Swieszewski was a recent discovery. His disturbing, intricate brand of surrealism seems to draw a good deal of inspiration from the likes of the phenomenal Ian Miller, among others. I particularly like the first painting here, with its many shades of green and yellow. For me it calls to mind Fleetwood Mac’s “The Green Manalishi“, a song about the mental breakdown caused by frequent use of LSD.
And last but not least, what would this post be without a couple of pieces from the dark art granddaddy of them all, H. R. Giger? What can be said about Giger that hasn’t already been said?