Decay and Darkness
The Gentleman of the day is Zdzisław Beksiński.
Born: 24 February 1929
Death: 21 February 2005
Occupation: Artist, Photographer, Graphic Designer, Sculptor
Beksiński has worked in different fields of art including: photography, graphic art, and last but not least, painting. In all his work, you can see Beksiński has a fascination with death, decay and darkness. He gets his inspiration from eroticism, abstractionism and Eastern mysticism. The biggest question behind the paintings is, do they evoke the result of their author’s own gruesome tragedies? Or did Beksiński simply succeed at capturing the unsettling underside of human consciousness?
All Beksiński paintings are untitled because he wanted to avoid any metaphorical interpretation of his work. This serves to just make his pieces even more dark as there is no description of what is happening.
Beksiński never aimed to become a favourite of the critics, he stayed true to his art and never tried to follow trends in art that would compromise his style. For this article, we are particularly interested in his ‘fantastic’ series. The predominant themes in these oneiric works are hellish landscapes disturbing, nightmarish figures and grim, unearthly architecture.
If these paintings don’t freak you out one bit then you are a braver man than we are.
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