If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away---Henry David Thoreau

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Zdzislaw Beksinski: Surrealistic Gothic Painter

I just got a copy of of the Fantastic Art of Beksinski, though I have appreciated his surreal art for a long time. Zdzislaw Beksinski was a Polish painter, photographer and sculptor whose style can be described as Gothic, surreal, and fantastic realism. His paintings are haunted by meticulous renderings of boney structures and human bodies, moody colors, juxtaposition of dark and light, surreal landscapes, and religious symbolism. Even though Beksinski aschews interpretation of his artwork, one cannot help but conjure up themes of post-apocalypticism, decay and mortality, suffering humanity, and the stuff of nightmares. The artist painted to the sounds of classical music. He was murdered in 2005 by a "fiend" of his son for not loaning him $100!

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