Natalia Smirnova creates dark spirits, angels, renaissance landscapes, and apparitions with simple watercolor and tempera on cardboard. The St. Petersburg-based Artist's illustrations hearken back to earlier times (the work of Gustave Dore and Italian Baroque painter/print maker Salvator Rosa come to mind). The Artist currently works as a Russian icon restorer in addition to her unique creations as a painter.
It's been interesting to see the changes behind Dark Art & Craft over the last year. One of the most important components to us was not only continuing to post inspiration from the great masters of Dark Art from eras past, but also continuing to support contemporary artists of all experiences and exposures.
The contemporary Dark Art community is brimming of amazing talent, one of which is Indonesian-based Artist and illustratorAltar of Sorrow. This self-taught artist creates in both the digital and paper media, detailing his work with a jaw-dropping stippling technique that seems borderline impossible.
One of our favorite Fantasy Artists at Dark Art & Craft is master oil painter Frank Frazetta. Over his long career Frazetta produced detailed art forConan the Barbarian,Tarzan,John Carter of Marsand countless others. Frazetta defined the Fantasy and Science-Fiction art genres and at the same time transcended the rather orthodox world of pulp book covers and comic art to make his own name.
Zdzisław Beksiński was a master Polish artist and painter working in the Surreal and Dark Art forms. Beksiński created in what he would often call either a 'Baroque' or a 'Gothic' style, though strains of a dark surrealism could be often seen. In his best-known period, Beksiński created dark images of an ominous post-apocalyptic world.