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.
Sometimes you're into it, sometimes you're not, but no matter how you feel about this Valentine's Day, we have curated an entire Anti-Valentines Day collection of one of the most iconic images of the Baroque movement: Judith Slaying Holofernes by the astonishing Artemesia Gentileschi. The idea of a woman dominating over a man became a powerful Art theme of the Baroque period (Artemesia Gentileschi was one of the few recognized Women Artists of the time creating this magnificent and violent work), making the Biblical tale of Judith a popular source of inspiration. For those of you who are unfamiliar, Judith decapitated...
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.