There was something dark, mythic and beautifully nostalgic about the world of folklore Ivan Bilibin created. Throughout his career he was inspired deeply by Slavic folklore and myths. He distinctly reflected the mountains, forests and lore of old Russia. Bilibin gained some renown in 1899, when he released his illustrations of Russian fairy tales which became widely popular.
This month we are honored to be featuring the work of Seattle-based painter Ego Shoreclay online in our web store. We had the opportunity to ask him a few questions about his transition to working as a full time painter, the evolution of art galleries and his advice to other creatives looking to take their art to the next level.
Dark Art & Craft recently had a chance to talk with Belfast, Northern Ireland-based artist and printmaker Glyn Smyth. Smyth utilizes Art Nouveau stylings and realistic rendering to bring his esoteric themes to life. We have admired Smyth's album and print work for some time now and had a chance to discuss a few topics and themes with the artist.
Nicola Samorì creates works of dark beauty and baroque-influenced drama. His paintings are gouged, distorted, melted, skinned and destroyed. This act of destruction is so deliberate and contrasting to the works of painterly skill beneath that it can almost be seen as violent.
It's been years since we last had the chance to talk to Fred Grabosky, the Philadelphia-based artist and illustrator. As part of our latest collaboration, we caught up with him in his Fishtown studio to discuss art and music influence, scratch boarding vs pen and ink, he touches on sacred geometry, spiritualism and even feminism.