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Old December 30th, 2005, 05:51 AM   #1
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For some reason these captivate the hell out of me. They are very graphic and thought provoking so put the kiddies to bed...or uhh... send them out for some milk.













































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looks like megadeth coverart..
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Old December 30th, 2005, 08:26 AM   #6
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Seems talented, what is his obsession about death for?
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Old December 30th, 2005, 08:28 AM   #7
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I have no idea...
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Old December 30th, 2005, 09:04 AM   #8
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Seems talented, what is his obsession about death for?

Yep , little to much of the dark side for me , plus i find them to be washed out , lacking in color . The only thing i know about art is what i do or dont like to look at . :gman:
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Yep , little to much of the dark side for me , plus i find them to be washed out , lacking in color . The only thing i know about art is what i do or dont like to look at . :gman:
Whoa, were you the curator of the Louvre or the Guggenheim?

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Seems talented, what is his obsession about death for?
I liked the pics myself...

Some people dig death, it is just as much a part of life as birth itself.
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I liked the pics myself...

Some people dig death, it is just as much a part of life as birth itself.
I never said I did not like them, just wondering background on the artist.
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I never said I did not like them, just wondering background on the artist.
Zdzisław Beksiński (24 February 1929 – 22 February 2005) was a renowned Polish painter, photographer, and fantasy artist.

He was born in the town of Sanok in southern Poland. After studying architecture in Kraków, he returned to Sanok in 1955. Subsequent to this education he spent several years as a construction site supervisor, a job he hated. At that time he became interested in artistic photography and photomontage, sculpture and painting. He was a very innovative artist, especially for one working in a Communist country. He made his sculptures of plaster, metal and wire. His photography offered a taste of things to come in his future paintings, presenting wrinkled faces, landscapes; objects with a very bumpy texture which he attempted to emphasise, especially by manipulating lights and shadows. His photography also depicted disturbing images, such as a mutilated baby doll with its face torn off, portraits of people without faces or with their faces wrapped in bandages.

Later, he concentrated on painting. His first paintings were abstract art, but throughout the sixties he made his surrealist inspirations more visible. In the 1970s he entered what he himself called his "fantastic period", which lasted up to the late 1980s. This is his best known period, during which he created very disturbing images, showing a surrealistic, post-apocalyptic environment with very detailed scenes of death, decay, landscapes filled with skeletons, deformed figures, deserts, all very detailed, painted with his trademark precision, particularly when it came to rough, bumpy surfaces. His highly detailed drawings are often quite large, and may remind some of the works of Ernst Fuchs in their intricate, and nearly obsessive rendering. Despite the grim overtones, he claimed some of these paintings were misunderstood, as they were rather optimistic, or even humouristic.

His exhibitions almost always proved very successful. A prestigious exhibition in Warsaw in 1964 proved to be his first major success, as all his paintings were sold. In the 1980s his works gained on popularity in France due to the endeavours of Piotr Dmochowski, and he gained significant popularity in Western Europe, the USA and Japan.

Beksinski eventually threw himself into painting with a passion, and worked constantly, always to the strains of classical music. He soon became the leading figure in contemporary Polish art.

Before moving to Warsaw in 1977 he burned a selection of his works in his own backyard, without leaving any documentation on them. He later claimed that some of those works were "too personal", while others were unsatisfactory, and he didn't want people to see them. The 1980s marked a transitory period for Beksiński. His art in the early 1990s consisted mainly of a series of surreal portraits and a series of crosses. Paintings in these series were much less lavish then those known from his "fantastic period", but just as powerful. In the latter part of the 1990s he discovered computers, the internet, and digital photography, on which he focused on until his death.

Beksinski always executed his paintings and drawings in either of two manners, which he respectively calls 'Baroque' and 'Gothic'. The first is dominated by representation, the second by form. Among the paintings produced during the past five years, those executed in the 'Gothic' manner have become more and more frequent, so much so that pictures in the other style have almost disappeared.

The late 1990s were a very trying time for Beksiński. His wife, Zofia, died in 1998, and a year later, on Christmas Eve 1999, his son Tomasz (a popular radio presenter, music journalist and movie translator) committed suicide. It was Beksiński who discovered his son's body. Unable to come to terms with his son's death, he kept an envelope "For Tomek in case I kick the bucket" pinned to his wall.

On 22 February 2005 he was found dead in his flat in Warsaw with 17 stab wounds on his body, two of which were fatal. The teenage son of his long time caretaker, who later plead guilty, and a friend were arrested shortly after the crime. It is known that Beksinski had recently refused a loan to the young man.
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Beksinski's art was gloomy and grim, though he himself was known to be a pleasant person, and though somewhat shy, took enjoyment from conversation.

He never gave titles to his works.

He painted his paintings on a canvas placed horizontally.

He listened to classical music while painting and abhorred silence.

His son was a great fan of the band The Legendary Pink Dots. After his son's suicide the bands albums' Polish editions and reissues were graced by Beksińki's digital art employed as covers, dedicated to the memory of Tomasz Beksiński.

He is the only modern Polish artist to have had an exhibition in the Osaka Museum of Art in Japan.

He himself shunned art, almost never visiting museums or exhibitions.
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Although he seems very talented, he obviously has some issues.

My mom is the director of the Lansing Art Gallery and although it's a small gallery, I've met alot of Michigan artist and their art almost always shows something inside of them.
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i liked them alot, there very mysterious, dark and moody. While im not an art critic i could kinda understand the darkness of his art because i have to believe this guy lived through the german invasion of poland, probably has seen his share of death and distruction.
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Old December 30th, 2005, 10:15 AM   #15
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They put this emotion into you. Its crazy. If I had to point and say thats what hell looks like.... those would be it.

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After I made this thread I hit up the work crapper and the lights went out. Seeing those images in my head in the dark were.... scurry to say the least.
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Old December 30th, 2005, 10:35 AM   #16
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pretty dark and morbid, but I like his imagination....pretty decent work.
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dang, i like many of those a lot. I think the lack of color puts something more into them.


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Old December 30th, 2005, 11:09 AM   #18
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Shows some talent... but not really my style.

My favorite painting is Starry Night... which is just as dark IMHO, but a little less morbid :)

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Old December 30th, 2005, 12:42 PM   #19
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I think pics like that are really cool. Reminds me of someone. A friend of mine had pics like that I just thought they were really cool.
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They're well... Different
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