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Santos Illustration

Of all the times to be stuck in L.A., Santos recently showed his works in my hometown, Vancouver, at the group show ART Show, alongside another artist I covered recently, Alison Lilly, and a few other artists I will definitely be checking out in the near future. Santos is a heavyweight when it comes to quality of illustration for the metal community. He has done a ton of work for Kylesa, and has made amazing artwork for bands like High on Fire, Lamb of God, Noisear and many more. Santos is a master of symmetry down to the smallest details. His illustration ventures into a dark landscape, where death and destruction reflect back on themselves in evil symmetry. His pieces are highly detailed Rorschach tests, coming to life under your gaze and drawing you into the disturbing visions you are beholding. Each piece is highly detailed and a myriad of textures, and his black and white illustrations appear as if they are a cacophony of color. They explode with with movement – leaping out from the page (or screen), crackling and writhing, bursting with the sounds of growth. His artwork is moving, and while I am excited by what I see on screen, his pieces really need to be giant to fully appreciate the work he puts into each square inch. Hopefully some time in the near future I will be able to appreciate his artwork in person. Until then, check out a selection of his pieces after the jump…

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Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation webzine and clothing.

  • Ashley

    This work is stellar. A lot of these would make great tattoos!