Sometimes when a person looks deeply into things, society at large labels them an outsider. So was the case with Paul Laffoley and the art world who labeled his magical art as outsider. I cannot say I understand Paul’s work, but I will say that it moves me to the edges of my imagination. When I gaze at his pictures, I feel as if he is answering questions about the universe that I have not been able to articulate. His work is so many things at the same time – cosmic, scientific, ancient, earthbound and otherworldly. Check this out: have a look at his work and find out for yourself how you can be moved by a Paul Laffoley painting…SPACE IS THE PLACE!
Do I love Street Art? Hell yes! While traveling all over Europe, it struck me that an art form that had started in NYC was now global. Now some of my favourite artists are from that part of the world. I came across this very interesting feature: the doomed village in Belgium called Doel that has been taken over by street artists. Check out how artists have reclaimed this village and turned it into an open air art gallery!
The history of this village, situated on the banks of the Scheldt River, lasted for more than seven centuries. However, even in our modern world, are times when historical places are doomed to disappearance. The reason for this is more than banal.
The thing is that the village Doel is too close to the port of Antwerp. More than 40 years ago, it was decided to expand the harbor of the port and in parallel to build more docks and container terminals. And Doel is the village which should be sacrificed for the ability of larger ships to enter the port. The confrontation between authorities and local residents has been going on for decades. After a couple of attempts to forcibly evict the residents, the authorities gave up for a while. But abandoned houses and the feeling like there was a war forced the residents to leave their homes. The remaining two hundred of the most persistent ones got the last warning from authorities. It is most probable that Doel will not survive. Street artists from all around the world turned the village into a living gallery of street art as a support gesture.
If the Cocteau Twins’ music became paintings, they might take the shape of a Boris Indrikov painting. This Russian artist’s work is full of enchanting magic that will have your mind wandering off into never never land. His work draws you in with spirals that engulf your being then transform into surreal beings. Boris is able to create paintings that have an old world energy with a new world vision. When I gaze at his paintings I hear a language both beautiful and yet haunting. Just like a Cocteau Twins song, it doesn’t matter that you don’t understand Liz’s lyrics, you feel in your heart where she is coming from. Boris Indrikov conveys the same power with each stroke of his brush. All I want to do is get trapped in his creative universe, because it’s just that surreal!
Layers of death, layers of fantasy, layers of reality are the things that come to my mind when I look at the artwork of the late Zdzislaw Beksiński. I can’t even compare his work to anything I have seen in my lifetime. Today CVLT Nation would like to celebrate work with an epic art essay…Read what we had to say in part one below. Listen to what he had to say in his own words during an interview…Long live Zdzislaw Beksiński!!!
Death is a mystery that humankind is compelled to explore. Some people deny its existence, clinging to a life after death, others embrace its nothingness. Still others, like Zdzisław Beksiński, create with their minds a dead land, where skin has dissolved from flesh and flesh from bone, a place dedicated to the warmth of decay. Unlike many who envision a nightmare landscape, Beksiński’s world is not a cold one – his scenes may focus on a dead subject, but they pulsate with life. Looking at paintings from his “fantastic period,” I feel a moist, warm breeze touch my skin, as if the humid breath of a decaying land surrounds me.
This year we have an interesting collection of art posts for the Top 6 of 2013 in the Art category. We introduced the “tattoo” category, which has gotten a lot of love from our readers, and all in all, you can see what posts scored the highest with our readers – you bunch of dark motherfuckers…
This book isn’t even out yet, but we learned that just the hint of putting “metal” and “cats” together is enough to cause a huge stir. Our readers love cats. And metal. So By the time Alexandra Crockett gets her book of awesome portraits of metal dudes and their cats out, she won’t be able to print enough copies!
Fuck yeah, the art of Philippe Caza is is one gigantic pill of epicness! The color that flows out of his imagination is fucking amazing. This French Sci-Fi master has influenced many illustrators in the heavy scene. On a personal level, I just can’t get enough of looking at his art, because it inspires me and takes me back to my childhood. Philippe Caza’s work with Metal Hurant and all of his pieces from the 80′s will stand the test of time. Today CVLT Nation would like to paint the universe with Caza…So peep a huge gallery of his art trip out as your mind starts to melt!
My early love for art came from album covers like Funkadelic, Ohio Players, Tom Tom Club, Bootsy and many others. Miles Davis’s Bitches Brew also blew my mind because it just seemed so otherworldly. Today we want to celebrate the creator of these covers, Mati Klarwein, with a huge gallery of his work. All I have to say is his creativity spoke to a generation that was ready for change. So now allow yourself to swim away in his ocean of unreal textures.
“I am only half German and only half Jewish with an Arab soul and a African heart”
The paintings of Takato Yamamoto have a vicious beauty; their stunning detail is akin to the Ukiyo-e woodblock prints of the 18th century that initially influenced his work, but Yamamoto has developed his style into something he calls “heisei aestheticism.” He combines brutality with serenity in his paintings – blood and gore envisioned in intricate and delicate lines, with a graceful flow running through each scene. There is a vibrant sexuality in much of his work, but he also works in death and torture in the disturbingly erotic way that you expect from manga. Yamamoto’s work is available as high quality prints here, and you can also pick up books of his work. Step through the gates of the underworld and check out a gallery of his work below…
Los Angeles has been many different things to me, and I have always known that it’s not what you see on TV. In the 80′s, I saw this city through the lens of a young outsider, and at night I roamed the streets of Hollywood. Another thing happened to me around this time – I fell in love with graffiti, and believe it or not, Los Angeles has some insane street artists! Now check out Way Beyond Unreal Photos Of Underground L.A. Street Culture & Art Part. 2!