Nick Blinko, the talent behind the wacky album covers of Rudimentary Peni, is about to have his first one-man show at the Pallant House Gallery in Chichester, UK, from June 21st to August 7th, 2011. Considering he has been recognized for his art since at least 1981, when Rudimentary Peni released their first EP, this is a long time coming. I guess he isn’t known as an “outsider artist” for nothing. His artwork is profound in its’ density and texture, and the ominous figures that overlap one another seem to leap out at you despite their very 2D appearance. His Wiki page says that his art is produced while NOT under the influence of psychotropic drugs, which may or may not be true considering Wikipedia’s reliability, but regardless his artwork definitely has an element of the disturbed to it. Maybe Blinko is just better at seeing through that part of his mind than most of us, since we are all disturbed anyway. But the lines that fill the entire canvas and frame the subjects with darkness create a sense of being completely surrounded, and almost suffocated. Some of my favorite pieces have been the Rudimentary Peni covers themselves, but upon exploring more of his artwork I have seen a new and more complex dimension to what Blinko creates. After the jump, take a look at a selection of his artwork, and do me a favor, if you happen to be anywhere near West Sussex in June, go to his exhibition for me!
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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 alongside her husband Sean.More by Meghan