The Haunted Gallery: Creepy Art
There are no green witches, caped vampires or friendly sheet-ghosts here--
--just the macabre and demented.
Keeping in the creepy theme of autumn, unsettling art only seems appropriate.
Thus, here is an intricately woven web of the spookiest artists and creepy art ranging from the haunted and cursed to the downright unnerving.
Make sure you don't get caught in its nightmarish silk.
7.) Scary Stories Series Illustrated by Stephen Gammell
Forget Goosebumps. This classic collection of spooky folklore is all the spookier due to Stephen Gammell's chilling illustrations. Really, it's hard to believe kids would read these without having night terrors.
Truly unique and disturbing, Gammell's pencil/charcoal illustrations are spookier even than the series' content. It's what makes this series lasting.
6.) Crying Boy-Bruno Amadio
The Crying Boy, by Italian painter Bruno Amadio, looks innocent enough.
However, this painting apparently holds an eerie past as well as a child ghost. It is rumored that after painting this, Amadio's studio burned down (but the painting survived), and the painted orphan was soon killed in a car crash.
The Curse of the Crying Boy surfaced in the 80's when a British tabloid, The Sun, claimed that firefighters kept finding copies of the painting within rubble of houses caught on fire. Following this article, others were published on people who owned prints of it, and experienced house fires.
5.) The Hands Resist Him-Bill Stoneham
In 1972, Californian artist Bill Stoneham painted The Hands Resist Him. Stoneham says it depicts him at five, while the doorway symbolizes the boundary between the world of reality and realm of possibilities and dreams. The hollow doll serves as his guide whilst the hands reflect life choices and paths.
The image is unsettling, but the urban legend that it is cursed is weirder. The curse emerges in 2000 on eBay when the painting's seller claimed the it was cursed. The seller said the figures moved, and would even leave the painting into the room the painting was displayed.
With all the hype people who viewed the auction claimed to have felt sick or unnerved. In the end, the probably man-made bluff led the painting to be sold for over 1k.
Stoneham found it all amusing, but he did note that the original owner of the gallery where the painting was first exhibited died and the art critic who reviewed it died both within a year of first seeing the piece.
4.) Francis Bacon
Francis Bacon (October 28, 1909-April 28, 1992) was a British figurative painter known for his gritty, ominous imagery. His paintings range from abstract pieces, to figures with distorted features, ghostly, papal figures to rotting corpses. There is undoubtedly a sense of surrealism and controversial elements of religion and homoeroticism.
Francis Bacon Online Gallery: http://www.leninimports.com/francis_bacon_gallery.html
3.) Jane Alexander
Jane Alexander (1959) is a South African artist known particularly for her hybrid sculptures merging animalistic and human qualities together into monstrous creatures representative of South African apartheid, and the general illness in multicultural societies.
One of her most famous sculptures, The Butcher Boys, portrays 3 male figures, minus genitals, reclining. Though bestial with their, broken horns, they are blind, have no ears to hear, and no mouths—ignorance. The life-sized figures are so realistic and foreboding it seems they could move from reclining to savagery in an instant. Their backs are also spineless implying perhaps that they wait for the cue to fight.
Many of Alexander's work have this mysterious, yet menacing quality of depth.
2.) Joel-Peter Witkin
Witkin (September 13, 1939) is an American photographer known for his controversial photographs of hermaphrodites, transsexuals, dwarves, deformity and....dead people.
He usually photographs in black and white, scratching and bleaching a print.
He has used human limbs with fresh flower and fruit, heads, and what not in photos. One of his famous photographers, "Le Baiser" or The Kiss, uses two heads of dead, elderly men kissing.
Pushing the envelope? Yes. Disturbing? Definitely. You can Google his name to view his work.
1.) Zdzislaw Beksinski
Beksinski (February 24, 1929-February 22, 2005) was Polish artist known for his gothic, surreal images of distorted figures and crumbling worlds.
Beksinski's best known works, used in this list, were during what he calls his "fantastic period." During this period, lasting from the late 60s till the 80s is when he created these skeletal, post-apocalyptic works depicting death, decay and deformity with elements of fantasy.
Beksinski Online Gallery: http://www.twilightsite.com/Fantasy/Old/Beksinski/Beksinski.html
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