The Danse Macabre probably arose in early 15th century Europe as a response to the widespread deaths caused by The Black Death plague. The English Dance of Death by Thomas Rowlandson was released in under-subscribed installments between 1814 and 1816. Continue reading »
Rob Bowyer is a freelance illustrator from the UK who draws very sad pictures. Most of them are skeletons and all sorts of monstrous creatures in depressing, ghastly locations. That said, Bowyer’s artwork even looks very stylish – you could put each one on your desktop or wherever young people are putting pictures nowadays. Continue reading »
Vladimir Chebakov is a Russian artist, based in Prague, who paints a demonic chthon. His images, subtly reminiscent of Beksinski’s work, are so dark and disturbing that it is impossible not to be fascinated by their dark aesthetic. Continue reading »
In a chaotic world – as ours has never seemed so clearly to be – one can answer it with reason, although that voice could just as well scream into the void. Or, one could answer with chaos. Esotericism, magick and other forms of spiritual expression rely on that which is unknown, unprovable and largely, an agent of chaos. In this realm, CVSPE’s illustrations capture the mood. Continue reading »
There’s a mystery in each of these intriguing paintings, pulling you into their depths. The figure of Anubis seems to be an outsider waiting to participate in each painting’s story – like yourself as an observer of the image. Continue reading »
Surely if our meagre planet were overtaken by skeleton soldiers, leather winged giant insects, goat human hybrids, rats, cosmic storms and serpent lords, this is what it would look like. Paolo Girardi is fucking possessed with an intrinsic vision to put the most barbaric, and rusted atmospheres into carnal shape. Continue reading »
Tavo Santiago is a freelance designer situated in Orizaba. Mexico. Even though he is specialized in digital art, his central works are character illustrations dark in nature. The main theme of his illustrations is death, usually on playing cards. Skeletons, wounds, swords and knives, magic and the spiritual, these are all things you can see on his dark digitalized drawings – both in color and nature. Continue reading »
Twenty six-year old Miyu Kojima works for a company that cleans up after kodokushi (孤独死) or lonely deaths: a Japanese phenomenon of people dying alone and remaining undiscovered for a long period of time. The instances first began to be reported around 2000, and are thought to be a product of increased social isolation coupled with a greying population. Continue reading »
Have yourself a Merry Imperial Christmas! This new officially-licensed Star Wars Death Star Tree Topper lights up red or blue with green in the laser dish. And it even plays the iconic Star Wars main theme and Imperial March. You control it with a remote control featuring the Imperial crest. Continue reading »
A marine rescue worker photographs a sperm whale that washed up on Portobello beach in Edinburgh, Scotland, Saturday, January 11, 2014. Police in Scotland and a Scottish Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, SSPCA, team were called to Portobello beach near the Rockville hotel in Joppa, Edinburgh, at around 7.30 am Saturday. A spokeswoman said the animal is dead and arrangements are being made with Edinburgh City Council to remove it from the water. (Photo by Andrew Milligan/AP Photo/PA Wire) Continue reading »
A new London skyscraper dubbed the “Walkie-Talkie” due to its distinctive shape, has been blamed for reflecting light and heat from the sun onto buildings in the next street, scorching sidewalk, dazzling passersby and melting cars parked on the street. Business owners and motorists hit out at developers of a new skyscraper for starting fires and causing damage to paintwork, cracking tiles, and smoking a carpet. One journalist even managed to fry an egg on the hotspot. The half-finished 37-storey tower in central London has been thus dubbed the ‘Walkie Scorchie’.
The beam from the concave south side of the building, officially known as 20 Fenchurch Street, was only noticed last week when the sun reached a certain position in the sky. The “Walkie Scorchie” phenomenon apparently lasts for around two hours a day and will come to a natural end in about three weeks’ time as the autumnal sun stays closer to the horizon. Continue reading »
Visitors photograph various custom designed coffins, during the “Death – Festival for the Living” exhibit, at the Royal Festival Hall in London, on Jan. 28. Crazy Coffins, an offshoot of a Nottingham-based traditional coffin and urn maker which took on a new identity in the 1990s when people began asking to customize their final resting places, presents uncanny coffins as part of the exhibit. Continue reading »
Ten years ago today, George Harrison died at age 58. To mark the occasion, MSNBC collected a few classic images of the legendary musician.
George Harrison in Hamburg, Germany, in April, 1961. (Juergen Vollmer / Getty Images) Continue reading »
Dr. Jack Kevorkian’s niece Ava Janus poses with the “Thanatron,” often referred to as the “Death Machine” invented by Dr. Kevorkian. It is one of the items on display during a media preview for the sale of the estate of Kevorkian to be held October 28 at the New York Institute of Technology. A portion of the sales will go to the charity Kicking Cancer for Kids. (Timothy A. Clary / AFP – Getty Images) Continue reading »
Visitors look at Chinese artist He Xiangyu’s work “The Death of Marat” featuring compatriot Ai Weiwei lying dead exhibited at the Balmoral Artists residence in Bad Ems, western Germany. A local resident filed charges to public prosecution for disturbing the peace of the dead, as he presumes that the work is made of plastinated human skin. (Thomas Frey/AFP/Getty Images)
Jag Diamonds is an installation for the luxury brand Jag Zoeppritz. This video mapping has been release for the “Nomads Days”, an artistic journey organize by the city of Paris.
Technic is video mapping on paper shapes. It plays with minimalist graphic design and a very colorful range. Purpose was to create a scene with geometric shapes having a lot of facets, where graphics and colors can wonder between them, giving life to a whole.
Two security guards are unimpressed with the graffiti and tributes dedicated to michael jackson on an external wall of the national gallery. The one on the right referred to it as “a load of shit” that would cost the gallery hundreds of pounds to have removed.
On 25 June 2009 the King of Pop, Michael Jackson, died aged 50.is from Trafalgar Square, 27 June 2009, where passers-by and tourists stood and refelcted upon the many tributes written on the lower wall of the National Gallery. Staff from the National Gallery were less impressed.
Anatomical Theatre: Depictions of the Body, Disease, and Death in Medical Museums of the Western World
Anatomical Theatre is a photographic exhibition documenting artifacts collected by and exhibited in medical museums throughout Europe and the United States. The objects in these photos range from preserved human remains to models made from ivory, wax, and papier mâché. The artifacts span from the 16th Century to the 20th, and include examples from a wide range of countries, artists, and preparators. Continue reading »