I decided on purpose not to say anything about these artists, their backgrounds, etc. But to simply share my favorite images of them. I find that you don’t really need background to feel connected with their art in your own way. You might know some of them already, but If you are curious to know more, I will link for each of them an article so you can still learn more if you want to :)
I think you will see how much they influence on my own work in a way, I have so much respect and admiration for every artist on this list, there is nothing that moves me more than their paintings. They all have a very dark universe, and they are all painters (though some used the photographic medium as well) If I could afford to buy art, these are the ones I would get for sure! I could simply get lost for hours watching them, looking at all the details, and get transported into their dark peculiar universes.
Francis Bacon produced some of the most iconic images of wounded and traumatized humanity in post-war art. Borrowing inspiration from Surrealism, film, photography, and the Old Masters, he forged a distinctive style that made him one of the most widely recognized exponents of figurative art in the 1940s and 1950s.
“In a world fractured by the war machines of capitalism and exploitation, it is all-too-easy to feel distant from the stories of violence that pervade our media and political histories. However, as the renowned artist Gottfried Helnwein has shown in his courageous and provocative work, it is extremely difficult to ignore the suffering of a child, whose pain and stolen innocence exposes the failure and cruelty of the system.”
A decade after his brutal murder, Zdzisław Beksiński’s paintings hold the world spellbound. Is the universal fascination they evoke the result of their author’s own gruesome tragedies, or did Beksiński simply succeed at capturing the unsettling underside of human consciousness?