Art Crush…Gustave Doré

Art Crush…Gustave Doré

The Death-fires danced at night – Rime of the Ancient Mariner
The Valley of Dry Bones

Paul Gustave Doré is a rock star of the great lyrical epic literary world of the 19th Century. In the New Wave Romantic super group, Doré plays Bass (Coleridge on lead guitar, Shelley on keyboards, Tennyson on drums, Lord Byron lead vocals, obvs).

Inferno – Canto 5
Camelot – Idylls of the King
Orlando Furioso

He was born in France in 1832 and lived to be fifty, and a very rich man. A prolific engraver, artist, illustrator, and sculptor, working primarily as a wood and steel engraver. He produced over 100,000 sketches in his lifetime, averaging 6 sketches per day for each day he lived. Even though he was an untrained, self-taught artist, who never used a live model, and who could not sketch from nature, his work is considered some of the most important in the entire engraving art world.

Satan – Paradise Lost
Farinata – Dante’s Inferno
Death depicted as the Grim Reaper in top of the Moon – Poe’s The Raven

The thing I find the most incredible about his engravings is the use of light. There is so much darkness both literally and figuratively in the subject matter he is most famous for but the skillful employment of light really confirms why his individual vision granted him such acclaim and wealth.

Canto 34 – Dante’s Inferno
The Gate of Hell
Paradise Lost

Thanks to Wikipedia

Art Crush

Art Crush

Welcome to a new definitely-regular-this-time monthly spot where I gush about share with you the work of an artist I particularly love.

For June, the wonderful Mr. Andy Kehoe:

Parting The Darkness, 2010. Oil on wood panel
Dark And Light Radiate The Night, 2011. Oil on wood panel.
Lord Of Ghouls, 2011. Oil and acrylic on wood panel.
A Fading Farewell, 2011. Oil on wood panel.
Visit From The Spirit of Dead Forests, 2009. Oil and acrylic on wood panel.

When I see his pictures, I honestly get a little emotional. My heart does a little skip with joy. It’s just that wonderful, in the fullest sense of the word. I am immediately reminded of the fabulous Princess Mononoke from Studio Ghibli meets Maurice Sendak. But this stuff is really beyond such similies: it stands alone in haunting gorgeousness.

Under the Gaze of the Glorious, 2011. Oil on wood panel.
Roamer of Reverie, 2011. Oil on wood panel.

Forest spirits, animal Gods and curious monsters live here. Death and renewal and joy and comings and goings of friends. He also clearly loves cats, therefore he is awesome x infinity.

Revel in the Wild Joy, 2011. Oil on wood panel.
This one made me cry. It is one of the most beautiful paintings I’ve ever seen.
Onward Again my Friend, 2010. Oil on wood panel.

Of his work he says : “Paintings best enjoyed with smile on face and bourbon in non-mouse hand. When possible, fill room with the smell of burnt gun powder and bacon. At least four gas lanterns recommended for lighting. Legs can either be crossed or uncrossed. Remove Shoes.”

On the Banks of Broken Worlds, 2011. Oil on wood panel.

It is a world I would like to escape to.

Immerse yourself in all this wonder at There is also his Etsy shop, Blog and Facebook page.

Images reproduced here at the kind permission of the artist.


Art Crush #1

Art Crush #1

Today I bring you some delights from the arty/crafty world (sometimes the same world, sometimes different) to highlight a particular talented person whom I am crushing on.

This lady I am incredibly privileged to call my friend. Miss Pybis is the most talented person I know and you don’t have to take my word for it.

We used to have long conversations about creativity and she really encouraged me to have confidence in my own abilities.

Here’s what she says about herself: “My work focuses on the eastern mysterism (sic), south american folk art, occult practice and English folk traditions which include witch craft and esoteric tarot form which I draw visual reference. I also love modern and traditional art of Japan.”

Most of these images are from her latest series of works inspired by the Major Arcana of the tarot. I am totally in love and want to wallpaper my bedroom with them.

She also takes commissions.

More amazing things and contact details awaits on her blog –