Dark Inspiration: Grotesque Illustrations, Art & Design
At long last the bestselling Dark Inspiration series is available again, this time in a single volume, combining the best of macabre art from the original two volumes with an assortment of all new projects. From depictions of our most primal fears to scenes of death and injury, the featured work provokes viewers to confront the demons that haunt us all. Some appear as nightmare visions dreamt and hopefully forgotten, others are unexplainable tableaus, sure to alarm and disturb. All are fascinating.
These depiction of rage, suffering, gloom, depravity, and the supernatural in illustration and design can be seen as unsettling and offensive, but these disturbing images may also elaborate the wildest dreams and subconscious desires of humans in richer form than any text analysis. Not necessarily conflicting with the belief in a heavenly world, Dark Inspiration invites viewers to redefine the horizons for beauty and morality and savor the exquisite genre with a dramatic and bold compilation of artwork that touches the taboo areas of sex, death, destruction, perversion, and crime.
In a variety of media including digital and hand rendered illustration, sculpture, photography, graphic design, and more.
Contributors include Audrey Kawasaki, Aya Kato, Vania, Bruno 9li, Elizabeth McGrath, John Solis, and Richard Colman.
Designed by Victor Cheung
Published by Victionary, 2023
20th Anniversary Edition
Hardcover, 384 pages, full color, 6.2 × 8.3 inches