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post #1 of 22
Thread Starter 

he does beautiful grotesque work.

 

black and white. not sure if there was any grey.

 

not alien or scary stuff - but definitely not the type you'd hang in your living room. in your den perhaps. 

 

not science fiction stuff. cant remember if they were paintings or etchings. 

 

they are gut wrenching pieces. 

 

it is not any of these artists

 

Lucas van Leyden 
Aubrey Beardsley
Frank Auerbach.
Franz Kline
Odilon Redon 
samuel gomez
 
i have been googling for 2 days and cant find him. i saw his work in a book about 20 years ago or so and so my aging brains remembers nothing except that they illicited a response from me like no others. 
 
i wonder if he was german or russian. but i cant remember who he was. defintiely a he. 
 
any clue?
post #2 of 22

I don't have any ideas about who it might be, but have you tried looking at comic artists? Some of them do some really out there stuff, and it's not at all uncommon for it to be in black and white.

post #3 of 22
Artcyclopedia http://www.artcyclopedia.com/. Maybe this would help you search.


What was the work you remember? Specifics?
post #4 of 22
Thread Starter 

oh thank you M. the link is really helpful.

 

aaaaargh. i wish i could remember something. ANYTHING. but unfortunately i DONT. i cant even remember the medium. 

 

Storm Bride I have. But his work is closer to a tattoo artist so i've been looking there too - however its not 'clean' - you know structured and perfect. i dont think he is a modern guy. because i remember them to be so black and white i wonder if he was a printer. 

 

i think i vaguely remember he did a cross. i was researching crosses and came across one of his in a book. it was awesome. 

 

thick black strokes. 

post #5 of 22
Where did you see it?
post #6 of 22
Thread Starter 

in a book. this was before really the internet. 

post #7 of 22
post #8 of 22

Who is the German printmaker woman who did all the dying children pictures?  Her name is escaping me.  Not really grotesque though.  I'll try to find a book with something by her... 

 

Is there a particular image in your mind?  Can you describe content of that image at all?  Are you thinking it is a fairly well-known artist?

post #9 of 22
Hmm... I've been thinking it could be Bosch (as mentioned above) or Goya? Maybe even Chagall? Just by description of dark, black expressive lines and maybe a cross. Otherwise, maybe German expressionism? I'd look there first I guess.

Happen to remember what book? Or focus of it? (Or was it a random art mention in something that wouldn't help).


Above -- you mean kathe kollowitz (german female printmaker). Not a bad suggestion, either.

Otto Dix or Schiele? More figural, less just black and white but some similar qualities.
post #10 of 22
Thread Starter 

i think black and white was their medium. no colour. more like tattoo work. heavy black strokes. 

 

bosch was a good guess - but he is a colour guy. not a black and white guy.

 

not kathe kollowitz either. her works are sad, dark, not really grotesque. 

 

not Escher either.

 

MKM -  i was not familiar with Otto Dix or Schiele so this was exciting. 

 

if it was goya or chagall i would remember because they are too famous. 

 

i cant fully remember if they were paintings/etchings of mutilated bodies or gargoyles or ...?

 

there was no colour and it wasnt in pencil.

post #11 of 22

Oh well.

 

Have you browsed 'macabre and grotesque'?  There are focused Facebook/pinterest/tumblr sites with tons of art under this category - I have a good friend who's really into it so I end up seeing links of stuff he likes regularly.  Something there might fit the bill of the work you're remembering, or just jog your memory.  I'd look on facebook first - seems to get more 19th century/early 20th work and particularly prints (so more b&w and within the range of other artists and era you're thinking of too).  

 

Can't think of anyone else who really embodies thick/strong/black ink pieces at the moment and was working mainly in b&w.  (Could it have been a woodcut?)

 

 

Edit:  OK I was wrong there -- a few more ideas:  I found this essay - throws out a bunch of names that might be worth looking through - it's about the skeleton in art.  And it does specifically mention James Ensor - who might be worth looking through if you hadn't yet (I googled Ensor etchings just now and got a lot of good work to look through for him).  Munch is another good idea in case you hadn't already ruled him out yourself (there's a lot of stuff you might not remember well with him because it isn't as iconic as his most known works.  I looked through 'Munch death and love' ).  


Edited by mumkimum - 1/27/13 at 10:56am
post #12 of 22
Thread Starter 

argh!!!!

 

the two people who might have remembered dont remember.

 

MKM thanks for the link. its been fun looking for the artists and discovering new ones on the way.

 

i cant search for the term you suggested because the search results frighten me. 

 

i think i am about to give up - because i am seeing more and more modern stuff. 

 

i dont know if i'll ever find the artist - or if its a figment of my imagination (you know sometimes you have a VERY realistic dream and you think it did happen?) but i'm ready to give up. 

post #13 of 22

Oh no, I was hoping you had figured it out.  I know nothing of artists, all I could think of was Edward Gorey when I first read your description, but I know that isn't right. 

 

I hope you figure it out and share with us!

post #14 of 22
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Originally Posted by Viola View Post

Oh no, I was hoping you had figured it out.  I know nothing of artists, all I could think of was Edward Gorey when I first read your description, but I know that isn't right. 

I hope you figure it out and share with us
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Could it be Gorey? He was my first thought too.
post #15 of 22
Thread Starter 

:( sorry not gorey either. but i loved looking at his illustrations. he has the kind of face that makes my hands itch to draw. thanks for the introduction to a new artist for me.

post #16 of 22
Thanks to you too; dd & I are having a great time looking the artists in this thread. I hope you find it...sounds like something I would like too.
post #17 of 22
Thread Starter 

oh stormborn i just discovered quite by accident a new favourite artist. i just love his work. i am usually a black and white person. i love wearing colour but art i prefer black and white. 

 

and then i discovered kandinsky - and OMG. his colours. i quickly read up on him and today finally abstract is starting to make sense to me. but his colours and geometric designs move me so deeply. you can see his emotional states through his paintings. and he's done quite a bit of black and white too. 

 

amazing. 

 

i have the book he wrote on hold. 

post #18 of 22
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Originally Posted by meemee View Post

oh stormborn i just discovered quite by accident a new favourite artist. i just love his work. i am usually a black and white person. i love wearing colour but art i prefer black and white. 

 

and then i discovered kandinsky - and OMG. his colours. i quickly read up on him and today finally abstract is starting to make sense to me. but his colours and geometric designs move me so deeply. you can see his emotional states through his paintings. and he's done quite a bit of black and white too. 

 

amazing. 

 

i have the book he wrote on hold. 

 

I like quite a bit of his work, too.  smile.gif  I was sad to see you didn't find out who it was and I do know what you mean about imaging it; I was going to ask you about that.

post #19 of 22

H.R. Giger?
 

post #20 of 22
Thread Starter 

no not giger. he is kinda science fiction. and he uses a lot of fine lines and greys. 

 

from what i remember the lines of this painter hardly has any greys. if anything its like japanese writing which is heavy bold lines like this but macarbe content.

 

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