Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Featured Artist: Zdzisław Beksiński

It's been a while since I've posted under this header, but I think this may very well be the best one so far. I recently came across the works of the deceased Polish artist Zdzisław Beksiński Born in Poland in 1929, he lived through one of the most dramatic periods in the history of the world - World War Two and the Cold War. While his works often depict post-apocalyptic landscapes, warped human shapes and nightmare-like scenarios, Beksińsky himself is said to have viewed his work as optimistic in nature.

The artist was brutally murdered in 2005, and was found in his flat in Warsaw with 17 stab wounds.

Below is a selection of his works, but I highly recommend clicking through to Zdzisław Beksiński's stunningly beautiful official website, run by the Belvedere Gallery.

The Beautiful Nightmares of Zdizlav Besiński on Coilhouse
The official website


  1. Indeed, the beautiful madness.

  2. This is today's post. The Introduction post is still being written and will be published on the morrow. I was stupid and clicked the publish-button.

    @ Loq
    Can you blame the man? Imagine living through the madness of the Germans and the Communist dictatorships that followed.

  3. Good Lord what a terrible ending for the poor man. :(

  4. @Christian:
    Apparently, the killer was some punk who got upset because Beksiński wouldn't lend him some cash...

    It does add to the myth of the man, though.

  5. No kidding, huh? The man died as brutally as the life he witnessed.

  6. Jeez, the guy was tortured and then in the end over such little money...a true tragedy!
    Great artwork though, and great find.

  7. That last one could easily be the inspiration for Death Frost Doom.

  8. @DrDucker:
    After having asked Uncle Google about Death Frost Doom, I see what you mean. It certainly hints at something cold and sinister.