Residing somewhere between fascination, nightmares, and thing I generally never want to have the pleasure of seeing first hand, Beksinski’s work is world renowned for its creep-tastic imagery that stays with you well after you’ve stopped looking. An artist who was very leery of finding meaning or symbolism in his work, Beksinski’s sole influence for his work was classical music – to which he would listen to over and over while completing these dramatic oil paintings. Being entirely self taught, he was very cautious of any public attention and rarely went to his own openings or shows, and was almost never interviewed. And though his work is terrifying, the artist himself was known to be light-hearted, humorous and happy. In my opinion, the artist’s calm demeanor can be felt through these pieces – though they are admittedly fear invoking the viewer doesn’t necessarily feel any first hand danger (though, I myself would not stick around too long to test the theory…) Psychologic damage, sure, but no physical violence….
I could go into all the sad things this artist is better known for, including his death, but instead would rather focus on the beauty of the images left behind. If you are interested in his work, for which there are hundreds and hundreds to keep you occupied, check out the virtual gallery here : http://www.dmochowskigallery.net/