my childhood russian edition of lord of the rings had the most amazing, medievally styled illustrations by sergey yuhimov.
i haven’t appreciated them when i was a child (i obviously wanted something more aesthetically obvious), but now i think they’re just - really badass. going to upload all i could find, in three posts.
Amsterdam-based artist Cedric Laquieze (previously featured here) recently completed a fascinating new series of his exquisite taxidermy Fairies. These delicate sculptures are primarily composed of parts from many different insect species, but if you look closely you’ll notice bones, seeds and even a few scorpion parts as well.
Visit Cedric Laquieze’s blog for many additional images and to check out some of his other enchanting creations.
[via Cedric Laquieze]
"A famous Polish painter specializing in the field of utopian art, Beksiński executed his paintings and drawings either in what he called a ‘Baroque’ or a ‘Gothic’ manner. His creations are mainly two periods, the first period of the works are generally considered to contain expressionistic color, with a strong style of “utopian realism” architecture surreal, like a doomsday scenario worries. The second period more abstract style, with the main features of formalism.”
Beksiński was murdered in 2005.
In the Serpentine Passage looking through to the Altar Chamber in the Shell Grotto, Margate, Kent. The subterranean passageway was discovered in 1835, and is decorated in mosaics created entirely from seashells. The date of construction remains a mystery.
Valeria Vacca Photography
Valeria Vacca is a photographer making pictures of black and white with high contrast. In this series, she alternates between fantastic portraits and double exposures creations. These works seem almost to have been made with paint, thanks to the immense precision of each details of the portraits.