If there is such a place as hell, I’m certain that Zdzisław “I can’t afford all the vowels” Beksiński has been there. Mostly known for his fantastic realism work, Beksiński produced some of the most disturbing and hyper realistic art that I have ever laid eyes on.
A Polish painter of simple origins, Beksiński started out with more abstract works. Slowly this turned into sketches of the hellish landscapes that would become his most famous works. During this time period, he would pick up oil painting, which ultimately led to his signature and unmistakable style.
There are often rumors of what inspired his great works. The most common one on the internet is about being in a coma for many months, and awaking to write what he saw. I haven’t been able to find any reliable source information on this, so it should be taken with a huge grain of salt.
The end of his life however, is no fairy tale. It is well known that he lost his wife, followed by the suicide of his son a year later. In 2005, Beksiński was found murdered in his apartment, stabbed 17 times by his caretaker’s son. The dispute was over a $100 dollar loan.
I plan to run a Dark Art feature once a month for the foreseeable future. If you have an artist you want featured on here, throw them in the comments and I will gladly take a look.