Category Archives: DarkArt

Confessions of an English-Opium Eater & Others

Opium usage in art and literature is not as uncommon as you might think. Fascination with narcotics has reigned interest since the late 19th to early 20th Centuries with movies relating to the drug craze, such as: The Derelict (1914), … Continue reading

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Feeling a Little Jaded?

In 1968, two complete jade burial suits were discovered in the tomb of Han Prince Liu Sheng and Princess Dou Wan in Mancheng, Hebei, China. They were the first of a number of jade suits that would be found in … Continue reading

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The Crusader, The Thief, The Nun & The Unknown

St Michan’s Church of Ireland is located in the heart of inner-city Dublin, where worship has existed on this site since 1095, when it was originally built by the Vikings who dedicated it after a Danish bishop. The Church encountered … Continue reading

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Underpants in Art? | I’m Just Going to Keep This Brief

Yes, it appears that underwear and underpants can be a feature of art and here are some examples which prove this. Firstly, “The Connoisseur II”  by Peter Corlett, (born in Melbourne, on 16 January 1944) produced an Australian fibre-glass, reinforced … Continue reading

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Early Depictions and Accounts of Fake News

“The Suicide of Alice Blanche Oswald” (from The Illustrated Police News, 21 September 1872). During Queen Victoria’s British reign there was an increase in reporting sensational news stories which whet the general public’s appetite for more.  Many of these stories … Continue reading

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Compare the Pair #18 | The Lovers

[Left: Jeremy Park – Lovers (2002) c-type photograph; Right: Rene Magritte – The Lovers (Les Amants) oil on canvas (1928) 54x73cm National Gallery of Australia] Sydney photographer Jeremy Park pays homage to Rene Magritte’s ‘The Lovers‘. Magritte’s original (painting) is … Continue reading

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Tuby or not to be | That is the question

French sculptor Jean-Baptiste Tuby was born in Rome in 1635 and died in Paris in 1900.  Tuby served Louis XIV of France and was regarded as one of the premier court sculptors of his time. His art is remarkable for … Continue reading

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Hey Guys, Please Ladders In

Australian artist David Frazer was born in 1966 in Foster, Victoria. He graduated from Phillip Institute of Technology with a BA Fine Arts (Painting) 1984-1986. This was followed by a Diploma of Education (Secondary Art/Craft) Latrobe University (1991);  Honours Degree in … Continue reading

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It’s Not Easy Being Green, But We Can Try

John Olsen – ‘Tree Frog’ 1983 watercolour pastel on paper 49cm x 37cm and Victorian Goldfields Petrified Frog [Unknown] Acclaimed Australian artist John Henry Olsen was born in Newcastle, New South Wales on 21 January 1928. His family moved to the … Continue reading

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To Light a Candle is To Cast a Shadow

French Baroque painter, Georges de La Tour (March 13, 1593 – January 30, 1652)  spent most of his working life in the Duchy of Lorraine, which was temporarily absorbed into France between 1641-1648. He was given the title “Painter to … Continue reading

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The Fairy Dell Dream of the Great Henry Rheam

Above: Henry Meynell Rheam “The Fairy Dell” English painter Henry Meynell Rheam was born in Birkenhead on Merseyside on 13 January 1859.  He studied in Germany; London at Heatherly’s; and at the Académie Julian in Paris, working primarily in watercolour before settling … Continue reading

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4EVR Young: Malcolm Young

Vale Malcolm Young who sadly died on 18 November, 2017 at the age of 64. He along with some of his brothers became a part of one of Australia’s most iconic bands of the 1970s+ AC/DC. Malcolm, Angus, and George Young were … Continue reading

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Agnes Toth: From ‘Man in Cloth’ to Darkest Goth

Above: “The Magician” by Agnes Toth Contemporary artist Agnes Toth (born, 1981 in Gyor, Hungary) displays an inimitable style and with great story-telling ability.  Toth graduated from University College, Falmouth (U.K.) with an M.A. in Fine Art Contemporary Practice and … Continue reading

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Sometimes – Time and Tide Wait For No Man

 Above: Patrick Woodroffe’s LP cover design for Greenslade’s  “Time & Tide for No Man”. Patrick James Woodroffe was born on 27 October 1940, in Halifax, West Yorkshire.  He became a full-time artist in 1972; the year in which he gave … Continue reading

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There is Nothing Harder at Task for Haida the Mask

Among the Haida people from the Pacific Northwest of North America existed secret religious societies that performed dances in which they wore wooden masks or carried wooden puppets that represented gagid, or the spirits of the forest. A  gagid mask … Continue reading

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