Sunday Evening Art Gallery — Zdzislaw Beksinski

Zdzislaw Beksinski (1929-2005) was a was a renowned Polish painter, photographer, and fantasy artist.

His work reflected his preference for the obscure.His paintings concocted up odd images in the mind, and were a true step into absurdity in the field of dystopian surrealism.Beksinski was a very innovative artist, especially for one working in a Communist country. In the 1970s he entered what he himself called his “fantastic period”, which lasted up to the late 1980s. This is his best known period, during which he created very disturbing images, showing a surrealistic, post-apocalyptic environment with very detailed scenes of death, decay, landscapes filled with skeletons, deformed figures, deserts, all very detailed, painted with his trademark precision, particularly when it came to rough, bumpy surfaces.  Beksinski’s later years were ones filled with tragedy.  His wife, Zofia, died in 1998, and a year later, on Christmas Eve 1999, his son Tomasz (a popular radio presenter, music journalist and movie translator) committed suicide. Beksiński’s life reached a most brutal and melancholy end in 2005, when he was stabbed to death at his Warsaw apartment by a 19-year-old acquaintance from Wołomin, reportedly because he refused to lend the teenager money.Perhaps his art had always reflected the darkness that one day would reflect the end of his life.More of Zdzislaw Beksinski‘s haunting work can be found at https://www.shopbeksinski.com/

4 thoughts on “Sunday Evening Art Gallery — Zdzislaw Beksinski

    1. I had not either. I was looking for “horror” artists last Halloween, and his haunting images came up. He really is quite good. The one with the people crawling into the skull mouth freaks me out the most.

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  1. Beksinski‘s work, is both intriguing and haunting…. Definitely the vivid paintings are on the darker side of thinking, which I found interesting, but visually, not pleasing…

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    1. I agree. Sometimes a haunted life makes for haunted paintings. I came across this artist last year when I put together “scary” artists for Halloween. I have had his art in my folder for a long time. He is really good but really haunting.

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