Autodidact: self-taught

Apr
09
2013

Nihil: Saints and Martyrs

by V. L. Craven

Recently, I reviewed an excellent book entitled Arcane II . One of the things I liked about it right away was the cover art, which was done by Nihil .

I really dug the work and wanted to share some with you. There’s photography and some types of manipulation and perhaps painting, but it’s often difficult to tell what was actually there and what was added later. That blending makes the artwork stronger and gives the viewer more the think about. It’s really interesting work.

The  Saints and Martyrs  series is evocative. It looks fairly straightforward at first glance, but the more you look, the more there is to see. Some pieces are a combination of Hellraiser/BDSM and classical beauty. Perhaps for the person who is spiritual but accepting of the darker side of humanity, as well.

premier ne des cendres by Nihil

Premier ne des Cendres by Nihil

 

Silence by Nihil

Silence by Nihil

 

Saint Cyanide by Nihil

Saint Cyanide by Nihil

But his urban series is excellent as well.

Urban37 by Nihil

Urban37 by Nihil

 

The photographs of Chernobyl are particularly poignant.

Tchernobyl 10 by Nihil

Tchernobyl 10 by Nihil

 

Tchernobyl 09 by Nihil

Tchernobyl 09 by Nihil

 

Then there’s this impressive tattoo:

Sado Messiah tattoo by Nihil

Sado Messiah tattoo by Nihil

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