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Clive Barker: Visions of Heaven and Hell Hardcover – 1 Oct 2005

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications (1 Oct. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847827372
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847827374
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 2.5 x 30.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,189,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Clive Barker was born in Liverpool in 1952. His earlier books include The Books of Blood, Cabal, and The Hellbound Heart. In addition to his work as a novelist and playwright, he also illustrates, writes, directs and produces for stage and screen. His films include Hellraiser, Hellbound, Nightbreed and Candyman. Clive lives in Beverly Hills, California

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By D. Brewer on 30 Dec. 2005
Format: Hardcover
I ordered this book as a Xmas present for myself, and I wanted to leave a comment for anyone is thinking of picking up a copy - don't hesitate. This is a stunning collection of paintings, packaged with great love and attention. The paper quality, colour definition and solidity of the binding are all excellent. Additionally the outer edges of the pages are gilded, so I had the distinct pleasure of cracking open every page knowing it hadn't been opened since it left the printing press.
The introduction and chapter headings by Barker are informative and point out interesting facts or draw attention to details that might otherwise be missed at first glance. The chapter headings themselves seem a little random in places; you'll be in a chapter about landscape and be looking at a sketch of a creature, or see a painting of a moonlit castle in a chapter about demons. Barker presumably knows the links, but it does seem a little obscure at times.
My only gripe in an otherwise essential purchase is the relative absence of material related to his existing output. I was hoping to see large full colour reproductions of the "Books of Blood" paintings for example, or the sublime pen and ink drawings from "The Thief of Always" novella, but the majority of the images are unrelated to the fiction, and are simply of themselves. This is no bad thing though, as most of the images reproduced are presumably being printed for the first time and are a rare treat.
Barker says in his introduction that many of the paintings come to him as he paints; in other words he frequently never plans to paint something, he lets the brush do the thinking, producing works of uninhibited by conscious draftsmanship.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By DM Webster on 15 Oct. 2005
Format: Hardcover
This is the book I have been waiting for! Over three hundred pages of paintings and artwork by Clive Barker divided into sections. Each section has a particular theme eg. villains, death, sex, landscapes and comes with a short essay where Clive describes his thoughts about the paintings he has selected. To be honest many of the essays are negligible but the paintings more than make up for that! Printed on glossy paper with a beautiful cover this book is well worth the money... just don't give it to children- although there's a good selection of paintings from Abarat in here, there's also a lot of overtly sexual imagery.
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Format: Hardcover
This is the way an art book should be! Fresh imagery teeming with magic! Beautiful book design that really supports the paintings with all their vibrant colors! The introductory texts to each chapter by Barker himself are a good read! Highly recommended!
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23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
Stunning 8 Nov. 2005
By Felixpath - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Clive Barker amazes me. How can one man unleash such a massive imagination on the world? First came his formidable books of horror and dark fantasy, then the movies, and now this collection of his oil paintings.

Barker doesn't make the mistake of drawing from life. His work combines surrealism, impressionism, dream logic, and psychosis. His enigmatic characters gaze out at the viewer, suggesting secrets kept and answers offered. His colors are bold and bright, dazzling the eye. Much of his work is horrifying (though rarely gory), much is erotic, much is wonderous, much is mysterious. All is excellent.

I'm a huge fan of Barker's "Abarat" books, and many of the images he created for them reappear in "Visions of Heaven and Hell." I'm incredibly pleased that this book came into being, and even happier that Clive Barker continues to share his boundless imagination with us.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
New Favorite Book 23 April 2006
By Wesley McCraw - Published on
Format: Hardcover
It's breathtakingly gorgeous. $50 at full price, you can get it for about $20 online. If you have no idea what it is, it's paintings. After about the first fifty paintings I was astonished with the endless vivid creativity. I kept flipping page after page, past another fifty and then another, not taking the time to absorb everything, just flipping through the book for the first time... It's just painting after vivid painting, some folding out of the book for more space but still feeling limited by the edges of the page. After yet another fifty paintings go by, I realize this is something special, something amazing, something unbelievable, and I still have fifty more paints to flip through, and I still have to go back and take the time to really look at the 250 paints I only skimmed. If these were still-lifes, or portraits, or anything from real life, it would be like any other art book, but all of it's from Clive Barker's head. It really feels like discovering a modern day Van Gogh/Dali before the rest of the world. I've read almost all of Clive's work, novels that have their flaws but always demonstrate a singular imagination. Visions of Heaven and Hell proves that his imagination can not be over estimated.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Rare to find - a popular writer who's also a fine artist 5 Feb. 2006
By Len - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The images in this book - largely supernatural characters and places from Clive Barker's imagination - show he's a bona fide double-threat - the rare artist equally comfortable in literature and visual arts. The fantastic beings and places in this book are unrestrained, frequently libidinous, and as finely crafted as the beings and worlds in his books. They resonate with emotion, vibrate with color, and push the boundaries of imagination. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Clive Barker's fiction, and also enjoys visual art. One word of caution - there's a good deal of phantasmagorical sexual imagery in this book, so it's probably not suitable for a conservative home's coffee table.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Good book, lousy binding 11 Jan. 2007
By Lisa Foster - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The book itself was what I was hoping for. It was a gift for my son who is a Clive Barker fan and had heard about his art. But whoever bound the book did a pretty bad job. Most of the pages were stuck together along the edge, we had to be very careful turning pages so that they didn't rip.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Excellent book, awful binding. 29 July 2008
By Cornflake Girl - Published on
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I agree with those who say that the book is excellent but the binding is terrible. Clive Barker's art is fantastic; his depictions of deviant demons and cherubic angels are simply astonishing. And his little intro's to each chapter are quick, witty, and insightful.

The book would be 5-star perfection, if not for the ridiculous binding. The pages are bound by some sticky shiny gold thing, which makes about every fourth or fifth page stick together. It is sometimes difficult to rip them apart without damaging the ends of the pages, and it is very distracting from the art itself, because sometimes you can't tell if the pages are stuck together or not so you try to count pages and it's just very distracting. I'm shocked that no one noticed this problem before this printing was released.

But the binding problem is not Barker's fault, and his art is amazing. Perhaps not for the young or faint of heart, but amazing nonetheless.
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