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Gothic Art Now: The Very Best in Contemporary Gothic Art and Illustration [Hardcover]

Jasmine Becket-Griffith , BROM
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27 Oct 2008
Having spent so long on the peripheries of the art world, Gothic art has finally broken into the mainstream, proving that its depths hide far more colour and diversity than most would ever have imagined. Gothic Art Now brings the very best in dark artwork into the light in one visually stunning volume, gathering artists from across the globe and revealing their exciting and dynamic new imagery. Gothic Art Now showcases the Gothic world in all its many and varied forms - from the conventional media of paint and pencil, to digital nightmares, abstract sculptures and provocative toys. Laden with dark beauties and brooding be-fanged beaus, the artworks are divided by genre: Romantic and Sensual images of embracing lovers, the surreal and twisted worlds of Gothic Horror, and the harsh mechanical and digital dystopias of Cyber and Industrial art. Amongst many others, the charmingly wicked works of Anne Stokes andDorian Cleavenger, the surrealist horror of Brom and the sculptures of H.R. Giger display every branch of this twisted tree.

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: ILEX (27 Oct 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905814356
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905814350
  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 24.7 x 24.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 792,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jasmine Becket-Griffith (born 1979) is a fantasy artist working in acrylic paints. She is known notably for her paintings in the Gothic, Fairy and Lowbrow Art genres and projects with the Bradford Exchange, Disney, Hamilton Collection and Ashton-Drake. Jasmine lives in Celebration, Florida with her husband Matt and their cats.

Jasmine's online gallery can be found at http://www.strangeling.com


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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Triumph of Dark Art 26 Nov 2009
Format:Hardcover
This book brings together a variety of artists. The range of subject matter includes myth, vampires, emotions, fetish and decay to name but a few. It is divided into chapters with headings such as 'Femmes Fatales', 'Indstrial Goth' and 'Lurking Horror.' Each chapter is carried by its full page illustrations and a short explanatory paragraph. It includes pictures created by media such as digital painting, acrylic on canvas scupture and photography.

We go from the hauntingly beautiful such as Leslie Ann O'Dell's 'Twofold' to the fascinatingly ugly such as 'Charli Siebert's 'Something Inside.' We have strange fantasy such as Lisa Falzon's 'When Pandora Looked She Saw' and the darkly disturbing such as Gus Fink's 'Mock wedding.' Many of the creations mix benign with benevolent or innocent with menacing. Paradox, mystery or plain confrontation draws the reader (or should that be viewer?) in.

This book does not attempt to explain or analyse gothic art, instead letting the pictures speak for themslves. It is an excellent collection and lovers of this genre will not tire of looking at it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Source of Insperation 17 April 2013
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Good source book to get new ideas & excellent as a reference book when designing new Artwork.
I have the 3 books in this little collection & love them all...
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great collection of gothic art. 30 Dec 2012
By Nigel2u
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super collection of art of a gothic nature from an exceptional artist this book is full of super illustrations a must buy for any art lover
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OO... 27 Aug 2010
By jack
Format:Hardcover
...And OO again.
What, I say WHAT a treat. Eye candy for the twisted mind, for sure. And I should know. I can't put the thing down yet - there's so much in it begging to be ogled and perused, scrutinised and analysed, and yet...
...Well, there is just one snitch.
A lot of the pictures - a disproportionate amount - are rendered with the old digital prestidigitation. Now don't get me wrong; the digital paintings are well worth looking at. I dunno, it left me feeling just a little cheated. For me, art is about the skill of the artist wielding the tools of the trade - brush, paint, pencil, chainsaw - to create illusions in three or two dimensions. I'm no technophobe. NO. That's a lie for a start. I'm a card-carrying Luddite. And proud of it. But nonetheless, there's room for digital art in the kind of environment in which it can thrive - in commercial studios, where technique isn't as important as getting the image to the client as fast as possible. And that's where it should stay. If I buy a book on art (and I do, frequently) I expect to find that the artists have actually put marks on canvas, board, or paper. Even a cave wall would be preferable than something trundled out of an AppleMac programme.
Gnash.
Grr.
But still, it IS a stonking book and I'm glad I bought it. It's inspirational. And if nothing else, it'll have you reaching for your pad and pencils. No bad thing.
The cover illustration is a promise of what to expect.
Buy it, and be delighted.
Frothy, man.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Surprise 2 Sep 2013
By T. S. Herfkens - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Soooooo ... I collect fantasy and faerie art books, and I was wandering the aisles of a local bookstore when this caught my eye. Fully realizing that it didn't ... technically ... fit what I was looking for, I picked it up anyway just to glance through it. 5 page flips later, I knew I had to have it. Yeah, it's dark. (HELLO, it says GOTHIC.) Yeah, not everyone is going to like EVERYTHING in it. I like that the artists say a little bit about each piece, drawing attention to (sometimes) overlooked details. In short, this book has the ability to cross-market itself, so to speak, to artists and consumers of beauty and talent, not "only goths" and similar. Ignore the stereotypes. Get the book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Medium Goodish 29 Jan 2009
By Cari Corene - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Definitely a well made book, great print quality. I was disappointed by the contents though. There is very very little said about each piece and the "comic" section is not a comic section. It's just another illustration section. Also, this is a matter of personal taste, but I really only cared for a third or so of the art in the book. The other 2/3rds weren't terribly breathtaking.

Over all, I enjoyed looking at it, but I'm glad it was my library who bought it.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A very nice compilation 14 Feb 2010
By J. Morse III - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book leans more toward digital art than I would prefer, but that's probably my bias as a painter creeping in. The work in this book is beautiful and engaging, and the book itself is of good quality. If you are into gothic/dark fantasy illustration, this book is a good investment.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fine collection of the latest cutting-edge Gothic art from around the world 14 Feb 2009
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
GOTHIC ART NOW offers a fine collection of the latest cutting-edge Gothic art from around the world, and comes packed with rare, previously unpublished art from both new talents and legendary artists alike. This art work is paired with details from its creators on how they produced their masterpieces, and also holds website details for further follow-up. An outstanding recommendation not just for art libraries, but for general-interest lending collections.
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A beautiful collection of some of today's best artists! 3 Feb 2009
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Gothic Art Now is a beautiful collection of some of today's best artists. Very high quality printing, it features full colour reproductions of hundreds of pieces covering a wide spectrum of the Gothic genre. A very wide variety of media are represented: traditional oil and acrylic paintings, stained glass, digital creations, scratchboard, sculpture, pencil, photography and more. There are contributions from well established artists such as H.R. Giger and Brom alongside amazing emerging artists such as Tina Imel and David Gough. There are some mature subjects (partial nudity, some violent or disturbing images) but it is overall a very approachable book - perfect for anybody interested in the gothic art scene or for for art lovers in general.
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