on 25 December 2011
I discovered Wayne Barlowe's astonishing work via Youtube - hence having to buy this amazing companion piece to his Inferno book - (which at the time I wasn't aware of)
This portfolio of images Wayne Barlowe has conjured up from his imagination (and his apparent descent into Hell . . !)is a darkly disturbing foray into what might or might not be . . . !? The accompanying text is bleak and doesn't hold much hope for the damned - and the portraits of the denizens therein are chillingly portrayed with a cold aloofness that befits their stations in the hierarchies of Hell.
The format of this work is beautifully made - in book form, but designed like a portfolio with a neat double tie at the front. (it's worth keeping the card inner 'strengthener' as it helps to keep this volume in good condition!)
The colours are rich, and the printing first class - clear, sharp images throughout. It really is a contemporary take on Bosch, Dante and the engravings of Gustav Dore. If you have even a vague interest in the subject, then this is a worthy addition to any art lover's bookshelf.. .and then consider getting Wayne's initial work: Inferno!!