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    10 Dark Artists You Need To Know About.

    Come to the dark side! Here are 10 dark artists you need to know about right now.

    1. Isabel Peppard

    Isabel Peppard / Via Beinart Gallery

    Isabel Peppard is an Australian multidisciplinary artist who works across the mediums of film, sculpture, and stop-motion animation. But most unique is her work with silicone sculpture. Her work is dark, obscure and at times strangely confronting. Isabel explores themes of love and psychological pain, emotional viscera, and the monstrous feminine. Isabel’s work is completely engrossing and takes you on a dark dance down a rabbit hole where the weird and macabre dwell.

    [“…from an early age I was inspired by Japanese Fairy Tales, ghosts and demons. I remember being initially terrified by the monstrous temple guardians or ‘Nio’ that stood at the temple gates in our hometown of Kamakura. This fear started to become a fascination and at some point I stopped being afraid and started emulating them…I’m pretty sure that this is where my love of and kinship with horror and dark surrealism began.” ] - Isabel Peppard, Beinart Gallery

    2. Russell Joslin

    Russell Joslin

    Russell Joslin is known for his dark and isolating self-portraits and black and white images that capture a feeling of isolation and unique emotionality of his subjects whether others, objects, or himself. Russell Joslin has worked primarily in photography since the early 90s and works in analog. Russell’s latest book RUSSELL JOSLIN: ALONE FOREVER SOMETIMES - SELF-PORTRAITS 2000-2019 is a collection of self-portraits encompassing the feelings of being, isolation, truth and co-existence. Russell's pieces are like haunting memories that nag at your inside and flood your dreams.

    “I see my photographs as visual manifestations of my subconscious mind—images that bypass intellectualization to reveal authentic feeling” - Russell Joslin

    3. Nona Limmen

    Nona Limmen

    Nona Limmen is a Dutch photographer based in Amsterdam. Nona’s unique analog photos capture visions of a vast, mystical world, dreams and memories, inhabited by powerful women and creatures unknown. Nona’s female protagonists are incomparable women and creatures born of folklore, mythology, and the collective unconscious. Her imagination, tack for capturing beauty in both the dark and light captivate the viewer and invite them into a world where anything is possible, dreams and nightmares alike. The beauty of her analog process offers a haunting almost visceral connection with the image.

    “I love to challenge people to think beyond the obvious, just like I love to challenge myself when it comes to making new work. (Analog) photography offered me the opportunity to express my creativity, making my thoughts and fantasies real. A place where I can endlessly play with reality and create my own worlds.” - Nona Limmen, reneeruin.com

    4. Dylan Garret Smith

    Dylan Garret Smith

    Dylan Garrett Smith is an artist/printmaker whose work is a product of his views regarding humanity’s relationships with - and the continually growing distance from - the natural world. Dylan’s work is unique in method, he uses ashes, chalk-lead, and ink on black cotton rag paper as his primary media to create his images. Smith’s work deals with various conceptual ideas from occultism, ecology, and memento mori. Smith's work conjures up images of death and rebirth and an underworld that perhaps, in fact, co-exists with our own worlds and sub-consciousness as well as our own battles of personal darkness, demons, redemption and rebirth.

    5. Elizabeth McGrath

    Elizabeth McGrath

    Los Angeles-born artist Elizabeth McGrath has always had an eye for the strange beauty in the grotesqueries of life. Elizabeth has an incredible talent for bringing what some may see as ugly into the realm of obscure beauty. Her intricate sculptures bring together the imaginary and the real. Her creatures and dioramas present an outward appreciation for the dark and melancholy and the culmination of her imagination and perceived devastating conclusions and co-existence between man-made waste. Elizabeth’s work definitely walks the darker side of life and is often evocative and made up of tiny intricacies that drawn you in further and further to discover the story within.

    6. Krist Mort

    Krist Mort

    Krist Mort is based in Linz, Austria, and primarily focusses on bodywork, analog photography traditional darkroom printing. Krist works with light and dark and ethereal atmospheres as well as the movements and beauty and uniqueness of the human body. There is a darkness, a truth and an eroticism in her images that evokes a hauntingly reminder that there is life but there is a death too. Her photos have a strong connection between human essence and nature. Her gritty photo style and use of emulsion give her images a truth and evocation of the private and intimate.

    “My art is my egoism to dissect myself into thousands of pieces.

    Just to put myself back together anew - over and over again.” - Krist Mort

    7. Aoi Kotsuhiroi

    Aoi Kotsuhiroi

    Aoi Kotsuhiroi’s body of work is eclectic from her unique dark sculpture, erotic photography, elements of BDSM and incredible leather works. Aoi Kotsuhiroi's work has always intrigued me, almost calling me like a whispering ghost hiding in the shadows. It's harshness, its rough yet feminine simple complexity is intoxicating and provocative. Aoi's work uses many different layers of design and sculpture but the thing that remains clear is Aoi's work is both unique and exquisite in its execution. Vulnerable and beautiful, strange, and imperfectly perfect.

    [“ Art is a form of neurosis for the “ Me”, a contradictory neurosis which consists in escaping from confinement and seeking in the other, the object of an almost impossible understanding. A porous border that is leaking from all sides and that we're tirelessly repairing.”]

    - Aoi Kotsuhiroi, Excerpt from Beautiful Bizarre Magazine

    8. Julia deVille

    Julia deVille

    Julia deVille is an artist, jeweller and taxidermist. She is also a strong animal advocate so she only uses subjects in her taxidermy that have died of natural causes. Julia draws inspiration from the Renaissance, Baroque, Victorian art and ideas and creates a contemporary ‘memento mori’. Her works are so intricate an exhibition on Julia’s can at times be overwhelming. Every piece is so detailed and flawless and requires numerous inspections. Her work is inspired by life, death, nature, history, love, religion, and spirituality. Julia’s work is both beautiful and respectful and conjures a sadness, love and loss. To see these beautiful creatures rebirthed as totems to live on eternally in a state of such enchantment is genuinely an art Julia deVille does exceptionally well, with each piece living on as its own reincarnation from death to admiration and beyond.

    9. Lizz Lopez

    Lizz Lopez

    LA artist Lizz Lopez’s drawings and paintings implore an unspoken magic. Lizz’s work tackles darkness, death and dying, ritual, the macabre, morbidity and mortality. Lizz’s work is primarily black and white which is a reflection of that darkness and light that we fight with inside ourselves. Skulls, ravens, female hands with claw-like nails and haunting flowers are all images that are recurring in Liz’s work. Lizz’s work is very identifiably hers.

    “My current work is based on my lifelong obsession with death and dying. I’ve spent my life, both in science and art, exploring this experience. It’s something that feeds and drives me like nothing else. I’ve worked in hospice and the intensive care unit for ten years with actively dying patients and the following 10 years in anesthesia where we are essentially the gatekeepers between morbidity and mortality. It is the most humbling and privileged experience to be witness to this.” - Lizz Lopez, reneeruin.com

    10. Adipocere

    Adipocere

    When I first came across Australian Adipocere, he was embroidering on skin, mostly his hands. I was mystified. So too was the internet. Adipocere has evolved into an incredible embroidery artist. His visuals are mostly inspired by a fascination with the macabre, combining themes of innocence with an unsettling and sinister melancholy. Adipocere has taken embroidery to a new contemporary level with his macabre and dark works that are both beautiful and gloomy. HIs minimal and somber vision is intoxicating.