I was having a browse in Foyles the other day and came across the re-edition of books by American artist Lynd Ward. I had yet another look yesterday before going to the theatre.
I just adore his style, very recognisable as from the 20s/30s, a mixture of decadent Berlin-type urban nightmares, industrial landscapes and struggles, mythical and/or grotesque creatures; it's all very cinematic, dynamic.
It reminds me of Metropolis and Blade Runner among other things.
We could say he was one of the first graphic novel author: his work was wordless and made of wood engravings - his paintings are gorgeous too.
His work was socially aware and incredibly stylish with a dark, gritty, bleak quality. He could represent the utter ugliness of human beings and the world they have created and yet, inject a strange beauty into it...
Beautiful, beautiful work...
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