Buy Art Prints Online

General / 14 October 2019

I’ve been selling art prints online now for some time. I started out on Society6 about a year ago. I sold a bit, but the revenue wasn’t that great.

Since I’ve started selling art prints here on Artstation things have improved. I can more easily control how much money I get per sold piece. I don’t sell as often as I did before, but the amount I get paid is better.

Who are Art Prints For?

Well. I’m not a rich person by any means. Which means that I don’t spend a whole lot of money on art. Don’t get me wrong. As an artist, I’d love to collect paintings from other people. But art costs money – it’s as simple as that.

Prints are an easy way to collect art if you’re on a budget. Art prints come in all different kinds. There are cheap ones and really well-made ones. In my experience, the prints I sell here on the site through Artstation have a really high quality to them. I really like the fabric of the paper, as well as the color. The prints really come to life because of the high quality of the paper.

More Art Prints to Come

I’m right in the middle of a process to transfer my oil paintings to prints. This means I have to photograph my paintings in good lighting with a decent DSLR camera. A task easier said than done. I’m very picky with the quality, and I always make adjustments in Photoshop to ensure that they look as good as possible. 

I have a few prints available that are photographs of my oil paintings. But you can expect a lot more in the near future. Check out my print section!

Dark Paintings That Actually Scare You

General / 27 September 2019

I can't say that it happens often, but every once and awhile I do get scared of a painting. My journey into dark paintings started with Hieronymus Bosch and Francisco Goya. I'd say that they are the forefathers of what is known as dark art.

For Goya especially, there is something visceral and completely twisted about his work. Goya's The Black Paintings are some of my favorite artwork. Of all time. Saturn Devouring His Son makes my stomach turn every time I stare into the weird and creepy expression of the giant figure consuming his child. Check out The Dog by Goya as well. Not as creepy, but it's quite haunting with the dog staring up at the sky.

The Dark Paintings of Ken Currie

Ken Currie is a contemporary artist from Scotland, known for his dark portraits. Often of himself. In my opinion, Currie has a perfect balance between surrealism and realism. His figures do make sense, but there are distorted parts that don't. Surreal dark art that meets the real world.

Ken Currie might not be considered a well-known artist, so defiantly check out his work. Especially the painting called Gallowgate Lard. 

Dark Abstract Art

Complete realism isn't really that interesting to me. It's more of what you can achieve in the in-between – or dreamland if you like. That space is so hard to define. A space that some might call uncanny. Dark abstract art has an effect on me where it really can demand something out of me. I have to really think about what's going on in the painting. But I guess that's true for all art – not just dark abstract art.

Check Out These Dark Art Paintings

So. I've listed some of my favorite work up here. If you wish to explore the subject of dark art further I suggest that you look into these paintings:

  • Saturn Devouring His Son – Francisco Goya
  • Gallowgate Lard – Ken Currie
  • Odilon Redon – The Smiling Spider
  • Nicola Samori – Sordina
  • Zdzislaw Beksinski – Valley of the Dead
  • Pablo Picasso – Guernica

Dark Artwork and Inspiration

General / 27 August 2019

I get a decent amount of questions on a daily basis regarding where my source of inspiration comes from. My dark artwork comes from a lot of places, really. Mainly it's my way of expressing my deepest emotions on a canvas, however vague that might sound.

My creepy art is a manifestation of my anxiety and place in this wicked world. And I do sincerely believe that this world we live in is wicked. Full of terror and evil. But obviously I'm inspired by art as well. Like many of us. When I began painting I was obsessed with Francis Bacon, one of the founding fathers of dark art in a modern context. He was truly a master at his craft and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about some of his work.

I wouldn't necessarily say that my work is that similar to Bacon, even though there are some similarities. I love the way he used to distort faces and make them appear in a sort of dream-like state. Dark artwork at its best, no doubt about that.

Modern Dark Surreal Artists

Of course, there are plenty of contemporary artists that I admire. Henrik Uldalen is a great painter from Norway. He manages to blend abstract expressionism and realism in a great way. I'm very much inspired by his style when it comes to render a part of the image and leave other parts "unfinished" with very few brush strokes.

Ken Currie is a big inspiration as well. A Scottish artist that creates really haunting portraits. His self-portraits are among my favorites, and they truly make me feel uncomfortable. Especially the one called Gallowgate Lard. One of my favorite paintings of all time.

When it comes to dark artwork I have to mention Laurie Lipton. An artist that only works with pencils to create the most beautiful and weird black and white paintings. There is also something to be said about the scale of her artwork. I just can't imagine how much time it must take to complete a single painting. Defiantly check her up if you're interested in dark artwork.

Please check out my print shop if you're interested in buying dark artwork. Or send me an email if you'd like to purchase an original.

Scary Paintings

General / 12 August 2019

What Really Makes a Painting Scary?

I really don't see my own art as scary, that would be rather silly. But I do strive to make it weird and sometimes difficult to look at. And if someone else sees it as scary, that's a great thing. Most of the time I believe I miss the mark, the sweet spot where your painting needs to be in order to be viewed as "scary".

But what makes a painting scary, really? In any creepy or macabre art I firmly believe that there needs to be some sort of abstraction – or rather a distortion of reality in order to make a painting, or work of art, scary. It's in the space between the real and surreal that you can explore some truly horrifying stuff. Take Francis Bacon for example, one of my favorite painters of all time. His art is representational in a sense, but there is also a great deal of abstraction. You really aren't quite sure of what you're looking at.

Dark Art Should Not Tell the Whole Story

It's just like in film. Imagine if you'd see the Xenomorph from Alien in full daylight fifteen minutes into the movie. It would just be a big puppet weirdly walking around on all four legs. Not that scary. You need to engulf that thing in darkness. Hide it – in order to make it terrifying. That's a big problem with modern horror today. You show the monster way too early, and by doing so you ruin the whole mystery.

It's the same with dark paintings. Don't give it all away to soon. I'm not saying I am there yet, but I do try to make a part of my paintings very abstract. With all the "gore" and stuff. But there is a part that is real, something that is human. A detail on a face – that gets through all the darkness and resembles something that you're familiar with.

Body Horror and Scary Paintings

This is just one thing that I personally find rather scary. In film, one of the few things that actually scare me is body horror. A person that is being transformed into something against their will. Like The Human Centipede for example. Hey, I don't love the film – but the concept is truly horrifying. The people that are being forcefully turned into this human centipede have no way of returning back to their normal life, they are truly f-ed, and you know it. That is scary. It's the same for movies like Hostel, The Fly, Tusk and so on. I just personally find them very disturbing.

I try to incorporate that aspect into my creepy paintings. Transforming the human body into something hideous. Most of the time I fail, but I try.

What's your take on scary paintings? What makes a painting scary to you?

Also, don't forget to check out my store and see if there's any dark art that you'd like to purchase!

Why Dark Art?

General / 25 July 2019

I honestly can't tell you why I am drawn to so-called dark art, or creepy art. It is just something that resonates deeply with me. I do care about realism to a certain extent, but what I try to do when I paint these creepy paintings is to capture some sort of dream state. A morbid and surreal place, mixed with a hint of realism.

Expression Through Dark Art

Dark Art for me is a form of expression that really makes me happy. I get to release all sorts of emotions through my paintings. Most of the time I'm a pretty happy guy, but just like everybody else, I do feel down from time to time. But I'm not some sort of crazy person or psychopath as some people may think when they see my art. The creation of dark art is just my voice, my way of seeing the world around me.

Some people get angry, violent even, when they can't fully express themselves. Me? I just paint my emotions on a canvas. Painting for me is in ways an act of violence where I can completely let myself go. Most of the time it works.

Creepy Art Isn't for Everyone

Creepy and dark art just isn't a thing that suits everyone. Like all art. But I do believe that you need a hint of darkness within yourself to truly appreciate dark paintings. If you've never been through any hardship it might not affect you in the same way. Some of my favorite dark artists like Nicola Samori and Ken Currie really capture the human condition, with all its anxieties and darkness in the best possible manner. And Since I've "been through" some stuff in my life I can really connect to their work on a deeper level.

I Will Continue to Produce Dark Art

Even though I'm beginning to work more and more with realism as of late I will always be drawn to violent art. It's such a big part of who I am as both an artist and a person. Visit my shop today if you'd like to buy some dark art prints, or contact me directly for original artwork.

I've Launched a Patreon

General / 19 July 2019

Being an artist can be quite challenging from time to time. Especially when it comes to money. Since I've moved away from creating digital art my sales aren't exactly off the charts at the moment. Before I could sell prints at a decent rate and still make a living. 

Selling originals is a whole other story. Therefore I've launched a Patreon page where you can support my career in art. I don't want to come off as a beggar – and I hope that I can give you something in return. I'll upload sketches and pictures of my studio on my Patreon, as well as giving advice to new artists. I feel like I manage digital art pretty well by now, and I'd be happy to share my thoughts and skills.

I have a few tiers, take a look, and decide for yourself. Have a great weekend!

Painting With Texture

General / 23 May 2019

For those that have followed my art journey know that I've previously have had affinity for digital art. It has been my preferred method of expressing myself through painting. But as of late I've kind of come to the terms that digital painting isn't doing it for me anymore.

It's true that one can be very creative with digital art. And it suits my style in the way I distort the image. But it just feels flat and dull. The past month I've been doing a few oil paintings. Working with different materials to create a really creamy and chunky texture – that in certain ways resemble flesh.

I'm really into this idea at the moment, but my work really has taken a turn to the more abstract – we'll see how it pans out.

Painting With Oils Can be a Real Bitch

General / 05 May 2019

So. I've been painting digitally for almost two years now. Give or take. It's a medium that I've grown used to – and I'm constantly getting better at it. I think. It's just quite recently that I started to use oils as well. 

I thought that it would be easy to convert my digital skills to the analog. But boy, was I wrong. Everything takes so much more time, and I'm having lots of issues with the values and getting shapes together.

I also don't think my way of working translates very well to oils. The way I distort the image and add different layers of texture isn't exactly something that can easily be achieved with oils. Not in the same way anyway.

But hey, I find it fun at least. I get to experiment. Also doing more abstract stuff, which is kind of fun. I will defiantly keep grinding it.

To Paint Without Brush Strokes

General / 11 April 2019

Lately, I've been thinking about my older paintings, and how they just "collect dust" on some old USB stick. So. I decided to open some of them in Photoshop. 17 to be precise. And from there I started to copy certain parts of the images – and blending them together on a new canvas.

A leg here, an ear there. And so on. I really had no intention of creating something recognizable, but after a while, I saw a face emerge amongst all the chaos. That's when I started to erase some layers, trying to create parts of a face. Just by erasing images.

I don't know if it works, the finished result that is. But it certainly is a new way of "painting" for me. Or should I say erasing?

CD Covers & Update on my Original Prints

General / 29 March 2019

It can be rather difficult to find ways to pay the bills as an artist. I'm trying my very best to sell prints, but it's not going fantastic at the moment, I gotta tell you. People just aren't willing to pay for art nowadays.

The thing I'm leaning towards now is producing CD covers and movie posters. It's a decent source of income and doesn't take that much effort depending on what you're creating.

And there defiantly is something to the whole thing of having your art printed on a CD that's insanely appealing to me on a personal level.

I will still post new art here on the site, but the last week I've been rather busy painting covers and movie posters.

Very Soon I'll Start Selling Original Prints

I also wanted to address a thing that I announced a while back – that I soon will start selling so-called "original prints" over at a german gallery. These will be limited to around eight prints in total – and obviously the pricing will be higher than usual. We are currently discussing the price of these, and I'll give you an update as soon as I can. 

But this is a great opportunity if you want something a bit more unique since only eight pieces of a painting will be sold and printed.