"When myth incarnates in the waking world...”

Zdzislaw Beksiński

Video Diary of Zdzislaw Beksiński: home footage made by the artist in 1987.

Photographing Dreams: The Art of Zdzisław Beksiński

by C. S. Thompson

...It is the quality of Beksiński's dreams that make his work so fascinating. Beksiński saw into another world and then incarnated it in this one, giving us windows onto the mythic realms in the form of his paintings. Where Gaiman, Lukyanenko or Barker portray an intersection of the waking world with a transcendent reality, Beksiński never shows us our own world, but only the other one. His works are nevertheless a definitive example of the Mythorealist tendency, using realistic techniques to make the mythic into something you can almost touch with your own hands. It is Beksiński's mastery of his technical repertoire that makes this possible, because there is nothing vague or notional about these images- they practically look like actual photographs, albeit of a landscape that is as alien as it is horrifying.

You can read the entire article here, when you visit C.S. Thompson's blog, Night Wandering: Myth, Magic and Religion.


Virtual Museum of Zdzislaw Beksiński