This one is definitely not for the faint-hearted as it talks about art created with human blood. Gross for some, interesting for others! Perhaps, many of you might wonder about the use of human blood as an artistic medium. Read on and find out how it is done. Artists pour their hearts into their artwork. Effort, tears, oxygen, flesh, sweat and bone. It’s likely that blood will also be imprinted in their art.
Vincent Castiglia is a renowned artist based in New York who paints large-scale portraits using human blood. He takes the blood usually from himself—15 to 18 tubes at a time. However, he has accepted commissions wherein he combines his blood with that of his client on paper. With his art immersed in texture, symbolism and human blood, Vincent Castiglia brings home the resilience of life, death, and the human condition. The spiritual experience depicted in his ingenious expressions lends an air of mystery that is as unsettling as it is fascinating.
New York based artist Jordan Eagles has been using preserved animal and human blood in his multidimensional works for quite some time already. Jordan applies the blood to some clear plexiglas and then preserves the organic material with layers of resin, allowing the glossy surfaces to suspend the fluid, organic forms. In the presence of light, the blood’s translucency is unveiled in the multiple layers of clear resin, retaining the light and illuminating pools of reds/blacks and proteins with sealed-in air bubbles; the result is always remarkably luminous and always breathtaking, as the blood permanently maintains its rich colour and natural texture.
Based in Sao Paulo, Vinicius Quesada is a Brazilian street artist who has turned his artwork into an instinctive experience. He adds a pinch of shock to his creations, particularly with the materials he uses- mainly human blood. Despite the nature of the raw materials, his works are not entirely abstract. There’s a style of graffiti, and a blend of his own particular esthetics. Moreover, his imagery is peculiar: sensual metamorphosed geishas, the duality of consumerism and poverty, the media, and several apocalyptic references full of psychedelia and vivid colors.
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