Sunday, September 18, 2011

Book Review: Vampire Art Now

Authors: Jasmine Becket-Griffith and Matthew David Becket
ISBN-13: 978-0062025715
Genre: Vampire/ Coffee Table Book
Publisher: Harper Design

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This is an interesting coffee table book for those who love vampire and Gothic lore. The book is filled with vampire art along with descriptions of each piece. One of the authors is a Gothic artist with an interest in vampire art, while the other is an old-world historian with a love for vampires.

A vivid collection filled with some unique pieces. This book is not for the faint of heart and specifically for those with a love for art and paranormal. The printing and quality of the book brings out the color and design of each piece of art.

Ever since Bram Stoker’s perennial best-seller Dracula, vampires have been one of the key inspirations to film-makers and authors alike. The latest installment in the Twilight series is one of this year’s biggest blockbusters, and modern takes on the classic themes of blood, immortality, fear and desire are never far from the best-seller lists. Yet vampires are a source of rich inspiration to visual artists as well, and this collection reveals their work in all its gruesome glory.

From the elegant beauties of Victoria Frances to the decaying savages of Anne Stokes, from the more whimsical caricatures of Delphine Levesqe Demers to Jo Chen’s renditions of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Vampire Art Now showcases the varying representations of this legendary figure. The book illustrates the vampire in his or her many moods: either wooing lovers with a hypnotic stare, biting long necks (willing and unwilling), or staring straight at the viewer as if ready to bound off the page in a nocturnal frenzy. By presenting multiple artists’ takes on what it means to be a vampire, this collection illustrates how one cultural icon can vary so greatly across different cultures, classes, media, and artistic aesthetics.

No other supernatural creature has captured our collective imagination quite like the vampire and Vampire Art Now is the perfect compendium to pay homage to that tradition. After perusing these pages, these illustrations are sure to haunt readers’ nightmares and tantalize their fantasies, as they have for generations.

About the authors:
Jasmine Becket-Griffith is a globally-renounced fantasy artist. Her artwork can be found in private collection and public displays throughout the world. Jasmine's paintings explore Gothic themes, the occult, fantasy, and of course, vampires! Her artwork graces television, movies, magazines, adverts, tattoo parlors and her vast range of licensed merchandise. She is also the author of Gothic Art Now (2008) and live in Celebration, Florida with her husband Matthew.

Matthew David Becket is a long-time vampire aficionado. As a writer, art historian and regular on the fantasy/science fiction convention circuit, he and his wife, Jasmine, travel the planet presenting old-world ideas and aesthetics in contemporary culture.

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