I have such a passion for art, particularly dark art. I have been running Arts from the Darkness for a few years now and upon my travels certain pieces would always make me stop dead in my tracks. I felt connected to so many pieces, finding myself lost in them and relating to them on a level beyond words. I could feel them. This was the incredible work of Dan Verkys.
A brief overview of Mr Verkys from his website, The Art Of Dan Verkys.
“Residing in Romsey, Victoria, Australia, Dan’s work comprises of digital compositing, 3D rendered forms and photographic manipulation. He is renowned for his work in the dark fantasy genre. His work attempts to blur the balance between menace and beauty. His work can be found in numerous publications, merchandise, literature, DVD and CD packaging both nationally and internationally.”
I want to share some of my favourites with you. The pieces that touch my soul.
This piece connects with a deep darkness within me. A familiar place I love, but can only visit. A place I had to learn to control.
A place to call home. Peace in the forest of dreams …
My favourite piece. A painful but necessary reminder of being separated from my siblings at such a young age and yearning for us all to be in the same country again. As dark as it is, it keeps me going on my quest to make that happen.
I have a huge affection for crows. The crow is my spirit animal. This is deliciously dark and sexy.
One that can speak a million words, words that can’t come out. It’s so dark and personifies the forbidden.
Speaks for itself .. we all have one, as much as we all have three faces. To me, the woman depicted here is showing the face she keeps to herself, her true self.. did I mention I own an axe?
This captures my love of skulls, birds, alcohol, colour and unicorns! lol … don’t ask..
All art is open to personal interpretation. So much going on in this for me. The crown of thorns she wears, religion is the epitome of evil to me, the loss of teeth.. in a dream it means to hold in a lie or a feeling of being unable to speak the truth. The souls within her? are they her demons? is she battling to keep them down? Such a wicked piece of art.
It speaks for itself but I adore this piece. Shattering though the chains of your own mind and learning to fly. No easy feat by any means, usually coming at the end of huge personal growth and spiritual awakening. A time when the sheeple think you’re losing your mind … but you are indeed, waking up.
There is so much of Dan’s work that inspires me, makes me think, feel, smile and reflect. You can follow Dan’s work on Facebook
Purchase his amazing prints here… at GardenOfBadThings
Purchase some of his merchandise here…at Hive Mind
Follow him on Instagram here..
I want to thank Mr Verkys for letting me write this. When I contacted him and he wrote back I had a bit of a fan girl moment! And what can I say, the guy likes TOOL!
If you have any feedback, I would love to hear from you.