Dino Valls

I’ve already spoken of several artists who use the nude or erotic child in a dark context.  One of the best and most interesting of those artists is Spanish painter Dino Valls, whose work calls to mind a heady mixture of medieval iconography, medical exam photos, and Neoclassical and Victorian academic masters, creating a uniquely beautiful and sensual vision of hell.

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Dino Valls – Solve et Coagula (1992)

Dino Valls - Dramatis Personae (1996)

Dino Valls – Dramatis Personae (1996)

Dino Valls - Intretrigo (1999)

Dino Valls – Intretrigo (1999)

Dino Valls - Criptodidimo (1999)

Dino Valls – Criptodidimo (1999)

Dino Valls - Descriptio (1999)

Dino Valls – Descriptio (1999)

Dino Valls - Discrimen (2000)

Dino Valls – Discrimen (2000)

Dino Valls - Barathrum (2003)

Dino Valls – Barathrum (2003)

Dino Valls - Hiatus (2003)

Dino Valls – Hiatus (2003)

This next one puts me in the mind of Clive Barker’s Hellraiser film. Although a close examination reveals it is some sort of silky cloth, at first glance it looks like the hooks are pulling off her skin:

Dino Valls - Tegmen (2003)

Dino Valls – Tegmen (2003)

Dino Valls - Acu Picta (2004)

Dino Valls – Acu Picta (2004)

Dino Valls - Calami (2004)

Dino Valls – Calami (2004)

Dino Valls - Malacia (2005)

Dino Valls – Malacia (2005)

Dino Valls - Psicostasia (2005)

Dino Valls – Psicostasia (2005)

Dino Valls - Argentea (2006)

Dino Valls – Argentea (2006)

Dino Valls - Rorschach (2006)

Dino Valls – Rorschach (2006)

Dino Valls - Ipsius-F (2007)

Dino Valls – Ipsius-F (2007)

Dino Valls - Viciens (2008)

Dino Valls – Viciens (2008)

Dino Valls - Introitus I - II - III

Dino Valls – Introitus I – II – III

Dino Valls (Official Site)

Comments:

From Benjamin M. Root IV on October 23, 2011
Amazing technique. And just weird enough to be interesting without being a total turn-off. There’s a story in them that we beg to know.

From pipstarr72 on October 23, 2011
Well, I happen to love weird art, so it rarely turns me off. If I had time for another blog it would be devoted to weird art. Maybe at some point in the future . . . Anyway, I certainly do admire Valls’s skill, the way he utilizes certain fine art styles. A lot of contemporary artists–especially in the lowbrow art movement–do something similar, but they’re generally riffing on pop art, so there’s a humorous edge to their work. Valls, on the other hand, is a master of creating a somber, creepy mood with his pieces: the religious aspects; the subtle torments; the emotionally detached manner of the adults that hover at the edges of some of these images, like Nazi doctors examining the physiology of Jews . . . ‘Discrimen’ actually seems to be a fairly direct reference to the latter. Very powerful.