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On a cold November day a very brave girl danced atop the cliffs.
Model: Denise Karlsson
Styling & MUA: Mariam Zakarian & Denise Karlsson
Photography & editing: Mariam Zakarian
Awesome assistant: Andreas Lenner
Location: Tullinge, Sweden
A wonderful burlesque show and party inspired by the Victorian circus, which took place in Stockholm, Sweden. Featuring: Scotty the Blue Bunny, Mr Pustra, Erochica Bamboo, Miss Lily DeLuxe, Nancy the burlesque Marionette, Evilyn Frantic, Fräulein Frauke and more!
As with most large scale pieces this particular design has a lot of intricate, interweaving elements. The client approached me with a request for a half torso + half sleeve design as a celebration of accomplishments and personal victories, as well as a reflection of overcoming struggles in his past.
The main theme is the classic good vs. evil battle, illustrated here by a tug of war between a pinup demoness and a warrior angel. The demoness is seated on a throne of skeletons on a trail of death leading to a pool of blood within which lost souls writhe in anger and agony. The black snake sent by her is the manifestation of problems and personal darkness, as it disappears into the tattoo bearer’s skin and comes out again to wrestle with the warrior angel. Parallel to this imagery the rope which the angel is tugging represents the fight, success and determination, and it buries itself into the skin as well, before it resurfaces to tie up the wings of the demoness. The illusion of objects surfacing from beneath the skin symbolizes internal struggles.
The evil jesters represent prominent personas in alliance with the demoness, as one of them is being hanged by the rope from the angel and the other two are up to no good offering poison and the Dead Man’s Hand, a combination of cards in poker.
Additionally, the client asked for symbols from aviation and travel: the flags, the compass and the iron wings of the angel.
Digital drawing made with a Wacom tablet in PhotoShop
This is the design and packaging I did for the independently released debut EP for my multimedia project WILDEBEEST. The photo for the cover and the logo were also done by me.
Cover Model: the superhuman Jannike Olofsson
My first oil painting.
The title refers to the final resting place for the souls of the virtuous in Greek Mythology. It is also a reference to the term “The Little Death”(orgasm), highlighting the relationship between death and ecstasy. Her blue figure and explosive colors express the moment of climax and death. The flowers on her eyes are a play on the ancient Greek ritual of putting coins over the eyes of the deceased so that they may pay the ferryman Charon to sail them over the river Styx to the Elysian Fields. Normally, though, the dead only needed one coin as they would stay in the afterlife forever. This woman gets two, because she must cross the river twice and return to life.
References were used
Approx. 40x120cm, oil on canvas
Shortly after I finished the painting a butterfly decided to sit on it for a while. I’m not sure why it did that, but it was a sweet little moment.
A small piece about domestic abuse.
Pencils on paper
No photo references
Finished in 2010
Acrylics on canvas
Assorted references were used
Approx. 80cm x 60cm
2007 – 2010
Lilith is a character from Jewish mythology. She was created at the same time and from the same earth as Adam, unlike Eve, who was created from one of Adam’s ribs. Lilith was Adam’s first wife (before Eve), who is scorned and demonized in the writings, because she refused to be subservient to Adam and decided archangels were more fun. It was this treatment that inspired my work with the painting – why is a woman a sinner if she refuses to be passive? Should Lilith really be regarded as a demon or is she in fact a victim in the story?
The painting has many symbols from the Garden of Eden and various other associations. The larger image of the woman and the snake is mirrored in the center of the painting where the snake is eating the hummingbird (see Details).
This is a painting about the process of creation. In many ways it is a personal attempt to understand and communicate events that I have been experiencing while painting or singing. Often I have felt as if I am simply the medium through which ideas and inspiration is expressed. In those brilliant moments it is as if you plug into something outside yourself in the ether, which feeds you enormous amounts of information -both factual and emotional. You no longer need to think or plan – you simply act. There is perfect synchronization between you and everything else that exists.
References: random photos of Maynard James Keenan. At the time I found myself being very inspired by his voice.
Medium: Acrylics on canvas
Size: Approx. 30 x 40 cm
About 3 months of work, finished in 2010.
A study of screaming.
Color pencils on rough paper, A4
Photo reference used
Finished in 2007
This was an excuse to work with evolution and religion in a direct way. I love playing with anatomy, bones in particular, and I enjoy drawing wings. Also, I find the idea of merging man and machine fascinating and wondered about an alternative take on Eve. So this is the result of all of that!
Originally finished in 2007, but I decided to edit the colors and make them more vibrant recently.
References used for the face.
Adobe PhotoShop + Wacom Volito2 tablet
My first painting on canvas.
Mars is the god of war. This portrait is inspired by John Carpenter’s movie “Ghosts of Mars”.
Acrylics on canvas.
August – October 2007
A quick experiment I did one night.
Adobe PhotoShop CS4 + Wacom Intuos4. Painted in 1 layer
First, the background photos were taken, then the creatures on the walls were drawn onto the photo digitally.
Software: Adobe PS CS3
My final high-school project for art class.
Finished in April, 2006
Acrylics on board.
It measures 2,55m x 1,30m (roughly 8’4” x 4’3”….and I’m 161cm tall, you do the math) and took me 2 months of hard work to finish.
This is a painting about change and choices and creating and self-expression. You can let misfortunes drain the life out of you or you can use them to feed pretty things, filtering bad blood through pure white flowers.