Artsy Editorial | Contemporary Paintings Fit For a Dark, Gothic Novel | Artsy

The term “Gothic”, first used in art to describe medieval architecture, sculpture, and painting—concerned primarily with light and darkness—later came to define the romantic and fantastical themes penned by novelists Bram Stoker, Mary Shelley, and Emily Bronte, and poet Edgar Allan Poe. These 19th-century visionaries wrote foreboding tales of humanity versus nature and horror stories of science run wild, conjuring psychological landscapes replete with doomed damsels and characters in the throes of madness or metamorphosis. A tendency toward these themes and narratives can also be found in Contemporary Gothic art, as in the paintings of Donato Giancola, Steven Kenny, Rick Garland, and John Jude Palencar.

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