The first book to focus on new gothic art, Hell Bound highlights a new generation of contemporary artists who are increasingly obsessed with the darker things in life. Illustrators, street artists, sculptors, photographers, film-makers, installation artists and painters are all reflecting this renewed interest in gothic imagery. This black vein of art is a perfect post-modern fusion of pop references and the feeling of discontent and disturbance underlying modern life. Here death metal, war, violence and throwaway culture meet. This work is often more carnival macabre than devil worship. Artists are merely reflecting the horror that permeates everyday life. With more than 150 works by 35 artists, this book is a must for anyone inspired and devoted to all things gothic. Among the art featured is the iconoclastic work of Ken Kagami, Terence Koh, Ricky Swallow, the photographic collages of Marnie Weber, the drawings of Chloe Piene and Wes Lang, the paintings of Matt Greene and Iris Van Dongen, the outsider punk art of Pure Evil, and the illustrations of French.
Francesca Gavin is Visual Arts Editor of Dazed & Confused and Editor at Artsy and Harper’s Bazaar (France). She is the author of 100 New Artists, Creative Space and Hell Bound: New Gothic Art, and her curatorial work includes ‘The Dark Cube’ at the Palais de Tokyo. Her articles have appeared in Vogue, Elle, GQ, Blueprint, Time Out and Wallpaper*.