Published On: Wed, Dec 12th, 2012

Mayan calendar, end of the world fears spark ‘End of Days’ gallery, with artist painting with his own blood

December 21st inches closer and closer and one group of artists are capitalizing on the hysteria with their “End of Days” Gallery.

The collaboration joins several artists to present a “show based on the end of the world in December, 2012.”

Just one sample of the “blood art” by Vincent Castiglia. check out his site for more amazing and somewhat odd, pieces of artwork

Vincent Castiglia’s favorite painting, “Origin” is on display at a New York City art gallery this month and during an Examiner interview posted Monday, the “blood artist” detailed his technique and style.

“As early as I can remember, it was really therapy. From there it was a way to disconnect from my environment and live another day.”

Castiglia extracts his own blood to create the artwork. He usually takes about 15 vials at a time, painting from a 1 foot square to a height of 8 feet; sometimes taking as long as 3 1/2 months to complete, the article explains.

“Before I started using it, I reached a point where I was happy with the content of the work. I was satisfied with the images I was creating, I just felt like there was a disconnect in terms of the actual substance. I just felt like there was a certain intensity that was lacking. So I started using blood in small amounts and it was there that it clicked. I felt like for the first time, what I was trying to communicate and really what I needed to come across in the work came out.”

He explains how he began experimenting with the blood, using both pen and ink to enhance his images. He has since learned how to condition the blood to create the colors and hues needed to create his works of art.

“Origin,” showcased in the “End of Days” gallery has a special place in the artist’s heart.

“It’s a special piece to me. It was last shown at the H.R. Giger Museum Gallery back in 2008. And it was one of my first pieces that involved this medium, it was the genesis of my process…it’s a special piece to me,” explained Castiglia.

His website details some samples of his work and the gallery gives the world a glimpse…well, before it ends.


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