2018 Art Calendar by Zbigniew M. Bielak. The fourth installment in the series, the 2018 Zbigniew M. Bielak Art Calendar includes over 53 original drawings and paintings for metal bands such as Ghost, Vader, Absu, Slayer, Paradise Lost, Portal or Mayhem, many of which premiering in the cycle.
Each week is a spread containing one work and a weekly calendar, with holidays and observances marked alongside your favorite rock and metal festivals.
Calendar size: 148×210 mm. Cover: silver hot-stamping.
limited edition to 500 copies only.
About the artist:
Born in 1980 in Cracow, Zbigniew M. Bielak is a polish artist, illustrator and architect, best known in the musical realm for his record cover illustrations, which among others include meticulously handcrafted artworks of Watain, Ghost, Mayhem or ABSU albums. Parallel to that his artistic output is mostly focused on encyclopedic, archaeologic and architectural illustration, and has crossed multiple mediums within art including drawing, oil and acrylic painting or serigraphy, with the pursuit of historical coherence and attention to detail being clearly focal points of his varied stylistic leanings.
2018 Art Calendar by Zbigniew M. Bielak
a part of an interview the artist gave, check the full interview here
You have designed album covers for bands such as Paradise Lost, Mayhem and Ghost, when did you find your love for album design?
By the time I fell for metal music in the early nineties, the aesthetics of the genre had already emancipated, and long grown out of the nude biker-warrior cliche. In my opinion, heavy metal – just as it stems from the youthful rebellion – also draws its quintessential charm from pop culture’s escapism. And that’s exactly why I find it so entertaining – I’d risk saying it is indeed a very cinematic art form.
Much like horrors and science fiction movies, metal indulgently dwells on formal hedonism, drawing it’s almost unrestrained freedom of expression from its own limitations. Being devoid of punk’s or reggae’s ambition of saving the world, it greedily embraces the comfort of being just pure form. And thus, paradoxically, it is closer to classical music and jazz. Alas the metal fans – myself included – like to think of themselves more as insightful music connoisseurs, rather than rampant ideologists.
Recommended Book: 2016 Art Calendar by Zbigniew M. Bielak