2016 Art Calendar by Zbigniew M. Bielak. The calendar contains over 53 different pages with artwork from a varied selection of bands such as Ghost, Mayhem, Paradise Lost, Kreator, Watain, Absu, Destroyer 666, Vader or Behemoth, all created as album or merch illustration by polish artist Zbigniew Bielak.
On each page you will find a miniature full month calendar, with the given week highlighted, as well as a full week planner allowing you to note meetings and events with a permanent felt pen. Important cultural and religious observances and well as music legend anniversaries are marked.
The calendar also showcases the dates of major heavy metal festivals throughout the year. Each page can be detached from the artwork along a perforated line, so that at the end of the year, the calendar can be transformed into an album.
Calendar size: A4: 210 x 297 mm | gold foil hot stamped cover | calendar pages printed black and metalic gold on high quality chalk paper inside | the calendar can be hung on the wall hanger included | limited to 500 copies
2016 Art Calendar by Zbigniew M. Bielak
ZBIGNIEW M. BIELAK
Born in 1980 in Cracow, Zbigniew M. Bielak is a Polish artist and architect, best known in the musical realm for his record cover illustrations, which among others include meticulously handcrafted artworks of Watain, Ghost, Vader or Absu albums.
Paralelly to that his artistic output is mostly focused on encyclopaedic, 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
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.
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