Promoting metal as art and culture

Albert Maignan

Albert Pierre René Maignan (Beaumont-sur-Sarthe, 14 October 1845 – Saint-Prix, 29 September 1908) was a French painter and historical illustrator. Most of his work was devoted to historical subjects, but he also painted portraits. In 1864, at the age of 19, Maignan left his home to study law in Paris, where he graduated in 1866. During…

Albert Bierstadt

Albert Bierstadt, was born in Solingen, Germany. He was only about two years old when his family moved from Germany to New Bedford in Massachusetts. In 1853 he returned to Germany to study in Dusseldorf, where he refined his technical abilities by painting Alpine landscapes. After he returned to America in 1857, he joined an…

Adriaen van de Venne

Van de Venne was born in Delft. According to Houbraken he learned Latin in Leiden. He learned to paint from the master goldsmith and painter Simon de Valk, and afterwards learned to engrave from Jeronimus van Diest, a good painter of grisailles. He then moved to Middelburg in 1614 where he was influenced by Jan Brueghel the Elder and Pieter Brueghel…

August Bromse

August Brömse, who was born in Frantiskovy Làzne and attended the Akademischen Hochschule fur bildende Kunste in Berlin, was one of many Czech artists influenced by contemporary German art and culture, especially by the graphic work of Max Klinger. According to Otto M. Urban. The series The Girl and-Death, which originated in Berlin in 1901-1902,…

Adolf Frey-Moock

Adolf Frey-Moock was born in Switzerland (in Jona, not Jena as often recorded) where he was apprenticed to learn the trade of decorative fresco painting in churches. After several months as a touring artisan (during which he painted the Schöne Brunnen in Nuremberg), he entered the Academy in Munich where he studied with Wilhelm Diez. Although he…

Adam Elsheimer

His perfectionism, and an apparent tendency to depression, resulted in a small total output, despite the small size of all his pictures. In all about forty paintings are now generally agreed to be by him (see Kressmann below). He made a few etchings, not very successfully. However, his work was highly regarded by other artists and a…

Miseration

Interview with Miseration, Christian Älvestam Miseration originally launched as a joint partnership between vocalist Christian Älvestam (Solution.45, ex. Scar Symmetry, Incapacity, Unmoored, etc.) and guitarist Jani Stefanovic (Solution .45, The Weakening.), Swedish death metal project Miseration balance brutality with melodic and atmospheric elements. Debut released in 2008, Your Demons — Their Angels slowly crawled out of…

Uzi Emperado

Interview with Philippines artist Uzi Emperado Uzi Emperado is from Cebu, Philippines and draws things that upsets his mom. HMAW: Your resume is really impressive. How did you get started in designing and creating artwork for Heavy Metal bands? Uzi Emperado: Thank you. I was introduced to the band merch business through a website/community of…

Christophe Szpajdel

Undisputed Master logo designer Christophe Szpajdel Christophe Szpajdel was born in 1970 in Gembloux, Belgium and started drawing since the age of 3. Already in his early years, fascinated by both nature and the dark side of this world, CS forged his vocation in art, despite the orientation of his studies, which were initially Biology and…

It’s Casual

Eddie Solis reveals the works behind making a great records The volume comes from Kiss, the aggression of Black Flag, and the fun of skateboarding culture and honesty of the working class of Los Angeles. With an amazing career as “music industry professional, musician, show promoter” and general manager at Southern Lord Records, Eddie Solis…

Haarp

Haarp, A journey through despair, hatred and aggression Due to unforeseen events, which occurred late in the summer of 2005, members of various disbanded projects came together to forge Haarp. Featuring a collective of New Orleans grindcore, punk, and metal scene alumni, Haarp embody the murk, decay, and oppression associated with their home city. Haarp’s…

Peter Takacs

Interview with Peter Takacs Peter Takacs is a free-lance graphic designer from Hungary. He makes artworks for bands, individuals & publishers. Peter specializes in with web graphics & printable materials like CD layouts, covers, cassette layouts, flyers, book covers, etc. Additionally he uses vector art as well to create his unique pieces (sigils, logos, shirt designs…

Alejandro D’ Marco

Interview with Alejandro D’ Marco Alejandro D’Marco is an outstanding photo manipulation artist, focused on dark and obscure themes. With a filmmaking background and a childhood spent working in a hospital, Alejandro developed an understanding of the human nature far beyond any conventional digital artists. He lives and works in Buenos Aires, Argentina and we…

Jean Delville

Jean Delville (19 January 1867, Leuven – 1953) was a Belgian symbolist painter, writer, and occultist. In 1896, he founded the Salon d’Art Idealiste, which is considered the Belgian equivalent to the Parisian Rose & Cross Salon and the Pre-Raphaelite movement in London. During the last decades of the 19th century, many people in the…

Xavier Mellery

Xavier Mellery (b Laeken, nr Brussels, 9 Aug 1845; d Laeken, 4 Feb 1921). Belgian painter, decorative artist and draughtsman. A gardener’s son, he was brought up in a quiet suburb of Brussels, bordering the Parc Royal. He studied under the decorative artist Charles Albert (1821-89) and then, between 1860 and 1867, took a course…

William Rimmer

William Rimmer was born in Liverpool, England, on Feb. 20, 1816. At the age of 2 he was brought to Nova Scotia and at 10 to Boston, Mass., with which city he was primarily associated. In 1840 he began his artistic career as an itinerant portrait painter and also studied medicine, which he began to…

William Mortensen

Mortensen, William (1897-1975), American photographer. Controversial in his own time and even now, Mortensen was born in Utah, studied briefly in New York, then moved to Hollywood to work in set design, mask making, and then as a photographer and portraitist. His celebrated differences with the Group f.64 clique, particularly Ansel Adams, centred on Mortensen’s…