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Dark & Gothic – The Mysterious Aesthetics Of Decay

“I’m so goth, darkness is scared of me,” is what an old joke says – and it does hit home, in a way. The many manifestations of dark culture all trace back to the punk and new wave movements of the early 1980s and have since developed into a heterogeneous, almost colourful subculture with various splinter groups centred around the main trend of Goth. Almost colourful, because the aforementioned fascination with the dark and sombre is still a common thread for all children of the night. As is generally known, black is not a colour; black is an attitude to life. In case of Goths and other adherents of dark culture this is expressed in self-dramatization. The striking appearance of goths, steam punks, batcavers, new romantics or dark wavers depends on clothing, make-up and accessories typical to their subculture. The dark element also prevails in tastes in music and literature and does not stop at the fine arts. Gothic, even in arts, is characterised by fascination with darkness, horror imagery and death symbols alongside an affinity for the night and dark mysticism. The grave appreciation of the aesthetics of decay is just as much a part of it as an evil, naturally black sense of humour. Mysterious pictures in the category of “Dark & Gothic” at Posterlounge.co.uk capture this passion for decadence and decay. As a part of interior decoration, these art prints and art posters turn the room into an eerily beautiful “tomb”.

Art prints in manifold shades of black

So, the interior is supposed to be all in black? Far from it, actually. Illustrations in typical Gothic aesthetics offer a remarkable variety of images and varied colouration. In that respect, posters from the online-shop gather a whole pantheon of the gruesome: fallen angels, bloodthirsty demons, cyborgs and aliens, witches and warlocks, vampires, werewolves, zombies, as well as Death and the devil themselves are represented in fantastic beauty or cynical morbidity. Thereby, scenery ranges from derelict ruins to mystical woods to cemeteries to romanticised scenes of night. The richness of design is also expressed in different styles, techniques and periods in art history. Photo-realistic computer graphics, e.g. from the area of science fiction, encounter classical drawings, such as pencil sketches of ravens as emblematic bringer of bad luck and spiritual guide. Next to them, there are historical paintings, for instance a portrait of “Blood Countess” Erzsebét Báthory or the grotesque images by Hieronymus Bosch, the Old Dutch painter. Similar to the various trends within dark culture, the art prints hold some common threads in terms of content. On canvas and poster, they unite a playful passion for the abnormal, an inclination towards the mysterious and mystical, a fascination with evanescence and the melancholic beauty of darkness.

Melancholic beauty or the spirit of Halloween on the walls of the „tomb“

As part of an overall attitude to life, Gothic style certainly graces scene adherents’ living spaces. In wall decoration of this dark and decadent style, there lies a silent force, a melancholic beauty that provides the room with mystical ambience. On the other hand, beholders less inclined towards the dark can find somewhat more cheerful aspects about Gothic style, as well. Some posters, such as comic drawings, are quite funny and light, whereas the spirit of Halloween visibly inspires other pieces. Hence, one’s own “living tomb” may be decorated according to very individual tastes with almost colourful murals in Gothic style.