DARK INSPIRATION: 20th Anniversary Edition

Grotesque Illustrations, Art & Design


A must-have rerelease in conjunction with Victionary’s 20th anniversary, the 2021 edition of ‘DARK INSPIRATION’ combines most of the work from the first two bestsellers in the series along with new projects to showcase a provocative collection of macabre art and illustration from around the world.


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There is something morbidly fascinating about the dark and grotesque. Although it is human nature to tiptoe around the uncomfortable (or avoid it altogether), some artists are inspired by the unsettling to create intriguing works of art that push the boundaries of normality and provoke viewers into exploring their fears and taboos. There are also others who use them as springboards of the imagination to express their innermost feelings and question the often-grim realities of existence.

In conjunction with Victionary’s 20th anniversary, the new edition of ‘DARK INSPIRATION’ combines most of the projects from the first two best-selling titles of the same name along with new work into one meaty celebration of the macabre. Featuring chilling depictions of childhood reveries, folklore, mysteries, and death in a variety of styles and interpretations, each project serves unconventionally as a celebration of life in all its gruesome glory.

With contributions from: Aitch, Akino Kondoh, Aleksandra Waliszewska, Alessandro Sicioldr Bianchi, Alex Garant, Alice Lin, Amandine Urruty, Audrey Kawasaki, Bene Rohlmann, Dadu Shin, Dan Hillier, Daniel Martin Diaz, Danny Van Ryswyk, David Ho, dromsjel, Eero Lampinen, Eika, Elisa Ancori, Erik Mark Sandberg, Evelyn Bencicova, Fabian Mérelle, Fiona Roberts, Francesco Brunotti, Francois Robert, Fuco Ueda, Gabriel Isak, Giacomo Carmagnola, Guim Tió Zarraluki, Hannes Hummel, Heiko Müller, James Jean, Januz Miralles, Jeff Mcmillan, Jesse Auersalo, Jim Johnson Tsang, Jon Beinart, Jules Julien, Justin Nelson, Kate Macdowell, Katy Horan, Kayan Kwok, Kim Simonsson, Kotaro Chiba, Lala Gallardo, Lola Dupre, Lostfish, Mariana Magdaleno, merve morkoç (Lakormis), Mia Mäkilo, Michael Reedy, Miranda Meeks, Nadja Jovanovic, Nicoletta Ceccoli, Oleg Dou, Olivia Knapp, Paola Rojas H & David Perez, Paul Hollingworth, Raffaello De Vito, Raul Oprea aka Saddo, Richard Colman, Ryan Oliver, Sergio Mora / Agency Rush, Tara McPherson, Till Rabus, Tim Lee, Yido, Yoshitoshi Kanemaki, Yuka Yamaguchi, Yury Ustsinau, and Zhou Fan

Additional information

Weight 734 g
Dimensions 16.1 x 21.5 cm
Publisher name Viction Workshop Ltd
Publication date 6 December 2022
Number of pages 384
Format Hardback
Dimensions 16.1 x 21.5 cm
Weight 734 g


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Headquartered in the heart of Asia, victionary connects creative talents and enthusiasts from all over the world through original concepts, intriguing graphic approaches, and innovative printing techniques. Founded by Victor Cheung in 2001, viction workshop ltd. provides fresh perspectives, timeless inspiration, and pure visual delight through its publishing brand, viction:ary. Aside from art, illustration, and graphic design-related titles, viction:ary also publishes travel guides and children's books. To that end, we welcome you to join us in spreading the joy of print to every corner of the world.