|Tzeentchii beestmanne by John Blanche|
"Tzeentchii beestmanne - next of mi warband", John titles his latest creation. "north versus south - friedrich, grunwald, rembrant, altdorfer, durer, as opposed to botticelli, raphael, tintoretto, michelangelo - warm rich earth tones instead of blazing blue skies - i try to recreate the rembrandt cow carcuss in mi miniatures, punks instead of busker, vikings and saxons instead of greeks and romans ....", John throws some light in the philosophy of his style.
Tempered violence, vigorous character and coarsed renaissance play a huge part in John's grotesque tableu vivant. These are strong themes and easily over-played, but John manages to keep the package together, merging great creations with these tools of emotions.
Fierce movement, mordant blade and soggy ground reflecting the blood red sky smother the beastman in violence, like if it had born from the beating act of the elements. Naked, hairy and perspering body bring in a nuance of vulgar revivalism. Skulls tie the creation nicely to the macabre universe, where the brainpannes are always a long lasting natural resource to harvest.
In our email exchange John writes and explains to me that it seems like the Northern European culture is raising its head in the scene, inspiring his miniatures too. Maybe that has something to do with the fresh edge that John's latest creations, along with the amazing Yggdrassilium Pilgrimage scenario, posses...