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Melissa Faithful for Art-Sheep

William Mortensen was a photographer and artist, well known for his sexual, often barbaric images. Influenced by the burgeoning genre of horror film growing inside big Hollywood studios in the 1920s and ’30s, he created pictures that were more nightmare than reality.

Mortensen was the exact opposite of a conservative, purist creator. Having been given the nickname “Antichrist,” Mortensen was a pictorialist, meaning he made photographs rather than captured them. His malformed, miserable characters exist into oblivion, exploring aspects of human and non-human life.

His experience as a Hollywood artist working in everything from set decoration to costumery influenced his grotesque aesthetic. Mixing glamour with horror, Mortensen manipulated his images with printmaking techniques and rather primitive collage-like practices, making his work look more painted than photographed. Embracing the occult , Mortensen features horrific subjects and themes like monsters, bewitched humans, death and perverse sexuality.

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