1. WILLIAM SCHAFF
William Schaff is an artist based in Providence, Rhode Island. Best known for his album artwork for such bands as Songs: Ohia, Okkervil River, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, and Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Schaff creates in a multitude of different artistic disciplines, including drawings, paintings, collages, comics, scratchboards, and mail art, and his works frequently touch upon such themes as The Holocaust and stories from the Old Testament.
2. STEFAN ZSAITSITS
Stefan Zsaitsits is an Austrian artist whose work, mainly that of drawings, deals with the inner workings and inner demons of seemingly everyday folk, namely children. The majority of his work, which is ethereal, albeit terrifying, examines the fragility of human consciousness, delving into the grim, uninviting nature of the minds of otherwise innocent, guileless children.
3. TETSUYA ISHIDA
Tetsuya Ishida, who died in 2005 at the age of 31, was a Japanese painter whose works portrayed ordinary life in Japan, albeit in gloomy, dispiriting fashion. His art, which featured three major themes related to everyday life in his home country: social and educational structures, citizens’ struggles to adapt to technological and social changes in contemporary life, and Japan’s identity in today’s world, conveyed feelings of anxiety, isolation, claustrophobia, and identity crisis until his death.
4. AMANDINE URRUTY
Amandine Urruty is a French artist who, in her works, mixes the playful with the grotesque, as well as the whimsical with the macabre, to produce family portrait-like pieces of poignant beauty. In the style of old Victorian photos, her works introduce the viewer to a plethora of alarming, adorable, frightening and cute characters simultaneously, managing to conjure up senses of charm and distress in the process.
5. RICHARD A. KIRK
Richard A. Kirk is a visual artist and illustrator based in Canada. Drawing upon such themes as metamorphosis, chimera-like creations, and horror, Kirk has illustrated works by the likes of Clive Barker, Korn, and Christopher Golden, producing meticulous, convoluted drawings of absurd, harrowing imagery and terrifying characterisations.