Wayne Barlowe’s art spans alien worlds, alien creatures, and the realms of hell. His work portrays his imagination in painstaking detail. Think less painterly indication and more photorealistic representation. Barlowe’s Hell is portrayed over the course of many illustrations in a book. It is perhaps as vast and sprawling a vision as Hieronymus Hosch’s. The viewer can practically smell the sweat on a poor soul being inspected by demons like a cow being chosen for slaughter. You can hear the howls of the tormented. Three dimensional sigils hover over demons, communicating in a forsaken ancient language. It is a bleak, unforgiving vision.
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