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Art for All Hallow’s Eve: Vincent Castiglia

by Constance Ann Fitzgerald

I’ve been incredibly lazy. I’ve been on the couch or in bed watching tv shows and movies and not doing much else that could be deemed “productive” in any way. Since our stolen cable has officially been shut off, I depend on Netflix to entertain me during my laying about. Once I finished watching all the episodes of 30Rock for the seventieth time, it was suggested that I watch a show called Oddities from the Science Channel.
Oddities!? Yes, PLEASE!

I’ve seen all sorts of quack medical devices, mortician’s gear, various types of deformed taxidermy and still born things in jars, plasticized organs, straight jackets and circus sideshow performers. It’s pretty much the greatest thing I have ever seen.

But what REALLY got me was an artist named Vincent Castiglia. He stopped by Obscura to see if they would be interested in selling his paintings.
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While the meticulously detailed imagery speaks volumes on its own, it was the fact that Castiglia paints all of these things in his own blood that made his work that much more special. Some paintings can take up to two months to complete.

From the artists website:
“In the privacy of his studio, Castiglia practices a kind of modern-day phlebotomy, siphoning the life force which contains his own psychic energy, while giving it an outlet and form. By doing so he dissolves the barrier between artist and art in the most literal and immediate sense.”

Castiglia is the 1st American artist to receive a solo exhibition invitation at the H. R. Giger Museum Gallery in Switzerland.

For more information and to check out the rest of his stunning collection visit the artists website vincentcastigliaart.com

6 responses

  1. Anonymous

    beautiful thank you for sharing!

    October 30, 2012 at 1:31 pm

  2. Reblogged this on a t r a i n w r e c k w i t h w o r d s.

    October 30, 2012 at 3:29 pm

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    November 2, 2012 at 12:33 pm

    Isn’t Vincent Castiglia’s work interesting! Do you have a favorite one of his pieces?

    November 2, 2012 at 9:35 am

  4. So far my favorite is the first image there.

    The one that caught my attention on the show was stunning, but I haven’t been able to find a photo of it.

    November 2, 2012 at 12:22 pm

  5. I don’t know though if I would buy an art work with someone’s own blood work, isn’t that bizarre and maybe not good content? I think I would buy something more family friendly. Would you agree?

    November 6, 2012 at 9:40 am

  6. Something not being “family friendly” has never swayed my appreciation.

    November 6, 2012 at 2:03 pm

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