“These forgotten images and discarded memories re-write a gorgeously dark period of history, one full of elephant men and taxidermy, death and medicine. The resulting pieces are like postcards coming from Beardsley from a Victorian mansion – if the mansion was populated by circus freaks and Werner Herzog.” ~ Dazed and Confused Magazine April 2007
Wilfing around I happened on Juxtapoz Magazine’s feature on London artist Dan Hillier. Having never heard of the artist or seen his work, I was genuinely excited at my discovery. I instantly fell for his aesthetic. His style is reminiscent of 19th century diagrams from an early textbook on natural history or time travel, but with a dark, twisted character plot.
Hillier was born in Oxford in 1973, studied Graphic Arts and Illustration at Ruskin University in Cambridge and now works out of Hackney, London. He combines the sensibility of Victorian inspired illustration with animal attributes and the natural (or not so natural) world. He also did the artwork for an amazing music video for London based, electronic punk band Losers (above). It would be a sin not to watch it.