Nick Blinko (1961-)
Blinko’s creative career began in the early 1980s as a musician in anarcho-punk band Rudimentary Peni with who he has written music for the best part of 20 years. He has created art throughout his whole life and designed the album cover art for Rudimentary Peni and other bands such as Coil, Icons of Filth and Part 1.
Macabre and intense; Blinko’s images depict microscopically detailed interconnecting worlds and figures such as skulls, broken dolls, imps, foetuses and precisely handwritten notes.
Intensity is an important element of Blinko’s works. Not only in terms of the depth and attention to detail that weaves throughout but also with regards to the creation of his works. From the mid-1980s Blinko would work for four to eight hours a day for months at a time, sitting in a hypnotic state of concentration. The process of ink drawing provides Blinko with some relief from his depression and clearly shows the therapeutic benefits of creativity.