Jan Swerts - Anatomie van de Melancholie

Anatomy of Melancholy'

Album artwork for Jan Swerts

Concept by Jan Swerts

The album contains a serie songs driven by melancholy..

Each song is dedicated to one of Jan's heroes, who's work also has a tendency towards melancholy.

The booklet contains a serie corresponding portraits.

XPLR (ex^plore) studios is the creation of David Rice, artist, illustrator and designer. Its goal is to showcase the past and current projects he has done for clients as well as his personal work. Much of David's work focuses on the themes of nature and its personifying characteristics.

Imagine a “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” type situation where a young punk rock kid from Brooklyn finds himself time traveling back to 17th century Holland and stumbles into the painting studio of one of the classic Dutch Masters. Accepting this odd twist of fate, he dutifully studies the teachings and techniques of his mentor and eventually breaks out on his own, painting images of his earlier life in the future. Pure fiction perhaps, but the result is all real. Dan Witz has been painting just such work in his New York studio for decades. Masterfully composed scenes of epic mosh pits pieced together from reference photos take by the artist himself at punk-rock shows are painted with the detail and delicacy he cultivated during his studies as a classical painter.

Beauté Aviaire A series of conceptual fine art prints, exploring the connection between the aesthetic beauty that visually lies in the delicate luxurious opulence of avian plumage and the sexual femininity of the female form. These composite images, where feather meets beauty and fashion, are constructed using the art of photographic capture, photographing models and birdlife in separate instances and in separate locations.

This new music video for composer Ralf Hildenbeutel's track Disco was created from over 1,200 individually hand-painted frames. Directed by Boris Seewald, the clip uses an animation technique called rotoscoping to turn the real-life movements of dancers Althea Corlett and Simone Schmidt into a series of drawings and paintings to make each scene.