Monday, 19 July 2010

Commisioning Cthulhu

Lovecraftian themes surface in art in the strangest of places, whether involuntarily or quite on purpose. But the world's foremost interpreter of the Lovecraftian in art is undoubtedly the American symbolist Harold Arthur McNeill.

Now Lord Bassington-Bassington has decided to fulfil a puppy dream of his, namely to order a rendition of Mr. McNeill's stunning work Arkham in stained glass. The work is to be done by upcoming French-Norwegian glass artist Jeanne-Sophie Aas.

Miss Aas shares Mr. McNeill's appreciation of the Gothic and his penchant for Art Nouveau, and so seems the perfect artist for the task. And while she professes ignorance on matters Lovecraft-related, we dare say she has dabbled in the Lovecraftian, though perhaps without realizing.

("Organic Corners", 2010)

We won't even try to conceal the fact that Miss Aas' reasonable prices played a part in our decision. Especially not as that piece of information might hopefully tempt some of our readers to commission her, too.

(Miss Aas)

We're taking a break here at the Chronicles to attend to some pressing concerns, but will keep you updated on the progress of the piece. Our hope is to have it finished by August 20th, which marks the 120th anniversary of the birth of Lovecraft himself.