Icarus: remixed woodcut from Dan Hillier


17 Responses to “Icarus: remixed woodcut from Dan Hillier”

  1. Day Vexx says:

    I think you forgot the link.

  2. Day Vexx says:

    Here– I’ll loan you a link until yours gets on it’s feet.

  3. FreakCitySF says:

    I’ve submitted links with more content than this! HMPH!

  4. szielins says:

    The original article appears to be attempting to link to

    followed by the text “Icarus is the latest piece from Dan Hillier, London’s brilliant recombiner of old woodcuts and new line-art, creator of the grotesque and the beautiful. He sells prints in various sizes — I’ve got them up at my office and in the flat, too.”

  5. Felton says:

    There was a link, but alas, it flew too close to the Sun and melted.

  6. Cory Doctorow says:

    Yup, dropped a quote! Fixed now — sorry about that.

  7. daede says:

    Reminds me of Max Ernst, which is always a good thing.

    Anyone know where one can find prints? I’d love to pick up a few.

  8. kiint says:

    looks like Icarus got owned by a Seraphim short on eyes

  9. Anonymous says:

    Molek tosses man aside?

  10. Felix Mitchell says:

    I’m torn between appreciating his composition and ability to create something fantastic from fairly mundane illustrations… and feeling upset that he’s so brazenly using appropriated artwork. Some of these are just swapping heads around which is LOL and everything, but I think deserves a quiet tutting as well.

    I’d like to see what art (woodcut or otherwise) he could make without the efforts of others. If he is skilled enough then perhaps appropriation only achieves what he could otherwise produce himself given more time. If he can’t make these illustrations then it’s partly charlataism to use them in his artwork.

    • Anonymous says:

      Why should lack of technical skill deny someone’s imagination? I bet there are plenty of artists out there who don’t make art because their hands can’t do justice to their ideas — but who says they can’t express themselves however they can (especially with stuff in the free domain)?

      • Anonymous says:

        While I don’t see any problem with his re-appropriations themselves (that’s what those Dover clip art books he uses are made for, after all), I do think Hillier benefits from a certain amount of public naivete over his process (and perhaps this adds to the ambivalence people like Felix feel towards his work). Cory points out that Hillier’s a “recombiner” but I’ve seen more than one feature elsewhere that simply assumes these are wholly original engravings, describing them as such, as if the artist were slaving away with a burin somewhere! Whether or not he has the drawing skill to produce his own engravings in this style is really beside the point (plenty of “technically-skilled” draftsmen- Ernst is a prime example -choose collage for its own sake, and striking pieces like Hillier’s above are enough to recommend the method). To play off your thought, though- I bet there are plenty of artists out there who don’t make collage art nowadays simply because…well, most of the public will think they’re just ripping off Dan Hillier!

  11. skeletoncityrepeater says:

    ‘Cherubim’ – A Wrinkle In Time

  12. misoks says:

    I can’t say for sure since I haven’t seen this in person, but it looks a lot more like an engraving than a woodcut…

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