Edward Gorey, artist extraordinaire, long famous for doing the intro for the PBS Mystery Channel.
Gorey’s drawings are part whimsical cartoon, part multi-faceted scary stuff! Most importantly Gorey is famous for teaching the philosophy – ‘Only art means anything‘, the concept that has thankfully guided my life.
His characters are almost always attired in Goth Edwardian fashion, and helped to make him an icon in the Goth subculture.
Gorey was a Harvard graduate and founder of the Poet’s Theater in Cambridge. One semester at the prestigious Chicago Art Institute led to a job at Doubleday in New York, illustrating book covers. He began adding illustrations to the text for classics such as BRAM STOKER’S, DRACULA. This eventually spiraled into Gorey designing the sets and costumes for the Broadway production of DRACULA in 1977. He was nominated for a TONY AWARD for both his sets and costumes, and subsequently won the TONY for his Costumes.
His artworks are pen and ink drawings, laboriously implemented with a Double Zero Rapidiograph, no sharpie fine point here. Not only does this take great skill and patience but you have to keep stopping in the middle to refill the cartridge of the pen.
Gorey has illustrated countless, mostly wordless books. Many are lost or inhabiting collectors shelves. Fortunately, AMAZON.com does carry some treasures.