1/10/2011. Contributed by Geoff Willmetts
pub: Titan Books. 112 page illustrated hardback. Price: GBP24.99 (UK), GBP34.95 (US), $41.00 (CAN). ISBN: 978-1-84576-939-0.
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To tell the truth, I wasn’t quite sure what to make of this book, ‘Taxidemied: The Art Of Roman Dirge’. Reading his comments, Roman Dirge tends to come over as being seriously wacked on something, probably alcohol, but with a soft spot for drawing and colouring odd things for various girl-friends in the past before he gets to the more gory bits. If you’re familiar with Charles Addams more gory humorous illustrations then you’ll be rather at home here as well.
Dirge’s artwork in many respects shows he’s experimental with the medium. With some pieces included here, like his picture of the giraffe head, it is clear that he knows how to draw realistically. Equally, he can throw that out the window and do something totally bizarre and it still makes total sense.
For someone who self-professes that he doesn’t like birds, of the avian kinds, they do crop up a lot in his paintings, although not always for lunch. Then again, I suppose he also sees this as a means to rid himself of the fluttery ones.
Occasionally, looking at Dirge’s work, I was known to have muttered, ‘He’s a sick puppy’, so be warned his art is not likely to be everyone’s cut of tea. No spelling mistake. I can’t see him merely drinking tea. However, if you like the more Goth style of artwork and sitting in a darkened room waiting for things to jump out at you from the shadows then you will positively love this book.
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