I had no idea that you had a Deviatnart! I rabidly devoured the Abarat series in my mid-twenties and then moved on to your earlier works. You are, without a doubt, one of the true masters of horror and the macabre.
I just finished reading Abarat Book 1. It is so like you to create worlds that are so far out of the realm of other people's imagination. I sure hope you do not have nightmares of this variety, unless of course you enjoy them!!!
but the funny thing...the funny thing about darkness is that the more you're in it, the nicer it gets, and the more you feel like you gotta have it, because, because when ugly becomes beautiful, well then beautiful becomes ugly and then you've got to carry your own lovely darkness with you, otherwise you might well drown, now that the nice warm darkness has shown you just how grotesque the world really is. Is it a lie? Is it? I don't know, but he seems to like his nightmares, and anyway the darkness has ways of keeping its own.
As evil and cruel as he is, I really feel a great deal of pity for the Dark Prince. His granny is a right nasty bit of work, but Christopher strikes me as being very sad and lonely, with his own evil actions being motivated by pain, grief and rage.
I do despise Mater Motley as well as I see nothing but pure evil in her.
Mr Barker, if you see this comment, please know that I utterly love your work, and would gleefully offer my most of my internal organs and limbs for a smidgen of your skill and talent!
This is one of my all-time favorites, Clive. I'm an artist who works primarily in charcoal; I had a booth at this year's Scarefest in Lexington, KY. and wanted you to sign the page in my copy of your book "Visions of Heaven and Hell" where Mr. Carrion appears. You were missed greatly by all of us---please get well very soon! Your work is an inspiration to me.
All your paintings are wonderful, but this is one of my favourites. Not just because Carrion is my favourite character (I'm a sick puppy, I know ), but because It's so well done. He's one creepy dude, but the painting also shows his sadness.
I've read a lot of fantasy books along the years, and sooner or later they became same-old, same-old. Orcs, elves, heros, save the princess/world. Ugh. You, on the other hand managed to create something new, something fresh and vibrantly alive with your Abarat series (the only one I can think of who did that too is Walter Moers with his Zamonia books). A world that is so full of unexpected, wonderfully crazy things. Thank you for that.
The eternal stare of Carrion penetrates the viewer's psyche sucking you in. Yet there is a passiveness in the black and white coloration of his upper face and eyes. The reds in the deadly venomous liquid reminds us of the dangers hidden in his soul. As he tries to control the viewer with his sinister stare, the venom of veins alters his own disposition.
I love your writing, especially the books of the Art, and have often hoped you would spend less time painting and finish the third. But when I see such a great painting I change my mind. You manage, in your writing and painting to create an extreme character so realistic that they seem to have existed before you dreamt them up; like some eternal deities.
Is this really the real Clive Barker? I've already favoured one 'Abarat' character and now I've stumbled upon another. I confess to not having read all of the longer books. I'm stuck half way through Imajica at the moment. I became a great fan of the Hell Raiser series and made these little souvenirs for myself [link] .
I love how you can tell that there's more to Christopher by the painting alone. There's evil there, yes, but there's an intelligence as well. There's an aged dignity - something beyond self loathing. I adore this painting.
Really great character, in both design and personality. It brought shivers down my spine while reading the books but also urged me to keep reading and learn more! Most of your characters have a similar affect, especially when it comes to Abarat.
Christopher Carrion is definitely one of my most favorite characters. I love him and hate him all at the same time. In fact, when I first tried to write, I fashioned my villain after him, but that villain is just downright an awful character. He was scrapped. I can't write villains at all.
I fell in love with this portrait the first time I saw it. I love the books and I cant wait to read the final 2 and see what happens between candy and Christopher. You are a god of your many arts by far.