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The title of this image can be very much misleading, indeed, and I think that I owe my viewers an explanation. It doesn’t only use the traditional characters of the original Scandinavian mythology but also makes the most of the modern sub-cultures’ references, Goth's in particular. Goth ideology puts its emphasis primarily on visual aesthetics and unaffected ethics aimed to underline their feeling of detachment from the mainstream life and culture. It is shaded in dark colours, death and the supernatural with a tendency towards distinctive intellectualism and outward cynicism. Goth movement doesn’t have any religious basis; however, religious, spiritual and supernatural imagery plays an important role in gothic fashion, music and visual art. But their main preoccupation is with death, of course.

Apart from the rest of humanity, Goths have decided to embrace death as a natural, acceptable and desirable extension of life – hence the reason for putting on expressive, somewhat pretentious and satirical, but mostly gloomy outfits.
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If we go back to mythology, Valkyrie is one of the beautiful maidens who serve the Norse God Odin and ride over or fly into the combat zones to claim the dead heroes and take them to Valhalla if they are really worthy. According to various myths, they can be of either entirely supernatural origin or human with supernatural powers. Valkyries can also appear as lovers of the heroes and daughters of the royalty. These characters, sometimes accompanied by ravens, have been widely used in modern culture.

Taking a bath is an ancient custom, very characteristic for all mammals and humans. For humans, for instance, bathing has always been closely connected not only with bodily care and refinement, but also with political status and power. Bathing on a battlefield adds a touch of gloomy absurdity to this scene. Moonlight bathing as opposed to sunlight basking brings on a feeling of decadent decay and eroticism. I find that there is something deeply sinister in portraying a woman, who is an eternal symbol of life, as a harbinger of death. Merger of beauty and horror, grace and danger, conventional and unorthodox is the main motif of this artwork.

(Title Rus) Валькирии Купающеюся в Лунном Свете: серия Боги и Герои

Software media: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Autodesk 3ds Max, Smith Micro Poser, Photo Stock, Daz Studio, Bryce, CorelDRAW Graphics,

George Grie,  August 2009
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Stryp / United States / Jun 18th

Beautiful art,very much in detial,luv the work. Used the art as my Wallpaper.

antonio / Mexico / Jun 13th

I have to say that i'm very impressed with the beauty of this image! i hope you bring us some more of valkyries vampires .

kimotheraphy / Malaysia / Jan 7th

Another favorite of mine.. More Gods and Heroes series please?

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We are interested in the publishing rights for for your wonderful pictures: We would like to print book with title Mysteries with front and back cover of your grate pictures. We are a prosperous publishing company with experience on on books market...

Dark Los / United States / Sep 28th

It reminds me of the movie The Cell and when the actor goes in the mind of the guy whom is semi-demon.

Guillaume / Aug 22nd

It's always a pleasure to discover your new artworks. I just saw you had a facebook public profile, so i just hit the fan button on it. Congratulations for the new picture!

Mr. Moor / United States / Aug 20th

This is one of the most interesting interpretation of the classic Gothic myth performed in digital imaging. the beauty and decay make you wonder. The realism of the ancient fiction is incredible. Thank you for the delightful experience.


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