Steve Mcgee apocalyptic art

tony leather By tony leather, 29th Apr 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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The movie 2012 attempted to create images of the predicted end-of-days catastrophe predicted by the infamous Mayan Calender, did a great CGI job of showing us what could possibly happen, though the Japanese reality was far worse.

Steve Mcgee apocalyptic art

The incredibly destructive natural disasters of recent times, especially the truly devastating tsunami that followed the major earthquake off Japan last month, really do go to show how powerless humanity can be in the face of overwhelming natural forces. The movie 2012 attempted to create images of the predicted end-of-days catastrophe predicted by the infamous Mayan Calender, did a great CGI job of showing us what could possibly happen, though the Japanese reality was far worse.

One man who has, since childhood had a fascination with the macabre, and no small degree of artistic talent, has become world-famous for his apocalyptic images of a future that might one day come to pass, images that seem strangely appropriate at this troubled time in our planetary history. Award-winning images of Steve’s can be found on the walls of fans around the globe, and those among them who are residents of Japan might now see them as quite prophetic

Mext Stunning Scenario

Living now in Woodstock, but born and raised in London, Ontario, in Canada, Steve McGhee grew up longing to wear a fireman uniform, but teachers, through his school years, noticed genuine artistic ability in this young man, with his amazing designing of massive torture houses, comprising 20-room buildings filled with diabolical, evil inventions, of the most horrific kind his fertile young imagination could conceive, each room more perverse than preceding ones.

This passion for the grotesque soon had conversations going between parents teachers and the family Doctor, but it was just a phase that Steven the boy was passing through, soon overtaken by a love of a GI Joe character named Storm Shadow, the white ninja from G.I. Joe. When Steve left the Lord Nelson Public School, teacher, Mr. Webster noted in his yearbook that he would most likely be designing cereal boxes, in later life, something that almost came to pass during his time as an illustrator for a children’s promotional items.

City Going Under

Steve underwent, on February 1st 2010, the most traumatic of experiences when his wife, suffering from an undiagnosed heart condition called Long QT, died at their home, quite suddenly, but was, amazingly considering the time that had elapsed, brought back to life by the doctors at the Victoria hospital in London, apparently none the worse for her terrible ordeal. The image below was a tribute, by Steve, to the way he felt that day, waiting for what he presumed would be the worst possible news.

It is through his life experiences, and his fertile imagination, that the ideas for the awesome images that appear are drawn. He imagines the worst of disasters, as emotionally disturbing as the 9/11 attacks on the twin towers, or the Haitian earthquake, and tries to envisage the sorts of things that could be happening at some future time, water always featuring heavily in the images he creates, to incredibly dramatic effect.

The Big Swallow

His muse is often helped by listening to music, counting among his favorite musicians Keith Richards, Coldplay and the Black Keys. Inspiration, apparently, can come from anywhere, playing with the daughter, whom he adores, catching wind of something on the news, but many of the images he produces are directly linked to personal experiences. He takes great delight in thinking about the things that most frighten him, projecting those fears into his work.

His most famous and successful image was the Big Swallow, shown here, but it really is difficult to pick out any one as being the best, because the imagination that goes into the production of these images defies description, and the talent on display is monumental in scope. However Steve chooses to portray the future, he answers some primeval chod that hums deep inside every one of us, hoping for the best, but fearing the worst.

It would be comforting indeed to think that these visions, of an apocalypse we would all prefer not to see, are just pure imagination, but the dreadful images pouring out of Japan, depicting the truly horrific power of nature at her most vindictive, seem to show that these are every bit as prophetic, as we wish they were not. Steve McGhee is an amazing artist, but hopefully not a fortune-teller.


Apocalyptic, Art Painting, Imagery, Steve Mcgee

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mainly non-fiction articles, though I do write short stories, poetry and descriptive prose as well. Have been writing for over ten years now

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author avatar Buzz
30th Apr 2012 (#)

Great articles, Tony. The problem is you inundated wikinut with articles very suddenly, and you didn't bother to reply to those who followed you. Of course, you don't care.

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author avatar tony leather
30th Apr 2012 (#)

Hey Buzz. Sorry if I gave the impression that it doesn't matter to me who follows me or not. I think fans are very important, and of course I should interact more with all of you. Please bear with me, because I am still sort of feeling my way around. If you want to correspond I will be happy to do so.

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