Selections to be published in 2014 as WRATH, RUIN AND A RED NIGHTFALL: The Art of John Cockshaw by Oloris Publishing.
Welcome to the blog and this collection of original artwork inspired by The Lord of the Rings and J.R.R Tolkien's wider mythology of Middle-earth. Aside from the influence of the source writing of Tolkien influence is also drawn from Director Peter Jackson's film trilogy (2001-2003) and the highly regarded Tolkien illustrators Alan Lee and John Howe. The magnificent musical score written for the film trilogy by Howard Shore also holds a significant influence upon the atmospheric and evocative quality of the works in this collection. From Mordor to the Misty Mountains combines landscape, miniature-scale and composite photography to depict locations, dramatic scenes and characters from the enduringly popular stories.
Copyright of all images belongs to John A Cockshaw
The City besieged colour variant
Article: Introducing the art of John Cockshaw: a different path to Middle-earth
Dark places of the world
This exhibition had been pending as a possible idea for a short time and as a fantastic and brand new local venue (opening only in November) it was with great pride to be able to hang a selection of pieces from the collection to coincide with the cinema's two-week run of the second chapter of The Hobbit trilogy.
Many thanks to Manager Penny Hartley (inc. James Hare and Bev Isherwood)
The deadly presence of Smaug quietly sleeps amongst the treasure-hoard of The Lonely Mountain. His massive trailing body is hidden except for his still head atop the piles of gold. Bilbo emerges into the dungeon-hall in the far centre of the image. Smaug here is composed from miniature rock photography and this piece offers a monochrome variation on 'Hoard of the dungeon-hall' (seen further below a few posts down) that featured in the Sociedad Tolkien Espanola's Exibition Niggle 2013 in Seville.
More monochrome variations of existing pieces will follow over the course of December...
|Final piece comprising elements photographed at miniature scale with multi-textured layers to shape the dragon form and fire damage|
|Detail of the dragon Smaug|
This video was created to provide an insight into my creative process and my rationale for approaching art inspired by Middle-earth. It offers my motivation for taking the path of photography when visualizing Middle-earth, and illustrates the particular aspects of influence that are drawn from J.R.R Tolkien's writing.
As a book trailer that also employs the official Oloris Publishing logos it also looks ahead to the publication date of Spring 2014 as a means to begin generating interest. A good chunk of June was spent filming and editing this video piece, which proved to be a delightful challenge in terms of being both informative and enticing.
I hope you enjoy viewing it as much as I enjoyed putting it together!