Terrance Lindall and Bienvendio 'Bones' Banez: Paradise Lost and Satanic Verses
Terrance Lindall has recently announced the upcoming Gold Elephant Folios, projected to be available by September 2014, in which Bien's Satanic Verses will be illustrated with his own images centered and Lindall's images along the periphery. Lindall's work of this sort has already been praised highly by renowned Milton collector Robert J. Wickenheiser:
Without a doubt, Terrance Lindall is the foremost illustrator of Paradise Lost in our age, comparable to other great illustrators through the ages, and someone who has achieved a place of high stature for all time.That quote appears at the website linked to just under the above image, as does a quote from me:
The poetic conceit that Bones is working with is that we're already living in the tribulation of the eschaton, and the poem is his artistic vision, accompanied by vivid, electrifying artworks depicting, in some way, those troubled times.I've said even more about Bien's art and self-commentary, in an email to Lindall:
Bien's a great artist. His writing is not always the clearest in meaning, but I've found that if I don't try to pin down too precisely what he means, then I can understand him well enough. His writing is, of course, bound to be of interest to future art critics and art historians.Bien's Satanic Verses might seem more clear than his raw words themselves, for they've undergone some editing by Lindall and me, but the words should never be taken quite so literally as one might think, but, rather, literarily!
There's a certain fallen glory in the images that he displays -- like stained glass windows of hell. I've never seen anything quite like them.
I'll be interested in seeing the final product, which may differ to some degree from the version I edited . . .