About this project
IMAGINER: THE ART OF CLIVE BARKER
LIMITED EDITION OF 1,000 HARDCOVER BOOKS
PLUS 100 special Signed and Numbered Bookplate editions.
"I think of myself as somebody who is reporting from a world of dreams." -Clive Barker, interview for Barnes and Noble, Fall 2002.
For over twenty years the imagination of Clive Barker has been hailed as a genius by a generation of creatives including such notable visionaries as Stephen King and Guillermo del Toro. But where does Clive Barker find his primal inspiration?
Clive has said from his first interviews that he keeps a brush and ink next to his bed to capture fragments of dreams, and that his stories originate as visuals first- the works on canvas are more often than not Clive's inital introduction to the characters and universes that he then picks up a pen to illuminate. The most recent example of this is his world of Abarat:
"I'm painting these pictures in the expectation that... interesting, strange characters and landscapes will come into my mind and into my mind's eye and appear on the canvas through the brush. There is something willfully strange about this process- that you stand back at the end of a night's work and you look at something and you say, 'Where did that come from?' I mean, I'm not the only artist who does that - lots of artists do that, I know. And it's been wonderful because if I had created Abarat from words- if I'd written Abarat and then illustrated it... it would not be anything like as rich or as complex or as contradictory a world as it is. Because this is a world which has been created from dream visions... What I'm doing is finding stories that match the shape of my dreams."
IMAGINER is the first comprehensive volume of the artwork of Clive Barker. Featuring over 75 artworks and over 160 pages, the book will be a gorgeous large format of 10" x 13" inches. There have been marginal explorations of Clive's artwork in the past, but the most important part of this project is that the book is composed of entirely ALL NEW and ULTRA HIGH RESOLUTION image captures. The detail is impeccable, and Clive flatteringly declared the difference in detail of the new captures compared to previously printed ones like the difference between "chalk and cheese". (Which means they're really, really good!)
The purest, most direct path from the raw creative mind of Clive Barker to our world is through his artworks. We are in the process of exhuming and documenting a lifetime of genius; these artworks are the origin points of characters we recognize, and hold hints of stories yet to come. We expect this first book to be the beginning of a series of volumes examining his work in great detail, and are also in the process of documenting his creative process on film for a documentary titled Clive Barker: Imaginer.
This is an art book of the highest quality, and is being created with the utmost attention to detail to present the artwork as though you were witnessing the paintings and drawings in person.
What makes a "fine art" book?
The capturing of images is incredibly important- for this book we have used a high-resolution scanback camera with a Hasselblad lens; all artworks were carefully lighted, and are being painstakingly color corrected as we speak. Many books that you see are 8.5" x 11" or smaller because it's a cutoff point for pricing. The next plateau is 9" x 12". The artwork of Clive Barker looks best printed in an even more dramatic 10" x 13" format- since we are going directly to the fans with this we can avoid the demands and concerns of mass-market publishing and print this book at a beautiful large format that shows the artwork in the best possible manner!
On January 18, 2014 we begin the celebration of Clive's artwork with an exhibition at Century Guild gallery in Los Angeles, where Clive's artwork will be hanging amidst works by important Symbolists including Alphonse Mucha and Franz von Stuck, drawings from 19th century Austrian masters Gustav Klimt and Koloman Moser, and an impressive selection of German silent film and cabaret artworks. The exhibition poster for the show and the tshirt commemorating this important event are of the highest quality printing possible, and are pictured below:
What happens if we exceed our goal?
All funds will go into making the book as decadent as we can imagine, and any excess will be used to fund the documentation of the work of Clive Barker on film and the thorough archiving of his notebooks, paintings, and personal archives for posterity.
Risks and challenges
We have hired a full-time archivist who is painstakingly color correcting the artworks as we speak! We have published a number of highly-praised art books, and the work is nearly ready to be printed so there will be no delays in getting this book released this Summer! We will have this book for a major public release at San Diego Comic Con International in July 2014.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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