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Robert Venosa Illuminatus Hardcover – March, 2000


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Craftsman House; 1St Edition edition (March 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9057032724
  • ISBN-13: 978-9057032721
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 10.2 x 11.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,472,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robert Venosa has exhibited his work worldwide and is represented in major international collections. In addition to painting, sculpting and film design, he has recently added computer art to his oeuvre. His art and writing have been published in Omni Magazine and in three previous publications, Manas Manna (Big O Publishing, London), Noospheres (Pomegranate Artbooks, USA), and One Source (Markowitz Publishing). He lives in Boulder, Colorado.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By RTC on March 24, 2000
ILLUMINATUS is an unprecedented publishing feat.
"To make art is to draw even with the aspirations of divinity. To make art well is to call spirit into being. Magicians, like Venosa, know this." - Terence McKenna. Have you ever taken a journey to a "separate reality" via ayahuasca or magic mushrooms or some such sacrament and wish you could bring back a snapshot or reconstruct an image from your visionary experience? I have, but cameras are not allowed on these trips, only the mind's eye, and I am left fantasizing about having the talent of a great painter, such as ROBERT VENOSA. Venosa is an artist of high accomplishment and much of his work reflects images of his inner mindscapes. His new book, ILLUMINATUS, further defines the genre of Fantastic Realism (Surrealism, Visionary, Hypo-realism, Psychedelic). With comments and essays by a host of illuminated mentors and/or contemporaries, ILLUMINATUS is simply a mind-expanding book. "Those artists, such as Venosa, who gain access to visionary states, captivate us through their eternal imagery to fall under a spell of that reality." - Ernst Fuchs.
But Venosa's visionary reflections are but one aspect of his broad talent and subject matter. His portraits have a photo-realism mixed with spirit that instills life on his canvases. He uses his photorealisms "...to lure us through its `reality' into his own inner world of swirling and seraphic energies....Venosa...learned the tempera and oil glazing technique... from yours truly in New York and...Ernst Fuchs in Vienna, and opted to perfect it in a state of mind of jewel-like clarity." - Mati Klarwein
Venosa's realism, like an hallucination, is astonishing. I confess there have been times I touched his artwork, expecting to feel something that wasn't there.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Brian Wallace (Co-author of It's Not Your Hair) on March 26, 2002
Herein lie pages that showcase the inner workings of your mind and the universe about you.
Scintillating, neural expansive designs capture color magically and tempt your momentary perception into conceiving things beyond normalcy. Bursting, exploding stimuli of bliss play with your perceptual faculties in a manner as powerful as the most forbidden psychoactives.
Haunting creatures and beckoning intergalactic sights draw you into a psychedelic feast for the mind. Visual art can push us into the recognition that the entire world is gorgeous. Venosa does this with rare style and unparalleled mastery of his medium.
Where the organic meets the technological and where the science meets the sexes is the land that these amazing works foster.
Venosa hints at how things could really be if and when we discover what it is that DNA is all about.
Be ready for Venosa to continue to show us the way!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Chandler on November 16, 2012
ROBERT VENOSA "ILLUMINATUS" (1999) - The BEST Paintings in the Book!

Listings are given by the page numbers -

Up to 1979:
#39, 45, 67, 73, 74-75, 95, 100, 103, 105, 107, 109, 111, 131, 133, 135, 137, 141,
143, 146-147, 153, 159, 161, 163, 177, 190, 191, 199
Underlined once: #103, 107, 109, 135, 191 - twice: #67, 74-75, 95, 105, 146-147, 191
Underlined three-times: #45, 137, 163 (obviously, my FAVORITE paintings!)

After 1979:
#19, 20-21, 25, 26-27, 42-43, 52-53, 56-57, 60-61, 64-65, 78-79, 85, 160, 179, 186-187, 193, 201
Underlined once: #19, 20-21, 42-43, 52-53, 64-65 - Underlined twice: #26-27, 56-57, 60-61, 193

The "Montages":
#89, 120-121, 125, 171, 173, 181, 216 ("GHASTLIOS I & II" only), 217
Underlined once: #89, 181, 216, 217 - Underlined twice: #125

I COMPARED all of the paintings in "MANAS MANA", that are in THIS book (29 in total).
It would take too much space & time to give a detailed explanation, but overall, THIS book
IS BETTER - A few examples: the painting on page 67 makes it look UNFINISHED in "M.M."!
And the colors on the painting on pages 74-75 are so different, it makes you really wonder (?!).
Basically, "Illuminatus" has better colors and detailed printing and uses better paper.
And (of course) being a later collection means MORE work to be seen and text to be read.

Geoffrey Chandler (November 14 & 16, 2012)
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