Thursday, February 16, 2006


A human, once bitten, suffers the transition to immortality. All of the old stories appeal to a romantic view of the vampire. The bite sends the victim to shock; he awakes as wolf or bat, ravenous, deadly. It has taken hundreds of years for Valmont`s painting to surface; it is, as far as is known, the only artistic attempt to capture that hypnogogic experience. Valmont was the first of the great French artists to become the undead and he spent many years, many lives, wresting the scene from his victims.Through the use of cocaine and torture, Valmont drew from them the unconscious images he was able to paint, the towers of defenses crumbling, the many faces of the fear and lies a human presents to the world becoming mere epherea, the transition to wolfen complete!