The Art of Nick Blinko

Nick Blinko (born 4 September 1961) is a British musician, lyricist, and artist best known as the lead singer, lyricist and guitar player for the British band Rudimentary Peni. He is also known for being an “outsider” artist who creates all the drawings used by the band for its artwork. [from wikipedia

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One of Blinko’s drawings

Nick Blinko suffers from schizophrenia and supposedly once believed himself to be the Pope. Many of his nightmarishly detailed drawings focus on religion and death. Unfortunately, nobody has published a book of his art, which is so painstakingly detailed that Google images do not do them justice. So far, the only way to obtain his art is by buying the Rudimentry Peni albums (I own them all 😉 ), aside from a few illustrations in his book, The Primal Screamer, which is a hard to obtain novel.

A small collection of his artwork can be viewed here, and a popular article on Nick Blinko can be found here.

As far as his music is concerned, I would recommend Rudimentary Peni’s EPs of RP. (Which apparently goes for about $60 nowadays!)

7 Responses to “The Art of Nick Blinko”

  1. This article was pretty interesting. I’ve never heard of this artist before but he’s definitely got an interesting “outsider art feel to him. Heres a site that has deals somewhat with images of the occult and other scary type things you might find useful.


  2. I definitely think that he has interesting and unique style of his own. I like his black and white drawing.

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  4. Also fond of Blinko’s art, I own three drawings from the man, one is for sale if someone should be interested

  5. You can buy the book at walmart

  6. Gary Gordon Says:

    For an “outsider artist” Mr. Blinko’s work is top shelf. Many would be artists work hard to develop a true style and fall short. This body of work is beyond a style, it’s a highly developed memetic language. All of the cross hatching and structure and fluidity are hypnotic. I think it compares well to the work of H.R. Geiger.

    I would love to see what Blinko would do with sculpture or if maybe he would do his own illustration of an H.P. Lovecraft story. Imagine if Blinko re-did all of the illustrations from the first Dungeons and Dragons Monster Manual? I can dream.

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