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Yesod by PeteMohrbacher Yesod by PeteMohrbacher
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Foundation. The bedrock beneath existence. The fertile soil, impregnated by moonlight.

Light dances atop the earth. Where it touches, cinder-soft turf is upturned and exposes this planet to the Sephirot. At midnight a precious conversation takes place between Malkuth and Yesod under the gaze of a hooded moon and we are the words. Our story  continues to scrawl itself across the world, forever.

-a creation myth
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ravencxrpse Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2018
i actually love that Fallujah used this artwork :)
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M60-Carnifex Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2018
Surprised no ones referenced Fallujah yet.
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Giontho Featured By Owner Mar 17, 2018  Professional Artist
That's really dope!
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MetalHead404 Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2018
Dude, that's the artwork for one of my favorite albums! Good job! :-D
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eceagerton Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2018  Professional Traditional Artist
Fantastic!
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terryxtr Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2017  Hobbyist
Fallujah
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Liverounds Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
FALLUJAH! <3
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Pikasde Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2016
This is wonderful, reminds me of what I may feel when I try to be true to myself. Thank you for that!
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Shiroiro Featured By Owner May 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fallujah have your permission to use this image as cover for Dreamless album?
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BecherArt Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2016
mega!!!
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PandoreanPheonix Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2016
A new-born King, ..A new-born King, ...on High these face Lip-Ed'D Angels Sang'ette'D!  Will this Face-less eyes ever speak my name to living for ever on-wards by the Bow of the Hulls Ship-yard Paces!  If only the water wasn't so Cold _-and the creek-bed no less Shallow than the Demands of Bridge!  *no Crescendo... *no Crescendo... Time for a Chorus to ^Pitch into the Worms of Space beyond my: "Voice-w/-GOD!"
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PurpleDragonFury Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
You work reminds me a lot of zdzislaw beksinski works. :) Love it.
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SaneKyle Featured By Owner Feb 20, 2016  Professional Digital Artist
Great that you let the band Fallujah make this the cover for their new album!
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Ruiwen-art Featured By Owner Dec 15, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Your art remind me of Zdzisław Beksiński (๑• . •๑)
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KushinaUsagi Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2015
cool stuff!
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chuckles-the-cat Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
-subject matter is different
-colors throughout the series are different
-faces are less distorted in Pete's work
-compositions are different
-spheres emanating forth from large figures is a common theme in surrealist art, and does not belong solely to Beksinski. 

You don't have a strong case to begin with in saying that the style is completely lifted, but also consider these ideas. Art is an iterative process, for the artist himself and for the culture of humanity. Ever hear Pablo Picasso's famous words, 'Good artists copy, great artists steal'? Complete originality has far less impact and resonance than work that draws from what we are familiar with as a human culture. Pete's style adaptations are a beautiful tribute to Beksinski and what Pete is doing keeps Beksinski's achievements in painting relevant and alive in modern art. It's a true complement to the original whenever influence is used for a new purpose.

I'm surprised that you can feel this way about a symbolic painting and still appreciate surrealism. Surrealism is innately symbolic, and symbols come from cultural understanding. The thing that makes symbols work and resonate is a shared cultural understanding. How can you be so protective of symbols when spreading them intensifies their impact? 
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After reading this I went and had a look at Zdzislaw's works. While I definitely see some similarities, I see far more differences. Zdzislaw's work is far more dreary and depressing, morbid and grotesque almost. His works look twisted and disfigured and for me at least give off very different feelings than Pete's work. The style isn't even really the same. Much of Zdzislaw's work was extremely detailed and intricate with hundreds of different tiny individual parts, while Pete's seems much more focused on the shape and figure of these entities, which right off the bat breaks your theory that he's coasting off of someone else's imagination and work. I mean, really. I have a gallery of both artists up on my monitors now and as I look back and forth I'm not seeing anything that is strikingly similar. In fact the more I look the greater the differences become. I honestly wouldn't be totally surprised if Pete's work wasn't inspired by Zdzislaw's at all. I would love if you actually provided some examples of Pete's work compared to Zdzislaw's and pointed out how they are so similar that one must have stolen the other's work, because I'm not seeing it at all. The most similar out of all of Pete and Zdzislaw's work that I could find is the picture we're commenting on now by Pete, and this > www.gnosis.art.pl/iluminatorni… < picture here by Zdzislaw. There are some obvious similarities here. One thing to note is that the picture we're commenting on is titles "Yesod", which is an entity in Kabbalah, and Zdzislaw's picture seems to be the Holy Spirit from Christianity. The point here is that Yesod from Kabbalah and the Holy Spirit from Christianity are essentially the same thing, they mirror each other.

I wouldn't be surprised if this picture was inspired by Zdzislaw's picture, there are obvious similarities. But in no way do I see it as theft. There are even more differences than similarities. The colors and tones, and the way each artist envisioned this entity itself is entirely unique; if you can't see that then I don't know what to tell you. Not to mention the differences go beyond that. At most this was inspired by the other, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that, obviously. 

To be frank, I'm saying you're full of shit. Anyone in their right mind would be able to easily notice that this isn't theft, and that at most Pete is inspired by some of Zdzislaw's pieces. What's actually fucked up is that you can sit here and confuse inspiration with theft and accuse him of stealing someone else's work and calling it his own while there actually are people out there straight up stealing other people's ideas and slapping their name on it. Instead you sit here and label a great artist a thief and tell them they should burn their work simply because it was inspired. 

Edited for misspellings 
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Clannad16 Featured By Owner Aug 5, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Beautifully awesome
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MechRockStar14 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2015  Student General Artist
His gaze seems disturbed. It is as if carrying the world on his belly. He gave his life for his children. Wonderful!
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ShadowHawk137 Featured By Owner Jul 26, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
This design really resonates with me. I have a personal fear of alien entities which have human features, yet this makes me feel calm rather than disgusted/afraid. I look at it, and I can see and feel that it is an alien entity (not an extraterrestrial, but rather something beyond our grasp and knowledge), yet it fills me with a sense of benevolence, of ancient and timeless knowledge, and of a deep, childish curiosity that is tempered with logic and wisdom. Really fantastic. I have to ask, as I see this is part of a set, is this a pantheon you created yourself or is it representations of something which already exists? I would be very interested to study more about this; that's how fantastic this piece is. It's so good that I want to learn more about where it came from. Have a nice day.
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Mona-Raraavis Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
stunning!
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Burfaburgenson Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
"Man do'th not know what mysteries lie beyond their grasp of knowledge. Be it space or time."   -Totally insane old man.
S'awesome btw.
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JanKulinicz Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2015
It affects the imagination. Impressive skills and great style.
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Silverwolf51 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
Beautiful! I would never in a million years ever be able to come up with something like this!
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Krehlmar Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015
Love it, reminds me of Zdzisław only less morbid and more arcane 
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Bigjack66 Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2015
Great talent and imagination at work here!😎
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EnemaCocktail Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2015
Looks a lot like a Draag from the movie La Planete Sauvage during meditation.
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Paintedland Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
Epic!!
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Sinshiro2 Featured By Owner May 8, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One word, Woaw !!Clap 
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LordFantasy Featured By Owner Apr 22, 2015  Student Digital Artist
i'm really dumbfounded by your sheer creativity man. WHere and what is your inspiration for these works, and what references do you use?
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Shinseinasenshi Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
If you Google the titles, it's fairly simple to see.
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Fresh-Mind-Fresh-Day Featured By Owner Apr 20, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
so dreamy  ! i love this one !

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I made this to inspire you

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RP-Meleth Featured By Owner Apr 19, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
It reminds me a bit of Beksinski's work.  Just perfect. :)
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diebruder Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hermoso
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Iamweirddealwithit Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
is there a reason you have a lot of Hebrew names for your drawings?
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ASeatedNight Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2015
The creatures, well fallen angels he draws are taken from 'The Book of Enoch' which comes from the esoteric tradition of Kabbalah.
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SomeKindaSpy Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2015
That's not a fallen angel. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sephirot
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Winterthorn Featured By Owner Edited Dec 26, 2016  Student Traditional Artist
somekindaspy is right, they are all aspects of the divine creator/source. I think artists should be careful in bringing forth such powerful concepts to the masses. As an audience we must always be aware of the fact that messages and symbolism are constantly being communicated to us on a subconscious level whether we know their origins or not. 
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SmilingKat Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I've seen your art before and I'm just fascinated! I especially love this one!
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LoupeX2 Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2015
I am definitely in love with your art...
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1FlamingTurtle Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2015  Student Traditional Artist
all of your art is so trippy and realistic i fucking love it :D <3
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SpiritHide Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2015  Student Digital Artist
damn... you are a legend, indeed
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The-Golem-Armada Featured By Owner Mar 29, 2015  Professional General Artist
That is beautiful!
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onomisha Featured By Owner Mar 28, 2015  Hobbyist
Amazing.........It is so very inspirational and touching. BEAUTIFUL ❤️💫❤️

Mind if I ride along with you as a fan, ❤️
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silverwing47 Featured By Owner Mar 22, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
This awesome
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Iskander1989 Featured By Owner Mar 16, 2015  Professional Digital Artist
This is absolutely amazing... insipiring as hell! OMG

Congrats buddy, you're one of my favourite artists ever!
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Zechla Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2015  Hobbyist Interface Designer
AW HELL YUS, I agree~
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