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Library of the Dark Arts

Aradani Studios

  • $24.99

Available sizes:

8.5" x 11" open edition print (only at shows)
11" x 14" open edition print
18" x 24" signed and numbered, limited edition print (out of 250)

Want to purchase this artwork? Buy it directly from the artist at the following shows:

The Tennessee Renaissance Festival
Ohio Renaissance Festival

About the Piece:

This piece was another commissioned work. This building housed the Art History Department of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN when I was a student there from 1998-2002. It was a gymnasium until the late 1800's, when it was renovated and became the home for Fine Arts. Many people see much more in this piece than a university building, from the dark exterior to the moon revealing itself behind the tower. Originally the artwork was an accurate rendition of the facade, with the inscription of "Fine Arts. 1880. The Old Gym." across the stonework above the door. But so many customers told me that the inscription ruined the ambiance of the piece, that I changed the relief work above the door. I challenge you to translate the relief from its ruinscript.

The original was done as a gift for my father, Chris Bielaczyc, and is in his private collection.


About the Artist:

Paul and his brother Michael opened Aradani Studios in 2002, selling both their artwork and costuming as they travelled all across the US. Paul’s medium of choice is charcoal, a passion he discovered in college. He loves the fluidity of it, the ease of moving it across the page with a simple gesture, and on the flipside, the challenge of it, such a simple gesture can also erase hours of painstaking detail. Paul’s work has won numerous awards around the country, including the prestigious Chesley Award in 2006, for Best Monochrome Unpublished for his piece Nightmare. He currently resides in Nashville, TN, where he, his brother, and sister continue to expand and build their elf ear empire. You can see his artwork at

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