Now, before anyone gets too excited, I don’t know if it’s an *actual* deck, or an artistic experiment. The artist is Indonesian and the comments aren’t in English, but I have sent a message!
The deck is called The Real Art of Tarot (to view larger, click the orange monitor “Download” icon on the left) and is designed in the style of traditional Indonesian art, interpreted in a modern, graphical way. This translates into wonderful lines and bold swirls of colour, very reminiscent of batik. It is GORGEOUS. The artist has managed to stick very closely to the RWS card presentation, so it is entirely readable – even for beginners – except that it is artistically and aesthetically more pleasing by 1000% (yes, I do have something of a hate-on for the Rider-Waite).
The figures are graceful, slightly otherworldly, vaguely Art Nouveau in feel, reminiscent of the fashion illustrations of the early 20th Century and lush for days. Colour… oh, colour. It makes my heart sing! There is a high amount of detail and texture in the images, without them becoming fussy and overwhelming. And, despite sticking to the western esoteric tradition in the way the cards are presented, there is a definite tribal atmosphere to the pictures. Maybe it’s just the textile-whore in me talking, but they have a life and vibrancy that is completely missing from the very staged drawings of PCS (I know, I know, she was a theatre designer…).
In short: I want, I want, I WANT!!
I dare you to not love this deck:
Now, who can hook me up?? Got it!