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Benjamin A. Vierling

Benjamin A. Vierling was born in San Francisco, and has been evoking arcane imagery since he could hold a brush. Employing the renaissance painting technique of mixing egg tempera and oil pigments, he currently works from his California atelier in a Gold Rush era convent. Specializing in mythical portraiture and Vanitas themes, his paintings are shown and collected internationally. Exhibitions include the Roq la Rue Gallery in Seattle, the renowned Art Fair Cologne and at the Strychnin Gallery in Berlin, Germany. Select drawings and paintings were also displayed at the 2011 Esoteric Book Conference in the Emerald City.

Vierling’s illustration work has appeared in a wide variety of occult and metaphysical contexts ranging from illuminated horoscopes, album covers, and alchemical treatises. Recent projects include the original illustrations in Jocus Severus and Microcsomus Melothesia, published by Ouroboros Press, as well as the paintings used for the highly-acclaimed alchemical books by Robert Allen Bartlett, Real Alchemy and The Way of the Crucible. His painting, Sacred Heart, currently appears on the cover of Veneficium: Magic, Witchcraft, and the Poison Path by Daniel A. Schulke.


Die Chymische Hochzeit, an illuminated Vierling illustration dating from the first year of the 21st Century, appears in the premier issue of the CLAVIS Journal, co-published under the CLAVIS EDITIONS imprint by Ouroboros Press and Three Hands Press.

The Vierling illustration, which depicts the sacred union of male and female principles and is inspired by the theme as explored by Johannes Valentinus Andreä, accompanies an article on the Philosophical Mercury, by the renowned 15th century alchemist, Sir George Ripley. SOLD.













This original pen and ink drawing was commissioned for the Microcosmus Melothesia silkscreen poster issued by Ouroboros Press.

Original Drawing.  9.5″ x 12.5″ Ink on paper. $400.00







Alchemical Aviary

Original drawing. Image used in Jocus Severus, published by Ouroboros Press, 2010.
Media: Pen & Ink on paper.
Dimensions: 24″ x 21″ Framed.
Date of Creation: 2010.
Price: SOLD.

“This original pen and ink drawing was rendered at the bequest of William Kiesel for his exquisite pressing of the allegorical tale Jocus Severus, by the Renaissance alchemist, Count Michael Maier. The artwork is inspired by the engraving which appeared in the original 17th century text, and shows 15 different species of avids flocking to attend a resurrecting phoenix. Crowned by a glorious owl, the image provides an enchanting vision of the metaphoric nuances of the text.

The drawing is impressively matted and framed, making an inviting presentation to be contemplated & explored.”