Nick Blinko

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Nick Blinko
Birth name Nicholas John Blinko
Born (1961-09-04) 4 September 1961 (age 54)
Origin England
Genres Punk rock, anarcho-punk, deathrock
Instruments Vocal, guitar
Years active 1976–present
Associated acts S-Haters, The Magits, Rudimentary Peni, Fire in the Head

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.[1] He is also known for being an "outsider" artist, whose pen-and-ink drawings and paintings have been shown in galleries worldwide.[2] Blinko also creates all the drawings used by the band for its artwork.[3] [4]

Life and work[edit]

Blinko began his musical career in 1976 with the band S-Haters, although he never appeared on their recorded material. His first recorded musical project was The Magits, which formed in 1977 and was primarily electronic. This band only record, the 1979 "Fully Coherent" 7", was the first release on Blinko's Outer Himalayan Records label, and received occasional airplay by John Peel on Radio 1.[5]

His most well-known and longest running band, Rudimentary Peni, formed in 1980 and would go on to release three full-length albums and six EPs spanning 1981-2009. A full-length collection of the first two EPs was also released in 1987.[6][7]

Blinko has written and illustrated three books. The first, titled The Primal Screamer was a fictionalized semi-autobiographical novel with horror elements. It was published in 1995 by Spare Change Books, and received a second printing in 2002. The book is written as a series of journal entries made by the therapist of "Nathaniel Snoxell" (who starts a band which is never named but is similar to Rudimentary Peni in many ways).[8] This book was reprinted in 2011 by PM Press, and collected artwork used for several previous editions under one cover for the first time.[9] The 2011 edition is distributed by the Alternative Tentacles label.[10]

Blinko's second book, Haunted Head, was published in 2009 by David Tibet via Coptic Cat, in a limited edition of approximately 350 copies. An exclusive micro-edition of 60 copies was also published, featuring an original piece of art, while all copies of the book contained a postcard with a handwritten excerpt from the book. The edition size reflected the number of Blinko's handwritten postcards, from which the text of the book was transcribed, and which were included in the book. The book also included a one-track CD of a song by Rudimentary Peni called "Wilfred Owen The Chances" [11][12]

His third and most recent book was titled Visions of Pope Adrian 37th. It was published in 2011, again by Coptic Cat, in two extremely limited editions which both included a small piece of original art by Blinko, drawn directly onto a page of the book. The "standard edition" was limited to 370 copies, while the "special edition" was limited to 37. The book included 87 drawings, an introduction by outsider art specialist Colin Rhodes, and a brief introduction by Blinko. The artwork in this book was reproduced in its original A5 size.[13][14]

Blinko also contributed to a collection of punk fiction short stories, Gobbing Pogoing and Gratuitous Bad Language, published in 1996 by Spare Change Books. His story, "Punk Alice" (a reference to Rudimentary Peni's song "Alice Crucifies the Paedophiles"), is written in a sketchbook style of doodles and scribbled phrases referencing the death of punk, chess, Catholicism, depression, goth, Rudimentary Peni lyrics, and drug chemicals.[15]

Blinko has contributed album artwork to several musical projects aside from his own. Among these are Part 1's 1985 release Pictures of Pain, released on Pushead's label Pusmort;[16]Coil's 1997 release, Unnatural History III, released on Threshold House;[17] Iron Lung's 2007 Prank Records release Sexless//No Sex;[18] Omaniescum Aorisum's 2013 Solitude Records[19] release Mademoiselle Hélène;[20] and Fire in the Head's 2010 release Confessions of a Narcissist;.[21] He also contributed musically to two releases by Fire in the Head.

Blinko's artwork has been shown internationally and featured in books and magazines related to the field of outsider art. An exhibition at the National Schizophrenia Fellowship in 1994 first brought his art to public attention; he is now represented in the Collection de l'art brut in Lausanne.[22] He had a show at Kinz + Tillou Gallery in New York City in 2006.[23] Some of Blinko's artwork was featured at the Portland, Oregon art exhibit "Entartete Kunts" in June 2009.[24] In 2011, he had a solo exhibit titled "Visions of Pope Adrian 37th" at Pallant House Gallery in the U.K.[25]

Colin Rhode's Outsider Art: Spontaneous Alternatives, published by Thames & Hudson in 2000[26] features Blinko's art and a description of his working process.[27]

Blinko draws intensely dense and detailed compositions of faces, figures and obsessive patterns, which at times also incorporate fragmented phrases. Diagnosed as suffering from schizoaffective disorder, and in the past hospitalised, Blinko creates his pictures when not taking therapeutic medication that adversely affects his ability to work. His art conjures a nightmarish, anxiety-ridden world where inner demons might be exorcised through repetitive graphic marks. Out of thousands of tiny flecks and dashes emerge elaborate visions of skeletons, mysterious symbols and religious figures. Reminiscent of the macabre images of Goya or James Ensor, Blinko creates a personal iconography that evokes the magic and menace of a rich imagination.[28][29]

Rudimentary Peni concept album Pope Adrian 37th Psychristiatric is an exemplary work. It is rumored that the album was written while Blinko was being detained in a psychiatric hospital under Section 3 of the UK Mental Health Act 1983. The subject matter of the album is purported to be based on the delusions Blinko was experiencing at this time.[30]

Blinko currently resides on the "outskirts of London" in Abbots Langley.[31]


  1. ^ "The Cacophony of Rudimentary Peni". Retrieved 2013-11-09.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. ^ "Nick Blinko profile at Henry Boxer Gallery". Retrieved 2013-11-09.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  3. ^ " Collection of albums & EPs featuring artwork by Nick Blinko". Retrieved 2013-11-09.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  4. ^ "Kinz and Tillou Fine Art 2006 Gallery profile". Retrieved 2013-11-09.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  5. ^ "The Magits Fully Coherent 7" review". Retrieved 2013-11-09.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  6. ^ " listing for Rudimentary Peni". Retrieved 2013-11-09.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  7. ^ ""Somewhere Out There", 2008 Article/interview in Plan B Magazine by Noel Gardener, archived at". Plan B Magazine. Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  8. ^ The Primal Screamer (Google eBook). Retrieved 2013-11-09.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  9. ^ "Primal Screamer on Independent Publishers Group". Retrieved 2013-11-09.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  10. ^ "Primal Screamer listing on Alternative Tentacles". Retrieved 2013-11-09.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  11. ^ "The Haunted Head by Nick Blinko archived on". Retrieved 2013-11-09.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  12. ^ " listing - Haunted Head". Retrieved 2013-11-09.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  13. ^ "Nick-Blinko-Visions-of-Pope-Adrian-37th-now-available-for-order". Retrieved 2013-11-09.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  14. ^ "Visions of Pope Adrian". Retrieved 2013-11-09.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  15. ^ "Blinko profile at British Outsider". Retrieved 2013-11-09.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  16. ^ "Part 1 Pictures of Pain at". Retrieved 2013-11-09.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  17. ^ "Blinko profile at British Outsider". Retrieved 2013-11-09.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  18. ^ "Iron Lung Sexless-No Sex at". Retrieved 2013-11-09.  External link in |publisher= (help)
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  20. ^ "Omaniescum Aorisum Mademoiselle Hélène" at". Retrieved 2014-10-12.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  21. ^ " listing of F/I/T/H "Confessions of a Narcissist"". Retrieved 2013-11-09.  External link in |publisher= (help)
  22. ^ "The Devil is in the Detail, article by Tony Thorne in Raw Vision Magazine, issue 17 Winter 1996/97". Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  23. ^ "Nick Blinko Viewing Gallery May 11 - July 8, 2006". Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  24. ^ "ENTARTETE KUNTS returns to Portland in June 2009!". Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  25. ^ "Colin reviews Nick Blinko's 'Visions of Pope Adrian 37th' on show at Pallant House Gallery, Chichester until 14 August". Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  26. ^ "Thames & Hudson Catalogue listing". Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  27. ^ "Nick Blinko profile at Henry Boxer Gallery". Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  28. ^ "Nick Blinko profile at Henry Boxer Gallery". Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  29. ^ "The Devil is in the Detail, article by Tony Thorne in Raw Vision Magazine, issue 17 Winter 1996/97". Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  30. ^ "Southern Records listing for Pope Adrian 37th Psychristiatric". Retrieved 2013-11-09. 
  31. ^ "Nick Blinko profile at discover outsider". Retrieved 2013-11-09. 

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