An article written by Robert Foster of Bank Holiday

In keeping with this season of cheer and joy, we bring you.... Zdzisław Beksiński (1929-2005) a Polish painter who produced these grim little numbers before being murdered by the son of his long time caretaker in 2005, who stabbed him to death - 17 wounds in total, just to make sure - because he wouldn't lend him the equivalent of £50.

His paintings are grim as grim can be, but he found them amusing and thought of them as hopeful rather than apocalyptic, which makes absolutely no sense at all. Have a go on these: