If you prefer to cling to reality, this page is not for you
Try to use your imagination a little... or a lot. Some of this art requires a fresh perspective and the suspension of disbelief from the viewer, while some requires... well, a strong drink to properly figure it out.
We're fully aware that it's impossible to probe the (often) murky depths of the sea of surreal art in a single article. So this is only a sample of the best material that came our way in recent months - art we found irresistible and memorable enough to highlight here. Send us tips about artists and their works that similarly impressed you, for inclusion in a follow-up issue.
Augmented Nature in Ilkka Halso's Surreal Photography
This is the best attempt to build something in natural environment, period. Too bad it's only a rendering. Imagine wandering through the serene Finnish forests, and encountering such structures.... Simply sublime.
"Museum" is the best expression for ecology-concerned thinking that we encountered so far:
I personally consider some surreal art therapeutic: such art soothes or inspires in the exact moment of emotional need, sometimes quite unexpectedly so. While realistic art is constrained in its means to convey emotion, surrealism's deceptive freedom of expression can be just as challenging to deal with. Here are a few deeply-felt artistic "ventures" into imaginary realms:
Profound Imagery of Samuel Bak, Holocaust Survivor
Samuel Bak was born in Vilna and started to display his drawings in the Vilna ghetto. "Bak's father was killed just a few days before Vilna was liberated by the Russians. After the war's end, he was sent to refugee camps in Germany, and emigrated to Israel in 1948"
"Targets Revisited" -
"Still Life with Ego" - part of the spectacular "The Fruit of Knowledge" series -
The shape of a pear exists either in its "Present Absence" -
or "Absent Presence":
He also re-works the hebrew letters of names of his parents and grandparents, placing these shapes in a surreal (blasted and sorrowful) landscape. You have to see this series for yourself.
Landscapes of the Soul, Amplified
You can not find this "terra impossible" on any maps, but you can easily relate to the mood and the message of most of these surreal images. Salvador Dali created the sub-genre of psychedelic landscape, but even he might be startled by the weirdness of some of the most far-out offerings - but then again, after a few glasses of wine and some petting of his favorite cats, I'm sure, he'd ask to see some more...
First, George Grie with his thrilling landscape vistas:
Russian surrealist painter Alexander Kruglov can whip up pretty powerful Dali-esque landscapes, seemingly effortlessly:
"Subtle Melodies of Sunset"
Russian "post-everything" sadness, amplified:
"Never gonna fly again" -
David Ho is equally adept at creating haunting magazine illustrations and more personal works, such as his "Contemplation" cycle:
"My Darkest Hour" -
Art of Erlend Mork is also heavy stuff: emotionally and visually loaded - and as such, pretty much unforgettable:
"Our faces as our days"
Futuristic "Primitive" Art of Ian Pyper
This is what "primitive" graffiti and folk/naive art from the future may look like - delivered to you by Ian Pyper, who spends time scouring the future for symbols of atoms, flying saucers, robots and aliens! -
More of his "Paleolithique Moderne" -
Larry Carlson: Fractal Surrealism
Something quite unusual can be seen among Larry Carlson' s psychedelic creations. Fractal collages are not new, but fractal cottages are...! Plus some totally improbable objects, placed in normal suburbia:
Painted blog of Paul Rica is a reflection of his web-surfing during the week. He says: "Every week I collect stuff on the web that's funny, poetic or weird and make an oil painting from it." Pretty neat idea, we think.
"Tongue-in-Cheek" Surreal Art
Sometimes it takes very little to achieve an original result. Why nobody combined yet Starbucks culture with Victorian sensibilities, I have no idea.
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