Yayoi Kusama is an amazing surrealist who has spent many years in a mental institution where she has her studio in Japan. Kusama has recently had a series of important exhibitions, so there is a renewed inter0st in her art. At the age of 82, she is an inspiration to so many of us.
Sir Francis Bacon once said: ‘There is no excellent beauty that hath not some strangeness in the proportion’, and the work of Spanish street artist Aryz seems to embody this quote perfectly. His paintings and murals are stunningly ethereal, accessible, and beautiful, but also tinged heavily with a dark and unsettling surrealism.
New Zealand designer Maree Horner likes to drop old donkeys into children’s swimming pools to trigger her subconscious process. In Furniture of the World, a human belly appears from inside a bucket; others rest in a suitcase, a box or bin. Her images are like modern Rubik cubes of male and female genitalia.
This fine example of ‘oddness in action’ is this photo of a guy named Hugo Ball elaborately reciting a poem called Karawane. Hugo Ball, Hans Arp, Tristan Tzara und Marcel Janco were the founders of the famous Cabaret Voltaire in Zurich (Switzerland) which is known to be “the cradle of dadaism”. Dadaism was a cultural movement that involved visual arts, literature, poetry, theatre and graphic design.
Granada-born artist Paco Pomet bases his paintings on old archival photographs, interjecting silly, surreal, and absurd elements — skewed and stretched features, scale shifts, extra or missing limbs, or goofy pop imagery — commenting on the distorting nature of memory.
Drawing from art nouveau, classical mythology, and surrealism, Argentinian illustrator Santiago Caruso creates some of the most arresting images I’ve seen in a while. His illustrated version of H. P. Lovecraft’s short story The Dunwich Horror perfectly visualizes the late horror writer’s words.
With the new Tim Burton movie right around the corner, the quirky, spooky paintings of San Francisco artist Michael Page are just the right fix to hold me over. With a muted woodsy world inhabited by puppet-like figures, and the endearing monsters that terrorize them, ‘ll most likely be dropping by for a Page fix even long after I get my fill of Coraline next week.
Glenn Brown utilizes the tactile and visceral nature of paint to create neo-classical and surreal works that reference the great renaissance masters as well as more recent artists such as Dali and Duchamp.
I really love the mystery in Brandon Boyd’s new artwork. Ectoplasm, the theme of his latest solo exhibit, is known in popular culture as a substance produced by physical mediums when in a trance state. But it’s not every day that spiritual Ghostbuster slime gets splashed on canvas. ‘It seems my fascination with the all […]
The work of Jennybird Alcantara is a trip, to say the least. This stuff is about as surreal is surreal gets. Think dolls, and animals, and plants, and insects, then mix it all up every which way and you’ve got the beautifully twisted paintings of Jennybird Alcantara.
I’m really enjoying the beautiful work of artist Mike Bertino. Each piece is like ten stories crammed full of pop references and then wedged cheek-to-cheek into one glorious, colorful piece of surreal, eye popping goodness.
Wow! Rita Dianni-Kaleel’s artwork is like the dream I almost had last night, but never quite got there. It’s full of allegorical references and vibrant intonations. She studied at The Carol Cameron Studio and continued with the Drisi Studio Of Fine Art, Gerald Merfeld, Brookwood Studio and Koh-Varilla Guild. ‘Among her corporate and public exhibitions are Unilever, O’Hare Airport International, Time Life Building of Chicago, and Midway Airport’.
Returning to Hong Kong after graduating from The Royal College of Art inspired artist Mimi Leung to create the series The Hope and Struggle. Motifs such as disease, mutation and vomit help convey the tensions of life in Hong Kong and the need for self-expression.
The intricate, surrealist paintings of Australian artist Cameron Hayes recall the work of Hieronymus Bosch in scale and detail, but the actual style of his images draws a lot from children’s books and folk art. The cheerful and dreamlike quality of his pieces contrasts with the seriousness of the topics he engages — his most recent show at the Ronald Feldman Gallery in New York tackles the impact of colonialism on his native country.