Simon Stålenhag Paints a Fantastic Yet Familiar Future of Machines in Nature


The odd thing about the future is, once it arrives it never seems so futuristic. I mean, how many times have you heard, “Wow, I can’t believe it’s already 2013…”? But look around and it all seems pretty normal. That’s the feeling I get when looking at these seriously impressive paintings by Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag. His paintings show a universe much like our own, but beside the everyday humans carrying out everyday activities are massive buildings and machines running on technologies currently unknown.

Visual Bits #223> The Future Is Near

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Visual Bits #202> A Futuristic World

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Futuristic Fantasy Advertisements

While flipping through a magazine, it’s fairly common to be drawn in to the advertisements more than the articles themselves. A lot of time and money is spent plotting the best way to lure readers into the trap and present them with something they can’t live without. Los Angeles based artist Alex Gross was intrigued by this idea, since he considers fashion advertising to be “some of the most beautiful imagery around, much more than most fine art.”