The Bizarre, Surreal Worlds of Painter Jung-Yeon Min

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Her work rides a fine line between the grotesque and the beautiful, at once begging us to explore deeper and at the same time frightening us with what we find. Korean born, Paris based Jung-Yeon Min creates elaborate landscapes filled with organic, globular forms that resemble things as lovely as clouds and as revolting as innards. Like multiple worlds layered on top of each other, geometric forms and elements of reality weave their way into the scene – from polar bears and humans, to distant mountain ranges and lost luggage. It’s a world of the strange and the familiar.

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Visual Bits #430 > Smile For The Surreal!

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Bizarre Animal Sculptures Blend Fantasy with Reality

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If you love animals and fantasy then you must see these surreal mixed media sculptures by Ellen Jewett. The Ontario-based artist became obsessed with sculpting three dimensional forms at a young age. “To Ellen, sculpting has always been about life; biological narratives, emotions, movement, balance and observations about life’s subtleties and overtures” (About). With each sculpture she achieves an exorbitant level of reality depicting each animal, then brings it into the surreal world with unique mixed media accents. Each creature seems like it was pulled out of a dream.

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Horse Paintings Leap into Color

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Horses have been a part of Yaheya Pasha’s family background for generations. Not only did her parents grow up with horses, but her grandfather was an avid horseman and polo player in India. Now, with her own love for art, she has translated her families passion into fine equestrian paintings which capture the movement of the horse through clean lines, and brilliant colors.

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Surreal Paintings On Humans in the Urban Environment

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With the aim of showing how fragile the human body can be in ever complex urban environments, Melbourne based artist Jeremy Geddes creates surreal paintings. In his recent series titled Exhale, Jeremy painted his subjecs in desolate environments, often experiencing some form of impossible levitation or dynamic explosion. Viewing the works, one can acknowledge the fine brushwork, layers of glaze, tones and color he puts into each piece.

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Andrea Wan: Illustrations from a Dreaming Mind

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It’s difficult to pin down the etherial artwork of Berlin and Vancouver based Andrea Wan. Her work is the thing of a strange dream or a good high; some examples making us laugh out loud, others turning us introspectively inside. In her latest examples for the Pictoplasma show in Berlin we see sloths cavorting with larger than life humans wearing teepees for hats – while other small humans go camping inside. It’s just the kind of thing which still leaves us fascinated when we awake or sober up.

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Visual Bits #420 > Capture The Surreal Beauty Of Life

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Amy Guidry Explores the Psychology of Life and Death

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The recent collection of paintings from Louisiana based artist Amy Guidry brings the surreal so certainly into existence it seems to easily step off the canvas into reality. Her work is filled with animal and human figures, often taking center stage in what appears as a bleak and beautiful southwest american landscape. This highly ambitious imagery – from detailed rock formations, to skeletons and variously dissected creatures – would be arresting on its own, but it also explores concepts more profound: the rich layers of connection in the cycle of life.

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Visual Bits #415 > Out Of This World: Photography

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Finding Humans In Nature: Surreal Cerebral Trees

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In a stunning series of digital illustrations called Nature, Igor Morski takes your imagination on a journey that reveals hidden human figures in “natural” settings. The Polish graphic designer creates a human facial profile shaped slice through the flora of various biomes to reveal a single tree resembling the brain with the trunk acting as the brain stem. The vibrant pictures conjure up thoughts of the inter-connectedness of humans with all forms of life on Earth. In other images, Morski creates feminine faces from branches and foliage, perhaps to represent Mother Nature or the essence of nature’s femininity.

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