Alexa Meade is based in Los Angeles and specialises in painting on people, creating a 2D painting effect. In this article I have included a video of her explaining the process of how her paintings are made, she also explains how her work is a combination of painting, photography and installation in the video. Images of her art are being used to illustrate forthcoming manuscripts by philosophers Slavoj Žižek and Alain Badiou. Her work is being written into art history textbooks around the world.
This incredible collection of surreal photo manipulations have been created by Russian photographer and artist Oleg Dou. The manipulation of these portraits is so extreme they no longer look photographic, but rather like digital paintings. Oleg has been busy making a name for himself in recent years and have found great success with his work. We recommend checking out his online portfolio as it was created by Flëve Partners and was rewarded Site of the Day by FWA.
This collection of surreal illustrations by Montreal artist Peter Ferguson all feature a unique victorian style and a variety of strange creatures. A couple of his clients include; Marvel Comics, The Royal Shakespeare Company and Ammirati Puris Lintas. Peter has also illustrated the covers of the popular Sisters Grimm collection. You can view his personal web site here.
The art of Gregory Euclide is both fascinating and intoxicating. You can make out various landscapes in each of his creations beyond all the extra swirls and creative destruction. Gregory takes surreal and abstract art to a whole new level building from the base and working outwards with various materials and intricate detailing.
Redmer Hoekstra, an artist based in the Netherlands has created this collection of incredibly bizarre fineliner pen drawings. In his work he morphs together anything from wildlife and nature to humans and everyday objects, forming a completely unique outcome. Redmer's work really stretches the imagination.
Alex Gross is based in Los Angeles, California and specialises in oil painting usually on canvas. He has had seven solo exhibitions in various galleries and has been included in many group exhibitions across the globe. Alex has three books published, 'The Art of Alex Gross', 'Discrepancies' and Now And Then, The Cabinet Card Paintings', all of which are for sale via his website.
Henrietta Harris has created these surreal portraits, her work has appeared in shows in New Zealand, Australia, London and New York. A couple of Henrietta's clients include; Amnesty International and Four Paws Media. Henrietta has developed the timeless style that can only be achieved by having occasionally dipped one’s paintbrush accidentally in one’s coffee, but also combines tradition with less hazardous digital methods, all of which has resulted in an extensive, mutable, and memorable body of work.
Australian born artist and illustrator Nick Sheehy is currently living in the south-east of England. A few of his client list includes; Nickelodeon, Armada and Nobrow. Employing a laborious technique, building up layers of texture and thin colour, his work infuses precision and attention to detail with random abstraction and clumsiness. In his work, Nick explores the dreamlike, sometimes semi-autobiographical scenes and oddball characters that echo from his childhood imagination.
Stefano Bonazzi is the artist behind this collection of surreal photographs, in most of his images the faces of his models are covered by masks creating the feeling of being lost and unknown. Stefano has a shop on his website, check it out via the link. Or masks covering faces in ways absolutely shameless, revealing a cheeky eroticism to the limit of an exasperated fetishism.
John Chae is the artist behing these awesome cubism illustrations, he is currently based in Jacksonville, FL. His website is an online store, so if you want to purchase any prints or just see more of his work check out the link at the bottom of the article.
Estela Cuadro, an Argentinean Illustrator and Artist with a wild, surreal and creative mind. All of her pieces appear to have been a 'paint what I feel' scenario, and the outcomes of which are incredible, she has found a new fan in me. If her website is completely up to date, her artwork has been exhibited and published to a total of 52 times, I imagine there are many others that she is unaware of, but that on its own is quite impressive. For you guys in and around New York, she …
Miles Johnson, a freelance illustrator from the UK has created these incredible pencil drawings that I can only label as being entirely surreal. I have looked through his portfolio to find descriptions of the pieces, and failed to come across anything, but I believe they are quite simply a mash up of whatever is flowing through his mind. But thats the great thing about surrealism, as an art movement, you can draw your own meaning and perspectives, and this reason alone is why surreal as a catagory will always fascinate me. …
Marcela Bolivar is a digital artist based in Colombia, her digital illustrations start off with a photo and she transforms it into an incredible fantasy piece full of detail and imagination. Marcela has prints for sale on her online shop, click here to check it out. Her compositions all based in photographs, undergo a complex process of transformation, assemblage and detailing that brings them closer to a pictorial expression.
Here we have the digital illustrations of Alfonso Elola, a Venezuela based illustrator. The projects that we have featured are entitled ‘Organic Portraits’ and ‘Anatomical Phases’. I have not seen work like this before, it’s very unique and hard to describe, but definitely something that we need more of! Each piece contains many different layers of what appears to be various interpretations of bone, flesh and muscle. We have also found some sketches that Alfonso drew up before some of the pieces below on his Facebook Page, some of you guys may find …
Leslie Ann O’Dell is a talented visual artist, she ia based in Denver, Colorado. Leslie mixes photography and painting to create her inspirational mixed media artworks. Her works often involve surrealistic hybrids of human and nature, dominated by melancholy and dreamlike themes.