Mystical Dark Symbolism Painting By Tomasz Alen Kopera

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Mystical Dark Symbolism Painting By Tomasz Alen Kopera

Tomasz Alen Kopera was born in Kozuchow, Poland in 1976. He attended the University of Technology in Wroclaw, where he gained a degree in Engineering. Tomasz paints in oil on canvas. Human nature and the mysteries of the Universe are his inspiration. Each painting motivates thought, challenging our initial response. Sometimes darkness will prevail, at other times, light. He is celebrated in visionary art circles for his acute attention to detail, mastery of color and bold use of subject matter.
Since 2005 resides in Ireland where he works in his studio.

In my work I try to reach to the subconscious. I want to keep the viewer’s attention for a longer moment. I would like the spectator to feel the need for a minute of quiet reflection and contemplation.

I usually get my ideas for new paintings in the least expected moments. The idea for new creation just appears in my head. Some ideas come from my wife, we like to sit and talk together for hours, and sometimes these chats then turn into new surprising creations. The most important and also most difficult part of creation is actually visualising the idea, seeing the subject in the eyes of my imagination. Very often while working on a painting, I see an idea for my next work.

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Portraits of the Double-faced Women By Sebastian Bieniek

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Portraits of the Double-faced Women By Sebastian Bieniek By Sebastian Bieniek

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Doublefaced is an intriguing series by Berlin-based German artist Sebastian Bieniek that features portraits of a girl with the illusion of two faces. By simply drawing on each side of his model’s head with common makeup products like eyeliner and lipstick, Bieniek transforms the young woman into a eerie set of twins. He cleverly uses one of her own eyes and another drawn eye, applied further towards her temple, to simulate a forward-facing female on the side of her actual face.

The images of the dual-faced subject are both eye-catching and, at times, terrifying. She seems to be an experiment gone awry and set loose in public and private spaces. Just like her hybrid form, one is left feeling mixed emotions by her believable presence. Duality and illusion are strong thematic elements of the series that does a brilliant job of tricking the eye. The model’s hair also plays a large part in the effective illusion, separating the two faces or simply framing the one faux face.

« This curious and thought provoking project alludes to the duality of human nature and challenge our ideas of beauty. In a sense, Bieniek goes Picasso on his models’ portraits, drawing alternate faces on their heads and using parts of their features — primarily the eyes and hair — to create portraits with unique expressions and an illustrative sensibility. »

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The Surreal and Pop World of Eugenia Loli

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 Surreal Pop World of Eugenia Loli

You can follow more of Loli’s work on Instagram or Facebook, and she sells prints and other things in her shop.

Collage artist Eugenia Loli uses photography scanned from vintage magazines and science publications to create bizarre visual narratives that borrow from aspects of pop art, dada, and traditional surrealism. Loli’s background is almost as diverse as the imagery she employs, having been born in Greece and living in Germany and the UK before settling in California. She previously worked as a nurse, a computer programmer, and as a technology journalist, but has only recently found a calling in collage work with publication in numerous magazines since 2013.

« I’m Eugenia. I’m a filmmaker, illustrator, and a modern vintage collage artist. Before art took over my life, I was in the technology sector. I’m originally from Greece, but for many years now I live in California. It’s important for me to “say” something with my artwork, so for the vast majority of my work there’s a meaning behind them. I usually do this via presenting a “narrative” scene in my collages, like there’s something bigger going on than what’s merely depicted. Sometimes the scene is witty or sarcastic, some times it’s horrific with a sense of danger or urgency, some times it’s chill. I leave it to the viewer’s imagination to fill-in the blanks of the story plot ».
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Poetic and Surreal Photography by Diggie Vitt

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Poetic and Surreal Photography by Diggie Vitt

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Diggie Vittt’s photography extends the boundaries of reality in mind-blowing ways that range from subtle to outlandishly impossible. In one photo Diggie’s model is steaming with heat rolling from his body, a surreal look at man, but in the next photo the same model has flames bursting from his sleeves while in relaxing motions he wipes sweat from his brow. Diggie’s photographs take us on journeys of fun and confusion. The child in all of us would love to be lighting the giant candle atop a massive cupcake before we dive into to fill our childhood fantasies. Who among us can imagine our heads wrapped in thick flaming ropes? Diggie Vitt can imagine it and photographs it for us.

The amazing imagery from Diggie Vitt helps expand our view of reality and fantasy in fun and sometimes unsettling ways. A visual feast of excitement is found in every collection from Diggie.

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Zdzisław Beksiński Learns How To « Photograph Dreams » to Create Nightmarish Illustrations

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Zdzisław Beksiński  Learns How To « Photograph Dreams » to Create Nightmarish Illustrations

Whilst some artist’s make a name for themselves through depicting reality, Polish artist Zdzisław Beksiński‘s artworks take on a far darker, abstract form thanks to his ability to capture moments that would only ever be possible within a dream world.

Filled with surreal creatures set in an almost dystopian and chilling world Beksiński described each of his artworks as if they were « photographs » of bad dreams in which recognisable elements of reality interact within surreal situations – the end result of which is some truly unsettling illustrations. Tragically Beksiński was murdered in 2005, however he leaves behind a fascinating collection of work.

Whether you’re a fan or not of his theme however, it’s hard to argue with the artistic talent behind each of Beksiński’s paintings which only serves to make them more intense, expressive and of course, creepier. The artist once described his own art in one sentence, “what matters is what appears in your soul, not what your eyes see and what you can name.”

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To best explain his state of mind when painting, I preferred to keep his words:

« I do not attack the board until I have the whole idea in my head. But more than once, in the first twenty minutes, this idea is replaced by a completely different one. I am attracted by the realization of what is in my head. However, often I am not happy with what comes out of the brush and that is not adequate with my vision. The first day of work is the happiest. Then, as the days go by, I get tired and more and more convinced that I am creating a « crust ». When the completed painting is hanging on the wall for a long time at home, I gradually get used to it and stop seeing its flaws. The process of painting is a tiring job. « 

It will be noted that a little later its design evolves.

« The action of painting is not about finding ideas. The painting is visible. The fact of painting stems from the need to plastically articulate one’s own vision, and nothing else. « 

If at first painting is to reproduce his ideas, then it becomes the representation of the painting he has in mind.

Interpretations of his paintings

What does he expect from the viewer?

The painter does not expect anything from the viewer. He paints without thinking about the reception of his work. He paints for himself.

Besides, he hates to make exhibitions and hear comments on his paintings whether they are positive or not.

For him the interpretation comes solely from the viewer and the analysis should stop at « I like it or I do not like it ».

He, the only thing that interests him is the pictorial material.

He considers that the content of his works is incommunicable. They come from a certain atmosphere he feels but he can not name.

The meaning of his works is not verbalizable. His paintings are meant to be watched and not told.

His paintings are not intended to answer questions but to amaze, to upset us.

People constantly ask him what his paintings represent. But for him they have no meaning. They are made to be seen and not interpreted. We must not look for why such a person is painted in such a way and with such color. When he paints he is mainly interested in the visual aspect.

Zdzisław Beksiński does not represent cruelty

Some of his paintings show skinned people, bare muscles, blood and sores.

But for the artist, it’s not about exposing the cruelty. It’s all about painting something he likes: the skin.

Tables show the pulpit reached by decomposition. For him it is not decomposition but form. Where people see traces, tasks, scars, for him it’s just lines. These are details that he inserts because he hates emptiness.
« I have been reproached more than once, that I paint people skinned or corpses. It does not exist in my paintings, and certainly in my intentions. As a painter, the smooth human chair bores me. « 
For him his paintings do not represent the terror either, « They are human characters, faces and nothing else ».
In his paintings some elements refer to death. For the painter it is normal since everyone is interested except that he paints what it inspires him.
But there is no particular meaning behind it and we must not think of it as a great reflection.
What he represents always comes from a reality he imagines. This is a representation of his imagination and not something existing. His painting is like a dream. It can be scary but by no means cruel. Some have interpreted these paintings from the second world war, compared to the horrors that the painter could see.
But Zdzisław Beksiński says that these paintings have nothing to do with the historical or political context.
Psychological analysis
For a moment the painter was interested in psychology, the unconscious and even spiritualism. But he explains that reading his paintings from these notions is absurd. It can help to understand the personality of the artist but it does not explain the picture. Zdzisław Beksiński has some peculiarities: – He hates odors whether natural or artificial, even that of flowers. – He « particularly hates everything that is organic and natural. Before leaving Sanok he burned a large quantity of his paintings. He was afraid that in the future all his good paintings would be lost and that one only finds « his crusts » and that he is known from them. – The painter confesses that his father had an influence on him by repeating to him that a real man does not cry and does not display his feelings. He was thus raised so as to have a « white sahib ». For him the fucked has become something reserved for the sexual sphere and he is anxious that someone kisses him. Some speak only of these elements to show the strangeness of the painter.
But it is an incomplete portrait. He remains a normal person: – He does not drink alcohol and does not consume narcotics. (Exit the theory of the drugged or alcoholic artist) – He had a woman with whom he spoke a lot and lots of things. When she wanted to go out, he would happily interrupt his work and leave with her. So it’s not an artist locked up in his studio who has no connection with anyone. – For him happiness is not a state that we reach but towards which we tend. – He has no desire to self-destruct.
When he has a problem he immediately looks for a solution, he does not let it go. For him the idea of ​​suicide is unacceptable.
Religious analysis
He is not interested in religion.
When he paints a cross, there is no religious symbolism.
He does it for what it represents: death. It’s the cross everywhere in the cemeteries. The man on the cross does not represent Jesus because Christ and the idea of ​​redemption are absent from his mind. The shape and the background For him the form is more important than the bottom.
When he paints what interests him is to shape the shape so that each spectator understands that it is he who made it. The content is due to chance even if he prefers certain moods like melancholy .
These works are in no way protests against the contamination of the atmosphere nor against the nuclear war. His artistic inspirations At school he already showed gifts and he did not stop drawing.
His creations went in two directions.
The first, official, had a character martyrologue. He took the example of Grottger.
The other direction was to represent cartoons worthy of the Playboy magazine. In 1948, he visited an exhibition of Moder Art in Krakow. He then realizes that there is something he does not understand but that attracts him enormously. He abandons the aesthetics of Grottger. He was then inspired by other people even though no one saw the similarities. (Wojtkiewicz, Tadeusz Brzozowski )

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Sublime Surreal Photomontages By Tekin Türe

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Sublime Surreal Photomontages By Tekin Türe

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Talented artist based in Turkey, Tekin Türe creates surreal and dreamlike worlds, incredibly enchanting, which leave free will to our interpretation.

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Rodney Smith: Analog Fine Art Photography

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Recalling Magritte works, photographs Rodney Smith bewitch us in his surreal universe. As if he was staring at the time, the artist manages to subjugate us with strange and poetic shots.

Rodney Smith, a prominent photographer whose whimsical work invited comparisons to that of the Belgian surrealist René Magritte’s, died on Dec. 5 at his home in Snedens Landing, N.Y. He was 68.

The people in Mr. Smith’s photographs carry umbrellas and wear hats, often bowlers. Some peer into binoculars as if they can see into the future. Others lean into space at odd angles, Buster Keaton-like, or are poised to leap from a building ledge or airplane wing. A few have their faces obscured by hats, boxes and lampshades.

wb-photo-kiev-00977fca249-a04c-4830-86b5-e2b12227e572In the catalog to a 2003 show of Mr. Smith’s photography at the University of Virginia, Jonathan Stuhlman, an art writer and curator, wrote, “In Smith’s enchanted world, balance produces beauty, laughter and whimsy dance hand in hand, and things are not always what they seem.” The photographs, he wrote, offer “a perfect blend of reverie and reality.”

Besides Ms. Smolan, his second wife, Mr. Smith is survived by a daughter, Savannah, and a son, Jonah, from his first marriage, which ended in divorce; a sister, Marianne Harrison; and two grandsons.

Mr. Smith could be candid on his blog about his work and his life. Interviewing himself on it in 2014, he wrote: “I put my life on the line for photography and it returned the effort with abundance. Its gift back to me was a me devoid of most of my neuroses. One who is clear, sharp and energetic.”

Yet in another post he wrote that beneath the joy and fancifulness of his photographs “is a loneliness, a slow whiff of sadness and an everlasting melancholy.”

Source:fubiz and nytimes

 
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Swirling Illustrations by James R. Eads

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Swirling Illustrations by James R. Eads Explore Human Connections and the Natural World

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Multi-disciplinary artist and illustrator James R. Eads plays with motion and color to render harmonizing illustrations of people and nature. With swirling van Gogh inspired skies and percussive strokes of color, his style is well-suited for meditations on human connection and the relationships between humans and the natural world.

The LA-based artist lives and works at the The Brewery where his studio is open to the public during bi-annual art walks. You can follow his work on Instagram or Facebook, and prints are available in his shop.

Via:thinking-minds

Swirling GIF Illusions Look Like the Universe Breathing

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Get lost in a mesmerizing galactic collaboration between James R. Eads and The Glitch.

The combination is mesmerizing. Eads’ work already has that visionary quality that evokes other worlds, but the motion McDaniel adds seems to suck your eyes right into the screen. Eads says, « I think what made this collaboration so powerful is at the core of why we both create—we use the process of creation as a form of meditation. It’s a place of refuge where we can breathe and take in the world and in return give back some peace. And I think other people can feel that, and when they come across one of these illusions they pause and allow them selves to get lost in it. There’s something extremely calming and mesmerizing about the illusions, there is magic is in the subtlety. »

h/t: thecreatorsproject

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