BIZARRE FANTASY WORLD BY TOM EGLINGTON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Tom Eglington is a self-taught artist and writer. He has developed an illustration style that combines elements of vintage Japanese prints, 70s sci-fi, outsider art, comics and collage. From William Burroughs to Jack Kirby via Henry Darger, his work channels a bizarre fantasy world of occult symbols, lowbrow pop art and hallucinatory visuals.

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THE FRENZY NATURE OF MICHAEL PAGE

by Ariadna Zierold

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San Francisco based Michael Page’s work (previously featured here) offers the viewer an optic alternative to the visual reality of life, as we know it. Page introduces narratives of strange, phantasmagoric and frenzy nature. Intense and rich color pallet additionally provides a sense of vivid hallucination or hazy sensation from the depth of unconsciousness.

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Regardless of the technique or the approach, it is the narrative which pops up and offers a full insight into his work. The different reality of his is inhibited with unusual creatures or entities. It seems as if these are manifestations, perhaps, of human delusions or just a specter of dreamscapes and alterations fulfilled with dynamic movement.

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SLIPPERY ANIMATIONS BY DAX NORMAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Dax Norman is a contemporary artist who primarily works in painting and animation. Norman creates slippery, tripped-out characters and the psychedelic landscapes in which they reside, thrive and lose their minds. Rarely does he create a totally new piece from scratch; he prefers a symbiotic cycle, reappropriating his own work in a neverending pursuit of perfection. His paintings, GIFs and animations evoke heady hallucinogenic trips.

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AN OPERATIONAL MACHINE BY SANTISSIMI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Santissimi‘s work (Antonello Serra and Sara Renzetti) looks at the art as an operational machine in which the forms are comfortably reflected in the definition of “philosophical empiricism in the art”. Philosophical empiricism means putting into practice the knowledge, to perform an operation of thought, or to be more precise translate into visual terms, linguistic and conceptual thinking in scientific and philosophical matters.

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SCIENCE FICTION BY VIRGIL FINLAY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Virgil Finlay was an American pulp fantasy, science fiction and horror illustrator. He has been called “part of the pulp magazine history … one of the foremost contributors of original and imaginative art work for the most memorable science fiction and fantasy publications of our time.” 

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While he worked in a range of media, from gouacheto oils, Finlay specialized in, and became famous for, detailed pen-and-ink drawings accomplished with abundant stippling, cross-hatching, and scratchboard techniques. He produced wild and fantastic images of monsters, aliens, demons, robots, spacemen, spaceships, bizarre experiments, psychological horror, fantastic landscapes, and women.

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BIZARRE AWKWARDNESS BY POLINA TERESHINA

by Ariadna Zierold

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Russian-born painter Polina Tereshina interprets her feeling of being between cultures, neither purely Russian nor American—a little of both. An abstract sense of statelessness is reflected in characters that move and interact within a fantastical geometric playground that is detailed yet vague.

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She has a love for the awkward and bizarre aspects of our daily lives, so much so that she interprets them through her abstract, figurative paintings. Using acrylic, ink, and watercolor, she disassembles the body to arrive at a newly resolved aspect, one which speaks more clearly to the reality of our movements.

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The rigid lines of the geometric and lined backgrounds add a sense of control to the piece, one which the subject interacts around. This brings balance, along with the idea of limits and structure. Through this we can relate to the modified human. By simplifying the body to the elemental aspects of the figure, often just a silhouette, she draws the viewer into the exaggerated trait.

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ODD CHARACTERS BY JONATHAN DALTON

by Ariadna Zierold

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Barcelona-based artist Jonathan Dalton creates amazing oil paintings of odd characters or bizarre stories and sceneries. Most of his paintings convey a mysterious dark mood.

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Dark tinted characters and scenes vanish in even darker surroundings, telling bizarre stories while none of the visuals provide hints for the viewer to resolve the mystery.

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BIZARRE PERSPECTIVES BY GUY BILLOUT

by Ariadna Zierold

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French surrealist Guy Billout‘s universe of ironic illustrations has a tendency to magnify one’s anxieties, whilst offering humor and a look into a bizarro version of society.

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Billout’s aesthetic style is clean and spare, sometimes incorporating some ironic element. His work is overall minimal, but the subject in each piece offers scenarios that makes you think of countless outcomes and possibilities.

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STRANGE AND UNSETTLING PAINTINGS BY DUSTY RAY

by Ariadna Zierold

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Dusty Ray is a Colorado native who has wandered through life reading, writing, drawing, and playing music. He says he soaks up anything weird, strange, or unsettling that he comes across.

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A painting contractor by day and a self-proclaimed artist by night, Dusty’s life is paint. Having earned his degree in English Literature from Colorado State University, he says his days as a writer bleed into the small narrative he creates with paint. Dusty’s subject matter mainly consists of the animal wildlife found in his beautiful home of Fort Collins, Colorado.

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Dusty works mostly in gouache, watercolor, and Micron pen. He says, “The strange mutants I paint come from my perception of the animals around me and the way my mind interprets their sacred, extra-sensory position in the natural world”.

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HYPERDIMENSIONAL MACHINE BY DIMITRI DRJUCHIN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Dimitri Drjuchin is an artist/musician who was born in Moscow, but grew up making images and sounds in New York City. Wielding the culmination of human potential wrought from the depths of the bicameral mind, Drjuchin’s art is a hyperdimensional machine that invokes creatures who come bounding forward with affection and recklessness.

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These are not the Icons of the Byzantine Church—they are the new Incarnated Symbols of the Multiverse. Drjuchin allows us a glimpse into a fractulated moment of cultural hypnagogic modality and an opportunity to alter our perspectives of reality.

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