NEON SURREALISM BY JOHANNAH ODONNELL

by Ariadna Zierold

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Orlando, Florida based pop surrealist painter Johannah O’Donnell‘s paintings use natural and figurative symbolism to comment on our connection with the universe and our shifting cultural perceptions in the digital age. She tends to turn up the contrast on the wild cast of creatures and figures found in her acrylic works. These characters, who often times are found among cosmic landscapes, shine boldly with brilliant shades of purple, blue, and pink.

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Johannah paints with open body, also known as slow drying, acrylics on wood panels that are hand crafted by her husband, carpenter and sculptor Adriaan Mol. Her work is influenced by 70’s Sci-Fi/Fantasy art and the American Pop Art movement and uses figurative symbolism as a narrative surrounding ideas of the human condition.

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SURREAL WORLDS BY BRUNO PONTIROLI

by Ariadna Zierold

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Bruno Pontiroli lives and works in Paris. After studying in Supinfocom, he turned to drawing and painting to express his desire for artistic creation. Pontiroli creates surreal worlds inhabited by fantasy characters: centaurs, mermaids and other creatures which contradict all laws of nature. In his poetic and mysterious painting we can see the unlikely become a reality. The artist brings to life all our childhood dreams and gives us a new way to see the world.

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METAPHYSICAL LANDSCAPES BY JIM BUCKELS

by Ariadna Zierold

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Jim Buckels is a delightful anomaly: An artist more driven by his inner visions than by fashions and trends. Yet, his work possesses an innate sophistication that places it prominently within the post-modern mainstream. In fact, Buckels is a Neo-Surrealist of a peculiarly American Breed: a creator of dream-like images, rendered in a meticulous, modern airbrush technique with the crystalline clarity of a Colonial limner. In his lithographs and serigraphs, as well as in his acrylic paintings, Buckels limns a seamless realm of fantasy that has won him a major reputation in a remarkably short span of time.

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FANTASY WORLDS BY GILBERT WILLIAMS

by Ariadna Zierold

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New York based artist Gilbert Williams has been contributing his work to the world since the 1970’s. His work is of fantasy worlds which have a transcendent, visionary touch that keeps the imagination going. Williams’ beautiful, surreal imagery combining Earthly realms with outer space makes for wonderful multidimensional artistry.

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ROBOTS AND DONUTS BY ERIC JOYNER

by Ariadna Zierold

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Eric Joyner (previously featured here) is a San Francisco Bay Area painter known for his Robots & Donuts artist series. His love for comics, drawing and painting shows in his artwork.

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Eric has filled his imagery with epic tales featuring an ongoing synergy between robots and donuts. Utilizing his natural painterly technique, Joyner injects a lively dynamism into the inanimate toys and confectionery that serve as his muses. Through astute observation of the human species and our whole gamut of emotions and behaviors, Eric captures the essence of what it means to be human and reflects it back at us through his engaging menagerie of colorful characters.

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SURREALISM DAYDREAM BY AYKUT AYDOGDU

by Ariadna Zierold

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Istambul, Turkey based Aykut Aydogdu’s work is purely digital, drawn or painted with a tablet in Adobe Photoshop. His work walks the fine line between surrealism daydream and surrealism nightmare.

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Aydogdu’s work is stunning in both quality and subject matter. Portraying scenes like a woman’s head impaled by a rose, another woman engaging in a sensual kiss with a decapitated head, and a third atop a toilet seemingly “shitting roses,” the result is both comical, dark, and deeply alluring.

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STUART SNODDY PAINTS FANTASIES

by Ariadna Zierold

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Midwest based painter Stuart Snoddy works on paper and on canvas. He moves between the wistful and the contemplative.

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“I paint fantasy. I paint the fantasy of me. This is my story complete with the screw-ups, the pleasures, and the pleasant fictions. Who am I? I wasn’t born here. I have never known a “blood” relative. I’ve never looked upon the face of someone with the same genes as I have. Never seen my eyes in someone else. I paint people that surface from a yearning imagination. Some are illuminated by the refulgence of past encounters like a glowing filament in a freshly turned off light bulb. And some come from…who knows, or wherever. I guess I just miss my friends. Nostalgia is real sticky stuff. But this fantasy nurtures the narratives of our lives as cohesive intellectual and emotional beings. I indulge it.” Stuart Snoddy

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FANTASY TOYS BY ALLAN INNMAN

by Ariadna Zierold

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Allan Innman is a painter from Oxford, MS. He graduated from the University of Mississippi in 2006 with a BFA degree in Studio Art with an emphasis in Graphic Design. From 2007-2012 he worked as Visual Resources Specialist in the Department of Art at the University of Mississippi. Allan recently completed the MFA program at The University of Georgia Lamar Dodd School of Art in Drawing and Painting. His current work is based around make-believe and fantasy through the depiction of toys and figurines.

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TWISTS ON CONVENTIONAL FANTASY BY JON BOAM

by Ariadna Zierold

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Many of Jon Boam’s characters sport animal heads or conical hats, but his fascination with otherworldly architecture, his twists on conventional fantasy designs and his unsettling cyborg creations add a richer, darker note to his illustrations. Simple, almost child-like images grow out into intricate narratives, and almost-familiar characters find themselves in unexpected scenes.

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His illustrations play with complex eccentricities, blending architecture and biology in a single character design, packing his subjects with outlandish objects and inviting us to guess at their purpose, and taking a simple scene and adding two degrees of weirdness where one would be comfortable. He makes it difficult to separate the technological from the mystical and figure out where humans end and machines begin.

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