Taking cues from classical art (she is a self-confessed devotee of the Dutch master Vermeer), Korin Faught paints beautiful, realistic, and surreal portraits of women, in white dresses and Dutch caps, often in groups or interactions of enigmatic/symbolic meaning; a striking blend of the modern and the traditional, a balance between a crisp and precise style, and an expressive and sharply imaginative quality. I love the whiteness contrasted with the touch of melancholy to the atmosphere and the vague sense of twisted foreboding.
Tags: (twists on) traditional art, classicism, femininity, korin faught, mystical, photorealism, puritanical, realism, religious imagery, religious symbolism, sexuality, symbolism, twins/doppelgangers/doubles, virtuoso, white
Lori Earley was one of the very first artists I discovered when I was getting into Pop Surrealism years ago, so it seems fitting that I do a post on her sometime. Earley has been exhibiting her distinctive, hyperrealistic, haunting portraits of women since 2004. The “distorted realism” of these paintings gives them a poignant beauty. They portray otherworldly female subjects, sharply yet delicately delineating their slightly alien features and capturing their expressions with incredible detail. As her Website bio aptly puts it, “While her femme fatale portraits mature in style and intensity, they retain her signature ethereal quality that embodies an undeniably feminine force.”
Nita Collins’ doll-sculptures creep me out and exhilarate me. Disturbing, beautiful, verging on the grotesque, delicately crafted, flawlessly executed, melancholically tender, realistic to the point of being unnerving – adorned with puckered scars, ragged holes in chests, and a panoply of peculiar, unique marks on their flesh that seem to have come straight from Nita’s imagination and heart – the tortured, sweetly exquisite bodies and faces of these dolls are a singular, constant mixture of provocative and moving. They are lovingly scarred, divinely imagined, different from any other dolls I’ve seen. Nita Collins has a unique talent manifest in these gorgeous, poignant art-dolls. Check out her blog here.
Tags: bizarre, dark fairy tales, distorted bodies, dollflesh, dolls, emotive, expressive, hauntingly beautiful, nita collins, realism, scars, sculptures, strange beauty, sweet/melancholy, trauma, virtuoso, visceral
Nicola Samorì‘s beautiful, technically accomplished, dark-palette paintings are distorted renditions of Baroque works, giving new life to an old style. Her “Neo-Baroque” art is “aggressively overwhelming and beautiful.” Often the faces of the figures in these paintings are obscured with a surreal, milky veil or a tempestuous, boldly structured smear of gray.
This is amazing.
From artist Xooang Choi’s 2008 Islets of Aspergers Type VII exhibition.
Joanna Chrobak is an amazing contemporary Polish artist. Heavily influenced by medieval and Renaissance art, her paintings are beautiful, surreal, strange, with an old-world sense of stateliness, and filled with mystic symbolism.
Tags: (twists on) traditional art, art nudes, classicism, distorted bodies, joanna chrobak, macabre, medieval inspiration, mystical, realism, renaissance, surreal, symbolism, triptychs, twins/doppelgangers/doubles, virtuoso
His dreamy, unearthly-colored paintings are stunningly beautiful.
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