“Surrealism is destructive, but it destroys only what it considers to be shackles limiting our vision.” – Salvador Dali
For the daydreamers among us, the oddballs and “quirky” types: we may not settle for your typical portrait or landscape. No, it’s melting clocks and tangled limbs for us. These surreal artworks, all new to ARTmine, will transport you to a world of the unfamiliar where dreams become reality and reality becomes something altogether new.
Lars Korse, Prophet and Flowers
Having struggled with poverty and mental illness, Swedish artist Lars Korse paints with great spirituality and energy. “I have given a name to my style of art,” says the artist, “Teorealism, which means God Reality. This art is showing both the visible and the invisible, thus the whole reality.”
Larry Greenberg,Â Opus 416
Oil on Canvas Â 36″ x 30″ Â $3000
Larry Greenberg uses classical music to help him focus on “listening” to his paintings as he creates. With his surrealistic anatomies and abstract backgrounds, Greenberg creates an intense, emotional atmosphere of anxiety, energy, and perception.
JR Rapier,Â Firedance
AcrylicÂ on Canvas Â 36″ x 48″ Â $5900
JR Rapier draws inspiration from shamanic spirituality and also from the outdoor culture and landscapes in her native Texas, where she still works today. With surrealist qualities, Rapier connects the realms of spirituality and nature in tantalizing paintings.
Gerd Rautert,Â Somewhere Else
Acrylic & Ink on Canvas Â 12″ x 16″ Â $4500
“Art is my mirror,” says German painterÂ Gerd Rautert. His works are symbolic, iconographic, and spontaneous. He uses several elements, like text and figure, to create his final compositions which truly transport the viewer to another realm of understanding.
Cheryl Pettigrew,Â Making Angels
OilÂ on Canvas Â 48″ x 36″ Â $2000
This piece by Cheryl PettigrewÂ is a deviation from her typical work of landscapes and seascapes. All of her work is very spiritual and emotive, but “Making Angels” brings that extra layer of surrealism for great impact.
Cathy Carter,Â Submerged
Photograph on Fine Art Paper Â 26.5″ x 47″ Â $2200
Cathy CarterÂ examines water in its many forms with her photography. Her works are both sensuous and vulnerable, examining humanity’s relationship to water. WithÂ a manipulation of perception, she abstracts her subjects to a degree, making her work more than just a representation but rather an exploration.
Sofya Tsvetikova,Â Where the Night Comes From
Acrylic on Canvas Â 36″ x 48″ Â $5800
Sofya TsvetikovaÂ explores a broad spectrum of concepts in her colorful, energetic, and fascinating artworks. She connects time and space, cultures and people, with figures ranging from the very abstract to the highly symbolic.
Joe Dugan,Â Painting 3
Acrylic & Oil Pastel on Canvas Â 48″ x 60″ Â $9900
Joe Dugan’s paintings represent what he calls “my abstract hyper reality.” Dugan’s work often incorporates concepts like music, money, and cultural infrastructure in large, highly-energetic compositions. With so much going on, his works are fascinating to decipher.
Zhenia Burnat,Â Desires
Oil on Canvas Â 30.5″ x 21.5″ Â $2500
“The characters that I have created come from my dreams and thoughts of the universe,” says painter Zhenia Burnat. An Israeli painter, Burnat uses his artwork to explore the laws of nature and the infinite nature of the universe and time.
Nancy McLean,Â 59 Houses
Oil on Canvas Â 36″ x 48″ Â $3200
Nancy McLeanÂ brings to her artwork the influences of art history on several nations, including China, England, France, Italy, Switzerland, and Canada. In her works, she creates an imaginary world, warm and welcoming, but always with a hidden, deeper meaning.
Matthew J. Peake,Â Overlook #11 Coming Out
Pastel on Board Â 19″ x 29″ Â $2600
From a bird’s eye view,Â Matthew J. PeakeÂ illustratesÂ a new perspective on familiar activities.Â HisÂ works blur the line between individuality and group, using repetition and form to transport what may be a completely “real” scene into the world of the surreal. His works are excitingly realistic, with an extra ‘dreamy’ element added through the use of pastels.
Joan Shimabukuro,Â Transgeneric
Giclee Print on Paper Â 10″ x 8″ Â $840
The artistÂ Joan ShimabukuroÂ draws from her life experiences to create both the highly abstract and the highly symbolic. With great care for lines and geometric shapes, Shimabukuro creates enchanting worlds laden with meaning and beauty.
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