Archive for surrealism

Femke Hiemstra

Posted in anthropomorphic, art, surreal with tags , , on January 5, 2016 by shewalkssoftly

How have I never posted about Femke Hiemstra in all the years I’ve been following her work?

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She’s one of the greatest in pop surrealism’s large pool of imaginative, “anthropomorphizers” (that’s absolutely not a word, but it should be). Femke has a background in illustration, so we encounter typography and other hints of illustrative technique mixed with beautifully executed fine art.
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She doesn’t use social networking, which find incredible in this day and age (I’m notoriously awful at social networking. I cannot keep up with it because my head is always in other things. I can’t help but admire those willing to ignore the phenomenon completely).
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You can read a good interview over at WOWxWOW.
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Femke Hiemstra

Aof Smith

Posted in art, surreal with tags , on December 31, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Aof Smith’s is filled with wide, crooked eyes…nebulous childhood memories, amplified and distorted.


Amid the manic, twisted toys, we find real shreds of deep emotion (some pieces, not pictured here, are more somber and contemplative).

Shiny chaos…


Aof Smith

Haven Gallery: Into the Woods

Posted in art, exhibits, surreal with tags , , on November 9, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Currently unable to travel to NYC for art shows due to health, I’m thrilled beyond measure about the recent opening of Haven Gallery, very close my home!

Haven showcases incredible rosters of pop surrealism/contemporary artists. I couldn’t have conjured a venue more aligned with my aesthetic preferences and I’m truly excited to support the place.

The current group show is entitled Into the Woods.

“Into the Woods” is a group show focused on the bi-fold nature of the forest. The mystery, intrigue and surmised dangers of the woods make it an untrodden domain for some. While others find a home and haven in the beauty of the fecund faunascape. This exhibition explores the physical and metaphorical nature of this integral eco-system embracing personal tales, folklore and more.

Some of the pieces in the show evoke an almost visceral sadness or empathy, while others marinate the eyes in an ethereal glowing wonderland.

The owners are lovely people with stellar taste (I’m already drooling over the upcoming show…which I’ll feature as well). If you can get there, pay Haven a visit.

…or visit online.

Haven Gallery

Otto Rapp

Posted in art, surreal with tags , on September 29, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I came across the following macabre yet captivating image by Otto Rapp and fiendishly searched for more.


Many would be quick to associate his work with classic surrealism (which he does cite as an influence), but he balks at the idea of, pardon the pun, being painted into this corner.

He states:
I do not concern myself with the elimination of the rational, the exclusivity of the irrational and the absurd, but presentation of the conscious and subconscious world as an inseparable whole. I draw my inspirations from the layered labyrinth underground which represents the other side of life, which is an inner imaginative-inspirational counterpart to the outer world, expressed with the help of logic-alogic associations, analogisations and symbolism.

His portfolio is teeming with richly detailed paintings and drawings. Have a look.

Otto Rapp


Posted in art, surreal with tags , on August 18, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

It looks like there used to be a livejournal for di0_0ib, but the link I’m providing is the biggest current collection of work I could find online (sent by a kind reader in response to a mystery artist post).



All dib0_0ib work seems to be done on sketchbook pages. This is some pretty intense sketching, filled with bizarre creatures from alien world’s (and some interesting variations on creatures from our own).




Leslie Ann O’Dell

Posted in art, photography, surreal with tags , , on August 3, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Leslie Ann O’Dell uses photography and digital manipulation to create haunting portraiture, often with superimposed landscapes.


All of her pieces seem to create a simultaneous feeling of strength and vulnerability in her subjects.

Although most work incorporates photography, some pieces are entirely constructed/painted/illustrated from imagination.

Dark, delicate, sensual, mystifying…

Leslie Ann O’Dell

Luca Luce Hand Art

Posted in art, body decoration, surreal with tags , , on July 28, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Luca Luce is a makeup and visual artist who creates incredible illusory hand art.


He blurs dimensions and space, sometimes with the use of little “props” to complete his designs.

…and sometimes through pure technique and perspective.


My computer is having issues saving images, so check out his site for many monsters and much creepy, hand-y goodness.
Luca Luce


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