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Nina Pak

Posted in art, photography, surreal with tags , , on February 28, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Many, many moons ago I drafted a post about one of my all time favorite photographers, Nina Pak, and it somehow got lost in the drafts (which happens occasionally because I consume roughly 9,000 times more art than I can post here, and some drafts have been in limbo for years). So here is an updated peek into Nina’s gorgeous, fantastical world.

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When I read her artist statement, I was blown away; before me was a kindred spirit who relishes symbolism, mythology and celebrates uniqueness as much as I do.

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In her own words:
I have always been drawn to symbolic imagery, from ancient orthodox Icons to Tibetian Tankas, art that tells a story of the soul’s journey is of interest to me. Painters that have worked with symbolic elements such as the Pre-Raphaelites who’s paintings often depict mythological stories, and surrealists who delve deeper into psychological meaning, are what I study.

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I have a lifelong love affair with these paintings, which are not only objects of beauty but also have a message. I find that I am drawn to reflections and shadows, mirrored images, textures and delicate details, anything that has potential for a story. Small objects from nature, little antique treasures, costumes that speak for themselves, something unique and wonderful. I like different.

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What an honor it would be to get photographed by an artist of this caliber. The costumes, hair, makeup and settings produce windows into strange worlds that reach beyond mere beauty into the realm of story and soul.
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She has an extensive online portfolio. Though I devoured all sections, I thought the Post Edit page was a wonderful feature, as we so rarely get to see the evolution of a finished product on display. Go have a look!

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Leonora Carrington

Posted in art, surreal with tags , on February 22, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

I’m in the process of switching computers to a new laptop, so today we have a quick post. Enjoy the surrealist work of Leonora Carrington

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Leonora Carrington

Jeremy Miranda

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

Jeremy Miranda paints fine art, with a slight surrealist nature. One often cannot tell where water, reflection and open space begin and end.

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He creates paths in the most unlikely places, like something out of a dream.
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I want to go here:
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I stared at this one for quite sometime, drawn to the warm glow of the Christmas tree while perplexed about the surroundings. I wish I saw this before Christmas so I could’ve posted about it or sent it out. What an intriguing image.
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Jeremy Miranda

Mothmeister

Posted in photography, surreal with tags , on January 16, 2015 by shewalkssoftly

Mothmeister’s tagline is shooting weird & wonderful creatures & critters
around the world
. One look, and you’ll be inclined to find that a fitting description.

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These photos do an excellent job of making me feel like I just walked straight into a nightmare, or surrealist horror film.
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They come from Wounderland (a brilliant title for a dark, mysterious world)…
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Something about the taxidermy specimens paired with masked subjects is undeniably creepy, wouldn’t you say?
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Mothmeister
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The beinArt Collective is Back!

Posted in announcement, art, surreal with tags , , on September 25, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Many years ago, when I was beginning this blog, I could always find inspiration at The beinArt Collective. After a hiatus and a complete site makeover, it’s up and running again!

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The beinArt Collective is an international network of highly skilled figurative artists with a shared fascination for surreal and imaginative themes. Over the years we have published books, curated group exhibitions and maintained a strong online presence under the beinArt banner. Our projects have helped generate opportunities for our artists to network, collaborate, share resources and connect with a broader audience. We delight in sharing their work and hope that by viewing the journeys of these artists, those who light upon them will be inspired.

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The Collective hosts many of my all time favorite visual artists. So glad it’s back, and I look forward to its evolution through the years.

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The beinArt Collective

Stephen Gibb

Posted in anthropomorphic, art, satire, surreal with tags , , , on September 22, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

Stephen Gibb paints comically unsettling bits of surreal scenery, teeming with anthropomorphic foods, inanimate objects and animals.

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One of my favorite things about art in this vein is that it seems to gently hint at some rather serious themes…while never taking itself too seriously.
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I encourage you to read the titles of each piece, if you explore his online galleries.
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From the artist bio:
The gory details…..
Stephen was dropped on his head as a baby while his mother was visiting the Museum of Modern Art. Ever since, he has been drawing, painting and scratching in a non-stop orgy of creation. His paintings are psychological offerings, rich in irony and distortions, bristling with sublime, psychotropic colours. Human forms struggle in an existential blending of mind and machine yet up through the conflict a subtle black humour percolates. Always wear your helmet.

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Alexia Sinclair

Posted in photography, surreal with tags , on September 21, 2014 by shewalkssoftly

At times I get what I can only call “crushes” (or perhaps something a little stronger…infatuations) with photography. I get completely enamored with the environments these geniuses create, and truthfully, kind of wish I could be part of one. Alexia Sinclair is a new favorite on my list.

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From the artist bio:
Alexia Sinclair is an award winning Australian Artist and Photographer. Her distinct style is easily recognisable and highly original. Using a visual narrative to seduce her audience with each photographic feast, Sinclair’s art is dark and seductive, baroque and symbolic. Her multilayered photographs subtly present contemporary notions of fashion and beauty through innovative digital media, whilst restoring antique notions of classicism, elegance and luxury.

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Sinclair is an artist who skilfully walks the tightrope that divides the worlds of Fine Art and Commercial Art. Whilst her evocative Fine Art imagery adorns the walls of museums and is held in important art collections, she often translates these skills and signature style into highly polished campaigns in the commercial arena for clients such as Harpers Bazaar and Canon Australia.

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Motivated by her love and devotion for all things intricate and unusual, this versatile creative uniquely approaches her creative production by filling all of the roles, from designing sets and props, to makeup and costumes. Sinclair travels the world photographing locations and models and works in post production constructing imagined worlds through the combination of her photographs and hand illustrations.

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Every tableau is perfectly composed, vibrant and evocative…amazing work.
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Alexia Sinclair

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