Advice From a Caterpillar
While glancing at Salvador Dalí’s paintings one might get the sense that they’ve tripped down their mind’s own rabbit hole, all of a sudden dropped within a barren wasteland filed with abstract objects and creatures. The pairing then, of Dalí and Alice in Wonderland writer and mathematician Lewis Carroll, seem perfectly matched—two men whose minds travel far beyond the cutesy corners of an average fairytale. In the 1960s an editor at Random House realized this genius partnership, commissioning Dalí to illustrate an exclusive edition of Alice in Wonderland, of which Dalí signed every copy.
This rare edition of Alice was long coveted by rare book collectors and scholars, making only occasional appearances for study or the auction block. However, for the 150th anniversary of Lewis’ surrealist tale, this one-of-a-kind collaboration has finally been printed for the public by Princeton University Press. The deluxe edition, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, features an introduction explaining Dalí’s connection to Carroll by Lewis Carroll Society of North America President Mark Burstein, and exploration by mathematician Thomas Banchoff of the mathematics found in Dalí’s work and illustrations. (via Brain Pickings, Lost at E Minor)
Down the Rabbit Hole
The Pool of Tears
The Queen’s Croquet Ground
The Caucus Race and a Long Tale
The Rabbit Sends in a Little Bill
Pig and Pepper
Mad Tea Party
The Mock Turtle’s Story
The Lobster’s Quadrille
Frontispiece for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
“Adam’s Office” (2016), oil on canvas, 120 x 160 cm
Spanish artist Paco Pomet (previously) references the appearance of vintage vacation photos and vast historical landscapes in his surreal oil paintings, works that offer a subtle humor from their often grayscale palette. By rendering limbs as freakishly elongated tubes and adding touches of neon green and orange, Pomet brings his images of the past into the future, hinting at a post-apocalyptic realm where humans are forced to live beside the radioactive waste that has lead to their bodies’ defects.
Pomet had his third solo exhibition with Richard Heller Gallery in Santa Monica earlier this summer. You can see more of his work on his portfolio site.
“Childhood” (2016), oil on canvas, 60 x 80 cm
“The Visitor” (2016), oil on canvas, 120 x 140 cm
“The Vermilion Case” (2016), oil on canvas, 60 x 80
“Social” (2016), diptych, oil on canvas, 120 x 180 cm
“The Landlord” (2016), oil on canvas, 120 x 140 cm
Mateo Pizarro’s tiny graphite drawings are scarcely larger than the length of a match but contain enough detail to suggest entire stories, both surreal and terrifying. The Colombian artist refers to these as his Micro-Barroque series, and while the images shown here seem focused on the incredible detail contained in small spaces, Pizarro also explores more macabre and unsettling images in a collection of hybrid creatures titled Bestiary of Improbable Animals. You can see more of Pizarro’s work on Instagram and Behance. (via Juxtapoz)
Like a double exposed photograph or hazy dream, Eric Roux-Fountaine‘s paintings capture worlds just slightly outside of our known reality, magical moments dotted with starlight and ghostly orbs. Within the softly painted works, tightrope walkers teeter through tall forests at dusk, while couples zing through the air on carnival rides set in front of the moon.
Roux-Fountaine approaches each of his paintings in the same way a director might work with a film, casting the characters of his works with a loose interpretation. “At no time am I trying to depict a place in a literal way, because I think we paintThe with our culture as much as with our nature,” said the French artist. “And the memory, or the feeling we keep of a place or a scene, is sometimes more interesting than the ‘raw’ reality. People depicted in paintings are more like actors. They appear in a scene then, it is up to everyone to put together the movie!”
Many of Roux-Fontaine’s works are inspired by his frequent travels throughout Central America, India, and Eastern Europe. He is represented by Galerie Felli in Paris, M Fine Arts in Boston, and Waltman Ortega Fine Art in Miami where he was in the group exhibition “Territories of Beyond” earlier this year. You can see more of his surreal paintings on his website. (via Hi-Fructose)
Exploring ideas of human connection and our relationships to nature, illustrator James R. Eads (previously) paints multicolored, psychadelic scenes that seem to pulsate with swirling patterns. Eads says his work is heavily inspired by music, and indeed the LA-based illustrator is constantly cranking out gig posters for the likes of the Foo Fighters, Dave Matthews Band, and Iggy Pop. Seen here is mostly a collection of person work from the last year, some of which are available as art prints. You can also follow him on Instagram.
Digital artist and animator Carl Burton creates quick atmospheric GIFs that blend elements of science fiction and surrealism. Glittering illuminated tentacles appear to twist through the dark while neon lasers emerge from deep pools of water. Much of what you see here represents Burton’s personal experiments, but the NYC-based creative also lends his illustrative style to images for long-form publications around the web. He works primarily with Cinema 4D, Photoshop, and After Effects, spending several hours or even days on a single GIF depending on its complexity. You can see more of his work on Tumblr. (via This Isn’t Happiness)