In his latest series, Nightgardens, Jeff Soto explores contemporary landscape painting coupled with the idea of myth and the mysterious. The surreal images entice us into their fantastical worlds and give us reflection on our real life dilemmas, conflicts, and journeys into the unknown.
Says Soto on his work:
“Most of my visuals come from free writing and drawing, dreams, and other Surrealist techniques. I have a long-standing love of landscape painting and have been working it into my compositions for decades. Nature is one of my biggest inspirations, especially the purple-blue hills and mountains of Southern California. The compositions can be busy and chaotic because that is how my life and thoughts are. I enjoy playful randomness well as traditional illustrative rendering. Graffiti was and continues to be a factor in my work.”
Soto is currently holding a solo exhibition for his latest series at KP Projects / MKG in Los Angeles. [h/t juxtapoz.com]