Author - Kelly Paik

The atmospheric photographs of Martin Stranka

Czech-based photographer, Martin Stranka, creates striking images that cross the border between reality and dreams. Set in natural landscapes alongside wild animals, his subjects wander through a make believe world in silent contemplation. Stranka’s masterful use of negative space and atmosphere lends a fantastical feel to his compositions. One...

The expressive landscape paintings of Grażyna Smalej

Polish painter, Grażyna Smalej, incorporates a variety of different styles in each one of her works. With a solid foundation in realism, she incorporates surreal and abstract elements to create flowing, expansive scenes in her paintings. Figurative elements become a jumping off point for a journey into a dream world where emotion and meaning is...

Seung-Hwan Oh decomposes photographs with bacteria

Organic and artificial methods are used together to form this haunting set of photographs by Seung-Hwan Oh, aka Tonio Oh. The Korean photographer experimented with degrading his photos by submerging the film in water where various types of bacteria would slowly destroy it. Over time, the bacteria obscured portraits and backgrounds, creating new...

Garden Gamine by Amy Sol

Las Vegas-based artist, Amy Sol, paints dreamy, delicate worlds featuring girls lost in thought and accompanied by animal friends. Often, the works are completed in neutral tones of color in thin layers over wood pallets. The grain of the wood often peeks through from underneath layers of paint and lends a calm sense of flow to compliment the...

The fantasy-filled paintings of Adam Lee

Melbourne-based artist, Adam Lee, creates fantasy worlds that draw inspiration from Biblical narratives and history. Working in traditional mediums and watercolor, his luminous paintings evoke a sense of story-filled wonder reminiscent of Marc Chagall. From Lee’s website, “His practice focuses on a re-interpretation of painting and drawing...

The digital manipulations of Du Zhenjun

In his series titled “Tower of Babel”, Chinese artist Du Zhenjun presents us with a contemporary version of the apocalypse. Huge structures loom in the center of each piece as scenes of political unrest, and the impacts of globalization and pollution materialize below. Du is considered one of the pioneering digital artists in China and he...