Jean-Paul Mallozzi’s hyper-realistic portraits are technically brilliant and surrealistically odd. Each one looks like a frame lifted from a David Lynch movie, leaving you begging to find out what happens next. Unfortunately, Mallozzi just offers teasers, which means we have to join up the dots ourselves. What is the meaning of a blood-red fox draped around the shoulders of a terrified, ice-cold young man? Why does a woman wearing her bra look deranged as she lies on her bed, with birds flying around her? She doesn’t look happy, but insane.
One interesting component of Mallozzi’s visual idiom is that he combines striking colors. The centrepiece of the picture is often vibrantly colored, whilst the context is muted, often monochrome. It raises questions but leaves few answers. But that’s the beauty of art. (h/t booooooom.com)