I’ve been a fan of Surrealist art since I can remember. I bought my very first “art book” when I was about thirteen. From Woolworths. I felt so grown up. Which was probably undermined by grabbing a bag of pick n’ mix shortly after.
I flipping loved this book though, so much so it’s followed me to every place i’ve lived. Now sitting on a table in my living room. I still flick through it from time to time and am drawn to the same pieces I was over twenty years ago.
René Magritte has always been the one to make to smile. The Son of Man is probably his most recognisable piece (the man with the bowler hat and apple in front of his face). But you may also recognise some of his other works too. All of which I love.
(Clockwise from top left)
The Son of Man, The Treachery of Images, Not to be Reproduced, The Lovers II
Remember, I added a pipe to the gallery wall in the Sherwood Forest project as a nod to Magritte’s, The Treachery of Images?
“Ceci n’est pas une pipe.” Well actually, this one is.
And so, nearly a century after Magritte, surrealist art continues to present new ideas, challenging views and perceptions about “the self”, society, life, love and everything in between. Which leads me nicely onto an artist i’ve been admiring for a while.
Let me introduce you to Eugenia Loli. An artist who creates, in her own words; “Surreal, modern vintage collage prints.” Something i’m really excited about.
Eugenia is a Greek born artist now living in California. Her work has appeared in an long list of publications including Harper’s Bazaar US, Vogue ITA, Cosmopolitan US and Wired UK.
“It’s important for me to “say” something with my artwork, so for the vast majority of my work there’s a meaning behind them. I usually do this via presenting a “narrative” scene in my collages, like there’s something bigger going on than what’s merely depicted.”
Spring Crop at the Rosseland Crater
“After a lifelong battle with my health, I finally found it in September of 2011. When that happened, my brain sort of re-wired. Art was what happened next, almost all by itself.”
“Sometimes the scene is witty or sarcastic, some times it’s horrific with a sense of danger or urgency, some times it’s chill. I leave it to the viewer’s imagination to fill-in the blanks of the story plot.”
This weekend (like, right now) Eugenia is offering 10% off everything in her store. And i’m really struggling with what to choose. Surprise.
The colour combinations in each piece are stunningly vibrant and would most definitely sing out loud on a gallery wall. Or could simply hang alone as a real piece of statement art.
I love how she uses iconic vintage images and cleverly melds them together with rather macabre additions. Taking something romantic and innocent from the past to a whole new level of present day darkness.
Encapsulated by Double Quotes
These two pieces would be perfect side by side don’t you think?
Every Act of Creation is First an Act of Destruction
And some exploding heads to end with. I think we can all associate with that one. Go and take at the rest of her work, i’ve added just ten from my favourites, but there are so many more.
What do you think? You like? Let me know if you decide to treat yourself to something… i’m still trying to decide which one (probably two) to choose. Eeek!