Ultra Baroque

Ultra Baroque

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I create paintings of lush nature and improbable situations stacked and densely conglomerated into trippy, absurd portraits of imaginary beings. My compositions are detailed, meticulously depicted and baroque. I use perspectival tricks and surrealistic overlapping to render uncanny imagery within a single form, portrait, landscape or world. Inspired by Latin American and European surrealists, such as Giuseppe Arcimboldo, Bosch and Leonora Carrington, I employ similar strategies and playful juxtaposition of images to depict portraits and landscapes with post-apocalyptic visions and utopian narratives questioning our present and future world. This series of portraits are intricately filled with images of dense jungles and paradise-like scenarios combined with images that reference the vast influence of western consumer society, as well as, the magic and sacredness of the natural world. The depiction of imaginary beings and scenes are in great part sourced intuitively from my unconscious, by allowing surprise and accident to play out as stated in André Breton’s 1924 surrealist manifesto “Psychic automatism in its pure state, by which one proposes to express -- verbally, by means of the written word, or in any other manner -- the actual functioning of thought”. I chose to depict portraits of people without a specific race or culture (some genderless) to illustrate our universal humanity and the challenges we face as we live in a system designed to create environmental devastation and thus the fall of the human race.

Ultra Baroque

Alexis Duque
by Alexis Duque
media: painting
year: 2020
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tags: biodiversity , climate change , ecosystems , temperature rise , wildlife

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