IMAGINARY WORLDS. RESEARCH

JAMES JEAN

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I am in constant appreciation of James Jean’s art style. His paintings and illustrations are often suffused with a dreamy romanticism and lyricism worthy of Maxfield Parrish. Jean’s imaginative compositions feature ethereal figures; fluid in motion, and graceful in gesture. His fantasy dreamscapes capture compelling moments, often represented beyond the laws of gravity, on an undefined plane. Incorporating traditional symbol
ism and dynamic narratives, his works introduces finely rendered imagery created with a unique aesthetic, extraordinarily kinetic style and sophisticated color palette. The subjects glide through the tableaux, tracing a narrative of thwarted desires. His subtle yet suggestive themes of metamorphosis, mortality, and sexuality blend together seamlessly, bridging the gap between the real and imagined.

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N.C. WINTERS

 

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The works of N.c Winters are captivating and intricately detailed. A painter/illustrator based in san diego, his style can be desribed as pop-surrealism. The works done by Winters evolves as it goes through the creation process without ever sticking to any fixed plan at certain periods during the creation. A majority of his works are highly imaginative and are a balance between plants and the human form,
creating fantasy pieces that are finely rendered. He uses inks, watercolour and acrylic to create his pieces and these are mediums I am very keen to utilise as I appreciate the use of traditional media for execution of proposed projects.

 

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JEREMIAH MORELLI

 

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Jeremiah Morelli is a whimsical fantasy artist  and visual storyteller. He places conceptual fairy tale creatures in vivid dreamscapes to capture the imagination . He creates light and dark fairy tale paintings making prospective dreamscape destinations that anyone would like to visit. Jeremiah is a digital artist and utilises this platform very well to the best of his advantage and draws particular inspiration from lucid dreams. I’d particularly like to play around with attempting to utilise the digital painting platform in order to expand my tool range as it is one i am still trying to master.

 

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SALVADOR DALI

 

 

 

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Salvador Dali was a great artist whose works still amaze me till this day. It is obvious from the collection of works he was able to churn out whilst alive that he possessed great draftsman-ship skill, in turn creating artworks that were both striking and bizarrely surrealist in the approach. While the piece ‘‘the persistence of time’’ often take the fore,  the piece ‘‘ swans reflecting elephants’’ done in oil on canvas leaves me mesmerized. Done during a period dubbed Dali’s paranoic-critical period, the use of hallucinatory forms and double images and visual illusions filled this painting and were a common characteristic in a majority of his works during a particular period. Another common feature in Dali’s work that I draw inspiration from is the use of symbolism.

 

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DAVID CRONENBERG

 

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Cronenberg is one of the principal originators of what is commonly known as the body horror or visceral horror genre. This style of filmmaking explores people’s fears of bodily transformation and infection. In his films, the psychological is typically intertwined with the physical. In the first half of his career, he explored these themes mostly through horror and science fiction, although his work has since expanded beyond these genres. His films have won numerous awards, including the Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival for his film Crash. Cronenberg’s films follow a definite progression: a movement from the social world to the inner life. In his early films, scientists modify human bodies, which results in the breakdown of social order (e.g. Shivers, Rabid). In his middle period, the chaos wrought by the scientist is more personal, (e.g. The Brood, Scanners, Videodrome). In the later period, the scientist himself is altered by his experiment (e.g. his remake of The Fly). This trajectory culminates in Dead Ringers in which a twin pair of gynecologists spiral into codependency and drug addiction. His later films tend more to the psychological, often contrasting subjective and objective realities (eXistenZ, M. Butterfly, Spider).

 

 

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TOMASZ BAGINSKI

 

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Tomasz Baginski is a Polish illustrator, animator and director. He is also a self-yaught artist.
His first film Rain has won a couple of local awards and became the passport to Platige Image company, in which he is a creative director. Between 1999 and 2002 he was working on his short film debut,The Cathedral, which in 2002 won the first prize at SIGGRAPH, the biggest festival of animation and special effects, and a year later was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film.
In 2004, he made his second short film, Fallen Art. In 2005, he received another award at the SIGGRAPH festival, becoming the only artist in history who has won two main awards. Fallen Art also received a BAFTA Award for Best Short Animation and a Grand Prix for Digital Shorts at Golden Horse Film Festival 2005 (shared with Jarek Sawko and Piotr Sikora). Bagiński has also created cinematics for The Witcher computer game based on the books by Andrzej Sapkowski.

 

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