This is one of my latest finds in the art department and I have to say I'm very excited about it. Alex Gross' art is a combination of Mark Ryden and Frida Kahlo's work with a bit of Isabel Samaras mixed in.
Apart from the bizarre scenes, what I noticed first was his use of color. When I paint I often stay away from primary colors and use similar colors to these works instead. I love how, even though a lot of his paintings seem to be a bit sepia-toned, the colors are still so vibrant.
The skulls and flowers and positions of the models are a lot like Frida Kahlo's paintings.
(He even included an owl!)
But the landscape, symbols and composition reminded me more of Mark Ryden.
You know how much I love creepy and cute, but the same often goes for bizarre and beautiful. And this certainly does!
(Wouldn't this make a perfect cover for a Murakami book?)
I'd love to know the ideas behind every work, because it seems like there's a lot of thought behind it. It is all so very intriguing, I can't wait to find out more about it.