Ruud van Empel

6 10 2012

With Photoshop, van Empel seamlessly collages his source images, creating his own surreal and fantastic worlds. He says about his intent, “…you have to take time to look with my work. There has to be one image that’s very monumental that grabs you at first sight and then you will see the sinister details.” Van Empel constructs worlds that cannot exist in reality, but are so sharp-ly focused that we are immediately drawn into them.

Van Empel’s world is some place between Alice in Wonderland and Henri Rousseau. There is both a naive and sinister quality about his work. A tension that makes them very dramatic.

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One response

7 10 2012
Glennie Bee

Yes, there is something sinister about them. Is it because the kids look more like dolls or automata? All a bit ‘Stepford’.

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