Jacek Yerka

So everyone should go on over to Dark Roasted Blend to check out the compilation of paintings they have posted by surrealist artist Jacek Yerka.

The Cathedral

The Cathedral

 He is one of my favorite artists, and I own at least one book of his. It’s hard to say exactly why, but the combination of realism and fantasy in his artwork seems very steampunk  (read China Mieville‘s Perdido Street Station, or Neal Stephenson‘s The Diamond Age, for good introductions to the genre). The resultant deliberate and technical whimsy – I balk at terming it magic realism, as the fantasy is too far-fetched to be acceptable in an everyday setting – appeals to me greatly.

Steamberries Train

Steamberries Train

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