Originally from the UK and now living in Australia, painter Mike Worrall is essentially self-taught.
His work shows a range of fascinating influences, from Velázquez — particularly evident in Worrall’s fascination with those bizarrely wide gowns seen in portraits of the Spanish royal family — to other 17th century painters, to Surrealists like Paul Delvaux, René Magritte and Max Ernst, and perhaps magic realists like George Tooker and others.
In many cases, Worrall makes direct reference to the work of past painters — such as his obvious homage to Magritte shown above. Worrell, however, tends to be more visceral in his presentation of the textures of the real world in his dream-like images than Magritte or most of the original Surrealists.
Worrall has worked at times as a concept artist for the film industry, bringing his dream state imagination to such films a Alien III.
I’m particularly fascinated by Worrall’s compositions involving storefronts, with their intricate reflections, ghostly faces or figures, and a sense they create of their facades as transitional points for other planes of space and time.
[Via beinART Collective]
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