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Abstract Surrealism

A subgenre of original art and prints by Richard Van Vliet, often abstract surrealism overlapping bizarre fantasy or psychedelic landscapes with busier, chaotic, sometimes dark and disturbing, dystopic melanges of elements, colors, found objects, and textures. 

This series reflect turbulent times in our world, yet with a peek into a deeper dimension, some showing glimpses of Picasso like faces, others with figures and creatures from Salvador Dali or Hieronymous Bosch, purgatories of weird subconscious depths. These works remind one of the chaotic jazz of Ornette Coleman or Miles Davis' Bitches Brew. Surrealism and abstract expressionism overlap in intriguing ways in the art of Richard Van Vliet, sometimes unnerving, illogical scenes, creating strange creatures and developed painting techniques that allowed the unconscious to express. Perhaps, to "resolve the previously contradictory conditions of dream and reality into an absolute reality, a super-reality".


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