Combining meticulous photorealism with blurred abstraction, Adam Caldwell‘s paintings take historical and philosophical ideas and play them out in a cacophony of bodies, explosions and lab experiments. His huge oil paintings are the artist’s exploration of the duality of the mind and the body in Western thought and how he perceives it has lead to destruction and disaster. These complex ideas yield multifaceted paintings that invite us to get lost in their many details. Caldwell has created an arresting new body of work for his upcoming solo show, “Empty Room,” opening at Shooting Gallery in San Francisco on November 10. Take a look at an exclusive preview of his latest works below.