Josh Keyes (featured in Hi-Fructose Vol. 24) has a knack for realism, using this ability to blur the boundaries between fact and fiction. His latest paintings focus on circuses and sea imagery; elephants and seals are arranged in careful dioramas, gesturing towards how we attempt to make the artificial feel natural while commericializing elements of the natural world. The wild animals appear boxed-up and neatly packaged — While elegant and beautiful, Keyes’ compositions also hint at humans’ destructive impulse to control nature. Keyes will debut his new body of work for his solo show, “The Circus and the Sea,” at Roq la Rue Gallery in Seattle on November 9. Keyes will also release an 18″ x 24″ print of “Exodus 1” (pictured above) in a limited-edition of 50 to benefit the wildlife non-profit Big Life. The print will be available at the gallery at 5 pm on November 9 for walk-in clientele only; more info can be found here. Take a look at some of the paintings from the show below courtesy of Roq la Rue.