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With a distinct, fluctuating sense of depth, James Mortimer‘s mixed-media paintings move between the fanciful and the unsettling. Some of his more packed scenes recall the enormous paintings of Bosch, with a penchant for both delight and grimness. The work often is rendered in oils, yet the artist also mixes in acrylics and watercolor.

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Painted on wood, the textures of Agostino Arrivabene‘s surreal works garner new, striking qualities. The above piece is one of the newer works on similar natural canvases from the artist, who was last featured on HiFructose.com here. Arrivabene’s experimentations also includes work on conglomerate mineral and other woodland findings.

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John Brosio’s oil paintings introduce towering monsters and pop cultural elements into the everyday, whether it’s a giant crab or a Big Gulp. The artist has a knack for mixing terror and humor, leaning on his talents in realism to add both components to the work. Elsewhere, he takes a childlike approach to rendering these beasts, reaching back to the sketchbooks packed with dinosaurs and fictional creatures as a child.

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Oil painter Aldo Sergio uses traditional tools to create “glitches” on classical still-life and portrait works. Sergio’s work follows other artists utilizing mix of contemporary distortion and centuries-old influences, yet his work stands apart in his convincing rendering of both aspects and his specific concepts arising out of this approach.

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Bizarre, vibrant creatures and vehicles inhabit the worlds of Will Sweeney. The artist’s recent work calls upon the style of comics great Jack Kirby and retro science-fiction. The illustrator has crafted gallery work, comics, clothing, videos, illustrations for musicians, and more.

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Using just a pencil and paper, Nicola Alessandrini crafts striking, surreal imagery that explore the subconscious. The Italy-born artist creates scenes in which intimate figures are unraveled, producing strange growths and stripped of their normal defenses. Gender and sexuality also often play a role in Alessandrini’s works, as well as totems from childhood.