1) Entourage 2) Rhinocerus Tea 3) The Struggle 4) The Tea Cup Fairy 5) The Trophy.
All works: Acrylic on linen. 137 x 91 cm.
James Guppy is a contemporary Australian artist who takes his influence from Western figurative painting and surrealism. His work simultaneously explores the absurdity of everyday life whilst also evoking questions about the ideas Western society holds most sacred: love, gender sexuality and identities. Guppy’s work seeks to undo established symbols of beauty by transforming how bodies are viewed. Guppy’s work stretches the physicality of what human bodies can do by positioning them into taboo scenes or pairing them with seemingly nonsensical animals and objects. Guppy is also transfixed by flowers and the elements. Guppy’s vision is one that rearranges the mundane into a landscape of lucid dreaming. Guppy lives in a small coastal town in New South Wales.
Lafin is a Tasmanian-based digital artist. Her surrealist style is rendered using ‘a variety of tools’:
A graphics tablet with a pressure sensitive pen combined with the use of packages like Painter that can detect pressure and stroke attributes aid digital painting. In addition she has 3-D and fractal software. Sometimes photographic elements are used in her work as well as scanned or photographed parts of more conventionally produced drawings and paintings. She likes to blend many techniques in the creation of her images.