Surreal, Symbolic Images by Kevin Sloan
Kevin Sloan uses painting to bring light to the silent plants and animals with which people share the world. Using a realistic painting style, Kevin creates surreal, symbolic images in which exotic animals interact in unusual ways with human objects and implements.
I find that Kevin’s painting style is quite effective with his chosen subject matter. The way the artist renders plants and animals is almost reminiscent of antique books of naturalism and science, a categorical style of realism that focuses on getting each fine detail precisely right. This realistic style is jarring when compared with the cartoonish predicaments and circumstances in which the animals are placed.
In a few recent works, Kevin has taken to depicting animals with a coat of ornate wallpaper, a white background with a pale blue floral pattern. The animals, still rendered in a fully realistic style, appear even more surreal, as if they’ve been painted by an unseen hand, within an existing painting.