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Jumbled, Surreal Scenarios: Painting by Josef-Peter Römer

A surreal painting including numerous figures and backgroundsThe Portal, oil on linen

German artist Josef-Peter Römer is a figurative painter who specializes in jumbled, surreal scenarios pulled from his dreams. Josef-Peter currently lives and works in Wisconsin.


The from page of Josef-Peter Roemer's art

 I find the sort of fragmented look of Josef-Peter’s works really interesting. The artist fills each canvas with figures, each of which seems to be participating in their own separate scene, yet also interacting indirectly with other moments in the painting. With a skewed perspective, the viewer seems to take an omniscient viewpoint, seeing multiple facets of a larger story as it unfolds.


A painting of a woman from many different anglesMs Kohleen Lyons and Self, oil on masonite panel

Each of Josef-Peter’s works draws inspiration from a multiplicity of sources, both internal and external. The artist’s background of military service is portrayed in several of the works, alongside figures from fantasy, mythology and pop-culture. The artist also sometimes apes different styles to suit different figures – cartoons are rendered in the typical hard-outlined and flat-colored fashion while military men are given a more realistic and detailed treatment.


A self-portrait of an artist depicted at many different agesSelf-Portrait, oil on linen


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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