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Dramatic, Dreamlike Flair: Art by Guntis Jansons


A triptych painting of grass growing in a burnt out forestRegrowth Panorama, oil on canvas

 

Painter Guntis Jansons creates colorful images that are realistic and yet seem to add a dramatic, dreamlike flair to known reality. Each of the works in Guntis’ portfolio combines the world we know with just a bit of extra brightness and dimension.

 

A painting combining two well-known contemporary artworksChristinas's Intruder, oil on canvas

The artist has a really interesting way of blending his own unique style with nods to contemporary art history. In his series, Mixed Genres, Guntis creates visual mash-ups of paintings by two different well-known artists, resulting in surreal scenes in which two drastically different methods of depicting the world come together in a seemingly natural fashion. These works remind me a little of David Maxim’s Famous Dead Artists series.

 

A screen capture of the front page of Guntis Jansons' art websiteThe front page of Guntis' website

 

I really enjoy the way Guntis captures everyday landscapes and portraits as well. He does a wonderful job of using a range of color to build shadows, highlights and volume, rather than simply creating darker shades of a single color. Whether they depict a lush forest or a model’s face, the images sparkle with life. 


A painting of a bird working on a paintingPigments of Imagination, oil on canvas


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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