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Surreal Narrative Images: Art by Ray Ceasar

An artwork featuring a female figure overlooking a boat in constructionOde to the Navy, canvas print

Toronto-based artist Ray Ceasar creates eerie and surreal narrative images using digital modeling and texturing techniques. The artist’s works combine aesthetics, fashions, and motifs from a variety of bygone eras, resulting in anachronistic works that seem oddly timeless.

A digital rendering of a figure in dress from a past centurySolar Calm, single piece on wood panel

Ceasar’s figures have a very distinct look – their slightly rounded faces, pale skin and doll-like features give them an almost ghostly appearance in many of the artist’s scenarios. These polished, not-quite-realistic figures remind me of paintings by Megan Majewski or Kristin Freznel. Occasionally, Ceasar veers into the territory of classic novel horror, adding tentacles and other unnatural appendages to his figures.


I really appreciate the artist’s attention to detail when it comes to his overall compositions, as well. Each image may focus on a central figure, but that figure is usually surrounded by, and interacting with, a variety of objects and landscape elements. In all their fine detail and deliberate posing, these artworks invite close-up, extended viewings.

A digital painting of a boy with octopus tentaclesSailor Boy, single piece on wood panel

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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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