Paintings of animal-headed men invading the subways by New York artist Matthew Grabelsky. Some of the images appear to be couples on the train while others are unsuspecting bystanders sitting next to these men looking at their phones or reading a magazine. The artist states that his work "combines the physical world that people see every day with imagery from mythology and dreams."
My work is not intended to be viewed as fantasy or as allegory, but rather as a blend of every-day experiences and the subconscious. My paintings are enigmatic, and they create dream-like worlds that invite viewers to form their own interpretations of the imagery presented. I paint in a highly realistic manner, derived from my studies of 19th-century French Academic painters, and I use this visual language to craft modern narratives. I place my subjects in urban settings: trains, gritty alleyways, and cosmopolitan cityscapes; then introduce a twist to create a mix of rational and irrational elements. My work is often humorous, and it straddles the divide between the serious and the bizarre.