July 28, 2022
Ecuadorian artist Beto Val alchemizes classic illustrations into strange compositions that blend fruits with fowl and aquatic life with land animals. Utilizing imagery accessible by means of the community domain, Val cuts and repositions fins, wings, and scaly talons into surreal creatures: round owl faces peer out from pineapples, autumn leaves sprout from tropical birds, and a rendering evocative of a organic chart shows fish with bodies designed of strawberries, brains, and an early, industrial locomotive. Blending the analog illustrations with the artist’s electronic manipulations, the collages encompass a array of characters from the whimsical to the absurd.
Val provides prints and other merchandise in his store, and his guide, The Good Book of the Imaginary Animal Kingdom, is out there from Bookshop. You can comply with the odd hybrids he goals up next on Instagram.
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