We all Have Our Animalistic Inner Selves

If there’s an artist who vividly creates images that magically balances the world of fantasy and reality, there’s not even a single artist that can beat Matthew Grabelsky to that throne.

Using a Hans Memling inspired form of art, Grabelsky shows off the fantasy elements of his oil paintings that are mainly based on the male portion of New York subway riders by turning their faces into various animals.

While he faithfully captures his subjects (especially couples) in a photorealistic manner, his photographs would make you wonder what’s going on in his mind. However, he does it in a tongue-in-cheek way that let’s us in on the joke.

Grabelsky applies a pop-culture visual to a long-standing concept of symbolism by jokingly representing what the world may think to be the hidden subconscious of his characters. Whether he’s a tiger, an elephant, a zebra, a fox, a bear or a lion, Grabelsky lightheartedly reveals his subjects’ desires, temperaments, intentions and motivations.

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