Artist and illustrator Lisa Ericson (previously) creates hyper-realistic paintings that fuse parts of animals from different species together resulting in unlikely hybrid creatures. In his latest series, Ericson mixes fish tails and fins in vibrant colors with tiny bits of coral reef. The paintings are made with acrylic paint on wooden panels with a black background, which gives greater prominence to the exuberant compositions.
My ideas are often science-inspired, but with a surreal twist. I may read or hear about a scientific or environmental phenomenon and it provides a kernel of inspiration which can lead to a painting or an entire series. I use the black background to create the drama of the spotlight on my chosen subject. It singles them out, exposes their every tiny detail, and creates a void of the unknown around them. In that way, each piece becomes an intimate portrait. I think of the animals in my paintings as simultaneously representing the natural world and also reflecting our own human struggle and emotion. I like to draw parallels between the two. (…) All of my paintings are done in acrylics on wood panels. I like the hard surface of the panels, and I use multiple thin layers of paint to build up my images.Lisa Ericson