Christian Rex Van Minnen’s art is a darkly surreal feast, befitting a Thanksgiving Day post. We’ve been fans of his off-the-charts art for years and he keeps getting weirder and better. His bulbous, wet, and grossly beautiful images mix together to form masterpieces which erupt off the surface – much like a blister in the sun. Leaves, fruit, meats, glistening internal organs, mushrooms, pustules, beautiful flowers – all flow into old-school portraits of the Flemish style. In masterpieces of todays surrealism, Christian marries the old with the new into a grotesque and fascinating outcome, gorging with overindulgence and artful gluttony.
“Heralded as the modern Giuseppe Arcimboldo , Christian Rex van Minnen makes his way into the art world armed with old world execution, warm colors of bittersweet chocolate and burgundy velvet. Composition and color serve only as thin veils which barely distract from the dripping hordes of redundant flesh and undecipherable realms of deformation. Neo-Grotesquism springs forth with a fiery vengeance, offering beautiful reconstructions of hideous fungus, tumor-like protrusions, and flora and fauna, all married into modern yet simultaneously archaic portraiture. Enter a world where ugliness and beauty merge as one, challenging the narrow definitions of both.” —Via Lana Gentry’s Interview (here)