In 2002 Matthew Grabelsky graduated from Rice University with a BA in Art and Art History and a BS in Astrophysics. "Science taught me how to observe the world, and art has allowed me to express my relationship to it. Since 2006, I have focused on creating paintings that combine the physical world that people see every day with imagery from mythology and dreams," he wrote on his Saatchi Art profile.

The artist from New York creates surreal paintings, combining human bodies with the heads of animals. "My work is not intended to be viewed as a fantasy or as allegory, but rather as a blend of everyday experiences and the subconscious. My paintings are enigmatic, and they create dreamlike worlds that invite viewers to form their own interpretations of the imagery presented." Artist's works look extremely realistic and can be confused with digital art. "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."

Matthew Grabelsky adds these unique surreal animal-human hybrids to modern urban settings, like trains, gritty alleyways, and cosmopolitan cityscapes. The author says, that he likes to "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."

More info: grabelsky.com | Instagram (h/t: Saatchi Art)

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boredfox 1 year ago

Look son, every thing the light touches...

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D. OOMSDAY 1 year ago

And this is bored PANDA!!!

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TC 1 year ago

Grandmother missing... Hilarious

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KoIvanov 1 year ago

How did the scientist shrink the size of an adult elephant head to be in proportion to the human's body.

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Rosa Kim 1 year ago

what does the fox say?

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Chukwuka Edoziuno 1 year ago

frog prince

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KoIvanov 1 year ago

He's showing her his crush, Amy Schumer. There's also Animal Appropriation happening.

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Terror from Beyond Space 1 year ago

Apparently the lion is not sleeping tonight!

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KoIvanov 1 year ago

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The Pussy Hat, written by Don T.

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Rosa Kim 1 year ago

that ox has more style than i'll ever have

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Terror from Beyond Space 1 year ago

Can't wait for her to bounce the baby on her knees.

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Wisdom,Power,Donut 1 year ago

'MURICA

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D. OOMSDAY 1 year ago

At least not a JAWS poster

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YvanP 1 year ago

This is too recognisable.

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TC 1 year ago

Back to where you belong...

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Carol Harrison 1 year ago

Oh, that body language.

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THATone 1 year ago

Cute!

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Galaxii 1 year ago

no

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Brooke Schmidt 1 year ago

Only animals and white people?

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KoIvanov 1 year ago

Promoting bestiality. Leftists are too open minded and have high tolerance against disgust.

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Sonja Fabela 1 year ago

If you look in 22,11,and 7 they are black.

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YvanP 1 year ago

From his point of view. He can see bras.

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Eleanor Ragsdale 1 year ago

Ooh where can I get that magazine?

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3ke 1 year ago

"Why are you taking my photo?"

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YvanP 1 year ago

He's horny

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YvanP 1 year ago

Confident tiger with his prey.

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YvanP 1 year ago

Start of a long term relationship.

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YvanP 1 year ago

It's she aware that she's actually a goat?

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YvanP 1 year ago

Bear with me

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