Surrealism—which came to prominence in the 1920s—was a cultural movement not only confined to the world of art, but also characterizing literature, music, theatre, and philosophy.

In surreal oil paintings, artists often try to convey emotion through symbols, bright colors, and sometimes even simple shapes by using juxtapositions. Surrealism can often be seen as something that represents almost a dream-like state, and Jon Ching, an oil painter whose work focuses mainly on wildlife (and even more specifically birds), was able to make paintings using the very base of those ideas.

Born in Kaneohe, Hawaii and now based in Los Angeles, California, artist Jon Ching grew up around the wildlife that would later become the main subject of his surrealistic oil paintings. His incredible depictions of tigers, parrots, wolves, owls, and much more capture the wild, majestic beauty of the animal kingdom with an enchanting and magical twist.

If you found yourself mesmerized by Jon's painting style and would like to see more, we highly suggest to scroll down and see the rest of his brilliant work for yourself!

More info: jonchingart.com | Instagram

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L - E - Y ($till beebull)
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2 months ago

Fungi owl

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lol idk
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2 months ago

Oh. my. gosh.

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Avery S Alberico
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2 months ago

At first I didn´t see the fish

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L - E - Y ($till beebull)
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2 months ago

Woah

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Mark Berry
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2 months ago

DARK

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KC Lancaster
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2 months ago

Love the flowerful parrot!

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Kaori Panda
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2 months ago

Definitely one of my favorites!

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KC Lancaster
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2 months ago

Great fins-to-flower petals image:)

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Susan Green
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2 months ago

This is beautiful!

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lol idk
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2 months ago

it matches perfectly

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Avery S Alberico
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2 months ago

Octusa

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jevais
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2 months ago

Increable work of art.

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Kaori Panda
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2 months ago

Amazing

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jevais
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2 months ago

Poetry at it's best.

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Avery S Alberico
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2 months ago

Shiny Zapdos

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Avery S Alberico
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2 months ago

pwetty! OwO

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Casey Burns
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2 months ago

Phoenix!

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Kaori Panda
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2 months ago

Love this!

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Avery S Alberico
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2 months ago

I want one!😍

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KC Lancaster
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2 months ago

Lovely feathers-into-fins!

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jevais
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2 months ago

Pure beauty.

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Avery S Alberico
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2 months ago

¨Jerry, this is the THIRD TIME I've told you to get off me

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Aida Miller
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2 months ago

Frida Kahlo would approve.

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Kaori Panda
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2 months ago

Absolutely stunning

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Kaori Panda
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2 months ago

Kitties!

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Avery S Alberico
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2 months ago

Buddy, Do you need some ibuprofen?

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jevais
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2 months ago

Such a stunning painting.

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Kaori Panda
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2 months ago

Majestic :D

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linda rocha
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2 months ago

Wonderful!

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LEE XUN YEE Moe
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2 months ago

Wow

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Mark Berry
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2 months ago

Dude has seen some s**t

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Jeri Woodrow
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2 months ago

Jester of the Jungle

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LEE XUN YEE Moe
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2 months ago

Crystal nest

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Avery S Alberico
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2 months ago

🌸🌸🌸

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Stacy S.
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2 months ago

Powerful

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Kaori Panda
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2 months ago

It looks so real

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2 months ago

Fun Fact: I'm more afraid of spiders than scorpians.

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Jeri Woodrow
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2 months ago

Rightfully Majestic

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jevais
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2 months ago

Powerful.

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Trent Hanson
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2 months ago

This is more my style

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GSMountainWolf
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Kinda confused me had me going like wut

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Trent Hanson
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2 months ago

He looks like he is in pain :( also AMERICA

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LEE XUN YEE Moe
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2 months ago

he is playing hide-and-seek

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Avery S Alberico
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2 months ago

Reminds me of Loki fr some reason

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Avery S Alberico
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2 months ago

Trickshot