Polish Artist Learns How To "Photograph Dreams" to Create Nightmarish Illustrations

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Whilst some artist's make a name for themselves through depicting reality, Polish artist Zdzisław Beksiński's artworks take on a far darker, abstract form thanks to his ability to capture moments that would only ever be possible within a dream world.

Filled with surreal creatures set in an almost dystopian and chilling world Beksiński described each of his artworks as if they were "photographs" of bad dreams in which recognisable elements of reality interact within surreal situations - the end result of which is some truly unsettling illustrations. Tragically Beksiński was murdered in 2005, however he leaves behind a fascinating collection of work.

Whether you're a fan or not of his theme however, it's hard to argue with the artistic talent behind each of Beksiński's paintings which only serves to make them more intense, expressive and of course, creepier. The artist once described his own art in one sentence, “what matters is what appears in your soul, not what your eyes see and what you can name.” You can see more of his work here.

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