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Agape Charmani for Art-Sheep

Painter Karl Persson‘s work is full of horrific scenes, grotesque characters and extravagant expressions. Furnished with hyperrealistic precision, Persson’s paintings are mysterious, dark explorations of the real, the surreal and the human mentality.

Through fear, sexual tension and desire, the painter transforms the human being into a creature with animal instincts and tendencies, a creature whose emotions are stronger than its mind. This cruel world though is not a world of violence as Persson’s subjects seem more driven by their own passions and the rage they express is towards their own self.

“My intellect doesn’t come into play when I am channeling something subconsciously. There is plenty of time for interpretation after a painting is finished. Whenever I look at my finished paintings it is like analysing a dream – deciphering my personal symbolic language. Although there is obviously some calculated thought behind things like compositional aesthetics, I still try to keep these decisions relatively instinctive. I find this approach far more fulfilling than when I have injected some preconceived concept into an image, which has often consequently become either stale or too obvious,” he writes on his Facebook page.

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