Renaissance paintings on LSD. That’s the best possible way to describe the work of Christian Rex van Minnen. Born in Providence, Rhode Island and now living in Brooklyn, Christian takes the traditional notions of oil painting and twists them into some of the most bizarre and grotesque pieces of art I’ve ever seen. They’re brilliant (and you’ve been warned).
Clearly a very talented guy, van Minnen can easily replicate the style of an old Renaissance master, but he distorts and twists the subjects of his paintings, turning them into mangled, infected, catroon-ish beings. He also combines portraiture with still life painting with disturbing results – fruits growing out of a man’s face or a fish tied to a person’s head. And for good measure he even throws in some completely contemporary objects like tattoos or a chair with the phrase “Kill ‘Em All” carved into the back of it.
You can see more of Christian’s work below and on his website.