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I may have only recently discovered Murat Turan's illustrated masterpieces, but he has easily waltzed his way into my pantheon of favorite artists.

Mesmerizing his viewers' eyes with expansive landscapes, kooky characters, and elements of intense surrealism, each of Turan's digital paintings tells a vivid story despite only capturing one specific moment in time. Whether it's airborne blue whales in his piece 'Make a Wish,' or floating jellyfish in 'The Beginning', one can't help but want to learn more about his illustrations, and ultimately visit the worlds Turan creates.

Adding to the experience of each Murat Turan creation are lyrics Turan posts of songs that inspired him to paint these lush and creative images in the first place. The songs often reflect the dynamic, expansive and dramatic atmosphere found within each Turan painting.