These Andrew Hem portraits are dazzling enough on their own to warrant your attention, with their surreal depictions of humans with oddly mesmerizing proportions and facial features, but the fact that Hem throws exotic animals into the mix to accompany each subject elevates his work into one-of-a-kind territory.
Seeing a painting of a woman paired with a monkey and having the two donning serene expressions on their faces tickles viewers’ curiosity as to what might invoke such a reaction from the two. It makes his work more captivating than it would have been without each wild creature.
Another stand out quality present in most Andrew Hem illustrations is his use of twilight color combinations to produce atmosphere within each piece. Coupled with the expressions on his subjects’ faces, his paintings really take viewers on an emotional journey.