It’s not uncommon to see artists illustrating animals, but what is uncommon is seeing surreal and extremely well-executed work akin to these KiSung Koh paintings. A Toronto-based illustrator, Koh frequently depicts wildlife amid psychedelic landscapes. His juxtaposition of realistically rendered animals with whimsical designs offers viewers a visual experience that truly plays with audiences’ eyes and minds. After all, how often do you see a lifelike rhinoceros resting in an amoeba-like puddle, with its horn snapped off while phantom creatures look on with giant grins on their faces? Sound confusing? Just wait until you see it!
The contrast of realistic and imaginative elements also serve to demonstrate KiSung Koh’s technical skills. If you look closely at his portrait of a gorilla, you’ll notice details such as wrinkles and hair that are almost indistinguishable from a photo. Koh is nothing is not versatile in technique.