Mark Gleason Pairs Humans & Wildlife in Surreal Illustrated Scenarios

Mark Gleason is the king of painting realistic depictions of absurd scenarios involving humans and animals. The Palo Alto-based artist often pairs charismatic people with extremely exotic animals in intimate manners, invoking a range of emotions from viewers. For instance, one oil painting features a serene girl sitting beside a laughing hyena with a party hat on its head. Audiences are simultaneously confused as to why the two are together and fearful for the safety of the young child. Gleason’s portfolio is filled to the brim with similar eyebrow-raising imagery, but that distinct quality is what makes viewing his work so enjoyable.

When he isn’t painting up a storm, Mark Gleason teaches high school and writes daily posts on his music blog.