The works of painter Mu Lei combines three things that I personally feel always lead to great art: women, futuristic technology, and a noirish atmosphere. Seen here are an eclectic mix of images from this Beijing-based artist’s portfolio, and present throughout are beautiful ladies adorned with hi-tech-looking accessories within dreamlike, hardboiled settings. Lei ties all these elements together through surreal compositions that incite thought and awe. Simply staring at these pictures is enough escapism to rival that of a vacation in a foreign land, so it comes as no surprise that his works are often sought after by galleries and collectors.
Many may be surprised to discover Mu Lei draws heavily upon video games as inspiration for his otherworldly concepts and landscapes.