When you look at a Jati Putra piece, you might think at first that it’s just regular digital art – it might be a young woman strolling in the forest, folks having fun at the beach or the winding roads of the North American wilderness. But at a second glance, you’ll realize that there’s something not quite right with the picture.
Putra’s pieces look like a Salvador Dali fever-dream. The artist takes conventional landscapes and scenes and warps them with his digital tools. Surrealism has been popular for over a century, starting with the likes of Dali and Picasso, but Putra takes it a step further with his state-of-the-art modern digital tools and incredible skill. Each picture seems completely realistic, only some aspect of it is warped – the beach bends and shoots for the sky, the road folds on itself, or the river is neon green.
The pictures are so awe-inspiring that it can take a while to take it all in and sort out your emotions. They can be terrifying – in some, a boat is stirring towards a clean-cut, 90 degrees pitfall, or a person is walking with hid head down straight into a brick wall that used to be the road beneath his feet. But the can also be pure joy, turning the entire world into a funhouse.
Take a look: