These subtly surreal paintings by the artist Simon Stålenhag depict a future or alternate reality where things look very much like our own except for the nearly incidental presence of robots, strange sci-fi constructions or alien spacecraft. I say “nearly incidental” because these unexpected objects, while they may be disrupting or intruding on on Stålenhag’s landscapes in monumental ways, are never seen to be inciting panic. The scenes are always calm, as if the people in this universe have come to accept these bizarre phenomena as facts of life. Stålenhag offers no comment on their existence, really, which in some ways makes them feel even more sinister or unnerving.
See more, including lots of close-ups of Stålenhag’s super brushwork, at simonstalenhag.se.+