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Answering the Absurd: 10 Questions with Artist Michael Cheval

Absurdity can be used in many ways, from making people laugh to revealing new perspectives on old ideas. For Michael Cheval, absurdity is his invitation to be creative. Inspired by the Surrealist [...]

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Artist Michael Cheval Talks About His Ideas, Inspirations, and ‘Explaining’ His Art

Looking at a Michael Cheval painting can be a mind-bending experience. Once you stop admiring his technical skill, you find yourself drawn into the surreal landscapes and absurd narratives that [...]

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What Is Surrealism? How Art Illustrates the Unconscious

Surrealism is more than an artistic style—it’s an artistic movement. Unlike other creative movements, which can be characterized by themes of imagery, color choices, or techniques, defining [...]

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These 12 Works of Art Will Help You Beat the Summer Heat

Let’s face it, as much as we all yearned for warmer weather during this past winter and spring, this summer has been a hot one. If you feel as if Mother Nature is overcompensating for the frigid [...]

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8 Tips for How to View Art Like an Expert

Is there a right or a wrong way on how to view art? Because, whether we admit it or not, we’ve all had that moment of uncertainty while viewing art—that feeling that we’re just not getting it. [...]

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4 Contemporary Artists Answer ‘What’s Your Favorite Work of Art?’

Park West Gallery artists inspire collectors all over the world, but what art inspires the artists? How do they answer the question, “What’s your favorite work of art?” We asked four different [...]

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Michael Cheval Finds the Absurd in Surrealism

Donning a bowler hat, artist Michael Cheval bears a resemblance to artist René Magritte. The similarity is no coincidence, as Cheval’s art is heavily inspired by the late Surrealist. But, despite [...]

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Artist Michael Cheval Tells the Stories Behind His Fall Art

Many artists are drawn to the unique colors and sensations of autumn, and that includes Absurdist artist Michael Cheval. “I love autumn,” Cheval says. “I love the season when colors are [...]

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Decoding Michael Cheval’s Tribute to Modern Artists

In Michael Cheval’s “Lullaby of Uncle Magritte,” viewers are faced with shape-filled landscapes, odd trinkets and a man who looks to be made out of cheese. It begs the question: “What does it [...]

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Fashion, Books and Tunes: How Artists Seek Inspiration

In the mid-20th century, American art critic Clement Greenberg governed the standards of the art world with one audacious idea: Art should refer only to itself – not history, not culture, not [...]

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