Surrealism is not as prevalent a style as it was during the
1930's to 1950's, there is a continuing influence on artists
who are seeking to express ambiguity, the tensions of modern
life, fantasy or a sense of existential detachment. In many
cases this has been fused with a lighter or more buoyant desire,
even playfulness that has led to the creation of colorful,
at times whimsical imagery.
Val Dyshlov, trained in Russia, also brings some Cubist influences
and an overt connection to certain strains of earlier eras
of avant-garde art in the USSR. His images are representational
but stylized and he brings a distinct solidity of form, almost
a sculptor's mentality to his work.