Val Dyshlov

While 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.