OPHEAR, a self-taught artist, uses a mix of digitally created art and photography with creative editing and hand painted elements to create daring visual art. He creates modern day digital pointillism reminiscent of Henri Matisse; surreal Dali-esque photo-realistic art; vibrant masks with bold Hundertwasser-esque colors and mandalas inspired by historical spiritual and metaphysical tools from the Hindu and Buddhist religious traditions. OPHEAR’s art challenges the natural assumptions, invites contradiction and strives to reconcile and unify the seemingly contradictory. His art reflects the complexity of life, and his vision is one of finding meaning and transcendence though looking at the familiar in new and exciting ways.
OPHEAR likes to channel his ideas through daring art that pushes the boundaries of visual creativity. OPHEAR has a passion and joy for creating a wide variety of images in varied formats, frequently inspired by surrealist, impressionist, pointillist, and even Hindu/Buddhist and tribal art. He uses a mix of digitally created art and photography with creative hand painted 3D manipulations and elements to evoke varied responses in the viewer.
One category of OPHEAR’s art work is the modern day digital pointillism and divisionism, reminiscent of Henri Matisse, in which he creates impressions of objects such as human or animal eyes and faces. The mind’s ability to connect, blend and bend the disparate dots and acrylic colors into varied compositions adds another dimension to the art.
The surreal, Dali-esque art that is characteristic of OPHEAR’s photography series is another example. This style, in which striking photo-realistic images are juxtaposed with the seemingly illogical, creates an element of surprise and invites one to consider the disparity between a person’s view of reality and the actual state of things
In a similar vein, OPHEAR’s colorful masks series are thought proving visuals. In the contrast between the larger-than-life masks, arguably a metaphor of sorts for control or authority, and their respective backgrounds, he calls into question the realities presented within the images.
Lastly, OPHEAR’s mandala art seeks through complex rhythm and intermingling of beings, organisms, plants, religions, planetary, mathematical and geometrical symbols to create a microcosm of the universe. Mandalas were historically known to be used as spiritual and metaphysical tools in the Hindu and Buddhist religious traditions to focus the mind and bridge the divide between the physical and metaphysical, such as during meditation. Similarly, the repetitive use of geometric patterns and radial balance evoke a beauty and order that ties together the artist’s central themes of perception, reality and universality.