Vertical cities soar into the sky in otherworldly digital paintings by artist Raphael Vanhomwegen

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November 6, 2020

Grace Ebert

All images © Raphael Vanhomwegen, shared with permission

Raphael Vanhomwegen describes his process as “visual brainstorming”, a technique of rendering his paintings digital quickly “to keep a spontaneous feeling of going with the flow”. The Belgian artist depicts cities built vertically with houses, shops and stairwells that spring from a hill or a body of water. Whether in technicolor, neutral hues, or moody grays, the soaring architecture is otherworldly and even eerie as it seems to peek through the surrounding fog. In many works, a few figures are perched on the balcony or a swarm of birds flies overhead.

When painting, Vanhomwegen focused on his inner thoughts and allowed himself to move comfortably through the practice of adding a new walkway or leafy vine. “You have to at least be obsessed with a particular subject that you will explore far too much than necessary,” he shares with Colossal, noting that his favorites are small houses and moody scenes. Likewise, he strives to imbue each work with volume and energy, an idea he develops:

Each brushstroke must have a meaning to be visually interesting. It’s idealistic, of course. I am also one of those people who think that nothing is more beautiful than a sketch. I’ve hardly ever seen a finished drawing look better than a really good sketch. That’s why I almost never finish my drawings. It’s like adding more notes to a perfect piece of music. It’s just not worth it.

To follow the supernatural architectural paintings of Vanhomwegen, go to instagram. (Going through Jeroen Apers)

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