I've posted this one once before, but what the heck, it's so wonderful, it's worth another good look.
This is seriously creepy and yet, I had to laugh.
Michael Sowa is a German illustrator (born in 1945) whose work I first came to love when I spotted it in the French film, AMELIE. Since then I've thought of him as 'the Amelie artist', though obviously he is much, much more.
The world of Michael Sowa's creation is strange, satirical, sinister, macabre and cheery - often all at the same time. The paintings really need to be inspected at close-up range for more than just a few minutes. Sometimes things seen make sense and sometimes I can't figure out what exactly is going on - but always I am fascinated, always I am bemused. Occasionally I am uneasy.
All I say definitively about Michael's work is that once seen, never forgotten.
To view more of Michael Sowa's paintings, please use this link.
To learn more (Wikipedia's page is not exactly overflowing with information, but it's the best I could find) about Michael Sowa, please see this link.
Esterhazy The Rabbit Prince
Link to Michael Sowa's children's books.