Black and White Surreal Abstract Bird Skull

Black and white surreal abstract bird skull collage with lines, geometric art by Joseph Westrupp.

The title of this picture is Dormiveglia Black.

It’s a black and white version of Dormiveglia. At first I thought I’d only do this image in color, but it works very well in black and white. Actually it’s a really obvious candidate, so I don’t know why it took so long to occur to me.

It’s rare to merely desaturate a color image and have it work, though. Normally adjustments to brightness, contrast, and overall tone have to be made. However, this one is a straight desaturation. Regardless, I still experimented to see if any adjustments would improve it, but eventually concluded that the simplest route was the best in this case.

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Surreal Abstract Crab Leg Collage

Surreal abstract crab leg collage in blue/green with red triangle and white lines. Experimental, deconstructed art by Joseph Westrupp.

The title of this picture is Ampersand. Mostly because of the shape of the underlying crab leg on the right with the triangle against it. Kind of reminiscent of an ampersand, and I like the unexpected connotation of the name.

I’ve used the base iPhone crab shell photo three times, here, in Anfractuosity, and in another named Uhtceare.

I get a perverse satisfaction at using a cell phone to produce art. A super-high resolution camera capable of technically perfect images isn’t always necessary, but admittedly that might be in large part due to the nature of my work. Probably not quite as true for a landscape photographer for instance.

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Abstract Crab Leg Collage

Surreal geometric abstract crab leg collage in pink and blue with crimson square. Experimental, deconstructed art by Joseph Westrupp.

The title of this picture is Uhtceare, a word I found when researching another title. Pronounced “oot-key-ah-rah”, it’s an Old English word apparently meaning lying awake worrying before dawn (if the source I read is correct).

It imbues the image with heavy meaning for an overall poetic effect I really like.

I’ve used the base iPhone crab shell photo three times so far, here, in Anfractuosity, and in another named Ampersand.

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Abstract Tiger Skull Collage

Surreal abstract tiger skull collage in brown on blue background, with black square. Experimental, deconstructed art by Joseph Westrupp.

The title of this picture is Protean Eclipse.

There’s two color versions of this, the other one is light blue on a red background with a yellow square, named Protean. Protean was the first iteration, and I wasn’t intending to do another, but I couldn’t resist a bit of experimentation. I liked this variation too much to leave it.

“Eclipse” is appended onto the name because it struck me as an eclipsed version of the lighter color scheme, especially with the black square. Plus I just like the way it sounds, but that’s a given with all my titles.

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Surreal Abstract Crab Shell Collage

Surreal abstract crab shell collage in pink and blue with black geometric shapes. Experimental, deconstructed art by Joseph Westrupp.

The title of this picture is Anfractuosity, a word meaning the state of having many twists and turns.

The underlying shapes are various aspects of crab legs and pincers, from a photo I took with an iPhone. This artwork continues my theme of clashing creepy subjects with soft colors and tones, a juxtaposition I find pleasingly paradoxical.

I’ve done other pieces based on the same photo, one named Uhtceare, and the other Ampersand.

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Surreal Abstract Tiger Skull Collage

Surreal abstract tiger skull collage in blue on red background, with yellow square. Experimental, deconstructed art by Joseph Westrupp.

The title of this picture is Protean.

I swear, due to the nature of my abstract art, I look at some of these images and wonder what the hell they were originally based on. That is, they start life as photos of something, typically boney, but I hack them up and manipulate them so much that I forget what the original subject was.

But of course I keep the originals, this time an iPhone photo, and can normally work it out. Though in this case it’s still a bit opaque. It was a skull of some sort, a big cat I’m pretty sure.

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Surreal Abstract Jawbone With Lines

Surreal abstract jawbone with lines on emerald green background. Geometric art deconstruction by Joseph Westrupp.

The title of this picture is Innaiant. It’s a play on naiant, which is a lovely word meaning positioned horizontally, or swimming horizontally when referring to aquatic life. The image is the opposite of that, so I added the negative in- prefix to coin the inverse (as far as I can tell it didn’t already exist). I thought innaiant had a nicer ring than unnaiant, annaiant, or some other negative prefix.

It’s one of two versions, the other being in black and white, called Innaiant Black.

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Blue & White Surreal Abstract Shell With Cross

Blue and white abstract shell with cross, surreal geometric art deconstruction by Joseph Westrupp.

The title of this picture is Antelucan White.

It’s one of three variations, the others being Antelucan Red, which is red on a light blue background, and Antelucan Black, which is black and white.

The deconstructed shape is just one seashell that I chopped up and manipulated into the composition you see.

As prosaic as a broken old seashell might seem, when I found it sitting around the house I was thrilled. I instantly saw the potential in it, and I’d been having trouble finding material to photograph for my art.

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