Surreal Abstract Crab Leg Collage

Crab leg collage in blue-green with red triangle and white lines. Surreal abstract 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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Surreal Abstract Crab Leg Collage With Square

Pink crab leg collage with purple square on blue background. Surreal abstract 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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Surreal Abstract Tiger Skull Collage – Blue

Brown tiger skull collage on black square, with blue background, surreal abstract 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 Jawbone With Lines – Black and White

Deconstructed jawbone with lines, surreal abstract art in black and white by Joseph Westrupp.

The title of this picture is Innaiant Black.

Though it looks like wood, it’s actually part of a jawbone. I’d intended to include some of the teeth because they made nice shapes, but in the end they looked more horrific than anything. It’s pretty crazy how little of the original image there is left, actually.

It’s one of two versions, the other is called Innaiant, and is brown on dark green.

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Surreal Abstract Crab Shell Collage

Pink crab shell collage with black geometric shapes, on blue background. Surreal abstract 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

Blue tiger skull collage on yellow square, with red background, surreal abstract 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

Deconstructed jawbone with lines, surreal abstract art in brown and green 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

Deconstructed seashell with cross, surreal abstract art in blue and white 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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Black & White Surreal Abstract Shell With Cross

Deconstructed seashell with cross, surreal abstract art in black and white by Joseph Westrupp.

The title of this picture is Antelucan Black.

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

I keep a list of title ideas, words or phrases that I either happen upon, arbitrarily think of, or specifically search for, and antelucan was one such. It means before dawn.

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