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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Surreal Abstract Bird Skull With Lines

Bird skull beneath white lines, surreal abstract art in brown and blue-green by Joseph Westrupp.

The title of this picture is Dormiveglia, a word meaning the semi-conscious state between wakefulness and sleep.

This is actually the same bird skull as in Love From Ornithurae, which I had no intention of using for multiple pieces. But in playing around with composition using the already-edited bird skull, I saw the germ of this image and had to develop it.

Update: I made a black and white version of this image, too. It’s called Dormiveglia Black.

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Surreal Abstract Bird Skull Heart – Black and White

Bird skull heart with white curved lines, surreal abstract art in black and white by Joseph Westrupp.

The title of this picture is Gray Love From Ornithurae, and breaks down like this:

‘Ornithurae’ is the taxonomic term for the clade birds are a part of.

‘Gray’ because it’s black and white (the color version being Love From Ornithurae), but it’s more than a mere description of whether there’s color or not. Typically there’ll be a color version of my images too, and I love the poetic effect of appending gray or black onto the color title.

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Surreal Abstract Bird Skull Heart

Bird skull heart with white curved lines, surreal abstract art in red and blue by Joseph Westrupp.

The title of this picture is Love From Ornithurae. Ornithurae is a taxonomic term, being the clade birds are a part of. It’s a slightly twisted title given that the vaguely love-heart-shaped thing is a bird skull. But the name is appealingly ironic to me.

There was a vague hint of two heart chambers in the original photo, but they were mostly constructed during editing.

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