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Multi-Layered Oil Paintings Capture the Surreal Passage of Time

Oil Paintings by Jacob Brostrup

You’ve probably come across double-exposure photography, but have you ever seen overlapping images in an oil painting? Danish artist Jacob Brostrup creates dreamlike, multilayered scenes on canvas that look like multiple dimensions that have somehow merged into one. His vibrant oil paintings blur outdoor landscapes with indoor scenes to create entirely new, surreal narratives that draw the viewer in.

Dated architectural features such as staircases, windows, and fireplaces often appear to be overrun by nature. From an unruly forest merged with an old laboratory to jungle leaves and a waterfall taking over an abandoned stately home, Brostrup’s atmospheric paintings capture the passing of time. “Brostrup’s universe is a sampling of snapshots, of hidden glimpse of the past, of other cultures, of the movement of everyday life,” his artist statement says. “His motives derive from photographs taken where his path takes him, everyday sequences or on journeys. There are layers upon layers; a fusion of sensory impressions.”

Check out some of Brostrup’s incredible paintings below. What feelings do they evoke for you?

Danish artist Jacob Brostrup creates dreamlike, multilayered oil paintings that blur built environments with nature.

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His dreamlike, multilayered scenes look like multiple dimensions that have somehow merged into one.

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Emma Taggart

Emma Taggart is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met. Originally from Northern Ireland, she is an artist now based in Berlin. After graduating with a BA in Fashion and Textile Design in 2013, Emma decided to combine her love of art with her passion for writing. Emma has contributed to various art and culture publications, with an aim to promote and share the work of inspiring modern creatives. While she writes every day, she’s also devoted to her own creative outlet—Emma hand-draws illustrations and is currently learning 2D animation.

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