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Vibrant Swirling Landscapes Look Like They’re Painted by a Modern-Day Van Gogh

Pastel Art by James R. Eads

Los Angeles-based artist James R. Eads modernizes Impressionism with his surreal, nature-inspired works. Rendered in pastel and gouache on wood panels, the talented artist plays with color and motion to create dreamlike worlds comprised of expressive textured marks in vivid hues.

Ead’s impressive portfolio of work is reminiscent of Vincent van Gogh’s impasto technique, which is most prominent in the celestial swirling sky in his iconic painting, Starry Night. Like the iconic Dutch painter, Eads uses quick marks to capture the ephemeral, fleeting moments in time. Colors seem to dance around the canvas, perfectly capturing the glimmering sun and moonlight that emit magical glows on many of the artist’s colorful fields and rivers.

Looking through Eads’ ever-growing portfolio is like flicking through a storybook—each whimsical scene transports the viewer into an imaginary landscape. “Like a map to a new world, his pieces act as illustrations for something unknown,” his artist statement reads. “This feeling of discovery is sometimes lost in adulthood—the world is seen more clearly and the exciting feeling of wonderment begins to dissipate. James holds on to wonderment and scatters it throughout his work in an attempt to remind those who have forgotten about the excitement in the world.”

Scroll down to check out some of Eads’ fantastical artwork and see more from his portfolio on his website.

Los Angeles-based artist James R. Eads modernizes Impressionism with his surreal, nature-inspired works.

Pastel Art by James R. EadsPastel Art by James R. Eads

The talented artist plays with color and motion to create vivid, dreamlike worlds.

Pastel Art by James R. EadsPastel Art by James R. EadsPastel Art by James R. EadsPastel Art by James R. EadsPastel Art by James R. EadsPastel Art by James R. EadsPastel Art by James R. EadsPastel Art by James R. EadsPastel Art by James R. Eads

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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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