Wild Animals Liberated in an Urban Environment

Artist Josh Keyes has had quite an eventful year, creating many of his trademark acrylic paintings in 2011. Less surreal than his previous pieces, Keyes still likes to focus on wild animals. In these compositions, humans are nowhere in sight and, instead, animal have broken out of jail, now free to roam and recapture their environment.

Some are comical such as the one that features a rhino with street signs impaled on its horn, but all show animals one would never see interacting. Another interesting facet of this series is that they are all featured in urban landscapes, a very unfamiliar environment for wild animals. These parallels between natural and metropolitan areas allows for some interesting depictions of how these foreign species might interact and adapt if and when set loose.

Josh Keyes' website

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