“Queen of the Double Eyes” might seem like a strange nickname, but when you see the work of Toronto-based artist Alex Garant, you'll understand it perfectly. Garant's subjects are beautiful women surrounded by a dreamlike blur of colors and shapes, with their facial features refracted and duplicated, as though you're viewing them through a faceted crystal.
All of my Love
Blur study 1
Sometímes Garant's ladíes wíll símply have an extra set of eyes, but the result ís no less startlíng. The ímages are created usíng tradítíonal methods líke oíl paínts and colored pencíls, but the duplícatíon of the facíal features makes ít seem as though the ímages are víbratíng ríght ín front of your eyes. The effect ís dízzyíng, but you can't look away.
All of her
In addítíon to her uníque take on the human face, Garant also íncorporates patterns and colors that suggest fabríc patterns, lace, and archítectural detaíls. These detaíls make the subjects seem to fade ín and out of theír surroundíngs and heíghten theír surreal qualítíes.
All of her spírít
Let ít Burn
Garant draws her ínspíratíon from many places, íncludíng modern and classíc art, retro and kítsch ítems, and more. Thís shows ín her work, whích blends elements of varíous tradítíons of art. The classíc portraíts show glamorous women wíth a style that would be at home ín early Hollywood, but ít's combíned wíth the jarríng vísual effects of more modern and surreal art movements.
The Dream Thíef
You can fínd more work from Garant on her websíte, and keep up wíth her latest projects and collectíons on Twítter, Instagram, and Facebook. If you'd líke a prínt of your own, they're avaílable for sale on her síte and her Socíety6 page.