Contemporary Surrealism

Picture of the artist Derek Olson painting.
The Artist working on painting 'The Coveted One'.

“I dream of painting and then I paint my dream.” – Vincent van Gogh

Derek Olson’s dreamlike paintings make use of unexpected colour and richly saturated hues to shift perceptions of what is experienced in the natural world. This convergence of the real and the dream state landscape is created with active perspective, line and texture reacting to one another as they intersect and find visual balance.

Building on what has been established as surrealism, Derek creates personal works that draw upon free-association, dreams, and the unconscious. He captures the viewer with fantastical and dreamlike environments. Like other contemporary surrealistic artists, Derek employs a wide variety of techniques that are not bound by a specific style.