Raul del Sol

With the precision of an entomologist, Spanish artist Raul del Sol recreates beautiful insect specimens through intricately drawn illustrations on wood. The process of metamorphosis captivates him and, indeed, his own work undergoes a series of changes as it is elevated from a flat drawing to a dimensional image on a painted surface. His monochromatic illustrations wrap around the curved surfaces of the wooden objects on which they are depicted, further emphasizing their dynamism. The subjects are then often isolated by painting the remainder of the piece in an even-toned hue, like a rich blue, peachy pink or glimmering gold.

While each object can stand alone, the effect of his work is heightened when the pieces are arranged in groups. As many are painted on blank wooden Matryoshka, Russian nesting dolls, their ascending or descending order underscores his interest in merging the ideas of both visual and biological transformations.

See more of his work on his website.