As you can see from his paintings Australian artist Leif Podhajsky draws on the psychedelic, connectedness and our relationship with nature in an attempt to coerce the viewer into a realignment with themselves and their surroundings. He’s a designer by profession and as music plays a large part in his art it’s not surprising to learn that he’s created artwork for a number of bands and record labels such as; Warp Records, Modular Records, Sub Pop Records, Sony Music, GRIMES, Shabazz Palaces, Lykke Li and Tame Impala.
Podhajsky says about his work:
I create work that explores themes of connectedness, the relevance of nature and the psychedelic or altered experience and by utilizing these subjects I am attempting to coerce the viewer into a realignment with themselves and their surroundings. In a lot of my work I am pursuing a symbiosis between digital techniques and organic feeling outcomes. My artwork is really an exploration of creativity and imagination with the intent in finding answers to my own life and the things I sense and feel but can’t explain in words.
I’m reading Thomas Pynchon’s novel ‘Inherent Vice’ at the moment - it’s a part noir, part psychedelic romp – and Podhajsky’s work seems most appropriate.
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