His Paintings Seem Pretty at First— but Look Closer
That being said, our current fav was a painter by the name of Robert Gonsalves, a man who took advantage of traditional tools (i.e. oil paint on canvas) to create his spellbinding images.
The late Canadian artist used modern surrealism in his dozens of paintings, often times integrating natural features, like crashing waves, budding flowers, and pillowy clouds into every day, otherwise banal settings. The effect is seriously inspiring; Gonsalves’ brush strokes are what sweet dreams are made of!
Before his death this past June, the artist made a habit of interacting with his many fans on his official Facebook page. In doing so, he ended up leaving a legacy of gorgeous quotes. This is what he had to say about why he makes art:
The “making” of art feels more like finding something that is telling me it needs to exist. Each picture has its own life and journey. I don’t know exactly where it comes from; I just open a door for it to make its entrance.
Yep, that gave us chills, too.
To commemorate this visionary, we are sharing with you some of our absolute favorite Robert Gonsalves paintings. As you scroll through the images below, make sure that you study each one closely—you’ll be amazed by how many themes the artist was able to incorporate into each and every one of his masterpieces…
Beyond the Reef
Two snorkelers make their way through an ocean-kissed sky.
The Sun Sets Sail
Are there boats sailing through the arches of the bridge or do the arches of the bridge merely resemble sailboats? You decide.
The Space Between Worlds
An accurate depiction of what a book lover’s head looks like.
We’ve all had cat naps like this one, haven’t we?
Gonsalves posted this cropped and rotated version to his Facebook page to prove a point—changing one’s perspective can give a piece of art a whole new meaning.
Union of Sea and Sky
Our intrepid snorkelers reunite in the sky for a nighttime soak with beluga whales.
Toward the Horizon
Another take on the thought-provoking ‘sailing bridge’ motif.
This gives a whole new meaning to the term ‘manmade’.
Beached boats atop mountain peaks or sturdy sailboats staggering over cresting waves? We like to think both.
Where the mountains meet the sea—literally!
There’s nothing more atmospheric than a lighthouse at dusk.
That magical moment when a professor’s words really start to ‘click’.
A chilly dream, indeed!
A neighborhood of floating Victorians—we’d live there in a heartbeat.
That moment when everything in the room seems to be dancing along with you—even the curtains!
High Park Pickets
Visual proof that there’s nothing more infinite than a child’s imagination.
Into the Labyrinth
We never knew we had a ‘dream rooftop’ until now!
A sea of sunflowers doubles as a captive audience.
Where we see lone tree islands, Robert Gonsalves saw sailboats.
We can’t wait to hear your take on the late Gonsalves’ paintings! Which one is your favorite? Do you have one hanging in your house? Who is your all-time favorite painter?