Illusive sci-fi phenomena painted into mundane, hyperrealistic Scandinavian landscapes

Via Creative Boom submission. All images courtesy of the artist.

Acclaimed Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag is best known for his highly imaginative images and stories portraying illusive sci-fi phenomena in mundane, hyper-realistic Scandinavian landscapes.

In his latest series, Stålenhag’s unique and cinematic artworks – which have earned him a worldwide fan base – imagine a dystopian world, full of horror and lost freedoms. Human activity seemingly continues as you'd expect, but there's an underlying sinister feeling running through each and every one of his strange but beautiful paintings. Some are quite obvious; others leave you wondering what on earth might be happening in this supposed future.

If you enjoy the apocalyptic genre as much as we do, discover more of Stålenhag’s work at His work can also be seen in films such as Searching for Sugarman (2012), directed by Malik Bendjeloull, and in games such as Ripple Dot Zero (2013).