On first glance, this series appears to have been painted, embodying the bold style of master painters such as Caravaggio and Rubens. However, it's actually jaw-droppingly beautiful photography by Christy Lee Rogers, known for capturing the hope and vulnerability of the human condition in her works.
Her capacity to excite the senses, while provoking the audience with vivacious movement and purpose, certainly stirs one's memory of the straining and cascading bodies, seasoned with emotion, of the Renaissance and Baroque art movements.
In her newest collection Hybrids, Rogers assembles hybrid human and flower beings, photographed underwater in her distinctive technique and style that have earned her International recognition.
She then created watercolour and acrylic paintings that were meticulously layered into several of the final images.
Inspired by the heart of Impressionist painters like Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet; Baroque artist Jan Davidsz de Heem and contemporarily pop artist Takashi Murakami, Rogers uses the flower as a powerful symbol to channel the depth of her heart and soul, and respond to a world ripe with corruption and war, in the way she knows best.
Hybrids by Christy Lee Rogers will take place at Graham’s Fine Art Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa, from 12 October - 4 November 2017. Visit grahamsfineartgallery.co.za for more details.
All images courtesy of Graham’s Fine Art Gallery