Hunting Fabuland is a new series of paintings by Mark Seabrook. This collection attempts to recreate the look and feel of vintage photography and render an alternative past. Old big game hunting photographs have been combined with the childhood nostalgia of Lego Fabuland, a themed series of Lego sets featuring anthropomorphic characters released during the 1980s.
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Vintage photographs, whether they are someone's family snapshots or depictions of significant historical events, hold a fascination that is largely missing from the modern era of smartphone pics. The juxtaposition of Lego Fabuland and vintage photography transforms the machismo and swagger of the hunting imagery into playful absurdism.
Mark Seabrook is a self-taught artist and graphic designer. His figurative works are done mostly in oils, and much of his art features pop culture and absurdism as well as nods to his degree in art history. His paintings are sometimes more challenging than pleasing, but they can offer a careful observer social commentary, layered meanings and humour. Seabrook is based in Melbourne, Australia.