Medium: Oil, Oil Pastel
Subjects: Hands, the Human Figure, Fantastical Architecture/Landscapes
Style: Surrealism, Symbolism, Fantasy/Sci-fi
Inspirations: Sacred Art, Jacques-Louis David, Salvador Dali, Rene Magritte, Zdzislaw Beksinski, Michael Whelan
Education: Pratt Institute
Kishor Haulenbeek was born in New York City, grew up in North Carolina, and returned to New York to study art, earning a BFA in painting from Pratt Institute in 2004. He currently lives in Lowell, MA with his wife and son, where he works as an artist, illustrator, and graphic designer. As an illustrator, he specializes in hand-painted album covers that pull from Surrealist imagery as well as classic science fiction and fantasy art.
Kishor sees the art experience as a highly individual, subjective interaction between the piece and the viewer. His paintings are intended as objects for contemplation. His personal artwork combines a Surrealist approach with elements of religious art, using the human figure to explore psychological themes: loss, turmoil, creativity, and the search for personal identity. His subjects express emotion, and ask for an emotional response, through gesture and body language; they are presented as symbols, each one carefully visualized around specific ideas but remaining open to a variety of interpretations.