WEFOUNDThe Fantastic Art of Jacek Yerka: A Portfolio of Twenty-Two Paintings


Fantastic art is an art genre that explores the absurd, bizarre, imaginary, whimsical, and grotesque, as well as many other themes that could be characterized as "out of this world." Examination of "the other" is the

Despite the rich history of fantasy, Fantastic art of the 20th century is quite different from that of its predecessors. It is considered to be one of the major movements of the 20th century which continues to impact artists to this very day. Originating in 1916 as a reaction to World War I and coming to a close before the end of World War II in 1940, Fantastic art stressed the growing interest and preoccupation with an alternate way of living and thinking as a way to counter the destruction of war and the threat of the developing technology.

Fantastic artists felt threatened by the Italian movement called Futurism that embraced the beauty of machines, celebrating speed, technology, and violence. At the time of war, the Futurists' aggressive approach to artmaking hailed the power of man over nature. Their worship of new and growing industry of weapons struck the Fantastic artists as offensive and dangerous. Futurists' glorification of warfare and rising fascism also posed a threat. The Fantastic artist felt that they were being robbed of their individuality that had to be saved with their personal interpretations of imagination, emotion, and instinct.

Fantastic art is an art genre that explores the absurd, bizarre, imaginary, whimsical, and grotesque, as well as many other themes that could be characterized as "out of this world." Examination of "the other" is the

Despite the rich history of fantasy, Fantastic art of the 20th century is quite different from that of its predecessors. It is considered to be one of the major movements of the 20th century which continues to impact artists to this very day. Originating in 1916 as a reaction to World War I and coming to a close before the end of World War II in 1940, Fantastic art stressed the growing interest and preoccupation with an alternate way of living and thinking as a way to counter the destruction of war and the threat of the developing technology.

Fantastic artists felt threatened by the Italian movement called Futurism that embraced the beauty of machines, celebrating speed, technology, and violence. At the time of war, the Futurists' aggressive approach to artmaking hailed the power of man over nature. Their worship of new and growing industry of weapons struck the Fantastic artists as offensive and dangerous. Futurists' glorification of warfare and rising fascism also posed a threat. The Fantastic artist felt that they were being robbed of their individuality that had to be saved with their personal interpretations of imagination, emotion, and instinct.

The complete list of artist names selected for inclusion into the twenty-fifth volume of Spectrum: The Best in Contemporary Fantastic Art is now available!

The five member jury selected over 450 works works by 270 artists that will make up Spectrum 25. These creators that work in every style and medium–both traditional and digital–represent the finest in the fantasy, horror, science fiction and the surreal genres from around the world. You will find top industry names who serve as the current definition of excellence and discover the rising stars who are being published for the first time.

Individual emails to those artists accepted will begin to go out this week. Full details regarding the next steps will be provided.


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