Thomas Woodruff‘s series Solar System (aka The Turning Heads) is a dazzling parade of super magical otherworldliness to celebrate a fanciful universe of weird beauty with an incredibly unique touch, using richly layered paint and subdued colors. Woodruff’s a master of hybridizing vocabularies from the past and present, referencing sideshow banners, Pompeian wall frescoes, Baroque religious paintings, theatrical posters, and Victorian penmanship charts to create new planetary oddities with a twist – every painting from this series is meant to be flipped, thereby revealing an inverse meaning.
For this series in particular, he was inspired by fantastic, obscure, northern symbolists, Art Nouveau, Lalique jewelry, Fortuny’s fabrics, van art(!) and artists like Knoph, Holdler and Moreau. Nothing like collecting inspiration from across the board to come up with captivatingly unique output!