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Ruben Ireland is a graphic artist and illustrator that produces images that are haunting, sombre and at times verging on the creepy with faces and bodies that at first glance seem normal but upon closer inspection reveal themselves to be altogether out of kilter with the standard proportions of a Human figure.
Much like how Ron Mueck distorts his latex constructions, Ruben Ireland exaggerates certain parts of the face and body such as the head or eyes to very much make the viewer feel that they are looking into a constructed world, not of our own physical experience but that of a warped dream-like world whose inhabitants stare straight through you with blanked eyes.
Ireland’s style is crisp and consistent, using lots of dark colour and grungy paper textures to achieve a sense of more than the computer generated perfection that much graphic design possesses.
The content of his images gives rise to thoughts of the occult with reoccurring themes of horned beasts, wolves and other animals associated with the darker side of the moon.