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UNDERWORLD I by RSConnett UNDERWORLD I by RSConnett
Acrylic on canvas - 24" X 24" May, 2009

"UNDERWORLD I" is the first in what I hope will become a series of "UNDERWORLD" paintings. When I use the word "underworld" I am referring to many tiny worlds that exist all around us, and even upon and within us. I am interested in the flora and fauna that live in these tiny worlds "under" our normal field of vision. The things that one must hunt for in the grass, in the pools of water, or even with a microscope. The small worlds of life that exist in abundance, but which we ignore in our ever more self consumed "life styles".

This subject for my work is the obvious evolution of my prior works, such as "CRUSTACEAPODS"( [link]) and my "MICROBIA" paintings. This one is subtitled "INSECTUS"
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copperrein Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2018  Professional Artisan Crafter
These are just amazing...the translucence is killing me.
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:iconanthropomorphicsoul:
This is something that would look awesome as an album cover...ever thought on having your art displayed like that? Related to music?
Btw, your art is simply mindbending/mindblowing.
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fractalhead Featured By Owner Mar 24, 2013
very god
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jennkero Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2013
you are nuts! i love it!
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samuelbohorquez Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2013  Professional Artisan Crafter
very original and unique vision of art, surreal.
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aupre Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2012   Digital Artist
out there
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Myronavitch Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2011
This painting is packed with marvelous creaters, but my favorite is the the bright little mullusc in the bottom left corner.
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Pewitt0Jack Featured By Owner Apr 8, 2011  Professional General Artist
love the bugs
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Perzikhoofd Featured By Owner Mar 31, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Great work :)
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friedinsanity Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2011
Incredible. Just incredible! Very well done!
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JamesOliverKing Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2011
FUCK! AMAZING! HOLY SHIT!
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nnq2603 Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2010
I can't resist adding all ur gallery to my favorites... how tedious. If there's a button with 1 clickm it'd be nice. jk... Nice GALLERY!!! :worship:
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vasodelirium Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
hi!your work is featured in my journal,hope you don't mind:)
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Krullish Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow! Why have I not seen you before? Your stuff is amazing. :)
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FrancesHIMfected Featured By Owner Jun 18, 2010   Traditional Artist
WOWOOWWW!! MY GOD! Reminds me to the works of Henri Rousseau but in a more creepy style! I LOVE ITTTT!!!
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KaanaMoonshadow Featured By Owner May 24, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
G’day,

your artwork has been suggested for a feature by a member of #Realm-of-Fantasy

:blackrose: [link]

Keep up the excellent work!
~Kaana
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Ariad-Arts Featured By Owner Feb 16, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Excellent painting with so many details! I love the concept too! What an unmerciful world!
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seeinyou Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2010
Wow!!!
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zuzescu Featured By Owner Dec 3, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm amazed of these worlds you create, the heavy colors, the abundance of life and the accuracy. Bravo!
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Ledrahan Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2009
Very very nice
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tCentric-media Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2009
Wow!
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scythemantis Featured By Owner Aug 20, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Again, too much at once for me to comment on. The central predatory cockroach-beast is fantastic, but my favorites here are the little embryonic beings it's attacking.

Microcosms are something I feel constantly aware of, and always wish I was small enough to step into.
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mynameisjade Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2009   General Artist
You've been featured in my journal: [link]
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Miskatonic-Jack Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2009
I love what's going on here! This one is even better than #4!
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letmargo Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
I found you through Light's journal feature [link]
Amazing Art!! Well Done! :clap:
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FloralFaerie Featured By Owner Jul 15, 2009
Wonderful work! I saw your DD and have just added several of your paintings to my faves :) I'm also inspired in my work by the flora and fauna of 'tiny' worlds - moss gardens and such :)
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CaroLevitt Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2009
the surrealness of your artwork astonishes me.. a whole new world! I will love to use those creatures in my imagination from now on!
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Cacodaemonia Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2009  Professional Digital Artist
This is a wonderful idea for a series. I can't wait to see more! :)
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RSConnett Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
... and you will! :nod:
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Mousey42 Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Your paintings fascinate me..
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tiamat9 Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2009   Traditional Artist
Gorgeously detailed and colored. I love the organic look of the piece. Wonderful sense of style and variety.
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Wild-Magic-Girl Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
this is stellar.
i could stare for days at your work.
i love the colors and concept, but i think grayish faced creature is my favorite.
beautiful.
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Surrealism4humans Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2009
This is seriously one of the best paintings I have seen in a long time. Truly something I can never get tired of looking at.
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razzell2 Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
oh yeah.
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alexmaryclark Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009   Interface Designer
Beautiful work. I suspect you are a fan of the film Microcosmos? Great doco to check out if you haven't seen it.
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himdarling666 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i look forward to your next piece of genius!
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HOULY1970 Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
Amazing as usual Robert.

I can see the insects that you've drawn inspiration from and everytime I look at this I find something new to study and admire.

I have a hard time commenting on your work sometimes because I'm at a loss for words to describe the amazing complexity of the pieces that you paint. I just sit there looking at them ... my eyes devouring them in a visual buffet.
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MBKKR Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
WOW very nice! That'some world you have created.
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Wyrmnacht Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009
You must have an outstanding level of patience.
I love the assortment of creatures you create.
You could probably make a book of all the strange life forms you've painted over the years.
That would make an interesting collection.
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jlof Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009  Professional General Artist
very good
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RSConnett Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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miguelopazo Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2009  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent, I love the many details that have your paintings
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RSConnett Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you! :D
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savageworlds Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
A delightfully populated 'snapshot' of the insect microcosm.=)

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"God is really only another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style. He just keep on trying other things." -(Pablo Picasso, from Life with Picasso)
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RSConnett Featured By Owner May 31, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! :D
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savageworlds Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
You are most welcome!=)
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner May 30, 2009
Spectacular work as usual, Robert and I'm so enthused that an artist I admire is so cognizant of the tiny worlds around us. It occurred to me even as a child that we are surrounded by tiny ecosystems that we rarely think about. When I was much younger, I wanted to learn microscopy, but was bitten by the art bug and although I've left aside a desire to formally study insects or microbes, I am in constant awe of their existence.

I also credit a high school biology teacher for many sleepless nights with his assertion that, "if insects and arachnids were the size of small cats, the human race would be extinct within a month's time."

Thanks for a beautiful, but disturbing view into the world at our feet.
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RSConnett Featured By Owner May 31, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks ! I love what your bio teacher said, SO true!!
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Decarabia69 Featured By Owner May 31, 2009
You're welcome, and it IS a sobering thought, isn't it? The world of insects is so incredibly vicious that the lucky ones among us would be torn to pieces and eaten quickly, while the remainder would end up as nicely wrapped bundles to be liquified and digested at a later date.
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RSConnett Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Professional Traditional Artist
Yes ... I used to (as a child) collect big orb weaving spiders. I put them in huge jars and would watch them do that very thing. If I did not supply them with enough insects, they would eat each other.

They were grisly pets.
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