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“Queen of the Double Eyes” might seem like a strange nickname, but when you see the work of Toronto-based artist Alex Garant, you”ll understand it perfectly. Garant”s subjects are beautiful women surrounded by a dreamlike blur of colors and shapes, with their facial features refracted and duplicated, as though you”re viewing them through a faceted crystal.

All of my Love

<i>All of my Love</i>

Kaleidoscope Jenna

<i>Kaleidoscope Jenna</i>

Blur study 1

<i>Blur study 1</i>

Sometimes Garant”s ladies will simply have an extra set of eyes, but the result is no less startling. The images are created using traditional methods like oil paints and colored pencils, but the duplication of the facial features makes it seem as though the images are vibrating right in front of your eyes. The effect is dizzying, but you can”t look away.

Aura

<i>Aura</i>

Ghoul

<i>Ghoul</i>

The Gaze

<i>The Gaze</i>

All of her

<i>All of her</i>

In addition to her unique take on the human face, Garant also incorporates patterns and colors that suggest fabric patterns, lace, and architectural details. These details make the subjects seem to fade in and out of their surroundings and heighten their surreal qualities.

The Guardian

<i>The Guardian</i>

All of her spirit

<i>All of her spirit</i>

Let it Burn

<i>Let it Burn</i>

Garant draws her inspiration from many places, including modern and classic art, retro and kitsch items, and more. This shows in her work, which blends elements of various traditions of art. The classic portraits show glamorous women with a style that would be at home in early Hollywood, but it”s combined with the jarring visual effects of more modern and surreal art movements.

Comet

<i>Comet</i>

FOOL

<i>FOOL</i>

evergreen

<em>evergreen</em>

The Dream Thief

<em>The Dream Thief</em>

You can find more work from Garant on her website, and keep up with her latest projects and collections on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. If you”d like a print of your own, they”re available for sale on her site and her Society6 page.

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