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Dark Art and Bizarre Surreal Pictures

Art is a thing that attracts almost every individual. Today we would like to share with you two different but very interesting mediums of art which are called as Surreal and Dark Art. These types of art are quite different from other conventional mediums of art. In these medium, artist conveys his thought and imagination in a very mysterious but somewhat fantastic or I should say in a bizarre style.

I personally like these types of arts as they express the most beautiful and positive aspects of life. Artist has much room in these types of art to motivate your life, to inspire you and to bring happiness and positivity in your life. So, here’s the collection of most momentous and conceptually imaginative surreal and dark art works. [Content Care Dec/02/2016]

Further Reading on SmashingMag: Link

Creative Surreal and Dark Art Pieces Link

Do have a look at these photos and do not forget to share your comments with us.

Truth6

Dark Art7

You grow inside me
Dark Art

A new life8

9

Darkness10

11

Fear of Light12

13

Brainwash14

15

C O R E16

17

Flying Brain18

19

Femme Arbre

Hope20

21

Lost Fairy22

23

Under The Last Moon24

25

Not the Right Way

25

Souls26

27

When the darkness fades away28

29

I will survive30

31

Mothman32

533

Undecided34

35

Watching Dreams36

37

We are in this together

26

Me and the silence38

39

Hope40

41

We are still in this together

Hollow Hills42

43

Escapar44

45

The edge of faith46

47

i’ve lost my mind48

49

Slave

Beyond Reach

Tangled angels

Desperation

The Dream

Footnotes Link

  1. 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/03/weird-confusing-and-irritating-photography/
  2. 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/04/horror-morbid-and-mystic-art-pictures/
  3. 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/06/100-creepy-hand-picked-horror-wallpapers/
  4. 4 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/wallpapers-halloween/
  5. 5 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/05/100-obscure-and-remarkable-cd-covers/
  6. 6 http://damnengine.deviantart.com/art/Truth-73963882
  7. 7 http://damnengine.deviantart.com/art/Truth-73963882
  8. 8 http://stefano83.deviantart.com/art/A-new-life-67126660
  9. 9 http://stefano83.deviantart.com/art/A-new-life-67126660
  10. 10 http://muratsuyur.deviantart.com/art/Darkness-53962575
  11. 11 http://muratsuyur.deviantart.com/art/Darkness-53962575
  12. 12 http://cutteroz.deviantart.com/art/Fear-of-Light-51812352
  13. 13 http://cutteroz.deviantart.com/art/Fear-of-Light-51812352
  14. 14 http://kosmobil.deviantart.com/art/Brainwash-90435739
  15. 15 http://kosmobil.deviantart.com/art/Brainwash-90435739
  16. 16 http://adnrey.deviantart.com/art/C-O-R-E-53544792
  17. 17 http://adnrey.deviantart.com/art/C-O-R-E-53544792
  18. 18 http://pixelnase.deviantart.com/art/Flying-Brain-70830224
  19. 19 http://pixelnase.deviantart.com/art/Flying-Brain-70830224
  20. 20 http://ratpat13.deviantart.com/art/Hope-50817214
  21. 21 http://ratpat13.deviantart.com/art/Hope-50817214
  22. 22 http://pygar.deviantart.com/art/Lost-Fairy-98507398
  23. 23 http://pygar.deviantart.com/art/Lost-Fairy-98507398
  24. 24 http://neodecay.deviantart.com/art/Under-The-Last-Moon-87895773
  25. 25 http://neodecay.deviantart.com/art/Under-The-Last-Moon-87895773
  26. 26 http://daaram.deviantart.com/art/Souls-46907010
  27. 27 http://daaram.deviantart.com/art/Souls-46907010
  28. 28 http://intano.deviantart.com/art/When-the-darkness-fades-away-96382413
  29. 29 http://intano.deviantart.com/art/When-the-darkness-fades-away-96382413
  30. 30 http://zanauardian.deviantart.com/art/I-will-survive-84246354
  31. 31 http://zanauardian.deviantart.com/art/I-will-survive-84246354
  32. 32 http://panzerkorps.deviantart.com/art/mothman-45966095
  33. 33 http://panzerkorps.deviantart.com/art/mothman-45966095
  34. 34 http://stefano83.deviantart.com/art/Undecided-75540595
  35. 35 http://stefano83.deviantart.com/art/Undecided-75540595
  36. 36 http://invisible-cat.deviantart.com/art/Watching-Dreams-41050968
  37. 37 http://invisible-cat.deviantart.com/art/Watching-Dreams-41050968
  38. 38 http://stefano83.deviantart.com/art/Me-and-the-silence-68668878
  39. 39 http://stefano83.deviantart.com/art/Me-and-the-silence-68668878
  40. 40 http://frixin.deviantart.com/art/Hope-30582324
  41. 41 http://frixin.deviantart.com/art/Hope-30582324
  42. 42 http://brideinblacklace.deviantart.com/art/Hollow-Hills-54384154
  43. 43 http://brideinblacklace.deviantart.com/art/Hollow-Hills-54384154
  44. 44 http://prince-k.deviantart.com/art/Escapar-102695064
  45. 45 http://prince-k.deviantart.com/art/Escapar-102695064
  46. 46 http://roadioarts.deviantart.com/art/The-edge-of-faith-87136747
  47. 47 http://roadioarts.deviantart.com/art/The-edge-of-faith-87136747
  48. 48 http://miss-deathwish.deviantart.com/art/i-ve-lost-my-mind-109761161
  49. 49 http://miss-deathwish.deviantart.com/art/i-ve-lost-my-mind-109761161

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Aquil Akhter is a web graphic designer and has been working in this field for 8 years. He also runs the blog webdesigncore.com, which focuses on free web resources and inspiration for designers and developers.

  1. 1

    Disturbing, yet thought provoking.

    2
  2. 2

    Impresionates imagenes….

    2
  3. 3

    MondoNucleosis

    March 20, 2009 9:41 am

    At first glance these pictures are pretty morbid but they are very fascinating and beautiful, overall.

    3
  4. 4

    imagens expectaculares

    2
  5. 5

    Dark Art Pieces…. Hmmmm…. Seems refreshing :)

    -1
  6. 6

    Wow freakin’ creepy

    1
  7. 7

    Meh, a couple of days looking around deviantart would easily yield stuff of this quality.

    1
  8. 8

    oh!…………….. really amazing…

    1
  9. 9

    Careful, the Turkish government might get you… :)

    The picture named Darkness is protesting the extreme Islamist attitude of Justice and Development Party, the party which is cruelly ruling our country. The turban is a symbol of Moderate Islam and the light bulb is, well, the logo of JDP. And of course, the dark color shceme is the symbolism for the darkness JDP has brought to our country.

    1
  10. 10

    Simply Amazing.

    1
  11. 11

    Inspired!

    1
  12. 12

    very inspiring :)

    1
  13. 13

    Wow these are great C O R E and Femme Arbre my favs

    3
  14. 14

    Btw putting the caption at the same space between the image before and after is very confusing. You scroll a bit and it becomes impossible to tell whether I’m reading a title or a caption. I’m never certain to which image it belongs.

    2
  15. 15

    It’s two cool!

    1
  16. 16

    blogmoneymania

    March 20, 2009 12:44 pm

    Beautiful & Disturbing!

    2
  17. 17

    I love to have some of these things on my wall; others are ok, though I’m a big fan of this genre of stuff.

    1
  18. 18

    Glenn Jimerson

    March 20, 2009 12:53 pm

    Stunning work! I’m always amazed at the creativity out there. Thank you for compiling these images.

    2
  19. 19

    Not my style, but very good nonetheless.

    1
  20. 20

    A picture of a fairy is not interesting.

    -1
  21. 21

    if you find true love you’ll hate these pictures.

    -3
  22. 22

    Sure, most see this as art because it has a person in every pic. Why people need this in art? This is maybe eye candy for high-school students. Joel Peter Witkin did this at a fundamentally more thought-provoking way.

    0
  23. 23

    some of those are nice, but I’ve seen far better work just browsing deviantart.

    1
  24. 24

    Wow! Amazingly great!

    1
  25. 25

    No it’s definitely a Miata! Have you ever even seen a Del Sol?

    1
  26. 26

    Hollow Hills is a dead rip-off of ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’.

    3
  27. 27

    It’s amazing what some brilliant people can come up with.

    2
  28. 28

    To be honest, I find the photoshop not as impressive as some of the other features you’ve had in the past. There’s a lot of potential for this drama, but this doesn’t seem like a very inspiring collection.

    Had I not known, I probably would have dated many of these photos at 5 or 6 years old (in terms of photshop technique).

    2
  29. 29

    WOW, i don’t know what to say any more, wooow
    Great pictures!

    2
  30. 30

    Oliver & Roxi

    March 20, 2009 3:55 pm

    Wow these are really ‘Tool’
    :)

    1
  31. 31

    depressimg

    1
  32. 32

    الاهلاوي29

    March 20, 2009 4:20 pm

    Amazing

    2
  33. 33

    Elliot, comment 11, is absolutely right Alessandro Bavari is the real cool found of this post!!!

    1
  34. 34

    Awesome works!
    My vote: “You grow inside me”

    1
  35. 35

    Simply awesome.

    1
  36. 36

    i think the art is beautiful and touching. there should be more like these

    1
  37. 37

    Jonathan Webnip

    March 20, 2009 9:17 am

    Superb ! Rlly inspiring an gritty :d

    I really like “Undecided” , it’s just perfect …

    2
  38. 39

    Nora AbdulRhman

    March 20, 2009 7:00 pm

    horrifying

    1
  39. 40

    MornigHungover

    March 20, 2009 8:02 pm

    some of this artworks express exactly how i feel now. Thank you for joining in my pain :)

    2
  40. 41

    Yawn.

    Illustration department drop-outs

    -3
  41. 43

    Awesome graphics…

    1
  42. 44

    İsmail ARIK

    March 20, 2009 9:04 pm

    locomente

    0
  43. 45

    really superb :-o

    1
  44. 46

    I remember doing stuff like this. But, then I graduated from high school.

    -1
  45. 48

    Lots of deviantART stuff. I like it.

    1
  46. 49

    twisted artistic mind .. highly creative dose for weekend

    1
  47. 50

    its amazing thank you

    1
  48. 51

    WTF.. What should I call them ?
    Extreme Hot, Cool, Gothic Collection !! Awesome Awesome Awesome !

    Smashedup really !

    1
  49. 52

    Anubis From Memphis

    March 21, 2009 3:54 am

    Interesting style of artwork!

    1
  50. 53

    always stunning

    2
  51. 54

    Boring kitsch.

    1
  52. 55

    Just exactly what I needed right now…, inspiration out of the box.

    Thanx for the post..

    2
  53. 56

    None of these are photoshopped. The pixels and shadows are perfect!

    1
  54. 57

    sometimes disturbing creative juices unravel the real you by deleting the
    abstemial hypocrysies….quite shocking,may be,but nevertheless excellent.

    2
  55. 58

    Donald Serrano

    March 21, 2009 6:07 am

    I think I saw that “Hope” illustration somewhere. However, everything is really a work of art!

    1
  56. 59

    Good technics, but uninteresting works.

    0
  57. 60

    Incredible!!!

    0
  58. 61

    some of them are downright creepy

    1
  59. 62

    Excellent! How are these images made?

    1
  60. 63

    super calismalar…

    1
  61. 64

    Darkness titled image diffuses hate, so its not art for most of democrat people in Turkey. This losers created image expands hate and facism.

    0
  62. 65

    Very nice pictures. In my opinion it doesn’t matter what is in the picture, what really is important is the quality of them.

    1
  63. 66

    These are amazing and thought provoking. I wonder if there is a way to purchase any of these?

    1
  64. 67

    Me and the silence,Tangled angels and Desperation …these are fantastic, specially me and the silence is my favorite…thankx

    1
  65. 68

    Chris Coyier

    March 21, 2009 4:58 pm

    This showcase is unimpressive to say the least.

    -2
  66. 69

    “Hollow Hills is a dead rip-off of ‘The Nightmare Before Christmas’.”
    if you even bother to look on the deviantart page you will see that it is a tribute to Tim Burton’s work.

    1
  67. 70

    Wow. Some of them are pretty creepy. Yet, a very nice collection!

    1
  68. 71

    These are proper awesome. Some are very creepy too. I wish I had those skills =[

    Completely off topic, but i feel that when you hover over a story link on the homepage the text should underline. I always have to look twice to see if I have actually hovered.

    1
  69. 72

    Great stuff,

    1
  70. 73

    ohhh/// Some of these are so creative, but something has no anything new… ohhh… I think so…

    1
  71. 74

    Some really nice imagery there, can’t help but think this author has some weird arm and hand fetish.

    1
  72. 75

    Really fantastic! Very much creative.

    1
  73. 76
  74. 77

    To dark for me. Thanks anyway.

    1
  75. 78

    graphically disturbing but thought provoking at the same time…
    definitely surreal!!!

    1
  76. 79

    wow! dark, superb, excellent!

    1
  77. 80

    I am fascinated, great pictures!
    Thank you very much!

    1
  78. 81

    geat pics, really deep imagination, some of them are super, some are really great, none is bad, except my English :D

    1
  79. 82

    Excellent…….You grow inside me is really fantastic

    1
  80. 83

    Andrej Cocisz Patrick

    March 23, 2009 5:42 am

    Fantastic pictures,trully dark goth art!

    1
  81. 84

    Brilliant!!!!!!!!

    1
  82. 85

    the images are a bit strong for me

    1
  83. 86

    wow.., i really like the last one, The Dream, it’s amazing…

    1
  84. 87

    some of these are interesting and well done, others fall into the cliche department, the hands with the butterfly, the fairy, the tim burton knock off and even the lightbulb heads get to that point.

    I agree with what’s been said, some have nice technicals, but lack the truly creative concepts.

    Oh, and whoever said that these are not photoshopped, open your eyes.

    1
  85. 88

    Are you filtering all “not so positive” comments?

    1
  86. 89

    Oh…rerally inspiring! I wish I can do something like that!

    1
  87. 90

    Some of these photos touched a part of me that has not been touched in quite sometime. I am somewhat promiscuous too….

    2
  88. 91

    Photos are realy cool but some photos are not titled Correcty….Nice Work any way

    1
  89. 92

    deviant art would be loving this post

    1
  90. 93

    wow its really nice..

    1
  91. 94

    Disgusting pictures.

    -2
  92. 95

    Woah, need way more dark art on the web. nice

    2
  93. 96

    I absolutely loved the pictures found here. They were amazingly beautiful, and stunning as well! There were some that seemed a bit cliche, but most were out of this world! I loved it! Thankyou for sharing!

    2
  94. 97

    The majority of these are crap. I actually became so bored I had to stop looking. Lame, derivative, talentless shite.

    -3
  95. 98

    It is really impressive…I’ve seen some concepts here that I haven’t seen before and I know my way around dark art. Still would like to see more of this but with a little more variety to it. If you need any assistance with it let me know ;)

    0
  96. 99

    This kind of art is Incredible!

    The Feeling, Mood and the Adrenaline…

    6
  97. 100

    Erin Victoria

    March 30, 2009 5:11 pm

    Wow, absolutly beautiful. I LOVE everything, the vision is great and the feel is wonderful. All the pictures are great and are cleverly executed. It gives you (or at least me) that dream and history image, and I loved it. It just seems so aged and…classy? I dont think that’s the right word, but its familiar, old, and elegant. Again, its PURE beauty.**************

    7
  98. 101

    This is not worth it … what the hell ist dark art, what do they want to convey with this, besides teen-like death imaginery????

    -18
  99. 102

    “beautiful”

    7
  100. 103

    Artists do tend to experiment, one who I know had a phase where she drew hands with nails through them, even a few feet with nails through them. These were just sketches, she has a lot of dark art, mostly pencil sketches that she’s shown me. I find that her work is a little more expressive than some of this stuff, I can feel the emotion in it.

    2
  101. 104

    wow…surreal art is beautiful…I can tell the emotions in these pictures and what the artist is trying to say..thats really amazing

    2
  102. 105

    For some reason, your works remind me of Gustav Dore’s “Forest of Suicides” woodcut from Dante’s Inferno.They convey the same feeling of darkness and helpless despair, done in a stylized magic realism that is very effective. You are extremely good at what you do.

    1
  103. 106

    Mindblowing….

    2
  104. 107

    It`s all about our life,it`s realistic and we all need a good brainwash.

    2
  105. 108

    Very cool.

    2
  106. 109

    “Baris Unver” do you believe that you wrote :D

    -3
  107. 110

    Interesting. I think this type of thing is more for the college crowd. Introspective confrontations with someone’s own discovery and self awareness. A bit of insecurity mixed with intellect. It’s the type of art that is the literary equivalent of the one liner. It slaps you in the face but doesn’t really have any lasting impact because the pieces almost always lack depth. It’s like the artist is in a hurry to get the thought down before they lose it. Most share the need to communicate the idea within a broader context that would give it a more lasting impression. I like souls and i will survive but again these concepts lack the layering effect that would make the pieces stronger. The subject matter is centered and in your face. Where’s the sublety in that? Leave some room for discovery for the viewer and engage them, give the viewer the intellectual benefit of the doubt and allow them to ‘peel the onion’.

    2
  108. 111

    i relly like plz send me new wallpaper

    -2
  109. 112

    omg! those r so freaky! hey if any1 wants 2 hav some horny sex with me email me!

    -7
  110. 113

    I fucking love it. its amazing. I am a surrealist, and I thouroughly enjoy looking and discovering new artists. Simply amazing. My Favourite is Brainwash. Excellent! Superb! (: Very Impressed!

    4
  111. 114

    these pics are cool. some of them look real gothic.

    1
  112. 115

    wow ! what a imagination its really superb.

    0
  113. 116

    Sheila Bray

    March 2, 2010 1:51 pm

    What a beautiful trip. Really got my mind on an alternate reality. I may try to draw like this.

    1
  114. 117

    lame.

    -12
  115. 118

    I’m not sure how one could view these as “dark” or “mysterious” or even “disturbing”…
    I do, however, enjoy these pieces, but on the grounds that to me, they seem very simple, and to the point. The lack of complexity allows a simpler viewing experience for me, although I did see one piece that was a blatant rip off of Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas, but as for the others, I find them enjoyable, but just fail to see how anyone could think they are by any means “dark”… “though provoking” maybe, but even at that, a pretty big “maybe”… to me these are simply eye candy, because they’re not things you’d typically see on public transit, or ads in magazines… then again, that’s just my opinion, and I’m sure others see it differently, but that’s fine too, because it’s not individual opinion that matters, it’s the over all effect on the whole that will count in the end.

    -1
  116. 119

    I love it .. really good

    1
  117. 120

    these pieces of work are absolutely supurb. :] i especially enjoyed Femme Arbre.

    2
  118. 121

    wuoaaaaaa todas me gustan unas mas que otreas :)

    0
  119. 122

    Beautiful

    0
  120. 123

    Sandra Winchester

    July 12, 2010 6:40 am

    I also do pencil art. I love the imagination of this artist. I tend to do bizzar drawings and leave the explanation to the observer. This kind of art is very deep and interesting. I love it. You have my vote.

    1
  121. 124

    Sandra winchester

    August 22, 2010 8:48 am

    Turn all these negative remarks into positives. It’s all envy!

    1
  122. 125

    CrunchyBoogers

    October 23, 2010 9:14 pm

    I had to stare at the naked guy. Not cuz I’m gay. Cuz I wondered “why did this man take a naked picture of himself?”

    It forced me to look at it to see why. It took me quite a while to see it. Do you see it? Then I lol’d at how long I’d been staring at a naked guy.

    1
  123. 126

    What an inspiring collection
    thanks for sharing.

    3
  124. 127

    This stuff SUCKS! You call this art? PLEASSSSE!

    -15
  125. 128

    wooooooooooooooow those are wonderful pics

    1
  126. 129

    amazing

    1
  127. 130

    i feel like im tasting a small peice of my soul. beautiful

    3
  128. 131

    this shit sucks. i can do better with a crayon and construction paper

    -6
  129. 132

    love the dark beauty in them, these images are very passionate

    2
  130. 133

    Sum thg s merely missing…………

    -2
    • 134

      it must b addressed as strange pics rather than Artistic ones………….

      -1
  131. 135

    Love these pictures. I recently had my favorite photos printed onto canvases at canvas4life.com and I was so satisfied with the results. Amazing quality and great service!

    1
  132. 136

    Ayan Ghoshal

    July 27, 2011 2:42 am

    Good……..liked these creations.

    Regards,

    Ayan

    2
  133. 137

    thanks for sharing.

    2
  134. 138

    FLAWLESS!!!

    3
  135. 139

    WOW! They are Amazing! I am doing some art galleries for my GCSE ICT course and I need tio find out about the technology that galleries use e.g. security and video conferencing etc. if you could get back to me I would be very grateful as i need this information for my exam. Thank you for your time.

    2
  136. 140

    that was the most amazing thingg i saw

    3
  137. 141

    i really like dark art in october. but i like more of emotion pictures

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