Forest Villa by Swedish artist Kilian Eng calls to mind the work of American film maker David Lynch. As in Lynch's movies Lost Highway and Mulholland Drive Eng presents a realistic but also dreamlike scene that draws the viewer in by evoking curiosity and stirring emotion.
When talking about his creative process, the graphic artist and illustrator Kilian Eng explains that in his work he likes to tell stories and subsequently invites people to make up their own stories in response. "Even if an image is shown as a single piece and not part of a series, both I and the viewer need to be able to fantasize about what might happen before and after the exact moment frozen in the picture. This creative engagement helps to give substance to the worlds my pictures depict and lets me create new scenarios."
As with dreamscapes, Kilian Eng’s art can seem simultaneously threatening and welcoming. Much of Eng's inspiration is derived from his interest in surrealism, science fiction, theater scenography as well as from architecture and the urban landscape. "I’m very interested in creating environments in my work. I’m fascinated by architecture - ancient, futuristic, fantastic - so I often incorporate buildings or structures. The characters that inhabit the pictures are often set down in these unexpected surroundings."
The analog, sometimes retro feel of Kilian Eng's art is deceptive. He works in a completely digital medium and deliberately adds the anachronistic effects via the computer. The precise texture of paper, the range of colors and the careful balances between light and dark are all carefully selected and applied. "I like the digital work process,” says Eng, “and all the possibilities it offers to play with colors and to create more easily."
Kilian Eng's original art prints and digital artworks are popular with collectors as Kilian Eng (DW Design) is currently one of the most popular digital illustrators. Kilian Eng's prints of dreamy landscapes and his retro futuristic style are admired by many.
Kilian Eng - also known as DW Design - lives and works in Zweden. Kilian Eng has a Bachelor and Masters in Graphic Design & Illustration from Konstfack, University of Arts Craft & Design in Stockholm and has won numerous international awards for his illustrative work.
When asked Kilian Eng cites a large number of inspirational artists and influences such as Syd Mead, Jean Giraud (Moebius), Maxfield Parrish, Francois Schuiten, Philippe Druillet, Winsor McCay, Richard Corben, Swedish artist John Bauer, Ralph Mcquarrie, N.C Wyeth and a host of others from the film and animation world such as Hayao Miyazaki, Yuri Norstein and David Lynch.
Several prints and artworks from Kilian Eng are currently being sold by Cook & Becker.