Alexander Lendrum

Editorial curator, born and raised in Hong Kong.

Falling in Love With a Peacock is Only the Surface of Lea Heinrich’s Charming yet Bizarre Illustrations

When it comes to art, you literally have a black canvas in front of you, meaning an artist (or anyone for that matter), is able t conjure up well, just about anything that damn well please. But when art resonates with you on a one-on-one level, be it social, political or randomly personal, that art tends to stand out more than simply good visuals in front of you. German artist Lea Heinrich‘s work does just that, her themes, characters and narratives elicit feelings of familiarity, yet at the same time they’re so bizarre that they don’t. I don’t think I’ve ever falling in love with a peacock before (i’m pretty certain in fact), yet her dot-work illustrated strips are oddly pleasing in that “oh, damn… I get it” way.

There are also scenes of having sex in an Airbnb for example, or pointing out what’s regarded as beautiful and the lack there of in today’s hyper-aware society. These are all things that exist underneath the surface of most of our lives, and seeing her comments to It’s Nice That on her approach makes the link all the more visible: “I would let myself be inspired by new surroundings, styles I would see on the streets, events I witnessed and the exchange with other artists but I missed out on building a steady base and it was difficult to delve into long-term projects.” To read more of what she has to say, head here, but before that, check out a few examples of her work throughout, then her website for more.

Alexander Lendrum

Editorial curator, born and raised in Hong Kong.