Artist: Oleg Dou

Oleg Dou is a Moscow based photographer who mixes photography with design. Born in 1983, he has been surrounded by art and design his whole life as his mother was a painter and his father a dress designer. He was recently ranked in the top 3 photographers in the world under 30, and is touted as one of the most promising artists of his generation. Not bad!

His work is both beautiful and shocking, some pieces bordering grotesque, while others are adorable. A surrealist style that makes an emotional impact.

From the artist:
“I like having a tradition and seeing how it can work with modern material, how it can translate into new ideas.”
“I want to concoct a situation that happens, for example, in European films: there doesn’t seem to be a specific message, but the situation plays with our head and makes us ask ourselves questions like ‘what is this’ and ‘what is this for?”
“I find it extremely important to do what I do ‘beautifully’; not for beauty itself, per se, but more so as a tool that makes my ideas both interesting and workable.”
“I am looking for something bordering between the beautiful and the repulsive, living and dead. I want to attain the feeling of presence one can get when walking by a plastic manikin…”

It was hard to pick, but my favorites are White, Red, and Cheburashka, and Cheburashka 2...

Cheburashka 2. 2011 - Help Japan © Oleg Dou

Bambi. 2008 © Oleg Dou

Batman. 2008 © Oleg Dou
Cheburashak. 2008 © Oleg Dou

Cell. 2007 © Oleg Dou

Dasha. 2009 © Oleg Dou

Duza's Tears. 2008 © Oleg Dou

Ira's Tears. 2008 © Oleg Dou

Letters. 2007 © Oleg Dou

Masha 2. 2010 © Oleg Dou

Masha. 2008 © Oleg Dou

Nun 2. 2007 © Oleg Dou

Nurse 2. 2007 © Oleg Dou

Nurse. 2006 © Oleg Dou

Paper 2. 2007 © Oleg Dou

Red. 2007 © Oleg Dou

Tanya's Tears. 2008 © Oleg Dou

Vasya 2. 2007 © Oleg Dou

White 2007 © Oleg Dou