Selected by Maui: Steyn Skyler
Steyn Skyler is a young upcoming artist from Amsterdam known for his detailed artworks inspired by nature and woman. Already from a young age, Steyn Skyler was creating sketches and started tagging walls in High School. Although he didn’t pursue a career as an artist at first, he did pursue a creative career as graphic designer, creating logos and the house style of companies and night clubs. After this he started as a self taught artist.
His paintings depict a surrealistic fantasy world wherein woman play the main role and are oftentimes surrounded by Steyn’s signature butterflies and flowers, trees and plants. For Steyn Skyler, nature is a huge inspiration, and his work is rich in symbolism. As he says :
’’Those who find beauty in all of nature will find themselves at one with the secrets of life itself. In most cultures, the blue butterfly is a symbol of acceptance, honor, and great energy. Blue butterflies are also considered wish-granters. Spotting a blue butterfly means that a wish one makes or made will come true.’'
Steyn Skyler works in small series, starting initially with a sketch and from then on using oil and acrylic paint. An underlying theme in his work is enhancing the inner beauty and character of his female subjects by surrounding them with nature and wildlife. By blending the image of a woman with different elements, his work looks surrealistic yet at the same time, Steyn Skyler brings a classic element to his art pieces through his use of materials. His work blends beautifully classic elements with a modern feel, giving his surrealistic work a contemporary look.
For his second series, Steyn portrayed his female subjects in plastic, raising awareness about the plastic pollution, and hoping to inspire people to combat the ongoing pollution epidemic. For his latest series, Steyn is blending old classics with his signature female portraits. See more of this upcoming artist at his instagram and website!