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HEL MORT® offers a vibrant programme that celebrates artists at all stages of their careers.
Our primary area of focus is painting, but we also frequently displays sculpture, photography, videography, and NFTs.
We want to present initiatives that are interesting, enlightening, instructive, and dedicated to helping artists and making contemporary art available to everyone.
Intellectual property of 4pet6, original artworks used for non-commercial purposes by HEL MORT®.
The number of faces and portraits that depict the same subject with various emotions, colors, ideas, sentiments, and more makes 4pet6 one of the finest artists that you can discover online in 2022.
His mesmerizing and odd paintings may even have the potential to mirror our souls. James Ensor created provocative surrealist masks that captured the conflicted feelings of Europe during the Industrial Revolution. Like him, 4pet6 is painting about a new era when the mental illness issues amongst current Europeans are even more obvious due to the advent of omnipresent digital technologies. Because his subjects in his paintings can occasionally appear as monsters or as smiling children, but always appear to be gripped by a tremendous amount of brilliant and dancing colours, his art style is somewhere between heaven and hell.
4pet6 is the kind of artist you want to follow if you’re looking for simplicity, diversity, and colour with a particular touch of human sentiments that is hard to find in 2022.
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Intellectual property of Steven Van Hasten, original artworks used for non-commercial purposes by HEL MORT®.
Steven Van Hasten
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Intellectual property of Oddaiart, original artworks used for non-commercial purposes by HEL MORT®.
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Intellectual property of Joaquin Valdez Macher, original artworks used for non-commercial purposes by HEL MORT®.
Joaquin Valdez Macher
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Intellectual property of Adrián Socorro Suárez, original artworks used for non-commercial purposes by HEL MORT®.
Adrián Socorro Suárez
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Intellectual property of SalvoIn3D, original artworks used for non-commercial purposes by HEL MORT®.
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Intellectual property of Sijesns, original artworks used for non-commercial purposes by HEL MORT®.
This is the story of a girl, a cat, and a skeleton. We know it sounds like a weird fairy tale, but it’s real life, the true life of a brilliant painter who demonstrates the power of love and death. We can use a famous Oscar Wilde quote from one of his most renowned books to characterise this artist: “You can open for me the portals of death’s house, for love is always with you, and love is stronger than death is.”
We used this quote because we typically imagine the very end of our lives as something dark and frightening, but (Jessica Jane) Sijesns’s paintings always depict a new coloured dimension full of marvellous aspects where we can find what we really love and never what will destroy us. This is because of the way Sijesns creates art, which essentially gives us a different perspective on life and death. Maybe she knows this role in her art, maybe she doesn’t and she’s just following her instincts in an unconscious way, but she’s showing what all of us humans feel every day: the constant coesistence between death and love. Usually, we don’t want to talk about death, but our ancestors did a lot, especially in Renaissance and medieval art, when they represented death as a skeleton coming in front of a beautiful woman to remind us that everything is fragile, that vanity is fleeting, that beauty will fade, and that only love counts in this life. So Sijesns’s secret message is REMEMBER. Remember who you are, what you are doing, enjoy your life, love whomever you choose to love, and live your small life forever! And who can we truly love in this world where everything is noisy, our brains are always connected to computers and screens, and the dreadful sound of a rapid culture is driving us insane? Who else can do it but our animals? Partners, relatives, and people are all humans, and they, like everyone else, are simply noise in this confusing environment, but an animal, a pet, can be your very best friend in this miserable condition that we live in every day. So, in all of Sijesns’s paintings, cats, dogs, or another humourous pet takes their place as the stars of the composition, and with their fluffy appearance, they disturbs the message of the skeleton that reminds us that we will die one day! Like an ancient totem from a prehistoric tribe or a guardian angel, they saying to us: “Don’t worry, it’s not so important what the skeleton says, I’m here!” leading us already to follow colours, images, flowers, and appreciate nature in all its splendour! So this is the awakening world of Sijesn’s art, a place for spirituality, humour, colours, femininity, and a multitude of good messages designed to make us better people with just a delicate touch of her brushes!
Sijesns (Jessica Jane) art is defining the Yin Yang of Love and Death.
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David and the Apocalypse
Some people are unique; they do not follow conventions and do not pursue a particular route in their lives. Why is this so? The answer is simple: They’re free. David Krause aka David and the Apocalypse is one of these people.
David is free. David is so free that he does not conform to a specific art trend or form of art. He knows how to create beautiful AI-generated digital art, as well as hardcore music that will make you bop your head and photography that contrasts between both the beauty and the mysterious. But, to get to know this artist better, take it one step at a time! We begin with his photography, which is undoubtedly David’s most romantic and personal domain, where he finds his connection with the world. His photography is always a contrast for our eyes, made of places where nature and civilization merge to form an idealistic impossible connection, the shots are dark but in a good way, because they give us feelings of calm and relaxing walk where we live the philosophical connection with our true self and where we can remember how many things we can appreciate in solitude. However, when we look at his AI generated art, we instantly notice a stark difference with his photos, and we no longer find peace, but rather suspicious actions from alien shapes and diabolic allusions amid cloudy and desolate landscapes. We don’t know if these creatures spying on us from afar are malevolent or benign because they sometimes appear angelic, but the distance, the damned distance, changes everything. Are we the prey or the chosen ones in David’s strange art? We’re not sure, but we enjoy the intensity of these AI-generated creations. And now it’s time to talk about David’s Music, the actual spot where the true “apocalypse” begins. The artist’s most fierce and sharp side, where he expresses all his buried sentiments about the universe, existence, and the sense of things. It’s alternative hard rock, although we don’t want to categorise very much his sound because every statement can be reductive. His distorted vocal is reminiscent of old true rock stars like Marilyn Manson, and his amazing instrumental bases are reminiscent of cult bands like Nine Inch Nails, but with a hint of the legendary Rob Zombie’s fire. Formidable music, distant echoes of reality, distort levels of human feelings, and totally astonishing inventiveness make David music worth listening to by anybody who enjoys strong sound with a melancholy background. So we conclude saying that David is a total artist because he is investigating numerous creative perspectives at the same time and doesn’t know the word STOP, and we like him in this way. With no limits.
David and the Apocalypse is like a diamond, with multiple faces representing the various artistic styles in which he works.
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Intellectual property of Paul Reid, original artworks used for non-commercial purposes by HEL MORT®.
“During the reign of Tiberius (AD 14–37), the news of Pan’s death came to one Thamus, a sailor on his way to Italy by way of the Greek island of Paxi. A divine voice hailed him across the salt water, “Thamus, are you there? When you reach Palodes, take care to proclaim that the great god Pan is dead.” Which Thamus did, and the news was greeted from shore with groans and laments.”
Europe is an unusual place; if you are not European, you may see only museums, great cities, and a very contemporary country, but if you know where to look, you might find the remnants of an old untamed world hidden behind this surface. A realm populated with ghosts, genies, demons, gods, and spirits. Because if you go to Iceland, an elderly woman may tell you that there are trolls in a specific area close to her home, and if you go to Ireland, a person may tell you that he shouldn’t walk in a forest because some fairies are very dangerous, or if you go to Italy or Spain, a man may advise you to stay away from a home because it’s infested with evil spirits since the death of a witch: So, despite years and millennia of forced conversion to Christianity, Europe’s pagan heart still exists. And no one can actually pull it off. And no one will be able to achieve it for the remainder of this odd continent’s history. And Paul Reid is here to show us why. But first, it’s important to understand who Paul Reid is. Paul Reid is not like other artists because he is the actual descendent of European people who beheld figures born from another dimension hidden in their souls and the world around them. Carl Jung adored this invisible space, where everything is linked by our instincts and subconscious to wild shapes that take life and become tangible in daily life. Long ago, in a dark cave in Europe, a primitive man painted a creature half man, half bull in a forest in Spain or France, and then a Greek built a temple for this creature; the tale changed, but the creature remained the same. Following tribes of Celts, Germanic people, and ancient Romans kept this narrative alive by creating paintings, monuments, and sculptures in his honour. When the Middle Ages arrived, someone advised calling this creature a devil rather than a god, but nobody cared and somewhere a monk found always joy in depicting this unusual creature in his precious book. Then, centuries and generations of Europeans created much art about the horned beast, sometimes to adorn a crowned head mansion, and sometimes to exalt himself in a museum during a revolution. Picasso spotted this monster and made it the king of his paintings as well. And today, in 2022, Paul Reid is still portraying the same exact vision of a prehistoric man, a Greek man, a Celt and anciet Roman guy, and so on, just as it was thousands of years ago. Paul is not emulating people from the past, he is not attempting to imitate something created by his ancestors, or he is attempting to duplicate Picasso’s success; Paul is simply following a secret golden route that only a select few may tread. Because you can see him talking with his subjects in every painting; he’s here and now in the moment, never walking in the past; he’s authentic, as only truly great individuals can be. His paintings are the result of genuine dialogues with space, time, and the psyche. All of his subjects, as only modern Europeans can be, are a mixing pot of a glorious past and a perplexing present. His Pan is the same Pan from over 4000 years ago, but he’s dressed like a bully youngster from the British countryside, ready to give you the middle finger and yell, “I’m not dead! Mate!” before spraying graffiti on an old wall. His Ulisses is a modern captain with a green uniform but dressing an old armour who finds his soldier eating like a pig, leaving us to wonder if it was Circe’s enchantment that turned this guy into a pig or the disgusting war that still degrade all men into animals like it’s happening in Ukraine today. His Actaeon appears to be wondering himself, “What is happening to this world?” while his Minotaur appears to be sitting on a couch watching television and becoming devastated by tragic news before a silly talk show where everyone laughs. And the goat-headed Pan responds to all of our questions by staring us in the eyes and stating “I don’t know, i don’t understand!”. So, in every painting of Paul, you can see the dynamic tensions of this time, where everything appears to be OK but something inside us is still confused, afraid by modernity, especially of what we call society, in which men evolve into beasts but not in a mithological sense. So this is how Paul is showing us a link between the past and the present, revealing the truths of the most profound aspect of a human mind. Paul Art is high level art, art created for clever people, philosophers, thinkers, psychologists, and anybody who believes it is important to deeply investigate the world rather than stop himself to a surface consisting of worthless distractions designed to take your time, money, and life!
Paul is the kind of painter whose paintings would have made Picasso envious. Pan is Alive!
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Intellectual property of Zannen.Pixel, original artworks used for non-commercial purposes by HEL MORT®.
Zannen Art is like a nightmare or a vivid dream, a true extreme nightmare as when you have eaten too much cheese and you wake up during a strange summer night, soaked in sweat, and everything around you is silence except for the crickets singing to the pale moon. You try not to think about the strange dream you had; you don’t know for a moment if it was reality or just a dream because it was too vivid, real, and palpable, so you tell yourself “It was just a dream,” but you keep thinking about it, again and again, probably for hours, perhaps for the rest of the day!
Anyway, strangely, it’s funny how Zannen is a new kind of artist that the art market usually doesn’t remember or consider at all. Galleries, Museums, and Art Magazines all ignore Zannen or people like him, viewing his artworks as a childish boring product of the internet, nothing more than a banal pop up to avoid at all costs. But here at HEL MORT®, we know what the true art is, we don’t follow rules, and we know who Zannen is, consequently we consider him a true genius of our age! Why? Because Zannen is studying and developing a new approach to creating “vintage” art for Millenials by using new media. Maybe you can’t feel the same type of energy if you’re a baby boomer since you never experienced the good old days of the first Super Mario on NES or when Windows 95 debuted on our screens with its huge and pale tones that are nice memories of childhood for all of this generation. Infact, If you’re a millennial, you can still experience the same grain and noises of watching pirated VHS tapes with your friends through Zannen art. You can also relive the smell of a brand-new arcade game in an amusement arcade full of little bullies competing against one another in Street Fighter. Zannen art also features designs from classic Japanese animations like Sailor Moon, Pokemon, Ghost in the Shell, and Akira. So Zannen Art is a complete and deep journey into the mind of an average millenial; looking at his gifs is like walking directly into the heart of a generation that doesn’t speak much because they don’t have a strong enough voice to be heard by older generations who consider their hobbies and culture to be unimportant even today. A generation made up of extremely different yet similar people who live in the United States, Europe, Asia, and other locations where the traditional barriers have crumbled since the arrival of the internet in the year 2000. We know that this art was not created with paintings, oils, photography, or other common media and cannot be hung on walls, but it was created with a computer and some animation software and can be viewed on a browser, but we don’t mind at HEL MORT® because we believe that art is everywhere and can be created with anything! And we believe that as the world evolves and changes, so should art and its media! So we give Zannen Art the same importance that we give to a Rembrandt piece or a mediaeval painting because this artist is speaking about his times, his generation, and doing so with fantasy and an epic sense of design that will only be understood in the next centuries because new generations will ask “Who were these people who lived between the 1990s and 2100? How did they live? “like we do today when we see elegant costumes and distant faces of people who look like us but are extremely different from us in antique paintings in our museums.
Zannen is the artist that is celebrating an entire generation with melancholy, horror, and outstanding design!
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Intellectual property of Pietro Mancini, original artworks used for non-commercial purposes by HEL MORT®.
Pietro Mancini Art is just fashion, an astonishing stylish voyage between recent history and the present age of digital creations; all of his artworks, in fact, are attempting to transport us to a not-too-distant era of mankind in sorrowful dark uniforms fighting in world wars.
His artworks full of these grey figures, like in old photos of our grandparents, are attempting to explain the desolation of a war without a sense fought by people without a name and, in some cases, without a soul, their brutal appearance is impersonal, frigid, and we can’t identify anything of human at all. At some ways, these people resemble mannequins in an empty building; they appear to be ghosts; they’re not scary, not beautiful, but they’re blank, so indifferent that we can’t feel anything for them! And this is Pietro Mancini’s ability: to show us the war for what it truly is: a senseless dimension in which people no longer count and are only lethal toys in the hands of robotic generals and politicians devoid of emotions and focused solely on strategy. But, if we look carefully, we can see round and colourful geometric figures around the combatants’ heads, as if they were saints from some mediaeval cathedral with a golden halo trying to express some kind of purity, because, after all, no one can really accuse these people who died or continue to die on battlefields. In fact, the artist accuses the old and present possibilities of stupid manipulations that brought civilization into a war while also demonstrating how these people are still corrupted by a still current propaganda that connects war with fabricated ideals like honour, respect, code, patriotism, and many other words that immediately vanish when a bullet kills the first man and the battlefield becomes filthy with human blood, faeces and tears. So Pietro Mancini art is the ideal art to collect and consider during the 2022 season because it has the ability to remember and demonstrate us the insanity of war as an instrument of power held in the hands of crazy people from the past or present, such as Putin and other individuals who are attempting to bring all of us into a nuclear world war. Pietro Mancini’s art is a manifest, a manifest of not just one generation, but all generations born after WWII, who reject the idea of war as a solution, and he’s right, because nobody wants it, nobody likes it, and all of us want to live simply in peace and stop thinking that war can still happen in our era, and these artworks are screaming “Make art, not war! Live your life and don’t die for these fools!”…
Pietro Mancini Art is opposed to all forms of fascism, militarism, and any ideal that can lead to our death and this is absolutely important today more than ever.
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Intellectual property of Senator Greaves, original artworks used for non-commercial purposes by HEL MORT®.
Senator Greaves’ art is “100% American Art,” not simply “Art.” Why did we chose this quote to start this review? The answer is simple. Some people see America as a country without an identity, a country of immigrants who have lost their roots but are only linked by large greasy fast food Hamburgers and fire arms ready to start the next school massacre…
But, if you’re a person who enjoys analysing different cultures, if you don’t regard stereotypes and empty words, you might be able to perceive behind the American culture the most interesting human experiment ever conducted in human history. Take people from all over the world and combine them in a massive melting pot, exalting all of their cultures, faiths, beliefs, and habits into a single massive identity, and you will have the most bizarre and fascinating population on the planet. And in the midst of all these millions upon millions of people, Senator Greaves demonstrates the genuine face of this mixed society by making the ideal mosaic of all these identities in his own artworks. In fact, if you look closely at all of his works, you will see not only pictures, but pages from the history of a country that is very new in comparison to the rest of the globe, yet ancient enough to reflect memories that are part of a common collective conscience. Astronaut space suits remind us of the vintage but never-died vision of the first man on the moon, insane monkeys with guns remind us of the stress of the question of fire weapons for a country that consents to their possession, and a black guy’s head in the hand of a big white man remember the racial question and the dreadful old days of racial segregation, masks of Asian monsters, and a boy with a helicopter toy remind the Pacific wars, Vietnam, and the current economic cold war with China. All of these topics, as previously stated, are not just pictures but memories, strong memories and actual dilemmas of an entire country that is still dealing with them, and this country is America, so it’s as if the entire America is speaking through this artist showing us a very strong and perceptible identity that someone who doesn’t want to see. This is a heritage shared by individuals of various religions, nationalities, cultures, and backgrounds, and it has never happened anywhere else on the planet other than America. But, in all of Senator Greaves’ art, there is always an artwork that pretends not to be related with this huge mosaic of an American unique face, and in fact, these specific artworks are immaculate, pure, lovely, and extraordinarily delicate, contrasting with the rest. These are portraits of native Americans, the true owners of the American continent, and they demonstrate a natural elegance, a natural majesty similar to old Greek statues. These natives looks like if they see us all as small bugs, little bugs and rats battling for some rubbish in a competitive atmosphere we call society, a society that is entirely totally disconnected from what the old indigenous used to love: nature, freedom, open spaces, and the desire to be who you truly are. Senator Greaves is having the same conversation with all of us, and he’s doing it in a very poetic way with his art, showing us the errors and mistakes done by a western culture that has lost its connection with nature, life, and it’s just made by lies that we prefer not to see because our god doesn’t consent to it. And our God is not locked up in a church, but in a bank, since money is the only true god here, not anything else. So, when this inner god speaks to us, Senator Greaves’ native american characters go from lovely human forms to scary skeletal figures, ghosts who hunt us and point their fingers, asking us, “Why?”
Senator Greaves’ art should be exhibited among the work of Edward Hopper, Andy Warhol, Jean-Michel Basquiat, and Grant Wood in certain national museums because he portrays modern America in a way that only the great masters can!
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No animals were harmed in the making of this art project.
Shadow the Rat
“Nobody near me here, but rats, and they are fine stealthy secret fellows.”
– Charles Dickens –
When we think of our evolution as humans, we usually imagine it as something we created entirely on our own. It’s as if a strange ape invented fire one day and everything changed till now in a vast and great society full of gorgeous buildings and significant progress steps. But we never, and I mean never, look around to see who is around us and who made this possible. Our society is not just one human society, one made up of only one animal, but a strange conglomeration of different species that decided to live together and find themselves protected from the rest of nature, the violence of predators, the fury of the elements, and to live a better and more comfortable life all togheter. We usually prefer to imagine that many of our domestic animals were simply chosen by our ancestors for specific jobs, or as living stock and to make them productive for humans, but if you’ve ever had a pet, you know this is unrealistic. If you have a pet you know that our ancestors developed for sure some form of personal language with another creature, and perhaps a small young girl discovered an abandoned wolf puppy and cared for him in the same way that many children now care for small birds that have fallen from their nests and then they become inseparable. We forget that our human nature is built up of more than half motherhood instinct and the other half by a remarkable social talent that keeps us continually connected with others, including animals! We’re not robots, we’re humans, and our sentiments for others make us the winning species on this planet, not cold machinations, since caring for others is the primary goal of making an animal group stronger than others, and if we are what we are, it’s because of our compassion. We know it, it’s difficult to remember it during these tragic events caused by insane industrial politics, by bad governments that are allowing climate change to destroy everything, and we know that we are stubborn and that we all play a role in the indiscriminate pollution and extinction of other species on this planet, but we never look at the other face of the coin. We forget that for every person who destroys everything and tortures animals, there are four or more people who look after the planet and all its creatures like angels. And Esther Minic-Rosenthal is one of these angels. Esther is an American woman who has opted to give rather than take, and she is providing something special to some of the most hated creatures on the planet: rats. We normally think positively of dogs, cats, and bunnies, but we rarely think of something nice for rats. We name them pests, we persecute them, and we treat them as if they were viruses that should be eradicated. Yes, we understand at HEL MORT that it’s critical to keep a city free of rats in order to avoid awful catastrophes like plagues and other higenical problems; we’re not against it, but now we’re talking about rats philosophically. We want to remember that if we take these animals out of their degraded ecosystems and give them a pleasant home, and if we clean them continuously and care for them as we do for dogs, they will transform into one of the brightest and funniest animals to have around. So again, we’d like to demonstrate the other side of the coin, the lighter side, where negativity may be set aside just for one moment. And we remarked that this is a philosophical question because behind the gesture of helping a rat, we may learn from people like Esther about how to care for other living beings and situations that we see similarly to a dirty rat emerging from a filthy sewer. I’m referring to drug addicts, homeless people, immigrants, poor people, and everyone else who lives on the edges of our streets and is regarded as a cancer on our otherwise respectable life. We never sought to provide them a home, care, or food, and no one ever told them, “You’re ok, you’re at home, you’re safe now,” to put an end to these human tragedies once and for all. It is not necessarily a Ghandi or a Martin Luther King who can transform the world, but someone like Esther who show others how to see things differently. Esther gave these rats a home and a purpose, and today these small insignificant animals are the web’s star; they’re cute, hilarious, and most importantly, they know how to paint! This is a great example of how to solve problems; we don’t need walls or barricades, anti-homeless spikes, or police beating people; we need more people like Esther, and we need to teach kids to be like her, to teach in schools how to care for the littlest and insignificant things on earth, because if we give these things a purpose and a qualitative life, they stop feeling insignificant and stop doing bad things for ever. If people, like all animals in this world, feel excluded and threatened, they react in the simplest way possible, with aggressivity against others or themselves, they hide from the lights to live in the shadows because they consider themselves unwelcome, and they try to do whatever is possible to disappear, such as drugs and alcohol, to stop remembering to be alive in such a sad world. So, if we follow Esther’s example, things can really change, like in this unusual and charming story about her and her rats, who are now the best miniature artists we’ve ever met.
Esther Minic-Rosenthal and the “Shadow The Rat” crew are most likely the best artists we’ve encountered in 2022 for one simple reason: Despite the fact that this project is made up of animals, it is the most human of all since it contains something that no one else has: love.
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Intellectual property of Benjamin Sommereggerl, original artworks used for non-commercial purposes by HEL MORT®.
“Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.”
– Austrian Proverb –
When an Austrian friend mentions their nationality, someone who is not from Europe usually reply something like, “I adore Austria! It’s full of strange animals like jumping kangaroos!” However, i’m very sorry, Austria is not like that. It is a small country surrounded by Italy, Hungary, Germany, and other European countries. It is frequently overlooked on maps of Europe, although it is a distinct country with its very own culture and traditions. This country is the last splendid relic of a great empire that ruled a large part of Europe in the past and was so important to start the First World War when his emperor was killed, his capital, Vienne, was the main centre of European society for centuries, a place so impressive, so important to give to all of European history and culture an extremely important intellectual sign that changed it forever. Consider that in the summer of 1913, Hitler, Stalin, Trotsky, Tito, Freud, and Archduke Franz Ferdinand were all in Vienna. Austria formed all of the people who changed contemporary European history and world politics in the year 1900. And if you believe for a moment that all European art was created in Italy and France, you should reconsider your understanding of art history. Consider for a moment that Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was an Austrian like Franz Schubert, and Austria was the home of Haydn, Beethoven, Strauss, and if we want to talk about painting, the list of artists is practically infinite. We can only mention Matthias Laurenz Gräff, Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, Oskar Kokoschka, Angela Hitler, Koloman, Moser, and Hans Makart as a few of the people who have made Austria everlasting and absolutely distinct in the history of European and global civilization, culture, and art. Only now, when you comprehend the force and qualities of true Austria, can you understand why Benjamin Sommeregger’s art is so indescribably beautiful, because he is the son of one of Europe’s most ancient and incredible cultural backgrounds. And his multifaceted work was influenced by this culture and area. An art that looks in all directions rather than just one. The most intriguing aspect of Benjamin’s work is its diversity. His collection includes a wide range of subjects, including simple but stunning green landscapes, impressively expressive character drawings, sci-fi artwork that will transport you to other worlds, fantasy and mediaeval artwork reminiscent of fairy tale, horror artwork that can evoke the spirit of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, and more. So, It’s questionable whether this artist is merely experimenting or actually travelling with his mind and spirit to areas that we typically can’t visit on our own. But here at HEL MORT®, we like to break the norms and look closely at things that most people don’t notice, therefore we’d like to highlight what we think is Benjamin’s distinctive quality, which maybe springs from his personality. And it’s his talent to make people’s eyes look in peculiar angolations in his portraits that make their expressions so vital, so vivid that we unconsciously think they’re alive, like in a photo, and in all his pieces of art, portraiture or landscapes, there’s always some kind of aura of an individual that’s here with us, human like us but in some ways distant from us, like an alien. It’s as if Benjamin is simultaneously connected and disconnected from the rest of the world, as if this person is living in a dimension where only he can see things from a unique distinctive plane of existence, like an old poet dreaming of being on a cloud looking down on the rest of us from his position in the sky, a person in a strange floating level in the middle of a Divine Heaven and the rest of humanity. A dimension made of poetry but also of materialism, where good and bad cease to exist because there is only room for the true visual expression of things, like a time stopping machine that can give us the ability to shoot a polaroid photo of the world’s most authentic forms, showing them to us without emotions, directions, but only for what they truly are. And see things for what they truly are is an art form far superior to all others. Things that are honest in this manner always show us a true form of beauty, something primal and clean like the view of a baby seeing the world for the first time, because nobody is pressing him to follow some standard or the latest fashion trends behind this objective point of view. And in a society like this in 2022, where everyone does the opposite because social media like Instagram and TikTok make us the copy of a copy of another copy, Benjamin Sommeregger is an anomaly, and we believe that his art will reach peaks never seen before in contemporary art in the next years.
If you’re looking for a weird feeling of romantic, infiniteness, contrast between dark and light energies, where everything comes to a halt to show you the true strength of life in all its forms, you should follow Benjamin Sommeregger, an artist who is expanding with his own art in a route never seen before.
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Intellectual property of aki-T, original artworks used for non-commercial purposes by HEL MORT®.
Have you played Metroid before? Have you ever read the manga Ghost in the Shell? Have you seen the film Akira?
No? Maybe you should, or maybe it’s better to say you have to! Many people today believe that art is something that is hidden away in an Italian museum or somewhere else in a European capital, whereas many others believe that art is something that is exposed in strange galleries where people show blank canvases with the mysterious meanings of the artist hidden behind much stranger ideas. But take a moment to reflect in this manner, and then look at what your children are doing right now, and where they are focusing the majority of their attention. Toys, video games, and smartphones. Now, take a closer look at everything and ask yourself: Isn’t this animation that my child is watching done by artists? Isn’t his favourite video game created by artists? Isn’t his toy the work of an artist? Everything your child does, appreciates, and loves is PURE ART. Art created by outstanding artists who labour tirelessly to achieve something spectacular, innovative, intriguing, and full of fantasy and colour. Art is not just something hidden in an Italian museum or strange gallery, but something more. When we say “more,” we must recognize that all of the things that entertain our children right now are also true art. I understand that this may scare the art market, which often insists that only certain styles and forms of human creativity can be considered true art. As an art brand and gallery, HEL MORT® may feel obligated to follow this rule, but we don’t like to conform and we believe that art can take many forms that are not always recognized or valued by others. So differently than others here at HEL MORT® we regard anime art, comics, cartoons, mangas, and videogames to be on the same level as a Picasso artwork or a Jeff Koons artwork sold for US$91 million. We believe that manga like Ghost in the Shell is a masterpiece that should be displayed in a museum, and that the first edition of Metroid for NES is so important that it should be protected under a glass case and exhibited in the National Gallery of London. We also think that the movie Akira by Katsuhiro Otomo should be shown in art schools and recognized as one of the most diverse, incredible, and important pieces of art of our era. Because the combination of music, animation, and drawings in Akira demonstrates the true power of authentic art. After this lengthy introduction, you can now understand why we have chosen aki-T (Darrien Kobayashi Gibson) as the perfect example of the artist that we like to support with our efforts at HEL MORT®. aki-T is not just an artist, but a testament to the depth of anime, manga, animated movies, and video games in our millennial generation. A generation that has never experienced great wars or significant events like those of the Victorian era or World Wars, but that has created works of art so complex that they have made us think differently than other generations. For us, video games are not just a hobby, but often a snapshot of a specific moment in our lives when we were happy or sad, a kind of time stop that brings back memories and emotions. If you don’t understand this feeling, you can’t understand why aki-T chose to create illustrations about Sailor Moon, Ninja Turtles, Transformers, Metroid, Akira, Trigun, etc. These things are important to us, more important than a diamond, because they represent what the pyramids were to the Egyptians or the Colosseum to the ancient Romans: a monument to our generation, our civilization, and our era, something that represents us and our ideas and personality. So, don’t underestimate the amazing art of aki-T for even a second, because his art has much more to say than a stupid plastic dog by Jeff Koons that was sold for millions! To truly appreciate aki-T’s art, you must also understand two other key concepts: cyberpunk and Synthwave. What are these two things? Cyberpunk is a specific sci-fi genre created by William Gibson with his masterpiece book, “Neuromancer,” and the visually impressive and atmospheric movie “Blade Runner.” These artistic works introduced the concept of “low life, high technology,” a different vision of the future where human technological evolution is very different from other sci-fi genres. It’s like the cyberpunk genre is saying to us: stop thinking about the clean spaceships of Star Trek or the shiny worlds of Star Wars, and consider a possible future where people have incredible technologies like lasers, robots, and space travel, but also live in a desperate lifestyle characterized by poverty and inequalities, where rich companies control almost everything. This is another important aspect to consider when discussing aki-T, because, like his artworks, we at HEL MORT® and so many other people of this generation are protesting against something that is happening right now in 2022. We know that we don’t have the flying machines of Blade Runner or other technology shown in the cyberpunk genre, but in some ways, we feel like we are living in a distorted cyberpunk reality where rich companies like Facebook and Amazon control everything, where people like Elon Musk are trying to manipulate people’s minds and use robots to control everything and everyone. We feel inequalities, but also the power of new technologies. We know that the internet has great potential, but it is also used to sell drugs and exploit children on its dark side. We know that we have the most incredible technology in the history of humankind, but we also know that something is wrong, incredibly wrong, like in a cyberpunk book. And aki-T’s illustrated monsters, robots, and tentacles are saying this to you. His colors and forms are a vivid protest against what is happening right now in a world that will be consumed by robots and AIs in the next decade. We don’t really know how our lives will be, and we are all scared but also excited by the possibilities of this crazy future. Synthwave, on the other hand, is an underground musical culture (also known as outrun, retrowave, or futuresynth) that is an electronic music microgenre primarily based on music from 1980s action, science fiction, and horror film soundtracks. Other influences include art and video games from the decade. This genre, which largely exists only thanks to YouTube, is influencing the modern view of millennials because it exposes them to something they never lived but tasted in the beginning of the 90s when they were very young, perhaps through a TV replica of a famous TV series or a movie watched alone in an empty room during Christmas. It’s hard to describe because describing just the visuals or the music of this movement is not enough because it’s more something connected with personal feelings, the same feelings that the millennial generation always feels when watching John Carpenter’s “The Thing” and hearing the music starting in the movie. And aki-T is including these feelings, these vibes, in his art by using particular colors, shadows, forms, and images that transport us to these vibes and make us feel like we are living in this never-lived era, something like a strange childhood dream that we never lived but just imagined. So, when you see aki-T’s art for the first time, don’t just focus on the visual impact, but consider his artworks as the voice of a generation trying to say something, trying to expose political and social problems, and presenting the views and memories of a generation. The colors in their minds and their presence in a society that wants to get rid of them because, as previously mentioned, they are not considered as important as other generations, like the people in the 60s who made great revolutions or the people of the 40s who sacrificed themselves for freedom against Nazism. I know that millennials are not experiencing all of this, but they are living through things that have never been seen or considered possible before, and it is all of this that makes this generation special. They are the first of something, the first to have a wealthy society that is making them poor inside and outside, a society that does not consider their existence important when they speak. They are still considered kids by other generations, but whether they want it or not, they are writing history in a way that only future generations can judge, and we think that future generations will one day take A-Kit’s art as a great example of what happened long ago in 2022 when computers started to think and the first robot changed everything.
If you want a taste of millennial underground culture, if you want a taste of anime culture, if you want to be enveloped in synthwave colors and vibes and find yourself trapped in a fantastic cyberpunk nightmare, you must follow aki-T (Darrien Kobayashi Gibson) and be amazed by his magnificent and unique art that we absolutely love here at HEL MORT®. You should do the same!
Come to Life, Come to Art ®
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Oleksii Gnievyshev Art is like the pleasant sound of a violin coming from an eastern region of Europe, enlightening everyone with notes of love, spontaneous emotions, and beautiful sceneries buried in our dreams.
Actually, it’s very difficult for us to write a review about this artist because Oleksii Gnievyshev is a Ukrainian. We feel terribly sorry to begin the first review of the year thinking that actually a person like this great artist is suffering for what’s happening; in fact, right now, close to where we live in Europe, there is a war, a revolting war started by a butcher who is sacrificing the innocent lives of millions of Ukrainian like Oleksii Gnievyshev. Yes, we’re talking about Vladimir Putin, and we’re not afraid to point our fingers at him and say loudly that this man is a butcher, a killer, a heartless person, and an orc sent from hell to destroy one of Europe’s most magnificent countries, our lives, and, above all, the magnificence of Ukraine, a country that we’ve felt as our home and its people as our brothers and sisters since the beginning of this war. Here at HEL MORT®, we are people from all over Europe, thus as previously stated, we all see this conflict as OUR war, a war that is disrupting our lives and our dream of a united Europe free of bloodshed. But, because to people like Oleksii Gnievyshev, we may remember that, beyond this curtain of the Ukrainian War, there is always hope. Hope hidden behind the ruins of bombed-out cities, hope hidden behind all the girls and women raped by monsters we don’t want to call soldiers, hope hidden behind genocides and mass graves, hope, real pure hope that shows us that there is always light behind the darkness. This light is Oleksii Gnievyshev and his art. It’s extremely easy to be an artist when everything is fine and your country is having a good time, but consider the life of Oleksii Gnievyshev and all the artists in Ukraine like him for a second. Can you get the will to pick up a brush and begin a painting if you know your family is dead, in danger, and your country has been annihilated? Can you find the energy to make music or talk about the joys of life while thinking about the war? We believe that only a few people can do it, that many people feel obligated to pick up a gun and go to battle in order to defend their country and other people’s lives, and that only a few of them have chosen to go against their inherent instincts and continue to create art. And, in our perspective, we value all of the Ukrainian troops who fight for their life every day, but we also value Oleksii Gnievyshev and those like him twice as much because they are also fighting, although in a different way. They are demonstrating to the world that the Ukrainian war cannot be forgotten, that it cannot be a sad news simply read in front of your coffee in the morning or avoided because it is a terrible subject. Oleksii Gnievyshev and other people are saying: We’re still here, this situation is still going on, do something, don’t forget about us! And in order to do so, they are demonstrating to the world that behind these stories of weapons, missiles, and genocides there are people, real people like us and you, with sentiments, true feelings, dreams, love, and hate, and they are demonstrating this to the world through their Art. Art is more than just beauty; it is also a statement to the world, and Oleksii Gnievyshev and other courageous Ukrainian artists are expressing this statement to everyone. And the message is clear: Ukraine is still alive, his heart is pounding stronger than ever, and no one, Russian or otherwise, can stop it. This message is anti-death, like a true puch given by life to death to prove who is the stronger opponent in this war. And by this war, we don’t simply mean the Ukraine War, but something more philosophical; we’re talking about the constant battle between life and death, beauty and horror, winter and spring, thoughts and energy that pervade the cosmos. Something comparable to a Ying Yang who likes to communicate with us through the incarnation of certain persons. And Oleksii Gnievyshev is one of these exceptional persons because you can immediately discover this spiritual challenge in all of his artworks, something that combines the inner tranquilly of a Samurai and far eastern philosophies with the most wild features of nature. Women who represent poetry are placed with animals who represent the untamed side of things. The tiger’s terrible eyes are close to the brilliant eyes of an immaculate virgin, who is similar to the saints of the old beautiful churches. Salvation and Ferocity, looking at each other and attempting to find the proper balance to make this existence more genuine than ever. That is the main reason Oleksii Gnievyshev was chosen as the first artist to be reviewed for 2023; he is not only an artist but also a spiritual teacher to show us that even when the darkness comes and everything is pitch black, there is always the vast spiritual light of someone special that is showing us his hand and turning us on to find the light. This is the power of Oleksii Gnievyshev’s art, and all art in the world: to be a light in the darkness.
Come to Life, Come to Art ®
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The only problem with Lucius Felimus’ art is that it’s extremely addictive!
We’ve talked about paintings, gifs, and other art media in previous reviews, but never in depth on the art of making videos. Videos are a curious new thing that has suddenly arisen in the art world. Yes, we know that artists have been creating video art since the 1960s! But what we want to emphasize is that videos have never had the same amount of exposure and crucial importance as they have today in our wild but also hilarious technological world. Just consider how frequently you watch a new video on your favorite social media network, or consider the strategic relevance of videos for platforms such as YouTube and TikTok to understand it. In fact, these two platforms could not exist without videos. They are not intended to display articles, messages, or images, but just VIDEOS. That is why, at HEL MORT®, we believe that videos have never had the same impact in our lives as they do today. In any case, these videos can be very useful for learning something, very hilarious situations that make us laugh, and occasionally very sad videos about disgraces like racism, wars, or crimes that make us utterly depressing. But among all of these people who create these kind of videos, some others push themselves every day to find new ways to create art. They spend hours and hours searching for the correct colors, frame, size, and perfection to make their videos spectacular! Lucius Felimus, a phenomenal artist from the Philippines, is one of these individuals. All of Lucius’ videos are visually stunning, with a remarkable mix of vibrant colors that transport the viewer through digital cities and futuristic landscapes. Some of you are probably thinking. My God, they’re already talking about cyberpunk at HEL MORT®. This is not entirely correct. We devote a lot of room to all types of art, but we dedicate a section of our reviews to artists that create cyberpunk art. Are you wondering why? The reason is simple. Cyberpunk is a type of art that we regard to be ultra-modern. Something that is saying something about us. As previously stated, we live in 2023 and have never experienced such a sci-fi atmosphere. A strange society in which a person like Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, or Jeff Bezos may dominate a whole planet simply by owning a website. We’ve never seen individuals spend half their lives on smartphones, computers, and new technologies as they do now. And only in the last few months have we seen the actual power of AI emerge, such as ChatGPT or the many AI art generators like MidJourney or StableDiffusion. All of this is unique to our time and is inextricably linked to us modifying our lives in a dystopic romance that appears to have been penned by William Gibson in person. I know you’re thinking we’re talking about something else right now, but we’re still talking about our artist. The reality is that all of this is about Lucius Felimus since, unlike others, he’s gazing directly into this window that depicts this “cyberpunk” part of the modern era. What Lucius is doing is simply pointing his finger towards the lights, the weird atmosphere we’re in now. In all of his works, there are millions of buildings with neon insignias of fake corporations that seem like the actual ones, such as McDonald’s, Apple, and Intel. Companies that own us one to one, much as in a cyberpunk novel. Companies that provide us with food on a daily basis, but also a job that frequently turns us into slaves of this age. And Lucius sees all of this through a romantic lens, as if he’s stopping time with his exquisite art to help us focus on what’s authentic. There is constantly a movement of cars in his amazing videos in these digital environments, flying like blood cells in our bloodstream. They’re rapid, fast, as if consumed by something, with no breaks in their unending loop, exactly like us now. So, once again, Lucius is exploring and reflecting the velocity of this period in his artworks. Another fascinating fact about this artist is that he not only works with videos, but also with pictures and photos, and we’ve always found the same subject in all of his artworks that we’ve adored. The city, the city, and while we were wondering why this guy is so preoccupied with cityscapes, the answer came to us in an instant since, like him and everyone else, we realized that this is modern life. Nobody lives in the countryside anymore! Take a look at the statistics! Massive masses are migrating to cities, and these cities are evolving from metropolises to giga-megalopolises. Places so large that they remind us of human hives rather than old good cities from the past. We appear to be bugs, and that is the main subject of Lucius’ art; he shows us with spectacular neon colors, dark alleys, human crowds, and velocity that we have transformed from humans to bugs! Is this a good or negative thing? We don’t know, but we do know that only Lucius and a few others can view the actual face of real human current existence in this way, making Lucius a rare artist genius!
If you want to be transported into the mystic world of a cyberpunk neon reality that is amazingly near to the reality of modern life, check out the fantastic art of Lucius Felimus since nobody else can genuinely comprehend what we’re living today and his enormous talent makes everything simply amazing!
Come to Life, Come to Art ®
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Tassos Missouras is the kind of artist who was born to make art worthy for a museum, not merely a gallery or a personal wall. His art is exceptional as only the finest artists can create it.
To comprehend Tassos Missouras, we must first grasp what modern Greece is, and by that, we mean the actual Greece, the Greece that no one talks about, the Greece that only Greeks know. For many of you, Greece may be just your favorite tourist destination on the map. However, for others, it may be the location where European civilization began with great philosophers and famous military leaders who established the foundations of our Western culture. Thinking about Greece in only these two ways is extremely limited and not just for Greece but also for Italy and Spain, the other two protagonists of modern southern Europe. People often think of these places as the ruins of three great civilizations, existing only to open their museums, restaurants, and fabulous beach resorts for their vacations. However, if you dig deeper, you will quickly understand the importance of these three countries is some more in 2023 and why they are very different from others, particularly Greece. Greece has never been and will never be a stable place. Behind the curtain of a wonderful culture, art, and human expressions lies a history of repeated conflicts that persist in Greece. The most recent conflict was the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974. Another important aspect of Greece to consider is that it is part of the Balkans, a specific hotspot in Europe where ethnic tensions have historically resulted in genocides, massive massacres, and ethnic cleansing. Greece has played a role as both a spectator and pacificator or victim in these conflicts. It’s essential to remember that Greece, like the rest of the Balkans, has always experienced mass murders and cultural genocide, the most recent one perpetrated by the Ottoman Empire, followed by Italy and Germany, who deported people to concentration camps, sexually assaulted, brutally murdered, and wiped out entire Greek villages and the most vital parts of the country. Then, as if all this misery wasn’t enough, the Greek junta or Regime of the Colonels dominated the country with far-right despotism in the 1970s, suppressing public opinion, killing dissidents, and forcing the population to follow their dictates. After the Colonels, Greece transitioned to democracy, but from 2009 to 2018, the Government-Debt Crisis infuriated citizens to the point where clashes with police on the streets of Athens or other cities were regular. Today, in 2023, Turkey’s constant threats from its undemocratic ruler Erdogan put Greece in peril of a new terrible war. Now that you know why Greece is a “hot” spot, you can see with us why Tassos Missouras’ art contains some very specific reflections of this explosive country. Tassos Missouras’s art is characterized by a sense of distortion, surrealism, and dream-like quality. In every artwork, you’ll find something peculiar that takes you to a different realm that feels more like a dreamscape than a conventional portrait. The paintings are always imbued with an eerie atmosphere, like a veil or mist that envelops everything. The strange smoke from recent burn marks appears to suffocate human life. As a European artist, Tassos grapples with his self-perception, shaped by a legacy of powerful historical events, empires, and civilizations, and the bewildering confusion of modern-day life that is often obscure, diverse, and challenging to understand. The haze symbolizes the complex thoughts of generations of Greeks that Tassos has internalized and made his own perspective of the world. Confusion is at the center of Tassos’s art and is reflected in the use of fog, the shifting of subjects in space and time in the paintings, and the appearance of everything resembling a vivid, bloody dream that evokes voices, introduces unfamiliar people, yet leaves you with a profound feeling of disorientation. In many works, you’ll also see remnants of wars, the constant fear of wars, and the memories of wars – like a ghost haunting the characters in the paintings – as well as uniform items like German helmets, fires, and jets that bomb the imagination of the entire artwork. The female figures in the paintings also exude a militaristic vibe; they are aggressive, strong, and more powerful than any men in the scene, and they stand at attention in the center of the paintings as if they were ready to force the audience to submit and deliver a harsh, possibly violent lesson. Every child depicted in the paintings is perpetually sad and melancholy, as if someone were hurting them spiritually and preventing them from expressing their joy of life. The present day is also present in these strange memories of a shared past, resembling a sci-fi landscape where people cease to be people and instead resemble bees being farmed by an odd farmer hidden in his suit, or they resemble the dark interior of a dehumanizing industry where they appear to be abandoned mannequins. Tassos’s art is an extraordinary and powerful exploration of the artist’s subconscious, a personal journey into the unexpected facet of humanity, a creative dance between the past and the present, and a chain constructed not of rings but of people and their ghosts. Why is Tassos an artist who creates truly wonderful art? The answer is simple: you could admire his artwork for hours and become lost in his surreal landscapes searching for answers, thoughts, or ideas. And every time you do, you come away with new, insightful perspectives on the life and death of the human species. This is what truly exceptional art accomplishes – it allows you to contemplate and opens your mind, transforming you into something more than a basic person – a person who uses his own mind to examine the intricacies of the inner universe.
If you appreciate exceptional art, if you enjoy the world of a true artist, if you enjoy dreaming another man’s dream and falling into the dance of his unique angels and demons, you must follow Tassos Missouras, since he IS the artist who makes Museums worthy of their names.
Come to Life, Come to Art ®
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「芸術の世界で美は心の書道である」is a Japanese proverb that perfectly captures the essence of the art created by the Japanese artist, りょ, stating, “In the world of art, beauty is a calligraphy of the heart.”
りょ is a prodigy at fusing traditional Japanese beauty and art with cutting-edge AI-generated art technology. His works reflect the Japanese love for beauty, grace, and elegance, and we at HEL MORT® have had the privilege of witnessing りょ’s growth and evolution as an artist. His use of the AI generator Midjourney is nothing short of brilliant, as he manages to select and manipulate the AI’s creations in a way that is both sophisticated and awe-inspiring. Every piece he creates is a masterpiece, each one more intricate and beautiful than the last. りょ’s subjects are always delicate, depicting either elegant women in bizarre, sci-fi surroundings or achingly slender figures resembling ghosts. His exotic color schemes evoke a surrealist style, making each painting feel like a dream rather than reality. The artist’s superb use of light and shadow adds depth and texture to each piece, heightening the strange and unusual feel. It is remarkable how りょ takes the raw outputs of the AI generator and transforms them into works of art that are both technically advanced and steeped in traditional Japanese culture. His use of artificial intelligence is more than a gimmick, it is a technique that pushes the limits of what is possible in the field of art. He is continuously pushing himself to create new and unique pieces, and his passion for his artistry shines through in every artwork he creates. What sets りょ apart from other artists is his ability to elevate the AI’s creations to new heights. The intricate and delicate compositions he creates are a testament to his skills and understanding of the Japanese way of creating beauty. He blends the delicate with the fantastical, the traditional with the modern, in a truly remarkable way. Each piece is imbued with a sense of wonder and magic, making them truly mesmerizing to behold. His roots in Japanese culture are also evident in the way he approaches his art. The traditional Japanese art forms, such as flower arrangement and poetry, are all about creating beauty through simplicity and elegance. りょ takes this approach and infuses it into his AI-generated works, resulting in art that is both timeless and contemporary. His works are a fusion of the old and the new, a testament to his deep understanding of the Japanese culture of beauty and art. In conclusion, りょ is a true master of his craft. His art is a unique blend of the traditional and the modern, and he has an exceptional talent for elevating the AI’s creations to new heights. Each piece he creates is a work of beauty, imbued with a sense of wonder and magic. His work should not be missed, and we at HEL MORT® are honored to have had the opportunity to showcase it. If you have an appreciation for beauty, art, and technology, you owe it to yourself to see the works of this truly remarkable artist.
We at HEL MORT® highly recommend checking out the art of りょ, as his works are not just a display of technological proficiency but also a beautiful representation of the traditional Japanese way of making art.