Disgusting, Gorgeous Renaissance-Style Mutant Portraits

Denver-based painter Christian Rex van Minnen takes classic Dutch portraiture and sends into another dimension. See stout busts and regal profiles explode into a mess of festering flesh, incandescent abscesses, transparent sacs of puss, and — what’s that? — forest mushrooms? With facial features completely engulfed by a strange globs of growths, parts of plants, shells, tendrils, alien organs, tattoos, meat, and type, van Minnen is like a modern version of 16th-century artist Giuseppe Arcimboldo, but way… way stranger. Featured in the current issue of Hi-Fructose magazine, check out a few of these outstanding portraits in our slideshow.

Image credit: Christian Rex van Minnen