In Ted Chinís surreal dreamland, itís not uncommon to see massive anglerfish swimming through the sky or a figure scooping up shooting stars. The San Francisco-based artist merges idyllic landscapes and outdoor scenes with fantastical details, choosing to upturn an evergreen in mid-air or position an oversized octopus underneath a floating house. Simultaneously uncanny and calming, the composites are eye-catching and rooted in imagination. ďThere are things in the world that inspire childlike wonder and awe, and it is my passion to recreate and share them with the world,Ē the artist says.

All of the digital works here, which blend stock images and Chinís own shots, fall under the scope of Tedís Little Dream, the fictional universe that the artist created years ago and continues to work within. ďStorytelling has always been something that inspired me. When I was in grad school, I was not able to travel as much as I wanted to,Ē he says. ďIíve always dreamed about visiting different places, to see and experience new things, and to tell stories.Ē

If youíre a Photoshop user, youíve probably spotted Chinís cloudy flamingo work (shown below) as part of the 2021 Photoshop splash screen.
I'm a 25 year Photoshop user, love surreal art that has beauty and intrigue at the heart of it so this work was right up my alley.

A Massive Octopus and Floating Fish Comprise the Imaginary Universe in Ted Chinís Surreal Composites ó by Grace Ebert