Home

Supernatural Realism

image by Veronica V. Jones

Torstein Nordstrand

A bearded man with round glasses examines glowing runes on a brick wall. A slender elf woman with long brown hair. A faceless, red-skinned figure clutches a large yellow book to its chest.

Where most would choose to look away, Torstein Nordstrand stares intently at the dark face of human nature, and diligently reports his findings with his atmospheric, frenetic phantasms.

Through Mr. Nordstrand’s works, we encounter seemingly average folk caught in a moment of supernatural suspense… almost trapped in fields of temporary unreality. Other magical moments have very little to do with the mundane world we share, casting a fleeting beam of hazy light on wholly unimagined scenes of vibrant, visceral figures and creatures.

Those who welcome an exploration of our inner worlds lurking just beneath the surface of this world — from the dark corners and unlit alleyways of the cities of man, to the deepest, untamed wilderness — will delight in Torstein’s unique talent for merging the two.

Written by in February of 2008. Last edited September 2014.

Related Features

Kuang Hong

A woman with long brown hair stretches in a yellow dress. A pale young woman holds an unusual phone to her ear. Two young women cradle a large dragon's head.

Thanos Tsilis

A group of angry warrior women overrun armored men. A woman with red hair and a long black coat rests a katana on her shoulder. A man stands before a large bubble-enclosed futuristic bust of a large woman.

Lois Van Baarle

A woman is lit by the warm red glow of a floating jellyfish. A serene woman with green hair and a bikini top looks lovingly at a small group of floating green fish. A young woman with a bright green scarf holds a magenta octopus in her hands. A young woman with blond hair is carried by two robotic flying toasters.

Anry Nemo

A wind-whipped pirate with a dagger in his teeth clutches a small chest.

Futures Past and Beyond the Black Rainbow

Dr. Barry Nyle as portrayed by Michael Rogers. Eva Allan as the young prisoner/patient Elena. A sentionaut stands dormant in a room full of mirrors.

Comments

  • scott purdy - November 16th, 2009 at 5:16 am

    Torstein is a genius