Odd paintings depict massive robots and other creatures attacking early 20th century peasants

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Polish artist Jakub Rozalski is behind a series of fantastical paintings that showcase all manner of strange mashups.

They feature an idyllic 20th century rural landscape from eastern Europe. But instead of just farmers and peasants, it features massive mecha robots’ hell bent on destruction, along with a number of other unusual creatures and machines, including werewolves, gnomes, and countless steampunk inspired robots.

Each painting blends together various iconographies, including the rural lifestyle of early 20th century peasants, prominent sci-fi imagery, depictions of modern warfare. It looks like something straight out of video game or blockbuster film, yet with the strange rustic setting of a different time.

According to Rozalski’, the aim of his work is “to commemorate this sad and tragic period in history, in my own way, to light on this parts of history that usually remain in the shadows of other events… remember and honor the history, but live in the present.”

He adds, “I like to mix historical facts and situations with my own motives, ideas and visions. … I attach great importance to the details, the equipment, the costumes, because it allows you to embed painting within a specified period of time.”

His work can be found in the stunning ‘The World of Scythe’ artbook, which features 105 pages of beautiful paintings from Rozalski as part of the popular kick-starter-funded board game Scythe.

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