A Peek into the World of Psychedelic Surrealism

Did you know that cats control portals? Many cultures recognize cats as powerful creatures.�Buddhists in Southeast Asia and the Ancient Egyptians treated cats like gods and believed that�cats controlled the pathways to the afterlife. Geed believes cats control the portal to the present�moment by helping you connect with your surroundings. I had the pleasure of spending a few�days with Indra Geed, a talented artist from Bali, Indonesia. I first stumbled upon his work while�wandering around Ubud, the art mecca of Bali. Below is the graffiti piece that drew me into�Geeds work.�He calls his work Psychedelic Surrealism, a style that employs vibrant colors and unexpected�images. Cats are a common focus in Geeds work and Peek is an attestment to this theme.

Peek , which will be featured in his upcoming solo exhibition in December, embodies feminine�energies in a powerful and elegant way.�Peek is one of the featured works at Geed’s exhibition that will run from December 14 to�January 14 in Canguu.

Like many artists, Geed experimented with different styles before arriving at his own. He was�intentional about creating his own style because to him, A style is an identity. Geed invested�much time and effort to create his own style and develop his artistic skills, which range from�drawing to painting to graffiti. I thought I would never have a style because it was a long�process. It took me quite a few years until I recently found my style, which is Psyhcedelic�Surealism. Its the one that connects with me the most. I only found it because I tried so many�different styles.

Geeds road to success was not an easy coast as it required perseverance and optimism.�There have been so many days with frustration and thoughts about giving up on art and getting�a job that gives me a decent income. I tried working in hotels, internet cafes, and several other�jobs. Ultimately, it was Geeds optimism and his ability to transform ideas that made him�successful. As a kid, he was criticized for being weird and doing things differently than his�classmates. People use weird because they are too lazy to think about our complexities so I�turned it into a positive. I took it to mean unique not weird.

His story also shows the unlimited potential we all hold despite our insecurities and confusion. I�had no idea I had the potential to be an artist. I was still figuring out who I was. But there was�nothing to lose. Today Geed proudly calls himself an artist and works in his Ubud studio full�time. He says I have happiness because I love what I do. I am an artist for myself, my�environment, and hopefully the world.

When asked what he would tell his younger self, Geed said Id tell myself that you are going to�be confused and thats alright. Its unfortunate that most young people do not see the�opportunities that exist. They forget to see other possibilities that enable them to create art.�Thats why next year I want to offer workshops, classes, and events for young artists. My�biggest piece of advice to young artists is that if you it make it possible for yourself you will make�it happen.

His piece Wild Lucid will also be featured in his upcoming exhibition. This piece tells the story of�a woman who is having a lucid dream and has her eyes open in another world.


To get information about his exhibition see his instagram or visit his studio:�@artgeedart�Jl. Penestanan Kelod, Sayan, Ubud in Bali Indonesia.





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