Grayscale watercolors look like vintage photographs

Artist Elicia Edijanto creates watercolors with a nostalgic quality. His compositions of lonely children, animals, and misty landscapes look like grainy black-and-white photographs or stills from a long-lost film. In reality, they are painted with a grayscale palette.

Each of these nostalgic pieces blurs reality with dreams. Edijanto’s delicate brushstrokes capture the shapes of people, creatures, and even statues, but don’t focus on the details of their faces or expressions. Instead, his figures are shadowed by the stormy depths of the setting, turning many of them into nameless, dark gray silhouettes. “For me, my art is a cathartic release. It’s a way for me to preserve the inner desire for tranquility, innocence and hope for a tender world,” Edijanto told My Modern Met.

It is unknown what stories unfold in the mysterious paintings of Edijanto. As a result, viewers can fill in the blanks themselves and form their own sense of what the narrative is about. But whether you see them set in some version of reality or as part of a dream, these cloudy illustrations instantly transport you to another time and place.

You can purchase original paintings through the Edijanto website and prints through Lumarte. Be sure to keep up to date with the artist’s latest works by following the artist on Instagram.

Artist Elicia Edijanto creates exquisite watercolors with a grayscale palette.

Grayscale watercolor painting by Elicia Edijanto

As a result, these images look like mysterious vintage photographs.

Grayscale watercolor painting by Elicia EdijantoGrayscale watercolor painting by Elicia Edijanto

It is unknown what stories unfold in the mysterious paintings of Edijanto.

Grayscale watercolor painting by Elicia EdijantoGrayscale watercolor painting by Elicia Edijanto

Viewers can fill in the blanks themselves and form their own sense of what the narrative is about.

Grayscale watercolor painting by Elicia EdijantoGrayscale watercolor painting by Elicia Edijanto

Whether you see them anchored in some version of reality or as part of a dream…

Grayscale watercolor painting by Elicia Edijanto

…these cloudy illustrations instantly transport you to another time and place.

Grayscale watercolor painting by Elicia EdijantoGrayscale watercolor painting by Elicia EdijantoGrayscale watercolor painting by Elicia EdijantoElicia Edijanto: Website | Instagram | Lumarte

My Modern Met has granted permission to feature photos of Elicia Edijanto.

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