Polish illustrator and concept artist Jakub Rozalski, had created a series of steam punk paintings in which he imagines alternate dark universe from 1920s Eastern Europe, invaded by inexplicable existence of completely fictitious giant war machines and mecha robots.
Although his retro-futuristic illustrations are strikingly detailed, the overall imagery has an atmosphere of utter horror, indeed beautiful work where science fiction meets the cold countryside.
The artist pays tribute to early decades of the 20th century history, by attaching a lot of care to the accuracy of details, like equipment or clothing represented.
With his serene and idyllic rustic landscapes various symbolism is represented, the imagery of science fiction, the imagery of modern warfare, the imagery of peasant life in the early years of collectivization.
The artist immerses us in a world where the ghost of the two world wars takes the form of disturbing Nazi robots, mechanical monsters or Soviet cyborgs, invading the rural landscapes of Eastern Europe.
Artist's intention 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.”
“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.”