No doubt about it, Josh Keyes floats our boat. His supremely detailed paintings depict a cynical viewpoint of the environmental challenges we face with a detached, almost textbook style. Keyes, who lives in Portland, has found inspiration from the circus in his newest body of work. Collected under the title The Circus and the Sea, the material is on view through December 1 at Seattle's Roq La Rue.

As always, the hybrid eco-surrealism excites in both compositional form and narrative. Keyes forms folktale-like scenes that remind of the ever changing battle between built and natural environment. The circus provides perfect fodder, Keyes' current animals of choice fighting professional confines as well.

Roq La Rue, 2313 2nd Avenue, Seattle

[via Arrested Motion]