His paintings look like they come from the coolest, scariest Natural History Museum in the world, and indeed Alexis Rockman works with scientific experts in researching them. But they're quite a bit more clever and surreal than the usual Smithsonian fare. Like nature itself, the paintings can be ugly and lewd in places, while still teeming with beauty.
Rockman's work seems a bit more pointed as of late- concerned a bit more with environmental devastation than his older works, with their visionary waves of organic life. His recent piece Manifest Destiny is a frankly terrifying cityscape tableau noyant; like Bruegel meets global warming. But his draftsmanship and skill are everpresent.