Ronald Ventura integrates his mastery of hyperrealism and savvy use of iconographic appropriation in this intriguing multilayered piece driven by the lexemic theme of “stripes.” Ventura brings his viewers into a mystic plane that borders the familiar and the stupendous, foregoing for the most part his usual muses and instead using animals as conduits of meaning as they are juxtaposed and situated amongst telling pictures and motifs. A winged tiger fronts this impressive piece as it takes its stride through, behind, and infront of gauzed borders. The giant feline is viewed in plain sight, its natural camouflage hindered, as its wings only draw more attention towards the creature. Its coat becomes an extravagance - one where function becomes form, and drives what is natural to enter the realm of fantasy. Emblazoned with stars, the painting achieves a dream-like quality. Despite the lack of human figures, it speaks deeply of interaction with the environment and developed social normalities as the chimera walks amongst a derelict city scene. Even as we figure ourselves rational, our intangential and often unchecked norms bring us towards the brink of wild irrationality. Ventura’s juxtaposition of hyperrealism with the contrived not only creates a masterwork that is visually captivating, but also one that is deeply introspective and profound.