These whimsical paintings are the work of San Francisco artist Robert Bowen. It's part of a collection called "Blasphemous Nature" in which animals are mixed with technology in perplexing and provocative ways.

All images via Robert Bowen. They are published here with permission.

Bowen says this body of work stems from his fascination with animal/machinery hybrids.

"There are so many unanswered questions I have about them," he told io9. "Is this a not so distant future reality? A terrible road we should never go down? How do I make the Killer Whale a more efficient killer?"

"Can the marlin and shark be even faster hunters, more dangerous to their only predators, man? If the bees continue to disappear, should we design a replacement to pick up where they left off?"

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"Or do we accept our fate and stop toying with Mother Nature since that is what got us into trouble in the first place. I'm continuing to play mad scientist in a lab that should never really exist."

"Blasphemous Nature" will be on display at Portland's Upper Playground Gallery, opening on August 7th from 6-9 PM.

More at Bowen's website.