Parisian illustrator, Simon Goinard Phelipot's work is absolutely stunning.  His images are evocative, contemplative and of course, narrative , like most illustration work.  But where I find that Phelipot branches off is his ability to create very sensitive images.  In the midst of fine, expressive brushstrokes as well as a skillful color palette, lies also the determination to create an introspection of the human figure.  The people in his paintings are meant to be there, in that place and time.  The environment around them feels as though they have grown in accordance to their participation. This unique quality gives much more to the viewer than simple narration, it gives them a ephemeral situation.

See more of his work at http://www.resonance-art.com/