The recent CGSociety Surreal art competition produced some fascinating pieces as we would expect. I would love to find a way to dedicate time to entering such things myself.
[Image of 'time' from the CGSociety competition site]
This was the winning entry titled 'time' by Gediminas Pranckevicius and shows some real control with the tool (3Ds Max in this case) to realise a thoughtful piece that has a serene calmness while toying with our expectations. Comments are suitably targeting the water, composition and such, for me I actuallt really like the tree :-) here is a little closeup from the BIG version of the file on the site.
[Close-up of 'time' by Gediminas Pranckevicius from the CGSociety competition site]
There are plenty of others to check out, I like this one by BarronImpossible
[Close-up of 'indistry' by Simon Dominic from the CGSociety competition site]