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Personal logo richarDISNEY Supporting Member of TMP11 Jun 2012 2:20 p.m. PST

These are CRAZY acrylic paintings!
At first, I thought they were pics… NOPE!

Parzival11 Jun 2012 2:59 p.m. PST

Unbelievable. I could distinguish a few from photographs, mostly because of unusual elements in how he depicted liquid, but only in one (the blossoming branch) could I definitely say "that part looks painted." Granted, I'm viewing on an iPad2, so some definition is lost. But even so, his skill and attention to detail are impressive.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian11 Jun 2012 3:18 p.m. PST

So… he paints pictures based on photos… why? It would be interesting to see the original photo and then the artwork, to see what he changed.

pmwalt11 Jun 2012 3:58 p.m. PST

The artist has some incredible skills. Reminds me a bit of Estes paintings.

Parzival11 Jun 2012 7:12 p.m. PST

He says why in the article.
But one can also extrapolate an interest in exploring what the human eye sees and perceives of as "real" versus what it perceives of as "fabricated." Even the great masters never achieved the creation of a painting that at first glance appears real to the viewer. Of course, they weren't for the most part trying to do so; after all, the concept of a photograph did not exist. So a painting was inherently known to be fabricated and "not real" to any viewer, and the impulse for the artist thus was indeed to be "artistic" in interpreting what he saw and what message he was trying to convey, rather than create a true reflection of a scene. The closests moments to "real" imagery we see in older works are typically when an artist is painting a reflection and wants to "get the look" of glass or water or polished metal "right." Other moments, are of course the trompe l'oeil efforts, but even these are rarely convincing.
But here the artist has recreated the photograph, which we inherently see as "real," yet has in fact created something that is "not real" at all. I'll be interested to see how he develops this further, and whether he tries to create scenes and sequences which are inherently unreal with his "real" techniques. I suspect he's headed that way.

On a side note, I'd like to see this approach by a fantasy artist— I'd love to see a painting of a dragon that looked like a photograph of an actual beast. I've certainly never encountered one that achieved it convincingly.

SECURITY MINISTER CRITTER Inactive Member11 Jun 2012 8:15 p.m. PST

Those are wonderful!

TheStarRanger11 Jun 2012 8:56 p.m. PST

The artist has removed all reflections of the camera or viewer persona from the painting. Those images are not physically possible but he has interpreted the base photo to a fantasy version where the invisible viewer is looking at something and seeing all the reflections except no reflection of themselves. So maybe he is he a vampire…….

britishlinescarlet2 Inactive Member12 Jun 2012 1:40 a.m. PST

Very skill-full, but I find them a tad dull.

Personal logo Patrick R Supporting Member of TMP12 Jun 2012 4:02 a.m. PST

Hyperrealism at work



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