Thursday, March 26, 2015

Walter Dolphyn

Walter Dolphyn is a Belgian painter, with incredible talent and a wry sense of humour. Using visual puns to tell the stories in his paintings and poke fun at the conventions of Dutch Master realism of his native Flemish artists. His paintings are not only great technically for their realistic appearance, but they're so much fun!
Walter Dolphyn - Windows for Tom

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Bryan Drury

What can you say about this level of hyper realistic painting - and at such a small scale!! Many hyper realists will paint gigantic canvases so as to be able to realize detail. Bryan Drury of the US manages to cram in this kind of detail into this painting at only 18x24 inches!! Unbelievable!!!

Jann - by Bryan Drury

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Simon Hennessey

Many people criticize photorealist painting by arguing that "you may as well just have a photo". I like the way Simon Hennessey of England describes the way his paintings differ from photorgaphs:

"My paintings may be viewed as a photographic representation of reality, but in truth my artwork transcends into it's own abstraction of reality. I do not adhere to a true mimetic depiction of a photograph, I use the camera only as a source to assist me with gathering information.
My process of adding or removing detail, altering depth, adding textures, form and colour values and their relationship within the painting, allows me to create an illusion of a reality not seen in any photographic source. My Paintings therefore appear clearer and more distinct than a photograph.
constructing my own interpretations of a reality results in blurring the boundaries of what is real and what is made up. Presenting the viewer with a simulation of reality, or a hyper reality.

Sinmon Hennessey - Lens Reflection Series

Friday, March 6, 2015

David A. Smith

I came upon this artist through the John Mayer Album "Born and Raised". He is one of the few craftsman of artisan glass in the style of the belle époque and Victorian age.  I'm astounded by his incredible draftsmanship. Highly stylized, intricate, whimsical, ornate and finely detailed drawings become realized in shaped and gilded glass creations. Unbelievable.
Born and Raised Album Cover Art - David A. Smith