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Thursday, 8 August 2013

New photorealist/hyperrealist artists added 06-07/13

Two months worth of artists today as I've been quite lax in posting them regularly in recent months (so 26 new ones for you, ok)?! There are a few artists featured this month that had previously 'slipped through the net' - meaning I fully intended on adding them ages ago and never got around to doing so. So apologies there to Ian Bodnaryk, Kelvin Okafor and Doug Bloodworth.
Also, some images of my two new paintings; La Trahision des Yeux and Bowl of Apples. Those of you whom are acquainted with my Facebook profile may have already seen them. But first, the artists for June and July to add to my bloglist of over 350 artists now: 'PHOTOREALISTS/HYPERREALISTS LIST'


Lorenzo Fernandez

Eric Pouillet

Ian Bodnaryk

Kelvin Okafor

Johan Scherft

Julia Randall

Francisco Cienfuegos

Doug Bloodworth

Serena Potter

Daan van Doorn

Alfonso Luque

Carol Huddleston

Arturo Samaniego

Lisa Ober

Margaret Morrison

Tom Eckert

Cristina Penescu

Michael Fitts

Aristides Ruiz

Michael James Smith

Keng Lye

David Christiaan

Paul Rousso

77Daisy77

Ray Hare

Thomas Arvid



Friday, 2 August 2013

Bowl of Apples - acrylic on board - 16" x 12"



Bowl of apples is one of those paintings that has been lying around in my studio for a while, unfinished, awaiting further work. I recently acquired a set of Golden Open Acrylics to play with and picked this unfinished piece from the archives to test out these new paints.
I started on the apples with thin glazes of the open acrylics then moved on to the rest of the piece with a combination of thins glazes and airbrush. The result is Bowl of Apples.

Thursday, 1 August 2013

'La Trahision des Yeux' - acrylic on board - 12" x 10" - an Homage to Magritte.



In 1928-29, Belgian Surrealist artist, Rene Magritte painted his piece 'La Trahision des Images'- 'The Treachery of Images.' The picture shows a pipe. Below it, Magritte painted, 'Ceci n'est pas une pipe.', French for 'This is not a pipe.'

"The famous pipe. How people reproached me for it! And yet, could you stuff my pipe? No, it's just a representation, is it not? So if I had written on my picture 'This is a pipe,' I'd have been lying!" - Rene Magritte.

My painting - 'La Trahison des Yeux' (The Betrayal of the Eyes). An homage to Belgian Surrealist, Rene Magritte's 'La trahison des images' or 'The Betrayal of Images' is a commentary on how our eyes are compelled to see a photo rather than a painting or the real object when looking at realist artwork.
My aim was to create a painting that looked like it was a photograph and a real pipe, yet on closer inspection was neither. A 'trompe l'oeil' literally translated as a 'trip of the eye'. An illusion of our perception and preconceptions of imagery and art.

Monday, 17 June 2013

PHOTOREALIST SPECIAL - The Original Photorealist Artists.

You can't have a photoreal blog without paying tribute to the original photorealist artists that help found the movement and some of their contemporaries; so here they are for you with a little bit of art history thrown in. Enjoy.
- Tom

A Brief History of PHOTOREALISM.

A few years after the end of the Second World War, the art movements Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art became all the rage. Artists such as Mark Tobey, Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock painted huge canvases of squiggles and marks by flicking, throwing, dribbling and splashing paint onto the surface in what would initially seem random gestures. These works were a visual outward expression of the artist at the time of painting them, rather than an illustration of his feelings or of any subject matter. Pollock sometimes used bicycles to distribute the paint marks but preferred to use sticks!

Abstract Expressionist - Jackson Pollock

Watch: Jackson Pollock Documentary on youtube

Pop Art on the other hand, addressed the relationship between artistic expression, celebrity culture and advertising. Creating works using everyday, mundane objects from our lives as subject matter. Artists such as David Hockney, Richard Hamilton, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol made pop art a recognised 'product' within our culture.

Watch: Roy Lichtenstein Documentary on youtube
Watch: Modern Masters - Andy Warhol on youtube

Pop Artist - Andy Warhol


These two movements brought about the emergence of photorealism in two very different and distinct ways; abstract expressionism was a controversial movement (as the abstract movement still is today) because of the 'alleged' lack of talent or artistic skill required to produce such an artwork. (If you have ever tried to paint an abstract piece, it's certainly not as easy as 'sloshing' paint anywhere on the surface). Photorealism tried to be the exact polar-opposite of the abstract expressionists and a spin off from the pop artists - a world comprised of everyday, mundane objects, sometimes deliberately void of emotion or artistic influence. A 'snapshot' of everyday life without any thrills or pazazz of things we take for granted.

The word Photorealism was coined by Louis K. Meisel in 1969 and appeared in print for the first time in 1970 in a Whitney Museum catalogue for the show "Twenty-two Realists." It is also sometimes labeled as Super-Realism, New Realism, Sharp Focus Realism, or Hyper-Realism. Louis K. Meisel, two years later, developed a five-point definition at the request of Stuart M. Speiser, who had commissioned a large collection of works by the Photorealists, which later developed into a traveling show known as 'Photo-Realism 1973: The Stuart M. Speiser Collection', which was donated to the Smithsonian in 1978 and is shown in several of its museums as well as traveling under the auspices of SITE. The definition for the ORIGINATORS was as follows:

1. The Photo-Realist uses the camera and photograph to gather information.
2. The Photo-Realist uses a mechanical or semimechanical means to transfer the information to the canvas.
3. The Photo-Realist must have the technical ability to make the finished work appear photographic.
4. The artist must have exhibited work as a Photo-Realist by 1972 to be considered one of the central Photo-Realists.
5. The artist must have devoted at least five years to the development and exhibition of Photo-Realist work.
[ref - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Photorealism#Artists]

Photorealism continues to be practiced today by many artists and has since evolved and influenced certain realist, contemporary photorealism and the hyperrealist movements. It has received a great boost in artist numbers choosing this genre in which to work in the last ten years, due to the emergence of the digital camera, affordable digital and opaque projectors and computers. Some of the tools photorealists use to facilitate the execution of their work. Without the photograph or slide, photorealism cannot exist.



Chuck Close


Audrey Flack


Ralph Goings


Robert Cottingham


Robert Bechtle


John Salt


Richard Estes


Ben Schonzeit


Ron Kleemann


Charles Bell


Malcolm Morley


Don Eddy


Tom Blackwell


Richard McLean




Friday, 10 May 2013

New photorealist/hyperrealist artists added 05/13

April (yes, I know it's May now) but this month, I'll be posting NOT ONE, BUT TWO blogs to make up last month's late entry with a very special list of artists! Huh? Special? I hear you say! Well, you'll it'll be a blog special featuring many of the original photorealists. (Plus, apologies to last month's artists as I didn't get around to adding you all to the BIG list - all done now though)'PHOTOREALISTS/HYPERREALISTS LIST'

Daniel Dust

David Cunningham

David Jamieson

J W Jeong

Jessica Rebik

Kevin Cyr

Natalia Fabia

Nick Flatt

Jenny Morgan

Susannah Martin

Danny Heller

Stefania Fersini/

Kevin Peterson

Christian Faur

Marcus Akesson

Julmard Vicente

Marc Trujillo

Kate Brinkworth