Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

Anastasia Sergeeva
18.02.2016

Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

Hyperrealism is the direction of painting, in which paintings resemble photographs. Sometimes you need to really look very good at the works in order to determine: is there a photo in front of you or a painting? On the essence of hyperrealism as an artistic direction and its best representatives - read on.

Hyperrealism and photorealism: is there a difference?

Hyperrealism developed from photorealism at the end of the 20th century and switched to a new branch of development at the beginning of the 21st century. And the very concept of "hyperrealism" was coined by a French critic named Isa Brachot (Isy Brachot) - it became the French equivalent of the word "photorealism". Since then, hyperrealism has meant the work of artists who have been influenced by photorealism.

Picture style photorealism

Photorealism arose as a reaction to the artistic movement of abstract art. Photorealism appeared in the USA in the 60s of the last century, and spread in Europe in the 70s. Photorealist artists create paintings that look so believable that, as the name suggests,resemble high resolution photos.

Paintings photorealism

The task of photo-realistic work is to obtain a technically accurate and clear result. Artists who write pictures in the style of photorealism can deliberately deprive their work of some emotional details if this violates the integrity of the narrative. The theme of photorealism, as in the works of pop art, is the daily life of a person and its objects.

Urban landscape

Hyperrealism, in contrast to photorealism, on the contrary, does not distance itself from the emotional component of images, but adds to the paintings a narrative character and new feelings. It entails more than just exact technique. Such pictures can be super-realistic and detailed so that in the end the picture is some other reality, and not the one that was in the photo or in reality.

Girl in the water picture

The volume of the object, light and shadow, the texture of the materials - all this is depicted in such a way as to look even more clearly and in detail, even exaggerated in comparison with the original. However, this picture does not go into surrealism - the image in hyperrealism must remain convincing, just the real reality is replaced by a false, illusory.

The best hyperrealist artists of the XXI century

The style of hyperrealism today has become very popular, and the army of its followers is growing every year: thanks to the Internet, you can see thousands of hyper-realistic works in graphics and painting. It is impossible to name all the names, so below we present to you pictures of just a few artists who, nevertheless, are among the most remarkable authors of the 21st century, representing hyperrealism in painting.

Jason de graaf

Seeing the work of Jason de Graaff for the first time, you will not be easy to believe that this painting. His hyper-realistic worlds are carefully thought-out illusions created with the help of gentle strokes and creating the impression of real high-resolution photographs. De Graaf paints paintings in such a genre of painting as still life.

Still life hyperrealism

The key element of most of the paintings of this artist in the style of hyperrealism is the reflection: from sparkling metal balls to polished crystal skulls - the artist uses all the possibilities to truly depict the volume of objects and make them "alive" due to the accurate transmission of shadow and light.

Hyperrealism Still Life

The author himself says about his works, that they are the setting of an alternate reality, thanks to which the artist can express his unique vision.

Jason de Graaff Painting

His goal is not to capture objects as they are one hundred percent, but to create some kind of illusion of depth and sense of presence, which cannot be found in photographs. Therefore, de Graaff uses for his paintings such objects that mean something to him or in fact are artifacts from his life, and he chooses colors and compositions intuitively.

Marco grassi

Another author in the style of hyperrealism, whose works are striking in their realism and forcing many to look at them once more - this is an Italian artist from Milan named Marco Grassi. His paintings are so detailed that they really have the quality of photos.

Girl portrait hyperrealism

The works of Grassi are sensual portraits of models shyly looking away from the camera. They are often added some kind of surreal element that seems to be woven into the portrait - for example, it can be a pattern that is painted or carved on the skin of the model. By the way, the skin of the girls in the portraits is a separate reason to see these works, it seems perfect and velvety, and after looking, the viewer will be able to see every freckle or time on their faces.

Girl in style hyperrealism

Grassi calls his painting style “surrealistic hyperrealism”.

Painting by Marco Grassi

He says that he is inspired by various textures, the consistency of materials, the way they interact with the light and how it is reflected in them - that the artist is trying to convey in his paintings.

Rod Chase

As one of the best and most recognizable hyperrealist artists of our time, Rod Chase deserved the great respect of his colleagues and the adoration of many collectors.

Landscape hyperrealism

Each picture taken from his easel is a masterpiece created thanks to a careful study of the object of painting and its numerous photographs. This approach to writing pictures and led to the incredible quality of each work of Chase.

Landscape style hyperrealism

The artist painted many paintings in the style of hyperrealism with landscapes and famous places of the cities of New York and Washington, Colorado and California, such European countries as Italy, Great Britain, and others. In search of interesting locations and photos, he personally traveled to all these places. Chase says that being a hyperrealist, he is very dependent on finding good material for each picture.

Painting by Rod Chase

Chase's paintings are mainly made with acrylic on canvas.The artist spends hundreds of hours creating each work in order to present a fresh, elegant and unique approach to objects that are already familiar. Both the detailing and the mood of his paintings are equally impressive.

Emanuel Dascanio

Emanuel Daskanio is one of the best contemporary artists, a real master of style hyperrealism, whose works amaze with their sensuality and realism. In addition to the wonderful technique, Daskanio hides additional meanings in his works with the help of subtle visual details that help the artist create the illusion of the real world. The author himself states: the riddle is only such if it opens to the viewer's eyes slowly.

Dascanio still life hyperrealism

Look at the work of Emanuel Daskanio in the style of hyperrealism can be in the following video:


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    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism

    Masterpieces of painting in the style of hyperrealism