artists

3 HYPER-REALISTIC ARTISTS TO KNOW AND BE AMAZED BY

ALYSSA MONKS

Alyssa Monks is a New Jersey-based artist who’s most famous for her stunning hyper realistic paintings. I have been following her career for years. The paintings below are older works.

Although they seem like photographs, these are actually very detailed portraits of bathing people. “Using filters such as glass, vinyl, water, and steam, I distort the body in shallow painted spaces,“ Monks said of her techniques.

When I began painting the human body, I was obsessed with it and needed to create as much realism as possible. I chased realism until it began to unravel and deconstruct itself,” the award winning artist states, “I am exploring the possibility and potential where representational painting and abstraction meet – if both can coexist in the same moment.”

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ROBIN ELEY

Hyper-realistic oil paintings of Robin Eley

This Australia-based artist with a British birth certificate and American education spends around 5 weeks on a painting, working around 90 hours a week. Robin says he tries to explore the perception of isolation in the modern world, and the plastic wrap in his pictures works as a medium for this, since “it is something you can see through, but not feel through”.

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MIKE DAGRAS

I have never studied at an art school, I just started painting at the age of 3. My mother told me, she noticed my artistic talent very early, when I drew my first sketches. After kindergarten I started using oil colors. I guess I was 7 or 8 years old when the first piece was sold to a friend of the family.

Dagras’s most recent paintings impress with their oversized and hyper-realistic representation of people. The artist plays with the effect on the observer right from the beginning. Although the works appear to be photographs from a distance, on closer observation the large scale of the portrait establishes the macroscopically precise observation of the artist and his masterly intercourse with colour shading and colour shift rich with nuances, that sharpen the view of the picturesque.

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