Hyper-realistic paintings are truly an illusion. What you see seems to be a photograph but the reality is that it is simply paint with tricky shadowing. Many artists paint from a photograph but hyper-realism focuses on uncanny depth and precision that not even the camera can pick up. From Simon Hennesy to Roberto Bernardi, the following are examples of hyper-realistic paintings that you won’t believe.
1. Twiggy Girl
One of the most noted hyper-realistic artist, Simon Hennesy, is known for his headshots that are an unbelievable resemblance of an original photograph.
2. Blonde Has More Fun
Another piece by Simon Hennesy, shows how he has added extreme depth in color. The are unbelievable, it is hard to believe it really is a painting.
3. A Sink Full
Another famous artist of hyper-realism is Roberto Bernardi. He does many paintings that are very real to everyday life, such as: the dishes. His paintings show amazing detail.
4. The Hyper-Realistic Art Of Water
Louisville Painter’s favorites is Swedish Artist Linnea Strid. Strid’s hyper-realism focuses a lot on water, and the distortion it causes.
5. Hotel Embassy On The Strip
Richard Estes is considered one of the founders of hyper-realistic art and focuses mostly on city scenes. He is excellent at capturing objects far off in the distance.
Artist Pedro Campos focuses mostly on still life with black or white background. There is also a pop culture feel to his art work.
7. Sweet Tooth
Another piece by Robert Bernardi. An oil painting of a candy machine, notice the reflection of the lights on the glass and the person taking the picture in the center.
8. Got Milk?
Artist Diego Gravinese, is known for capturing real moments and making them more colorful and exciting. His artwork also tend to be a lot of fun.
9. Train To Empire State
Another street scene by Richard Estes, featuring the Empire State Building. Notice the detailed reflections on the ceiling of the train and on the windows of the buildings.
10. Peter Pan And Batman
Doug Bloodworth does a lot of pop culture hyper-realism and some of his work tends to have an old western persuasion. Let us know what you think of hyper-realism. Also feel free to let us know if we missed any hyper-realistic artists worth mentioning.
Kristina Carpenter is a blogger for CertaPro Painters of Kentuckiana, Louisville Painters specializing in residential and commercial interior and exterior painting.