Artwork © Dennis Wojtkiewicz
Link via Evan Lurie Gallery
At first glance, from a distance, I thought I was looking at an image that incorporated a form of Pointillism. Upon closer inspection, it became clear that artist Matthew Davis’ paintings display more than just a multitude of dots. The works require far more attention and patience to construct. (Keep in mind: Pointillism is not quick and easy.)
Davis’ time-consuming, yet effective technique involves dripping drops of oil paints in layers. Between each layer, the artist waits for the paints to fully dry. The amount of time spent waiting for each layer to dry coupled with the time and precision to create the rippling swarm of circles in each image is incredible.
On top of all of that, Davis utilizes a wide range of colors you wouldn’t think to include and it works brilliantly! A blue pool of water is adorned with swirls of reds and greens. A dark night sky is bubbled with rings of whites, oranges, yellows. It seems like everything has every color in it, yet one subject is distinguishable from another. Really remarkable work!
More of Matthew Davis’s work can be found on his website @ http://www.matthewdavis.de/
Found @ My Modern MET
If I showed the next few images and said that they were photographs, there’d probably be a casual reaction. If I said the next few images were paintings – that’s when the jaw drops (or so that happened for me). Absolutely stunning work.
Photorealism emerged from the 1960’s and 1970’s as a movement that countered both minimalism and abstract expressionism. In a photorealist painting, the artist paints from a photograph with a level of detail so fine that they can easily be mistaken for photographs. While the movement waned in the 1980’s it’s coming back in a big way. In 2009, the ArtPrize award was awarded to Ran Ortner’s immense canvas, Open Water No. 24, beating out 9 other finalists (Ortner won after receiving a majority of the 37,264 registered votes cast). His work was the only painting out of the final 10 candidates. (You can read about that here.) With artists’ like Dan Witz (above) using the techniques in a more contemporary setting, the movement is not only coming back, but coming back in a big way.
Here are 10 photorealistic painters (and 21 photorealistic paintings) that are at the height of their game. Remember, they are all oil paintings.
ED NOTE: Each photo links directly to the artists’ website and portfolio in a new window.Eric Zenner