Hyperrealism as an art movement
Artists specializing in hyperrealism create paintings or images that transcend reality. Their starting point is to aim for a photographic representation of reality. But the artwork of the hyperrealist often contains more than a photographic representation, because for those who look closely, hyperrealism has hidden treasures.
From photorealism to hyperrealism
In the late 1960s, a new art movement in contemporary art, photorealism, arose in America. It was a response to abstract art. Hyperrealism, also called superrealism, developed from photorealism. Young painters take everyday life and objects from the consumer society as the subject of their hyperrealistic paintings or sculptures. They base this on the accuracy of the representation. Hyperrealistic artworks leave no room for subjectivity. They have been visualized to the smallest detail with surgical precision.
Difference between hyperrealism and photorealism
The photorealist generally expresses the work in a somewhat coarser manner, the brushstrokes can still be seen from a short distance. The hyperrealist works are usually much more refined. In hyperrealism, it does not matter from what distance the work is viewed. The entire image is equally sharp from up close and from a distance. The work often transcends reality. It is sharper than sharp and much more real.
In addition to paintings, superrealism also offers sculptures. The human figure is usually at the center of this. Facial expressions, hands, feet, whole bodies, clothed or nude. The human body has such a realistic representation that they cause surprise and astonishment in the viewer. The statues are often made of synthetic compounds.
Photography as a starting point
Hyperrealists often use photography as a basic principle for their painting. Often there are different methods and painting techniques to be found on the canvas. Artists isolate a fragment of reality and convey it as realistically as possible. Because everything is painted accurately, a unique image is created. Sometimes scaling is also applied, so that everyday objects become disturbingly detailed.
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Gallery TON features the work of the following artists: Jeff Bartels, Jos Rijff, Ewa Cwikla, Dylan Martinez, Omar Ortiz, Ann Dierckx, Heidi Von Faber, Lorena Kloosterboer, Marissa Oosterlee, Miles van Rensselaer