Hyperrealism versus Photographs


In this less than 2 minute video Anna Halldin Maule from Sweden uses oil paints to create art that looks more real than a photograph. It can take up to 4 months for Anna to finish one painting.

May I add a quote from Wikipedia – Hyperrealism is contrasted with the literal approach found in traditional photorealist paintings of the late 20th century. Hyperrealist painters and sculptors use photographic images as a reference source from which to create a more definitive and detailed rendering, one that often, unlike Photorealism, is narrative and emotive in its depictions. Strict Photorealist painters tended to imitate photographic images, omitting or abstracting certain finite detail to maintain a consistent over-all pictorial design.They often omitted human emotion, political value, and narrative elements. Since it evolved from Pop Art, the photorealistic style of painting was uniquely tight, precise, and sharply mechanical with an emphasis on mundane, everyday imagery.

Hyperrealism, although photographic in essence, often entails a softer, much more complex focus on the subject depicted, presenting it as a living, tangible object. These objects and scenes in Hyperrealism paintings and sculptures are meticulously detailed to create the illusion of a reality not seen in the original photo. That is not to say they’re surreal, as the illusion is a convincing depiction of (simulated) reality. Textures,surfaces, lighting effects, and shadows appear clearer and more distinct than the reference photo or even the actual subject itself. Unquote

So do I think it is art combined with skill and an immense effort – the answer is YES as it needs composition, design and skill to produce hyperrealist paintings. Here is a link to a report about an exhibition in Amsterdam. Here is an eight minute video by an artist showing how he works.

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View of Cleves – Acrylic Painting

painting by Pat Harrison aka Rainer Hillebrand

view of Cleves

This view of Cleves inspired by B.C.Koekkoek sold at our exhibition at the Koekkoek Museum in Cleves. If you wanted to compare it with the master´s own work you would notice that a number of details have changed or have been omitted. Koekkoek´s original which hangs in the museum in Cleves also depicts a different time of day to mine. You may want to compare the two online. Here is the original.

The painting is 30x40cm in acrylics on wood.

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How to paint a River Scene – Video No.264


In this time lapse speed painting video Victor Yushkevich paints a river scene in just under half an hour. There aren´t any explanations just listen to the music instead. The technique will work in oils and acrylics. You may come across one or two short adverts but the painting process will be worth it. You can always jump forward if you haven´t got the time to watch all of the video.

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Hallenburg Castle Exhibition Photos

Last weekend my friend Peter and I went to paint en plein air at Hallenburg Castle in Germany. We had been invited by the well-known artist Herdin Radtke who conducted an open air painting session with dozens of artists from all over Europe. At the same time there was a local arts market and festival.

While Herdin and his students were painting soap bubbles on canvas Peter and I had hired a booth at the arts market to paint and exhibit landscapes and hopefully sell some paintings.

Here are some photographs of the picturesque town and our booth at the market.

Although they call it Hallenburg Castle it should more suitably be called Hallenburg Manor. It is originally Baroque in style built between 1706 and 1712. The family donated the castle to the county of Hesse in 1954. For a number of years it was home to a grammar school and now houses the county´s music academy.

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Exhibition at Hallenburg Castle

This coming weekend we are going to paint en plein air and exhibit at Hallenburg Castle in Germany. My friend Peter and I have been invited by Herdin Radtke who is going to hold a spectacular event around the local arts market and festival. Herdin will have about one hundred of his students painting soap bubbles with cameras filming the show.

Here is a short introductory video which includes a summary of last year´s event which you can watch after Herdin´s short speech.

Peter and I will not be painting soap bubbles with the others. We have hired a booth to paint and exhibit landscapes. On the Saturday prior to Herdin´s show we will be displaying our works at his gallery.

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Landscape WIP – Acrylic Painting

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The short work in progress sequence shows how one of my paintings developed. It was started at last year´s exhibition at the Koekkoek Museum in Cleves and completed in my studio over a period of about two weeks.

The painting is 30x40cm in acrylics on wood.

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Koekkoek Painters at B.C. Koekkoek House Cleves

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On Sunday my friend Peter and I gave a presentation at the Koekkoek Museum in Cleves. It was our third year to have been invited to exhibit and sell our works.

Peter and I painted live in the traditional style inspired by the 19th century Dutch master. So we have been dubbed “The Koekkoek Painters” by the curator of the Museum. The photos above give you a glimpse of the show with paintings from miniatures to large-scale canvases.

The beautiful weather and many other activities taking place in the town seem to have reduced the number of visitors to the house compared with previous years. On the other hand some of the visitors had come especially to see us Koekkoek painters in action so we were told. So I was happy to make a sale.

The museum and gardens were open to the public with another special exhibition of pastels taking place on the upper floor. The organisers had even baked some wonderful tasty cakes and fruit flans with coffee and teas for visitors to buy.

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Award Winning Painting

paintings by Pat Harrison aka Rainer Hillebrand

chess set

I have just heard from the organisers that my painting in the photograph on the left has won the DAS Centenary Award for Miniatures. The juried competition was held at St.Anne´s Hall, Babbacombe, Torbay, Devon. There were several hundred paintings on display from many different artists. However, not all of them were miniatures.

Once I have got the certificate and the engraved glass trophy I will post the photographs on my blog. That may be some time as I will have to go and collect them first later this year.

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Koekkoek Painters coming to B.C. Koekkoek House Cleves

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On Sunday July 1 two artists will be giving a presentation at the Koekkoek Museum in Cleves. They have been dubbed “The Koekkoek Painters” by the curator of the Museum. It is their third year to have been invited to exhibit and sell their works inspired by the Prince of Landscapes B.C.Koekkoek.

Artists Peter Kempf and Pat Harrison will be painting live in the traditional style of the 19th century Dutch master. Large displays of their interpretations of the master´s works will be on sale from miniatures to large-scale canvases.

On the day the museum and garden will be open to the public with another special exhibition of pastels taking place on the upper floor. Of course B.C.Koekkoek´s own works will offer the perfect setting for the show.

The photographs above give you an idea of the event.

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One Day Exhibition at a Castle – Photos

Recently I went to represent our NAROMA Art Society at a festival at Styrum Castle in Germany. I displayed my work in the Baroque gardens together with other clubs. We all hold our monthly meetings at the buildings of the Feldmann Trust whose managers organise this annual event.

The photographs show my display table.

Styrum Castle did not see quite as many visitors as last year probably due to the dull weather and the world cup matches being shown on TV on the day.

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