Ever since I laid my eyes on Chuck Close’s famous paintings, I’ve been entranced by photorealism. Although it seems uninspiring to just copy something perfectly, I appreciate realism because in order to capture such intense detail, the artist must understand their subject and medium at a level deeper than any other style of art. It’s similar to what people say about rock climbing–how it works muscles you never knew existed. Achieving realism requires looking at things more closely than you’ve ever looked, and reveals details you may have never known existed. That level of observation takes great finesse and great skill to achieve.
Glenn Ray Tutor
One of my favorite artists practicing photorealism is Yigal Ozeri, although his paintings are controversial since he often paints young girls half nude or nude. Either way, I find the paintings frighteningly good at capturing real beauty, a kind of beauty that is effortless.
“Lizzie in the Snow”
“Megan in the Park”
I still can’t believe these are oil paintings on canvas!