Portrait of Rocko the Pit Bull-Boxer mix who is sadly no longer with us 🐶
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Hage painstakingly creates, from scratch, hyperrealistic sculptures of famous New York City locations that absolutely blow my mind (See Hage’s work previously featured). For “Facade,” Hage has focused primarily on locations that were the cornerstones of their community in their past but now have either closed their doors or face impending destruction.
The photos Hage uses to create his sculptures are basically indistinguishable from one to the sculptures while reviewing side by side comparisons creating a hefty dose of magic to the fantastic work that Hage is able to present to us. By preserving these locations through his meticulous creations, Hage is helping to further memories of them as well as new ones, their rich history and to serve as warnings to what could be lost.
“Facade” is on display at Flower Pepper Gallery from October 10th, 2015 until November 18th, 2015.
“I tried to create my own vision of reality, based on one hand on a personal collection of objects and on the other, on a meticulously realistic analysis of those fragments of reality, as a contrast to Oldenburg’s ‘pop’ proposal.”
Here is a detail of my latest painting, “Whale Hymn.” This past summer while being treated for Chronic Lyme Disease in the U.S., through much difficulty I toiled away at this large painting, taking almost 500 hours to complete.
Oil on Braced Baltic Birch, 36" x 48" 2015
When working on a large painting like this one, the long process allows me ample time to conceptually formulate my thoughts on the work. Continuing my Streams in the Wasteland series, this painting fits the theme of wild animals in abandoned spaces. Gothic architecture fascinates me for its intentional diversity, which also reflects the variety and lack of rigidity in the natural world. According to 19th Century art critic John Ruskin, the history of Gothic reveals a gradual discovery of the beauty found in natural forms, which could be transferred into stone edifices. I imagined the concept for this painting over a year earlier, then later found architectural reference from the ruins of a 12th century cathedral in London, England. It had been transformed into a peaceful garden intertwined with ivy, red roses and fallen petals, historically symbolic of the Passion of Christ in European art. This would provide an intriguing exterior for an ocean scene emanating through stained glass. I had become interested in Humpback Whales watching the BBC series “Ocean Giants,” which recorded epic sights and sounds of the largest mammals to ever live on the planet. The behaviour of whales, specifically their vocalization, remains somewhat of a mystery to scientists. Many believe their ‘songs’ may be more than mating calls, for the non-utilitarian act of expressing emotions. In contemplating this I looked back to the gothic cathedral, a space for praise where parishioners sang hymns to their Creator. So also metaphorically the haunting chants from the giants of the deep bring honour to their Maker.
Korean sculptor Xooang Choi‘s
sculptures of bodies and imaginary creatures are often described as
hyper-realistic, but they are also surreal in their elements of fantasy
and nightmarish distortion. We’ve featured both his most imaginative and
more graphic visions on our blog,
sculptures that explore themes of destruction, transformation and
re-assemblage. To Choi, the body is a vessel through which we perceive
and express ourselves, and one that provides him with an ideal medium to
explore the possibilities of the human condition.
Lee Price is an American contemporary figurative realist painter. She focuses on the subject of food with the solitary female figure in private, intimate settings - figures that are always lost in what might appear to be the bliss of consumption in highly unusual environments and portrayed from a unique aerial point of view via.
Korean painter Kwang-Ho Lee creates fascinating hyperreal paintings with strokes of paint scarely wider than a hair. His favourite subject are cacti that bristle with thorns and tangled branches. The colorful oil paintings can reach up to 8 feet tall to make room for tediously composed details.
The girls in my paintings are an uneasy mix of potential victim, pernicious consumer and reminiscences of the traditional feminine personification of nature. Joining the genres of figurative and landscape painting, I see the figure as both natural and invasive to the landscape. The human body, defined and distorted by sun, water, firelight and the surrounding environment, coexists with the glare of manmade materials littering the natural world. I paint directly, wet on wet, using the materiality of the paint to sculpt flesh and bones, flora and fauna.
Most of us flinch when we see a bad bruise. Finland born, Helsinki based artist Riikka Hyvönen sees
an inspiring myriad of colors that tell a story. Her art combines
hyperrealism painting with sculptural elements, pop and kitsch styles,
taking the pain that we have all experienced at some point and making it
strangely alluring. She calls bruises “kisses”, specifically worn by
roller derby girls, of which she collects photographs and then
reinterprets into large-scale artworks.
Daan Noppen is an international artist mainly working in drawing and photography. He is best known for his realistic larger than life drawings of portraits and bodies. When looking closer at the works one finds mathematic equations in between the pencil strokes that relate to our reality. His drawings project past, present and future in the now as one image, a parallel reality that we normally cannot see with the naked eye. Follow him on @Tumblr
Minneapolis, Minnesota-based artist Melissa Cooke dusts thin layers of graphite onto paper with a dry brush to create astonishingly lifelike portraits that investigate the relationship between photography, performance, and drawing.
Today the Department of Astounding Hyperrealism is exploring the awesome oversized sculptures created by Spanish artist Rómulo Celdrán. For his Macro series Celdrán wanted to inspire a sense of wonder about even the most mundane things. So he meticulously handcrafted giant versions of everyday objects, each perfectly accurate down to the smallest detail.
“As children, we view the world on a much larger scale than other people. In order to satisfy that feeling of relationship with the external world, many brands of toys try to create a world on a child’s scale. They manufacture cars, kitchens, tools and other objects to scale for children. That memory of playing, of curiosity, of identification with what we apprehended remains somehow fixed in our memory.”
From giant sponges and hot water bottles to spilled, crushed cans of paint, a used bottle cap and burnt match to a slice of bread that’s missing a single bite and a towering ice cube tray standing in a pool of water, each object is completely familiar but still utterly astonishing for its size, details, and imperfections. When creating an enormous ballpoint pen cap, Celdrán covered it in bite marks that look so real, we can’t help but wonder where the giant is who chewed on it in the first place: