There are many talented painters out there who can easily fool you into thinking their paintings are photos. Jason de Graaf on the other hand, is in a class of his own. His talent is simply Olympian. Jason loves to play with perspective and light. Most, if not all, of his paintings highlight spheres, water, reflections, refractions, and shadows. According to him “My paintings are about staging an alternate reality, the illusion of verisimilitude on the painted surface, filtered so that it expresses my unique vision. Though my paintings may appear photoreal my goal is not to reproduce or document faithfully what I see one hundred percent, but also to create the illusion of depth and sense of presence not found in photographs.”
Cristina Penescu was born in Bucharest in the late ’80s. Her love for art and nature began during early childhood. This love of nature is reflected deeply in her paintings, sketches and portraits of animals. Her work is so realistic that it takes a closer look to determine that they’re not black and white photos. Recently, she was accepted as a Signature Member of the world-renowned Society of Animal Artists.
Jacek Yeerka’s paintings are what I would imagine Tim Burton’s dreams to look like if you mated it with Stephen King’s musings. Detailed, thought provoking, and creative, yet slightly disturbing. It is these qualities that make Jacek’s work highly sought-after by collectors and galleries all over the world.
Casey Baugh is is one of those rare painters who can capture the realism of his subject without making it seem like he was trying to hard to replicate a photograph. One of his more recent work features a series of realistically rendered paintings of women. In this day and age where digital manipulation is norm, Casey’s work stands out as a fantastic throwback to a bygone era of oil and canvas. His background in web design may have inspired him to create these breathtaking portraits. He is a finalist in the many competitions he joined in America and currently teaches his unique painting techniques to students.
A glance at the rest of his work and you’ll be sure of several things: 1) Kim Sung Jin is one of the best photorealistic painters out there and 2) He’s a bit obsessed with painting lips. Kim Sung Jin graduated from the Hongik University for Fine Art in 2003. This Korean artist works primarily with oils on canvas and his sensually stimulating subject sets him apart from the rest. Painting is easy, even elephants can do it. Painting something so well that it can routinely be mistaken as a photograph is painting on another level. Kim is one of the rare breed of painters that can capture the realism of an image and translate it into an oil and canvas creation without losing an ounce of the sensuality.
Matthew Small is a London-based street artist who works mainly with mixed media on found metal. “Found” metal is simply recycled metal and mixed media could be anything from traditional oil paint to human hair to rubbish. Street art may be defined as art on the street that’s not graffiti. In this respect, Matthew work certainly qualifies. When asked of his opinion on street art, Matthew replies: “I think it’s always going to be out there. It’s always going to come and go. It began at the grass roots level and it’s a pity that some of the people it was intended for no longer have access to it. Very rarely does an art scene live forever but I think street art is always going to be around in some form.”
Scott Belcastro is a Los Angeles based painter who grew up in upstate New York. Perhaps because of this, most of his acrylic paintings have nature inspired themes. The subjects of his work (mostly animals) express a certain feeling of loneliness and hope. They are set against a dramatic backdrop of oppressing skies. His most recent series “Brighter Doom“, explores “the vivacity and chaos pulsating through all entities” as one gallery put it. According to Scott, “I wanted to capture an imaginary essence or spirit that moves with things, whether it be a gun, an animal, or a building. The depiction of guns and animals together have nothing to do with any sort of violence or harm. Brighter Doom delves into my internal reactions to beauty and what it would look like as energy….motion ….and a bit of chaos.”
Illustrator and matte painter Marta Nael creates fictional characters with a surreal touch and painting feel, complemented with the expression perfect for a template of an art exhibit of a fantasy game or movie. The women in her artworks show her passion in matte painting and concept art, beautiful and captivating as it is.
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Impressionist painters are constantly drawn to the mystical beauty of the sea. Something about the earth meeting the water creates ideal subject matter for paintings, and this is ever so apparent in the Southern California coast. Kathleen M Robison is a Southern California plein air painter that paints the ocean and the sea. She realized a gap between the amount of surfers and the lack of paintings of surfers in the impressionist style. When the young groms grow up and start earning a higher income, their tastes tend to mature from burritos and skateboards to craft beer and original oil paintings. Or so it seems.
M-City is a project by Polish freelance graphic artist Mariusz Waras. The murals are placed in strategic urban areas all over the globe. Warsaw, Gdańsk, Berlin, Paris, Budapest, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Bolzano, London, Prague and the U.S. are just some of the places that are home to m-city’s work. Some of his more challenging murals are drawn free-hand while others can be considered stencil-art.
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