During a local expo in Rion, I was blown away by the works of art by Didier Vallé. We’re visiting his art studio in Bordeaux as soon as possible for an in-depth interview and photoshoot. For a quick teaser of some of his works I suggest you have a look here: www.didiervalle.fr I assume you’ll understand why we’re so ecstatic about his paintings.

Above is a slideshow with some other masters of this hyperrealism art movement. Richard Estes, Gérard Schlosser, and Linnea Strid (thanks for the tip Gulnara!). Last but not least three famous paintings by Chuck Close, an American painter, and photographer, who achieved fame as a photorealist, through his massive-scale portraits. Read more: wikipedia.org/Chuck_Close

Hyperrealists reproduce images that had been effortlessly captured by the camera. A laborious, technical virtuosity, to transcribe a reality examined under a microscope. A boundary between reality and illusion.

The origin of the term Hyperrealism could be traced back to 1973 when Isy Brachot coined for the first time as the title of a major exhibition at his gallery in Brussels. While Photorealists tended to imitate the photograph, Hyperrealistic painters strived to achieve a different pictorial design overall, by incorporating an element that might not be there in reality. They consciously entailed a softer and much more complex focus on the depicted subject, creating an illusion of a new reality not seen in the original photo. Still far from being surreal, the displayed illusions were captivating depictions of reality, subtly enhanced with a fresh layer of vision.


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