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“Even though I consider myself a conceptual artist, I am a traditionalist when it comes to photography. I like to use film and shoot straight. No technical gimmicks or special effects. What you see is what I saw when I looked though the camera. If I’ve dazzled you with lights and colors, it’s because I’ve dazzled you with lights and colors. Ideas are more important than effects. And effects are always better when they’re real. In Lori And Dori, for instance, the conjoined sisters are dressed like fairy tale princesses evoking a dreamy and surreal landscape of the mind. But they’re real. Other times I have to make things look real, even if they’re not. In White Nigger, a man is made Black through make-up, while a child is “hung” with a harness. Ezra Pound once said, “Make it new.” I do. And make it real, too.” via link
Jeremy DePrez <-- Born 1983, Portland, ME; Lives and works in Houston, TX; Education: MFA, University of Houston, TX 2011 - BFA, University of Houston, TX 2007
Artist Kim Leutwyler is a real gem. Definitely worthy of your attention. Here’s a little bit about her: “Kim Leutwyler is an American artist currently living in Sydney, Australia. She works in a variety of media including painting, installation, ceramics, printmedia, and drawing. Kim’s current work takes its form in large scale paintings primarily dealing with images of beauty, Queer-identity and sexuality. Kim holds concurrent degrees in Studio Art and Art History from Arizona State University, and a Painting and Drawing degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.”
Blake Little is an award winning, Los Angeles-based photographer best known for his ability to intimately capture the energy and personality of his subjects. His skills as a portrait photographer have garnered him a reputation as a favorite amongst celebrities, international publications, and corporate clients.
Artist Carla Barth creates some wonderfully charming illustrations. I couldn’t possibly not post it. Click here to view more.
Francesca Pasquali graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts in Bologna. She lives and works between Bologna and Brescia in Italy. Francesca Pasquali explores the relationship between natural forms and polymeric materials through sculpture, video and photography .
‘Adding to her highly successful collection of flowers, Laura Hart has looked to the animal kingdom for inspiration. What could be better to accompany her blooms than butterflies. Each one is a painstakingly crafted recreation of its living counter part. No stranger to working with fused glass, Hart has added cast bodies and sterling silver legs, antenna and proboscis to capture the unique characteristics of each insect. We all know that the beauty is in the wings of these ethereal jewelled creatures, which Hart has composed with sensational attention to detail.’ (via Vessel Gallery)
” My idol was Duane Hanson. He was a Florida sculptor who produced sculptures of people so life-like that they fooled the eye. When his security guard sculpture was on display at Van de Weghe Gallery in New York, thousands, myself included, went up to him and asked him where the rest rooms were. It was truly uncanny. Traditional photorealists who have impacted me include Richard Estes, Ralph Goings, Robert Bechtle, Charles Bell, Tom Blackwell, Chuck Close, Robert Cottingham, Don Eddy, Audrey Flack, Ron Kleeman, Richard McLean, John Salt and Ben Schonzeit. More recent photorealist influences include Pedro Campos, Roberto Bernardi, Simon Hennessey, Tom Martin, Steve Mills and Cynthia Poole. I love when people see my paintings at Foxx Galerie in Zurich and say to one another, “Nice photo”. Then Claudine Bandi, the owner, corrects them and tells them it is an oil painting. Their look of incredulity is such a pleasure to watch. Many people stare at the paintings for a long time. I also enjoy evoking the feelings of nostalgia amongst the viewers. Recently at Zimmermann + Heitmann Gallery in Dusseldorf, I overheard a family looking at my Monopoly painting. One said, “I was always the dog”; another said, “I was the iron”. At Atlas Galleries in Chicago, I heard a patron exclaim, “Wow! Look at the Kid Cowboy. I had exactly that book when I was a little boy. And the edges of the book were frayed just like it is in the painting”. I call my work photorealism, as opposed to pop art, hyperrealism, art deco, modern art, contemporary art, wall art, décor art. Galleries in the genre include Louis Meisel Gallery, Bernarducci Meisel Gallery and Jonathan Novak Gallery. Other artists who have influenced me include Andy Warhol, Salvador Dali, Keith Haring, Wayne Thiebaud, Pablo Picasso, Banksy, Mr. Brainwash, Jeff Koons, Gerhard Richter, Roy Lichtenstein, Jasper Johns, Rene Magritte, Claes Oldenberg, Richard Serra, Robert Motherwell and Piet Mondrian.” – Doug Bloodworth ( via Photorealism)