Hyper Realism

I love photography and have never been a huge fan of realism when it comes to painting or drawing.  Then I discovered the work of Paul Cadden and Dirk Dzimirsky – two brilliantly talented hyper-realistic artists – and my appreciation of the genre was forever changed.  By definition, hyperrealism is a genre of art resembling a high-resolution photograph.   Wikipedia tells me that hyperrealism is considered an advancement of photorealism, in which cameras are used to gather visual information from which a photographic looking painting is then produced.  Cadden and Dzimirsky have taken this method to a new level, using only pencil to create mind-blowing photographic reproductions.

Paul Cadden

Cadden reportedly spends an average of three to six weeks on each drawing.  Although originals sell at galleries for up to £5,000 each (approximately $7875 Cdn.) a number of limited edition Giclée prints are available on Cadden’s website for prices as low as $40.

Dirk Dzimirsky

Interestingly, Dzimirsky says that while he uses the photos as references for his drawings, his goal is not a perfect reproduction.  Once the proportions are established, Dzimirsky draws as if from a live model, using the photo only very loosely.

I would love to see these works in person one day, not only to see the incredible detail that a computer screen just can’t capture, but also because I’m not sure it’s truly possible to appreciate that these are hand drawn images until you see the pencil markings for yourself.

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