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No, they’re not photographs: Astonishing acrylic paintings..you thought you could paint?
Mailonline ^ | 06/09/12 | Damien Gayle

Posted on 06/09/2012 3:46:55 PM PDT by Doogle

With their spectacular use of focus and reflected light, these incredible artworks look like carefully composed still-life photographs.

But in fact they are all painstakingly rendered on canvas with acrylic paints by Canadian artist Jason de Graaf.

The hyperrealistic paintings, which almost appear as if they are computer generated, are like freeze frames of a world more magical than our own - inspiring the term Magic Realism as a description.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Hobbies
KEYWORDS: paint
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Just as I conquered color by numbers...
1 posted on 06/09/2012 3:47:08 PM PDT by Doogle
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To: Doogle

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2156792/No-photographs-Astonishing-acrylic-paintings-detailed-look-like-taken-camera.html


2 posted on 06/09/2012 3:48:10 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Doogle

Paintings? Wow.


3 posted on 06/09/2012 3:49:13 PM PDT by Reddy (B.O. stinks)
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To: Doogle

4 posted on 06/09/2012 3:49:52 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Chode

ping


5 posted on 06/09/2012 3:50:43 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Doogle

Unfreaking-Believable.


6 posted on 06/09/2012 4:01:28 PM PDT by Boiler Plate ("Why be difficult, when with just a little more work, you can be impossible" Mom)
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To: Doogle

That’s not Magic Realism. Magic Realism is a movement in art and literature that started in Latin America in the 1920s. The term was coined by the Cuban novelist and historian Alejo Carpentier. One of the most well known examples of magic realism in art would be the paintings of Frida Kahlo.


7 posted on 06/09/2012 4:01:51 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Doogle

Now that’s art.


8 posted on 06/09/2012 4:08:38 PM PDT by The Mayor ("If you can't make them see the light, let them feel the heat" — Ronald Reagan)
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To: Doogle

If you like photo-realistic painting I highly recommend visiting the O.K. Harris gallery on West Broadway in Soho.


9 posted on 06/09/2012 4:12:10 PM PDT by I Shall Endure
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To: Doogle

Long before there was CGI, there was “photo-realism” through the use of photography, projectors and airbrushes.


10 posted on 06/09/2012 4:13:15 PM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: Doogle

bookmark


11 posted on 06/09/2012 4:14:39 PM PDT by razorback-bert (I'm in shape. Round is a shape isn't it?)
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To: Doogle
even better than the b&w pencil drawings!

how do it without a single brush stroke showing is what gets me as they have to be completely flat, not let the canvas show through yet still not let the paint build up...

12 posted on 06/09/2012 4:15:48 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Doogle

Yeah, I don’t believe it. I think it’s BS.


13 posted on 06/09/2012 4:20:52 PM PDT by bluecollarman (Wanted....witty tagline.)
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To: Chode

They probably aren’t QUITE as impressive in real life, for that very reason.


14 posted on 06/09/2012 4:21:57 PM PDT by I Shall Endure
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To: Doogle; mylife

Amazing!
What a talent!
My Favorite is Obscura.
Thanks, Doogle!


15 posted on 06/09/2012 4:23:55 PM PDT by MS.BEHAVIN (Women who behave rarely make history)
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To: Doogle

I like how he challenges himself with the use of mirrored gazing balls.


16 posted on 06/09/2012 4:26:21 PM PDT by txhurl (Scott Walker is my President.)
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To: Flag_This

You are exactly right! They project a photograph onto their surface and copy it exactly. I am not impressed.


17 posted on 06/09/2012 4:27:18 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: Doogle

Man, this guy is really putting the ultra in ultra realism. I like how he reproduces the limited depth of field of photographs with paint.


18 posted on 06/09/2012 4:27:18 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: Doogle

Admittedly, it’s a cool effect but, isn’t making a work of art look like a photograph...umm...self defeating? Is it really art or just mimicry? Think about it. If I copy a masterpiece exactly- the Mona Lisa for instance. Is that art? True art comes from your heart, your id, your ego, your very soul- not a copy machine.


19 posted on 06/09/2012 4:28:24 PM PDT by Krankor
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To: Krankor

write him


20 posted on 06/09/2012 4:36:07 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Doogle

21 posted on 06/09/2012 4:41:27 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet - Mater tua caligas exercitus gerit ;-{)
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To: Krankor
Good question. Is photo realism in painting art? It depends, I'd say. Wasn't Mona Lisa a realist painting? Is the following art? Why, why not?


22 posted on 06/09/2012 4:43:04 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Doogle
The artist's statement is persuasive enough, I think:

Mr de Graaf told Poets & Artists magazine that his paintings are about creating the 'illusion of verisimilitude', filtered through his own vision of the world. 'Though I use photographs as the image source, my goal is not to reproduce of document faithfully what I see, but to create an illusion of depth and sense of presence not found in photographs,' he said. 'Many of my paintings are about the relationship of light with reflective and transparent surfaces and my journey to understand those qualities and convey my sense of wonder and intrigue over them. 'Lately I have been trying to imbue my paintings with a sense of narrative and lyricism.' Mr de Graaf is represented by the Plus One Gallery in London and by Galerie de Bellefeuille in Montreal.

23 posted on 06/09/2012 4:47:43 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Revolting cat!

Thanks for posting the Caillebotte, one of my favorite paintings at the Chicago Art Institute. It’s a huge painting and you’re drawn into the Paris street scene.


24 posted on 06/09/2012 4:50:37 PM PDT by Atlantan
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To: Doogle

Ah, my sincere, albeit simple minded friend. I can’t write someone and tell them how to be an artist. It comes from within. It’s an epiphany of sorts, where one’s creativity, one’s self actualization as a human spirit evolves from the very essence of their identity as a sentient being. I’m afraid you’ve seen too many matchbook covers advertising the “Famous Artists School” where they ask you to copy a picture of a dog. If only art was that easy.


25 posted on 06/09/2012 4:51:08 PM PDT by Krankor
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To: DUMBGRUNT

Things that make you go hmmmmmm...


26 posted on 06/09/2012 4:53:25 PM PDT by mountn man (Happiness is not a destination, its a way of life.)
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To: I Shall Endure
i don't know, i've blown up several of them and can't find any...

from normal viewing distance (over 3' away) i bet they are close

27 posted on 06/09/2012 4:56:32 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Revolting cat!
Not. It's missing a certain je ne sais quoi ...
28 posted on 06/09/2012 4:57:14 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1236 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama is not a Big Brother [he's a Big Sissy...])
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To: Krankor
Ah, my sincere, albeit simple minded friend. I can’t write someone and tell them how to be an artist.It comes from within

..so does BS

29 posted on 06/09/2012 4:58:34 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Doogle; iceskater
in
cred
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<ping>

30 posted on 06/09/2012 4:59:04 PM PDT by tomkat (:^)
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To: potlatch

Ping


31 posted on 06/09/2012 5:01:08 PM PDT by ntnychik
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To: Doogle

Well, thats sure a wonder.


32 posted on 06/09/2012 5:02:03 PM PDT by Copenhagen Smile
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To: Doogle

Extraordinary. His technique is off the charts.

I thought I did ultrarelistic digital painting, but I can’t hold a candle to this guy.

The canvases must be huge. But even then, this is very time-consuming
and incredibly skilled.

The downside is that the subject matter is mundane.

But his paintings will make a nice conversation piece in some billionaire’s pad.


33 posted on 06/09/2012 5:03:28 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: Doogle

My guess is Van Gogh would hate all of these paintings.

34 posted on 06/09/2012 5:06:28 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: Doogle

Manet: The first "Photorealist"

35 posted on 06/09/2012 5:06:28 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Doogle

I always like Richard Estes' stuff.

36 posted on 06/09/2012 5:08:21 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Doogle
Here's one for you. Painting or real photo?

Photobucket

Read about it here:

http://www.labnol.org/internet/woman-painting-or-photograph/12801/

37 posted on 06/09/2012 5:08:21 PM PDT by randita
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To: randita

Photo. What do I win?


38 posted on 06/09/2012 5:11:54 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Doogle

Wait, wut?

39 posted on 06/09/2012 5:12:05 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Doogle

Using Picasa (who needs Photoshop?! (Which I also have.)) I’ve been making my photographs look like paintings lately.


40 posted on 06/09/2012 5:13:50 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Revolting cat!

Yes - because it is attractive to the eye, created by a human being, shows a personal perspective on something, and requires artistic talent *

*these are my criteria for visual art.


41 posted on 06/09/2012 5:15:04 PM PDT by Persevero (Homeschooling for Excellence since 1992)
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To: Doogle

There was a graphics artist in my town who designed stylish, posters, store signs, restaurant menues, wine labels, book covers, all instantly recognizeable as his, who always claimed that he was not an “artist” but an “illustrator”.


42 posted on 06/09/2012 5:17:48 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Revolting cat!
Here

Is it art? Why or why not?

43 posted on 06/09/2012 5:22:30 PM PDT by bigheadfred (MY PET TAPEWORM OBIWAN IS AN INSANE MILITARY HATING LEFTIST)
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To: bigheadfred

There is such a category as naïve art (Wiki: Naïve art is a classification of art that is often characterized by a childlike simplicity in its subject matter and technique.)


44 posted on 06/09/2012 5:25:50 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Revolting cat!

I had the original photoshop from years ago when it was outrageously expensive. I won’t go into how I got it...
but it had so many options and capabilities with lighting and colors, it was really fun to experiment with......


45 posted on 06/09/2012 5:28:20 PM PDT by Doogle (((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated)))
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To: Ditter
"You are exactly right! They project a photograph onto their surface and copy it exactly. I am not impressed."

Oh, it still takes plenty of skill. David Hockney wrote a book ("Secret Knowledge") about classical artists using a type of projection even back in the Renaissance. He was convinced Vermeer used a method of projection in several of his paintings.

I was just pointing out that there's really nothing new here. The article sounded like this was some new development, or something.

46 posted on 06/09/2012 5:28:30 PM PDT by Flag_This (Real presidents don't bow.)
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To: central_va

Interesting comment...and I agree. He is a technician...a brilliant one...but not an artist. I remember back in the ‘70s, I met an ‘artist’...he was an incredible technician too...but when he said to me “I don’t know what to paint” I knew he was not an artist.


47 posted on 06/09/2012 5:31:14 PM PDT by Pharmboy (Democrats lie because they must.)
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To: Ditter

***You are exactly right! They project a photograph onto their surface and copy it exactly. I am not impressed.***

There are companies advertizing in art magazines that they will take your photos and print them on canvas so you can paint over them.


48 posted on 06/09/2012 5:33:32 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar
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To: bigheadfred

Just what we needed, one more crack out of you!...


49 posted on 06/09/2012 5:34:37 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1236 of our ObamaVacation from reality - Obama is not a Big Brother [he's a Big Sissy...])
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To: All

bump


50 posted on 06/09/2012 5:37:47 PM PDT by rockrr (Everything is different now...)
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