Because contemporary realism has a range of styles within the genre, here we bring you works that fall within the subcategories of hyperrealism, photorealism, and trompe l’oeil.
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1. Hyperrealism Painting Spotlight: Wet Hair
Congratulations to Johannes Wessmark, whose hyperrealism paintings have been recognized in the PleinAir Salon, a monthly art competition.
2. On Trompe l’Oeil: A Contemporary Realism Sub-Genre
“Trompe l’oeil painting was a precursor of modern aesthetics,” says Anthony Mastromatteo. Keep reading his essay on this realism sub-genre here.
3. Hyper-Realistic Drawings by Clio Newton
Discover gender-composite realistic drawings that explore the themes of femininity in art history and gender identity today.
4. Photorealism with Meaningful Metaphors
Doug Webb considers himself a “classical romantic surrealist, juxtaposing Magritte-like oversized objects and shifts of scale within scenes.” Learn more about his photorealistic art in this spotlight.
5. A Photorealism Pastel: Golden Delicious
There is a lot of superb contemporary realism being made these days; this article by Allison Malafronte shines light on a gifted individual who paints in the style of photorealism.
6. Flowers and Faces: Photorealistic Still Life Portraits
Inspired by the women in her life, Narelle Zeller is creating a series titled “In Bloom,” which is also a collaboration with a talented florist who creates custom pieces for the portrait paintings. Discover Zeller’s process in this exclusive article.
7. Trompe l’Oeil Paintings by Robert Meredith
Robert Meredith paints everything: landscapes, portraits, and still life, but his specialty and unique talent is trompe l’oeil or “fool the eye” realism.
8. Contemporary Realism: A Moment with Tony Curanaj
The subject matter of his contemporary realism represents “the complexity of an individual’s observation as well as a love and respect for nature and life.”