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Art 3&4


on 17 October 2013

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Transcript of Hyperrealism

What is it?
Why was it created?
What distinguishes hyperrealism from earlier movements?
Which artists were influenced by this movement?
Chuck Close
Jacques Bodin
Alyssa Monks
Hyperrealism is a genre of art that consists of creating drawings, paintings and sculptures that resemble high quality photographs. The predecessor of this movement was photorealism. They utilize additional, often subtle, pictorial elements to create the illusion of a reality which in fact either does not exist or cannot be seen by the human eye.
Hyperrealism is an offshoot of the movement of photorealism. It contrasts greatly with its predecessor because this newer movement gives the art an emotive quality that was not present in the photorealist work.
Photorealism aimed to directly transcribe the image, as opposed to hyperrealism which is making comment on it and sharing an opinion about the subject.
This art form was created because many artists felt bored by just simply transcribing the details of a scene and not having the ability to contribute an opinion or point of view to the piece.
This work by Chuck close represents the earlier stages of hyperrealism. It is evident that there is an emotional quality to these portraits, but it is not necessarily clear what the artist thinks of these three subjects.
These works by Jacques Bodin are even more realistic than the previous set. These painting truly resemble photographs and the way in which the artist positioned the figures allows the viewer the get a sense of a message that he is attempting to portray.
These portraits by Alyssa Monks are extremely realistic, even more so than the previous works shown. The way that this artist captures every part of the scene in such detail, even more so than a photograph could, is what classifies these works as hyperrealist. Also, the artist gives insight as to her opinion of the subjects by displaying them with telling facial expressions.
When was it ?
Belgian art dealer Isy Brachot coined word Hyperrealism, in Brussels in 1973. Since then, Hyperrealism has been used by European artists and dealers to apply to painters influenced by the Photorealists.
Dennis Wojtkiewicz
He is best known for his exploration of the sensitive nature of time in his oversized oil paintings of fruit and flowers. The transitory nature of his subject matter is encapsulated and transfixed with a heightened approach to realism.
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