A new installment for my Memory Blocks series. This time it is with my mom’s portrait at the age of 5.
8″ x 8″ (20 x 20 cm) oil on gessobord panel. To bid on this painting click here.
While the articles are very informative, with lots of links, examples and images, they didn’t articulate clearly the difference between the two styles. Seeing that the terms are often used interchangeably I wanted to define the deference for myself. Here’s what I came up with:
The beginnings of Photorealism are placed at 1960 – 1970. It is a method of painting that uses a photograph as a reference and takes this reference literally. The painted image is extremely well defined and detailed. All information available about the subject is rendered in the painting. The rendering is tight and very accurate. Emotional processing and creating of a narrative are left to the viewer’s imagination.
It was clear from the articles above that Hyperrealism as a genre has originated in Photorealism at about 2000. In difference to its originating genre Hyperrealism takes the image to a surreal plain to some extent. The painter paints everything he or she sees to the maximum degree of accuracy that the skill and medium allows… and then the artist takes the image further, creating more clarity and definition than the reference had. For example, if some details were dimmed in a shadow or bleached in a strong light, the artist reinvents them and puts them in. The resulting image simulates a reality that did not exist and crosses into the territory of illusion.