Here we go again, but don’t worry, we were fooled too: You think you’re looking at beautifully staged and lit photographs, but these still lifes are absolutely not photos, they’re painstakingly-rendered paintings. They’re the work of Vankleek Hill, Ontario-based artist Jason de Graaf, whose astonishing hyperrealistic still life paintings truly defy belief.
The artist focuses on every extreme detail to create realistic depth in layers of crisp reflections. With a steady hand and a strong vision, he produces a new reality based on his own imagination. One reviewer states, “[De Graaf] stretches depth and skews perspective ever so slightly, infusing the painting with a spectre of mystery that pushes the viewer to search for an ever-escaping point of equilibrium.”
You can see at ponyhof artclub in Munich, Germany, from March 18 before May 5.
Akihito Takuma, Lines of Flight, op.419, oil on canvas, 2013
Benoit Jammes is a French graphic designer and photographer living and working in Paris. With his [o-o], a series of cassette relooking, he gives life back to vintage tapes by making references to pop culture: “It so happened that I found a bunch of old cassettes at home. Seeing them brought me back to the 80s, when I was a kid. In any case, I could not play them any more. Resurrecting them sounded a good idea for me. It was sound, it became visual… and I am pretty sure they are happier now than in a shoebox :-) I think people from my generation would relate to this series of work and would be happy to see these old cassette tapes managed to start a new life!”
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